I could sit here and tell you that I’ve got some kind of inhuman superpowers. I could say that I can clean my home, take care of my kids, give them one-on-one time, do the weekly shopping, and manage and grow several additional streams of income.
I could say all that, but I’d be flat out lying, y’all.
As much as I would like to be able to do everything and do it all perfectly, I just can’t. And so that’s why, though I’m a stay-at-home mom (okay, technically a work-at-home mom), I am going to hire a nanny.
And while I’m struggling with feelings of guilt – and maybe a little bit of shame – over hiring a nanny, I know that it’s the right choice in order for me to be the best version of myself, for both my businesses and my kids.
Now, let’s be clear, I’m not looking for someone to move in with us permanently and take over 100% of the childhood duties while I sit outside with a mimosa (though, damn, that sounds nice). What I’m looking for, at least for now, is someone to come over a few days a week, get my children up and ready for their day, feed them breakfast and lunch, play with them, feed them lunch, and then put them down for their afternoon lap before leaving for the day.
Heck, I’m not even expecting any major housekeeping duties other than picking up some toys and making grilled cheese sandwiches, though I wouldn’t say no to the offer of help with those things.
I am most productive early in the morning, but having to stop in order to tend to the kids’ morning routine and breakfast – which takes a good hour or more with my little rascals, who are convinced they simply do not need food to survive – really throws off my workflow. Having a bigger chunk of the morning a few days a week to get more work tasks done would be a game-changer.
More uninterrupted brain time + increased productivity + the peace of mind that my kids are being cared for = the potential to make more money.
Now on the financial side of things, nannies aren’t cheap. Even a meager 15-18 hours a week can cost upwards of $200 a week for the more modestly-priced caregivers, and that’s not even taking taxes into account. That number is scary to see on paper, seeing as how my whole goal here is how to save money and how to make money, and that usually does not include a hefty new monthly payment on par with what a luxury vehicle would cost.
But I have to look at this as a business investment. I simply can’t be both a mom and an effective businesswoman every single day. Mothers who work outside of the home are tasked with spending money on childcare so that they can get get their work done, and working from home is no different.
You have to spend money to make money, and I’m confident I can use my extra productivity to make even more money than I am spending on childcare.
So yes, I’m a stay-at-home mom, I’m hiring a nanny, and I’m not apologizing for it!
Do you have opinions about this subject? Have you hired extra childcare help even though you don’t work outside of the home? Leave me a comment below!