Nowadays, the world is simply growing into a global village. More and more parents recognize the many benefits of kids learning multiple languages at an early age, including multitasking, problem solving and ability of concentration. The easiest way for your child to be bilingual is growing up with someone who speaks a different language. And if you don’t know another language, then having a bilingual nanny will be a good resource to help your child learn a second language naturally.
Additionally, if you live a busy and hectic lifestyle, a nanny with or without bilingualism will come in handy with you outsourcing some of your house chores.
All sound good, but every family is different with various needs.
As the parent, you wonder...
Should I hire a bilingual nanny?
Unfortunately, you, as the parent, will need to determine if such a bilingual nanny is right for you. Fortunately, we have listed out a few pros and cons as we explore the implication of hiring a bilingual nanny:
Let us talk about the pros first.
Pro #1 - Expose your child to another culture and language
Nannies who are bilingual can expose your child to different cultures and another way of life, in addition to educating your child a new language. Your child has the advantage of knowing about other parts of the world and this will open their minds and continue to thrive as adults.
Pro #2 - Cost effective
Hiring a bilingual nanny is an effective way of cutting early education costs. At some point you might need to pay for language tuition or lessons for your child, but you can avoid that by having bilingual nanny at home in addition to the bonus of a caregiver for house work.
Pro #3 - Experience caregiver
Most of bilingual nannies may have come from abroad and have been working for some times in different homes, so they bring the experience of a good caregiver and other areas of expertise to your household, such as delicious cooking and good organization skills. Some of them may be around middle age, which could translate to the right experience, qualification and skills to care for your child.
Now, let’s talk about the cons.
Con #1 - Communication barrier
Getting a bilingual nanny and you are not able to speak the language is the biggest con by far. However there are ways around it. Parents need to openly communicate with the child’s caregiver, so make sure the both of you have at least a primary language that you are comfortable with for commutation.
Con #2 - Lengthy time commitment
If you are thinking of hiring a bilingual nanny, then you will need to get ready for a lengthy commitment. Kids might not learn different languages fast, they need time for them to be able to understand and differentiate between two or more languages (you do not need to worry about language confusion or delayed speeches). As such, you will not want to change the caregiver or let her leave midway because this will hamper your child’s learning process. You will need to be prepared and give the support your child and caregiver needs in this process.
Con #3 - Additional training might be needed
Because some of the bilingual nannies are from abroad, they may be trained under a different set of standards including driving. It might present a challenging if your job requires them to pick up and drop off kids or run some errands. Training is recommended to get them more prepared for your position.
All in all, having a bilingual nanny will provide significant benefits to your child and your family. If you can work around the cons, it is likely the pros will outweigh the cons. Your effort and investment in such a nanny will far exceed your expected returns.
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