logo AyiConnect Staff, Nov 28, 2022
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In these modern days, we often notice that more moms are joining the workforce and an increasing number of parents have to spend their time working which has been challenging to balance work and family time. Hence, a lot of families have considered hiring caregivers or nannies to assist in balancing profession and parenthood. Nannies and caregivers are able to care for the child all day long besides being there during the day when parents need an extra pair of hands to help around the house. 

According to a statistic from Zippia.com on 30 million profiles, demographics for nannies in America has shown that there are now 217 213 personnel working in the US as nannies of which 93.1% are women and 6.9% are men. The pie chart below shows the percentage of different ethnicities working in the care service. 

From the info, we can see that there are a total of 4 different groups of ethnicity working in the care service. You might wonder why parents are keen on the option of hiring a nanny or caregiver that has a different cultural background? 

Advantages of employing a caregiver with contrasting culture 

Alas, the time to make a decision regarding childcare in your household has finally arrived, BUT, how do you know whether domestic or immigrant nannies is the best option? 

Now, let’s have a look at the benefits of hiring an immigrant nanny and hopefully, ease your decision making. 

Those are some great benefits, but, what can you expect when a nanny who has a different cultural background assists you in raising my your kids? 

The most significant difference that you will face is disagreement in caregiving beliefs due to the distinction in sociodemographics that can affect their view on how to raise a child. An interview done on Latina immigrant nannies with different academic backgrounds have shown that they experienced conflicts with their employers on child-rearing practices.

Nevertheless, cultural differences are not always conflictual but can welcome a learning experience. Thus, cultural norms become manifest in the mental health of children through parenting. Furthermore, variations in what is normative in different cultures challenge our assumptions about what is universal and inform our understanding of how parent-child relationships unfold in ways both culturally universal and specific.