Nowadays, with more mothers working to provide for the family, a yaya to look after your child has become indispensable. However, Doris Kin-Lim, marriage and family counselor, cautions parents about becoming too dependent on their yayas. “Remember that the yaya should be there only to assist you in caring for your child.” Psychologist Bernadette Ymson agrees, “Parents should still be the primary caregivers of their children.” For yaya to better fulfill her duties especially in your absence, here are some important reminders for you to share with the nanny.
When your child is sick and you’re not yet home: • Monitor the child's temperature every 30 minutes. Write down the results. • Administer medicine as needed, but before giving any dosage, make sure she clears it with you first. Write down the name of the medicine beforehand, tell yaya where it is located, when to administer it, and in what dosage. • If the fever still hasn’t gone down, give the child a warm sponge bath in between dosages. • Do not do anything else other than watching your child. • Make the child drink lots of water to keep him hydrated. • Ask yaya to always keep you updated, and to call immediately in case there are any sudden changes in your child's condition.
At a children’s party: • Make sure your child greets the host and the birthday celebrant, and gives his gift to the celebrant. • Ensure that your child sits down to eat and not just play. • Assist your child in getting food. • Make sure your child does not take in any food he’s not allowed to eat (e.g. soda or candies). Your yaya should be aware also of any food allergies your tot has and make sure he stays away from foods that trigger them. Remind her not to give in even if your child “really, really” wants it. • Make sure the children stay safe during games. • Make sure yaya is dressed appropriately. • Make sure your child says "good-bye and thank you" before leaving the party.