S Based on what we think would fully benefit a family:
A Nanny Would
Supervise the kids and make their meals (includes following parents decision for dietary and using judgement regarding healthy meal plans)
– Carefully seek and suggest activities for kids (considering after school, breaks and season)
– Help with school work/projects and ensuring parents see and sign all paperwork due back to school
– Responsible for picking up the home, keeping the kids’ things organized – including home work/projects,
– Take kids to parks, play dates, etc.
– Help parents with other household chores, especially when the kids are in school – includes laundry, errands, grocery, light cleaning, etc
– Nanny would sometimes serve as a house manager – ensuring the house runs smoothly – they hold up all the schedules and lists – organizing and directing contractors the hires for repairs, etc.
A Mother’s Helper
Serves as the extra hand and feet for a mom who is already caring for the child herself; often, the mother’s helper would tend to the kids in short intervals while the mom run errands, cook a meal, work for a certain number of hours, take a nap, clean the house or the helper can do any of the other things while the mom spends quality time with the kids; I call a mother’s helper a mom’s personal assistant, “MPA”; they’re usually younger than a typical nanny and some with hardly any experience taking on such a responsibility for a home and kids at once -however, most have baby sitting experience – making them usually the most affordable. A more mature mother’s helper would: help to set up the baby’s room, plan a baby shower, purchase and/or deliver a Welcome Baby Gift Basket and flowers/balloons for mom; can also provide house cleaning services and even pick up and deliver meals for the first week. can help you run errands, prepare dinner, pick-up/drop-off to/from school, do lite housekeeping, etc.