We understand that nannying can be a very isolating career. It can be hard to make new friends when your co-workers are two feet tall and wear diapers. Nanny friends can become best friends. A great nanny friend will be an extra set of hands, a sounding board, and one more reason that nannying is the best profession there is! Below we have listed some great ideas for making friends with fellow nannies. Not only will you benefit from a nanny friend in and out of working hours, but your Nanny Kids benefit from added playmates and socialization. Win-Win.
Join a Facebook Nanny Group (or all of them!):
There are a plethora of online nanny groups to meet fellow caregivers both locally and internationally. Internationally, we love The Nanny Love and The Nannyhood. Both pages are a labor of LOVE by fabulous moderators and both are full of truly fabulous fellow caregivers. Local to the Greater Portland, Or Area, we are big fans of Portland Nanny Network and Portland Nanny Meetup. Both of these local groups do something a little different and serve different needs. Portland Nanny Network is great for find positions and getting insight on local events. Many nannies and parents post in the group so it isn't solely a place for making new friends. Portland Nanny Meetup, on the other hand, is all about meeting up both in and out of work. They have multiple get-togethers a month including: play dates, after work mixers, dinner dates and community activities. This group is only and specifically for nannies.
There are a myriad of other Facebook groups for nannies and probably many local to you. Finding a great group(s) to join is as easy as doing a quick search on Facebook. These are some of the ones we know of (we are not endorsing any of the following groups, just sharing the groups that we are aware of):
Nanny Care Hub
Nanny Care Tribe
Nannies with Attitude
Nanny Counsel Group
My Nanny Circle
Boldly Beautiful Nannies
The Nanny Share
The Nanny Collaborative
Nannies in London
Nannies Who Read
We would LOVE to hear about your favorite Nanny Facebook Groups!
Check out Meetup.com:
While we don't know of any meetups that are specifically Nanny centered, Meetup.com is a great place to make friends. If you have an interest, they probably have a meetup about it. If they don't, it isn't difficult to create your own. Meetup sends an e-mail each week to let you know of things going on locally. Even if you aren't in a group, you might discover something new.
Chat with people:
A nanny can usually tell when she is in the presence of another nanny. Even if you aren't sure, there is no harm in chatting with someone that also has kids while you are out with your Nanny Kids. Maybe you will make a new mom friend (or a bud for your Nanny Kids) and maybe you will even connect with a fellow nanny. Either way, it is always nice to meet new people and even if you don't connect long term, you will be happy that you had some adult interaction.
Take a class or workshop:
A class is a great way to broaden your horizons, learn something new and make friends! Find something that you are interested in or want to learn about. Common interests bring people together.
Talk to your agency:
Do you work for an awesome agency? Many agencies, like Planet Nanny, hold events for the nannies that work with them. Usually your agency can help you connect with other caregivers that work near you with Nanny Kids of a similar age.
Check out an events calendar:
If you are in Portland, Oregon check out PDXparent and their events calendar. There you can find lots of fun local happenings to enjoy with your kiddos. These events are often full of caregivers, many of whom are looking for friends too. Sometimes it just takes saying "hi". Obviously, always double check with your employers before taking your Nanny Kids somewhere new and meeting up with new people. If you aren't in the Greater Portland Area, a quick search for your hometown events calendar should offer lots of ideas.