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Some work-at-home moms hire part-time nannies or mother's helpers to watch the children while they work. This type of nannying position has special considerations for both the parents and the childcare provider. Since the nanny is in the home at the same time as the mother, there may be some confusion regarding authority.
It's the responsibility of the mother to instill discipline into her children. Even though Mom may be in the house, "work hours" should be designated and the children should know that while Mom is working, the nanny is in charge. Ideally, the work at home mom will be out of sight in a separate portion of the house during the time that the nanny is there to take care of her children.
For work-at-home mom's, being in the house has its advantages. If a major emergency occurs, the mother is able to be close at hand. But for all other minor problems, the nanny should have the authority to deal with the children with regards to discipline and house rules. This will allow the work-at-home mom to complete her work without interruption and with the peace of mind knowing that her children are taken care of.