Male Nannies

Can a man care for the baby as a woman does?

There is a widespread belief that women have the innate ability to raise children and men lack this ability. However, many situations experienced today show that this may be different. Recently, we see in both domestic and foreign media that there are many women who give insufficient care to their children. On the other hand, men who are as skilled as a woman and sometimes even more in childcare are increasing compared to the past.

What kind of babysitting training do you think a man should receive? What to learn?

Psychological and physiological development characteristics of the baby, care, nutrition, clothing, first aid, feeding and toilet habits, adaptation and behavior problems (such as thumb sucking, bedwetting), physical ailments (gas pain, tooth and ear pain, diaper rash, etc.) ), they need to be trained in games and activities, songs and fairy tales according to age.

Do you think babysitting is a professional, learnable thing, or can it be instinctive?

It is thought that women are instinctively born with the ability to carry, give birth and care for the baby. However, what is understood in terms of infants today is not only to meet the basic care needs of the infant, but also to support the child’s language, mental and psychological development. This is only possible if the nannies receive training on this subject. Therefore, baby care can be learned as well as instinctive.

What are the pros and cons of a male nanny?

Modeling: Especially for boys, having a male nanny is important in terms of modeling. Especially considering that fathers work hard, come home late, and frequently go on business trips, the time the child spends with his father is very limited. In this case, a male nanny may be more appropriate in terms of having a male model.

Active Activities:The reason why male nannies are more successful especially in active activities (such as ball, car, mechanic) may be the reason why they are preferred.

Rivalry: From time to time, mothers may see female nannies as their competitors. Especially when the nanny can do something that the mother cannot do (such as feeding or sleeping), the mother may feel uncomfortable and question her own mothering skills or she prefers to dismiss the nanny. When the nanny is male, there will be no such competition.

Absence of Mother: The biggest problem of a working mother is not being able to spend enough time with her child and not being able to take care of her enough. It is both pleasing and enviable for the mother that another woman does this job instead of them and the child’s closeness to the nanny. He may think that the nanny has taken his place in the eyes of the child. However, this is not the case when a male nanny is involved.

Authority: Most children grow up in a world surrounded by women. The child, whose mother, nanny, helper, teacher is always a woman, may not accept the authority of women in time. Especially for boys, having a male nanny can make them see him as both an older brother and an authority.

However, while female nannies are expected to support housework from time to time, it may not be possible to expect this from male nannies. Parents may not prefer a male nanny for their daughters. Fathers may see male nannies as rivals.

Does this trend abroad seem preferable in Turkey?

Although this trend may not seem to be preferred by the general public in the near future, it may be preferred by the upper socio-cultural part of the society, especially for male child care.

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