Often times we must consider the blanket statements that come out of our mouths that paint individuals with too broad of a brush. Nannies, not every family you encounter will treat you with the disregard your previous family perhaps treated you with. Families, not every nanny you encounter is uncouth and difficult to deal with- these are the statements we often see made so liberally on social media.
Although we all have the tendency to be more cautious and guarded because of our experiences in the past, we must also ensure that we are not entering any situation where we have faulty preconceived ideas about some individuals which may affect the way we view them.
I’m reading a great book titled “A Course in Miracles” and this statement captured my attention and convicted my spirit. The authors say “that you respond to what you perceive, as you perceive so shall you behave. The golden rule asks you to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The authors go on to say that “you cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly.” I believe that these statements are profound and we can apply them to our family/nanny relationships. In the end, we must realize that we are the ones that are modelling the right behaviors and attitudes to the children in our midst and with that knowledge we must aspire to do better with the way we treat each other.