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Nine Characteristics of an Exceptional Nanny

As more families gain a dual-income, they need care for their kids while they work. The individualized care of a nanny is quite attractive, but not all nannies provide the same quality of care. Of course you want a good nanny, even a great nanny -- someone who is responsible, trustworthy, and genuinely enjoys kids,… Continue reading Nine Characteristics of an Exceptional Nanny

For Parents, Home, Uncategorized

National Nanny Recognition Week: Six Ways to Thank Your Nanny

Hey Nannies, did you know there is a whole week dedicated to appreciating you and everything you do? For those of you who employ a nanny, National Nanny Recognition Week is a great time to thank your nanny for her hard work. Most of us don't just care for children; we also manage the home… Continue reading National Nanny Recognition Week: Six Ways to Thank Your Nanny

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Ten Useful Questions to Ask During a Nanny Reference Check

By asking the right questions, an employer can get a better idea of a candidate's personality and job-related abilities in a shorter amount of time. Use the following questions as a starting place. Choose a few or use them all to help guide the conversation. While asking these questions to former employers and coworkers, it… Continue reading Ten Useful Questions to Ask During a Nanny Reference Check

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Homeschool Resources for Preschoolers Amid COVID-19 Daycare & School Closures

Like most of you, this has been a strange week for my family and nanny-family. We've had to adjust to different work hours, work environments, and school hiatuses. We've been dealing with uncertainty related to a virus with no end in sight, and trying to figure out what a new normal looks like. We all… Continue reading Homeschool Resources for Preschoolers Amid COVID-19 Daycare & School Closures

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Eight Red Flags to Look Out for in a Potential Nanny

Hiring a nanny can be a daunting process. Either you have a plethora of nanny applications to sift through, or you have very few to choose from. Regardless of your situation, it's important to know what you are looking for in a candidate and to not compromise on the most important issues. On top of… Continue reading Eight Red Flags to Look Out for in a Potential Nanny

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How to Know If She’s the One: Ten Questions to Ask Your Potential Nanny in an Interview

As anyone who has interviewed before knows, there are certain questions that bring about the most fruitful answers. Interviewing a nanny is no different than in other fields, but it can be difficult to know just what those most beneficial questions are, especially if you are a first-time employer. Some of the most telling questions to ask...

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Enough is Enough: How to Gain an Education on Childhood Sexual Assault Prevention

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend Feather Berkower's course, Parenting Safe Children, designed to educate parents and caregivers on how to keep children safe from sexual assault. Although previous to the class I was fairly informed about victim grooming and the importance of teaching kids the names of their anatomical body parts, I was missing...

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Five Skills a Nanny Would Never Include on a Résumé

Nannies develop a plethora of skills through the years that are entirely necessary, but just aren’t...advertisable. The following list is a collection of those skills from myself and my nanny friends. Maybe you can relate with some of these and maybe you have your own secret nanny skills to share. 1. How to judge a… Continue reading Five Skills a Nanny Would Never Include on a Résumé

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Hidden Costs (and Benefits) of Hiring a Nanny

Childcare is expensive. That we know for sure. But what we often fail to recognize are the true costs and benefits of that care. Whether you put your child in daycare or hire a nanny, you are essentially trusting someone else to raise your kid(s). I can’t speak to daycares because I’ve never worked in… Continue reading Hidden Costs (and Benefits) of Hiring a Nanny