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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

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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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What is the Difference Between a Nanny and an Au Pair?

Nannies and au pairs are great options when considering childcare. They both fulfill many of the same duties and will become an important part of your family. It is a common misconception, however, that the terms are interchangeable. If they perform the same job and play the same role in the family, why are they… Continue reading What is the Difference Between a Nanny and an Au Pair?

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What is a Nanny-Share?

So you've heard this term nanny-share thrown around a lot lately, but aren't quite sure what it means. As someone who has experienced several nanny-share positions, I can confidently say it is one of the greatest innovations of the twenty-first century nanny industry. So, what exactly is it and why is it gaining so much… Continue reading What is a Nanny-Share?

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Do You Know What Kind of In-Home Childcare You Need?

When thinking of a nanny, people typically think of someone who regularly babysits for the same family. While that is true to a certain extent, there is so much more that goes into being a nanny than regular childcare, including the levels of responsibilities one might hold. If you're looking to hire a nanny, it's… Continue reading Do You Know What Kind of In-Home Childcare You Need?

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A Basic Guide to Homeschooling Preschool

There are so many parents and nannies out there right now who are trying to navigate home education while using the social distance learning plans sent out by their child's teacher. I realize the virtual lesson plans, the Zoom meetings, and the emails aren't a perfect substitute for in-class learning, but consider parents and nannies… Continue reading A Basic Guide to Homeschooling Preschool

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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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Creating a Nanny Contract

If you have vetted the applicants/families, completed an in-person interview, and made a verbal agreement to either hire a nanny or work for a family, it is extremely important as both a nanny and an employer to sign a written contract. It is a legally binding agreement that makes sure both parties are on the same page about job responsibilities and benefits. Especially if you are...