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?
If you've ever spent time with a nanny, chances are you've heard her use at least one nanny-related term you've never heard before. As in any field, there are certain words typically used only by those in the nanny-sphere. Whether you're a new nanny, an employer of a nanny, or just curious, you too, can… Continue reading Sound Like a Pro: Know the Latest Nanny Jargon
Quite a few people enter into the nanny world with no intention to stay, but every once in a while it claims the life of a naïve person who's fallen in love. I would say that's the story for many of us. Now we've got our foot in the door, but where do we go… Continue reading How to Set Yourself Up for Success as a Professional Nanny
Applying for a nanny job may seem different than applying for a typical job, but it really isn't. The basics remain the same -- professionalism all the way around. It starts with a résumé that says...
Regardless of whether you or your employers celebrate Christmas, it never hurts to offer up a token of your appreciation for their family. It just so happens that the holiday season is the perfect time for that. The only question is: What do you get for the people who trust you with their children, treat… Continue reading Help! What Do I Gift My Employers for Christmas?
June, 3, 2020 Dear Fellow Nannies, It's been a crazy two months. Like most of you, my day-to-day changed significantly overnight in mid-March. I went from working five days a week to six days a week because of the nature of my employers' jobs during COVID-19. I went from dropping A off at his full-time… Continue reading An Open Letter to Nannies Amid a Global Pandemic
Being a nanny is a wonderful gift. Sure it's exhausting and difficult at times, but ultimately it's highly rewarding. You get to experience the world from the view of a child, teach valuable lessons, and love other people's children like your own. But it doesn't last forever. Eventually it will be time to move on -- sometimes naturally and sometimes by choice. Because caring for children can be emotional, it's often difficult to know when to bow out. Ask yourself...
It isn't always obvious what a nanny should wear to work. She's a professional, but she also works intimately with children. She's a professional, but she isn't a teacher. She's a professional, but she needs to be comfortable. I would never claim to be the most fashionable nanny out there. In fact, I don't even… Continue reading What Should a Nanny Wear to Work?
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...
Whenever I tell a stranger what I do for work, their response is almost always the same -- "Oh, okay." -- The end. People assume they know what I do and rarely ask follow-up questions. Unbeknownst to many, nannying is actually a very complex job. I am responsible for someone else's children; I am responsible… Continue reading Six Common Misunderstandings About The Nanny Profession