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?
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?
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?
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
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
If you've ever spent time with a nanny, chances are you've heard her use at least one of the following terms. 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 be privy… Continue reading Sound Like a Pro: Know the Latest Nanny Jargon
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...
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...
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...