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
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
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
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
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
Today marks one year since I published my very first blog post on The Colorado Nanny! It's hard to believe it's already been a full year. Before starting this journey, I was pretty nervous about posting my writing on the internet for the world to see, and sharing my experiences in the nanny profession. I've… Continue reading Celebrating One Year!
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...
I absolutely LOVE this time of year! It may have something to do with the fact that my birthday is around the corner... But seriously, I love February. I love that we're finally into the new year and the heavy food holidays are over. I love that...
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...