Crafts & Activities, Things to Do, Uncategorized

Three LOVEly Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

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...

For Parents, Uncategorized

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

Nannying 101, Uncategorized

An Open Letter to Nannies Amid a Global Pandemic

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

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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

Nannying 101, Uncategorized

How To Know When It’s Time to Move On

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...

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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...

Nannying 101, Uncategorized

What Should a Nanny Wear to Work?

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?