Mealtime Manners are Important

Table Manners Star Chart

Nannies must help teach nanny kids table manners by modeling proper manners. Shiela Ellison, author of 365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids explains that manners are behaviors that reflect awareness of other people’s feelings.

It takes time to teach kids socially acceptable behavior. This learning happens each day within the family.

A child with manners can confidently interact with others in a way that attracts positive feedback, which encourage the good manners to continue.

Make a star chart listing all of the mealtime manners you want the kids to follow. Perhaps start with one manner per week to work on together. If after the meal the child feels they have succeeded they can give themselves a star.

Shiela Ellison’s list of mealtime manners:

1. Stay seated while eating
2. Age appropriate proper use of utensils
3. Keep elbows off the table
4. Ask for food to be passed
5. Ask to be excused
6. Chew with mouth closed
7. Leave hand and napkins in lap
8. Say please and thank you
9. For older kids no cell phones or electronics at the table


Shiela Ellison, 365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids

EWG Best Sunscreens for Kids

Best nanny newsletter suncreens

Does Your Sunscreen Make the List?

Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) rates the best sunscreens. The EWG selected the sunscreens below that are marketed for use on babies and children.

The EWG recommends using lotions rather than sunscreen sticks because some studies indicate that people tend to apply too little sunscreen when using sticks, so those products are not listed here.

Other ways to protect children from the sun’s UV rays is to:

Wear Clothes
Shirts, hats, shorts, and pants reduce the burn risk by 27%.

Find Shade or Make It
Find shade under a tree or make shade using a canopy, or umbrella which can reduce the risk of burns by 30%.

Sunglass protect your eyes from UV radiation.

Plan Around the Sun
Go outdoors early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun is lower in the sky.

Check UV Index
The UV index provides important information to help plan your outdoor activities in ways to prevent sun overexposure.

EWG’s 2017 Best Sunscreen Guide for Kids:

Adorable Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+

All Good Kid’s SPF 30

All Terrain KidSport SPF 30

Aveeno Baby Sensitive SPF 50

Babytime! SPF 35

Badger Baby SPF 30

Blue Lizardaby SPF 30+

BurnOut Kids SPF 35

California Baby SPF 30+

Carribean Sol SPF 30

Kiss My Face Organics Kids

Sunology for Kids SPF 50

ThinkSport Kids SPF 50+

Tom’s of Main Baby SPF 30

TruKid Sport SPF 30


Environmental Working Group

Father’s Day Shirt Cards

Creative Wednesdays Fathers Day is on the third Sunday of June in America. You don’t need to buy expensive gifts for your employer for Father’s Day. Instead, make this very simple and inexpensive card with the kids to give to their father. You Will Need: Brightly Colored Card Stock Buttons Scissors Glue Ruler Pencil What […]

[Continue reading...]

What I Love About Dad Journal

Father’s Day Gift Dad’s love personalized gifts from their sons and daughters. Help your nanny kids make this gift for their father. What I Love about Dad contains fill-in-the-blank lines for your nanny kids to describe why their pops is tops.  Just complete each line and voilà: you have a uniquely personal gift he’ll read again […]

[Continue reading...]

Indian Chicken Vindaloo with Lemon Rice

Cooking for Kids I cook for my entire nanny family. So, I decided to try making a popular Indian dish chicken vindaloo and lemon rice now they ask for it over and over again. Here are the recipes I use that I found online at epicurious and How to Cook Everything What You Need: 3 […]

[Continue reading...]

5 Ways to Teach Kids Patience

Kids Don’t Naturally Know How to Delay Gratification When I first started working as a nanny I found a lot of great ideas to use with my nanny kids from author Sheila Ellison.  I will share her clever ideas on how to teach children to be patient today. The only way to teach children difficult […]

[Continue reading...]

Asian Fried Cauliflower Rice

Cooking for Kids I love cauliflower rice. There are dozens of recipe options but this is my nanny family’s favorite recipe I found on SkinnyTaste web site. It’s such an easy and yummy way to get the kids to eat more vegetables. You Will Need: 1 medium head (about 24 oz) cauliflower, rinsed 1 tbsp […]

[Continue reading...]

Giving Kids Food to Feel Better Leads to the Bad Habit of Emotional Eating

Nanny Confessions I confess, I’ve done it. I have promised kids a cookie after they get a vaccination or handed them a Popsicle to get them to stop crying after skinning their knees. And I’ve done it to myself. When my date has blown me off I eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s […]

[Continue reading...]

How Nannies Can Use Minimalsim 

How Minimalism Impacts Kids After seeing the film, “Minimalism: A Documentary” on Netflix and following the Allie Cazazza minimalism blog I have been decluttering, cleaning out, and donating material items from my home. Now, I am convinced it’s time to do the same with my nanny kids’ playrooms and bedrooms. Allie Cazazza shows us by […]

[Continue reading...]

10 Simple Ways Nannies Can Utilize the Montessori Method in the Home

“When dealing with children there is greater need for observing than of probing” — Maria Montessori Article By Ashley Scott of Secrets of a Montessori Nanny The Montessori Method is one of the most successful forms of education. In fact, many successful historical figures, including Anne Frank, Hellen Keller, and Eric Erickson were educated in […]

[Continue reading...]