What Kindergarten Teachers Know

WEEKLY TRIP TO THE LIBRARY What Kindergarten Teachers Know by Lisa Holewa and Joan Rice This book discusses practical and playful ways for caregivers to help children listen, learn, and cooperate at home. I just love that the book is small in size and a quick read. It includes easy-to-follow suggestions about helping children listen […]

A WEALTH OF NANNIES

KID-CARE SOPHISTICATESBy Andrea Peyserhttp://www.nypost.com/seven/01192009/news/columnists/a_wealth_of_nannies_150816.htm Although we agree that many professionals become nannies (click http://bestnannynewsletter.blogspot.com/2009/01/professionals-that-become-nannies.html) we do not agree with the author that a nanny’s job is not mentally stimulating. Is a nanny’s work not mentally stimulating? Is there really such a thing as an “overeducated” nanny as the author states in this article? Are nannies […]

CREATIVE DISCIPLINE FOR OLDER CHILDREN

Using Poker Chips in Lieu Of Money as Reward By Dr Ruth Peters, Clinical Psychologist and Author Little kids, little consequences, bigger kids, bigger consequences. That seems to be the key when using negative and positive consequences to motivate children. And, as children grow into their tweens you need to be even more creative, especially […]

CARING FOR STUBBORN CHILDREN

Power Struggles Vs. Natural ConsequencesBy Theresea Hugheshttp://www.free-toddlers-activity-and-discipline-guide.com/ When working with stubborn children the last thing nannies and au pairs should do is to get into power struggles. When caregivers try to show children that they are stronger, they are being as immature as the stubborn children. Power struggles teach children to be fearful throughout life […]

BAD IMAGE FOR NANNIES AND FAMILIES

Shocking Confessions of a Nanny!http://www.momlogic.com/2009/01/3_kids_10_nannies.php When I click on this story and read posts like the one written by this “nanny” I instinctively feel that the author is not merely exaggerating and that much of the narrative is fictional, but that it isn’t even written by a professional nanny. I want to scream, “It’s a […]

REWARDING CHILDREN FOR NANNIES AND AU PAIRS

Sweet Rewards You Can’t Eathttp://www.stvincent.org/NR/rdonlyres/CF830B84-75C2-47F1-9DA7-A6A9EF664AF2/0/SweetRewardsCantEat.pdf Let’s face it, kids are bombarded with food rewards.Win Math Olympics at school – get a pizza party.Win the soccer game – ice cream all around.Come to Sunday school – we’ve got doughnuts! Unfortunately, we have become a society that uses food for much more than fueling the needs of […]

Positive Attention For Nannies and Au Pairs

The Power of Positive Attention To continue the conversation about discipline we have posted an article about positive attention below. http://www.daic.org/Tips.html Positive attention reassures children, builds self-esteem, and creates a happier environment for the whole family. [Caregivers] should: 1. Make positive attention specific: Tell [the] child exactly what he or she did that you liked. […]

NANNYGATE DISCUSSED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Our friends in the nanny industry are quoted in the The New York Times. Here is the link to the article below.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/24/your-money/taxes/24money.html?_r=1&ref=businessDoing the Right Thing by Paying the Nanny TaxBy RON LIEBER The nanny tax issue simply won’t go away. Ever since Zoë Baird, President Bill Clinton’s first nominee for attorney general, withdrew her name […]

WEEKLY TRIP TO THE LIBRARY

1-2-3 Magic By Thomas W. Phelan, PhD 1 – 2 – 3 Magic By Thomas W. Phelan, PhD. is a very popular discipline book for caregivers working with children ages 2 to 12. The methods described in the book are easy to master and you can start the program right away. Dr. Phelan explains how […]

CAROLINE KENNEDY NANNYGATE PROBLEMS

The New York Post, The New York Times, Associated Press, and Daily News are reporting that Caroline Kennedy dropped her bid for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s old Senate seat because she had tax problems involving a household employee. Could it be true that the same day that one nominee for a position on Obama’s cabinet is […]