Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies On Monday June 1, 2009 the June issue of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter will be sent out. The discussion of this issue covers cultural differences between nannies and mothers who hire them to care for their children. Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New […]

Homesickness for Live-in Nannies and Au Pairs

There’s No Place Like Home Psychologists consider moving to be one of the major stresses in life. Leaving behind friends, familiar places, and activities creates anxiety for everyone. It is helpful for nannies and au pairs that are moving to another town to work as a live-in nanny or au pair to remember that the […]

The Pros and Cons of Being a Live-In Nanny

Donna Moore is an 18-year-old high school graduate originally from Birmingham, Alabama that moved to Fairfield, Connecticut for a year to work as a live-in nanny. She has found that working for a family with three children has been a great opportunity. The live-in nanny explains, “The family welcomed me with open arms and have […]

Beware of the Queen of Talk

You Can’t Believe Everything You See on TV. Daytime talk shows are the staple and most influential genre of daytime television. But, beware of what you view on TV, because not everything televised is true. Talk shows are not unbiased documentaries of objective journalism. The guests often appear to promote their products making the show […]

The Electronic Babysitter

How Au Pairs and Nannies Can Monitor Proper Television Viewing For Children Television can have positive effects on children if we use programs to educate. Parents, nannies, and au pairs can tape videos of programs that tie into the children’s school lessons, interests, or hobbies. For example, adults should tape a show on dinosaurs or […]

Trip to the Library for Au Pairs and Nannies

365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Child By Steven J. Bennet and Ruth Bennett Make the most of your time with your charges-whether it’s five minutes or a whole afternoon-with simple, fun activities that will excite the whole family. From arts and crafts to toymaking to math and number games, 365 TV-Free Activities […]

Daytime TV for Nannies and Au Pairs

The News, The Noise, The Courts, The SoapsChildren have trouble separating fantasy and reality. For example, in a television show the actors are not really hitting one another. They are acting and they aren’t even bruised or bleeding. In real life getting hit is an awful experience. Courts are convened to rend a legal opinion. […]

Should Nannies and Au Pairs Allow Children to Watch Game Shows and Situation Comedies?

Daytime television is filled with game shows and with reruns of syndicated situation comedies. Most adults assume there is no harm if nannies, au pairs, and kids watch “Seinfeld” or “The Price is Right.” Right? Wrong. Children are tough and resilient. Seldom are there single events that shape their perspective of life, rather, a culmination […]

Violence in the Media

Nannies and Au Pairs Must Monitor Media for Children Television, movies, magazines, newspapers, radio, music videos, video games, and the Internet are strong influences on children. Modern media technology greatly improves our lives with immediate access to news throughout the entire world, as well as educating us to other opinions, and our total learning. But, […]

"…after these messages."

Effect of TV Commercials on ChildrenThe most dangerous words your charges will ever hear broad-casted on the television are, “We will return after these messages.” The “messages” are not benign sources of information intended to benefit your life or the life of your charges. Advertisements, marketing companies, and sales pitches take up one-fifth of most […]