Dangers in the Medicine Cabinet

Michael Jackson’s Death is a Tragic Reminder to Keep Prescriptions Out of the Hands of ChildrenBy Stephanie Felzenberg, Editor of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter.Just like Anna Nicole Smith and Heath Ledger, it seems likely that the death of Michael Jackson may have been caused by prescription drugs. It is a tragic reminder that medication […]

Affording a nanny

Parents often believe a nanny is too expensive and are surprised by how affordable a nanny can be. By Michelle BarbeeExaminer.com The best childcare is affordable, convenient, safe, nurturing, and educational and has a low child-adult ratio. Daycare centers, home daycares and nannies can all fit these criteria, but many parents don’t even consider a […]

Pack Your Bags For A Fun-Filled Trip With Barney & Friends™ In An All-New DVD!

Barney™: Let’s Go On VacationFrom Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment When nannies and au pairs plan to travel with two- to five-year olds this summer don’t forget to pack a portable DVD player and the new DVD Barney™: Let’s Go On Vacation. Featuring fun stories never-before-seen on TV, Barney, Baby Bop, B.J. Riff, and playground friend […]

Prevent Summer Brain Drain

Kids are like sponges. Don’t let them dry out this summer. “Brain drain” describes a phenomenon that occurs when kids are on extended vacation from school. Studies show that children tend to forget school lessons from the last month or two of school. Especially vulnerable are math skills. This brain drain is not inevitable. Your […]

Don’t Flip Flop on Foot Safety

More summer safety tips for au pairs and nannies. Let’s continue to discuus the topic of summer safety that we started last week. Think of summer and you may invoke images of your charges wearing flip flops. Cool, easy-on and easy-off, flip flops are a favorite summer footwear. But should they be? Flip flops certainly […]

Children’s Father’s Day Books

Weekly Trip to the Library for Au Pairs and Nannies A Father’s SongBy Janet LawlerIn lyrical and charming verse, a father expresses his deep love for his child. With its warm text and lively illustrations that capture a fun day at the park, it’s the perfect Father’s Day picture book. Butterfly Kisses By Brooke Carlisle […]

Oh No: The Nanny Is Leaving

Check out the cute article on Forbes.comBy Joan Indiana RigdonI found salvation in our nanny. How am I going to stay sane and work without her?

Father’s Day Gifts to Make With Children

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21, 2009. Nannies and au pairs should not be expected to spend a fortune on gifts for their Dad Bosses (as we often call our employers). But, if you are an in-home childcare provider it is common to help the children make a card and gift for their father for […]

New York Nanny Took Cold Medicine, Slept While Baby Drowned in Mop Bucket

Yesterday we discussed water safety for nannies and au pairs. Yesterday Fox News calls a New York childcare worker a nanny but she was really a daycare worker. Regardless of the caregiver’s job title a tragic drowning is a reminder to all nannies and au pairs to closely monitor children around water. NEW YORK — […]

Top 3 Rules of Water Safety for Nannies and Au Pairs

Supervise, Supervise, Supervise Swimming, boating, fishing — water sports are among the favorite activities in the summer. Everyone seems to want to be near the water, or in it, during the summer, Whether at ocean, lake or pool, chances are that you will have to take care of your charges while they are engaged in […]