Nanny Websites Allowing Parents to Offer Less than Minimum Wage

Why do nanny websites allow parents to post jobs offering less than minimum wage? “Nannies are on their own when interviewing with families found on nanny websites. They must not accept jobs offering salaries lower than the minimum wage.” De-Shaun Silas, a nanny from Memphis, TN brought to our attention that some nanny websites allow […]

Weekly Trip to the Library

The Baby Bistro Cookbook by Joohee Muromcew Yesterday we posted Part 1 of Brenda Nixon’s essay “Feeding Finicky Toddlers” from her book, The Birth to Five Book. Below is part II of the essay in which Brenda Nixon recommends The Baby Bistro Cookbook. The Baby Bistro Cookbook by Joohee Muromcew advises [child caregivers] not to […]

Feeding Finicky Toddlers

By Brenda Nixon, Author of The Birth to Five Book In her book, The Birth to Five Book, Brenda Nixon discusses how to feed a finicky toddler. Below is the first part of her essay on finicky eaters. Got a toddler who’s shy about new foods? Are you struggling to get [a] young one to […]

Too Many Sweets and Junk Foods?

By Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., Author of Healthy Foods, Healthy Kids Remove cakes, cookies, donuts, ice cream, and salty snacks from the house. That does not mean you must deprive children of treats all together. Offer healthier alternatives such as mini muffins, graham crackers, animal crackers, fig bars, and gingersnaps. Popcorn, pretzels, and flavored […]

Childhood Eating Disorders: What the Nanny Should Know

In July we began the teaching children to respect themselves and others. Anna P., a nanny from Bethesda, MD cares for a teen-aged girl that hurts herself. She explains, “I work for a blended family and one of the teen daughters is anorexic. Nothing is more important than helping children develop self-worth and self-respect. Do […]

The ABC’s of Helping Children with Social Conflicts by Ann Rasmussen, PsyD

Each social conflict a child brings home offers an opportunity for you to serve as a child’s own loving guide, wisely listening, reflecting, and questioning. We hold up a mirror to reveal features that children can’t see within themselves which obstruct their own path, converting adversity into a deepening opportunity, and coaxing the best out […]

Weekly Trip to the Library

How to Say it To Your Kids by Dr. Paul Coleman Dr. Paul Coleman, a family therapist and father, reveals the six fundamental approaches to talking with children. Forming the mnemonic TENDER — Teach, Empathize, Negotiate, Do’s & Don’ts, Encourage, and Report — these six basic ways of communicating cover every conceivable issue of concern. […]

Are Nannies and Au Pairs Being Bullied?

We have been discussing kids that are bullied. But what about nannies that feel bullied by their employers? Photo from ABC television series What Would You Do? In February, 2009 ABC’s “What Would You Do?” television series asked what you would do if you saw a nanny being mistreated. Would you speak up or look […]

Is Your Charge a Bully?

FOR THE KIDS: Are you a bully and don’t know it? Maybe you know you’re a bully, but don’t know how to change your ways? Ask yourself these questions: 1. Does it make you feel better to hurt other people or take their things? 2. Are you bigger and stronger than other people your age? […]

For The Kids: About Being Bullied

We have been discussing that adults must never consider bullying in any form as unimportant. To a child, being bullied in any form (verbal, physical, or relationship) is devastating. Once kids have spoken to you, their teacher, and parents about being bullied, there are lots of things children can do to prevent future bullying. First […]