Coaching Motivation

Dorothy Rich, author of Megaskills shares activities that help children gain the sense of discipline it takes to stay motivated, to work against discouragement, and to face competition and challenge. Below are her activities from her book Megaskills to coach motivation and beat boredom. These activities will help children (and adults) see the world with […]

Motivating Children for Nannies and Au Pairs

Dorothy Rich, the author of MegaSkills says, “Children are born motivated, not bored. They come out into the world eager, reaching, looking, touching — and that’s what we want them to keep on doing.” She continues, “Just outside our front door is a world of experiences waiting to delight even the child who complains bitterly, […]

Understanding Babbling

Survey About Language Development in Children for Nannies and Au Pairs In the book, How to Talk to Your Baby by Dorothy P. Dougherty it reads, “Researchers have concluded that all infants make the identical babbling sounds — “ba,” “ka,” “ma,” and “pa.” It does not matter with which language the infant is surrounded.” The […]

Weekly Trip to the Library

Touchpoints Birth to Three by T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. The past two days we quoted T. Berry Brazelton, M.D. in two articles that show his empathy for mothers and deep respect for in-home childcare providers. See his list of best characteristics a great caregiver should have by clicking here. His book, Touchpoints, is easy to […]

Parents that Have Separation Anxiety

What Parents Need to Know to Feel Comfortable with a CaregiverIn the book Touchpoints the Essential Reference, T. Berry Brazelton, M. D, explains, “We are all aware of how critical a nurturing environment can be to a small child, and that separation from a parent is traumatic in itself.” But what about when the parent […]

The Jealous Parent

The Nanny or Au Pair and Parent RelationshipThe relationship between a parent and nanny (or au pair) is just as important as the relationship between the caregiver and the child. Although caring for children is a nanny’s top priority, if the caregiver cannot communicate effectively with the parents, or help raise the children as the […]

Nannies, What’s Your Advice for Weaning Children Off the Pacifier?

Pat Cascio, Owner of Morningside Nannies in Houston, Texas and The Association of Premier Nanny Agencies 2008 Agency of the Year award winner emailed Be the Best Nanny Newsletter stating, “I would love to hear what professional nannies have to say about giving up the pacifier by age two.” Well known pediatrician and author of […]

Bill would require background checks on people who work inside other’s homes

Article from macon.comBy Amy Leigh Womack This summer we discussed that some nanny web sites have misleading advertisements claiming they have pre-screened nannies on their sites. Click here to see the beginning of the series about misleading advertising. The discussion lead us to share how parents must complete background checks on in-home childcare providers. Click […]


What Should a Nanny Interested in Obtaining Health Insurance Do? By Richard A. Eisenberg, CLUY, ChFC, CLTC of Eisenberg Associates Health insurance options for nannies as they exist right now. Everyone interested in health insurance has been following the national debate on health reform. Nannies have a special interest in the outcome, since almost all […]

National Nanny Recognition Week

September 20 – 26, 2009National Nanny Recognition Week (NNRW) was started in 1998 by a group of nanny industry professionals to promote and honor professional nannies. In 1999, the National Association of Nannies took the lead with NNRW, and held it the last week in September. In 2007, the Association of Professional Nannies took over […]