Ringing in the New Year with Kids

This week we discussed what to charge on New Year’s Eve, kid-friendly cocktails to serve, and arts n’ crafts to do with children on New Year’s Eve. Here are more ideas to use with children as midnight approaches. If possible, rent some holiday movies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmasor The Polar Express [Blu-ray] […]

New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Sitters

Kid Friendly Cocktails to Toast in the New Year Drink # 1 Kid Friendly Pink Champagne Punch 1 12-ounce bottle white grape juice 1 6-ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed 1 16-ounce pkg. frozen whole strawberries, thawed 1 12-ounce can lemon-lime soda, chilled 8 cherries (optional) Combine 1/2 of the grape juice, lemonade, and strawberries […]

Children’s Arts N’ Crafts for New Year’s Eve Party

On Sunday we discussed that nannies and au pairs should charge more when working on New Year’s Eve. Click here to see article or to let us know how much you charge on New Year’s Eve. In preparation for New Year’s Eve let the children that are hosting the party help you decorate their playroom […]

Are You Working New Year’s Eve?

What Nannies and Au Pairs Should Charge for New Year’s Eve   A nanny can charge more when her services are likely to be in higher demand, such as on holidays. We recommend you charge more than your usual rate if asked to work on New Year’s Eve. First, check your work agreement to see […]

Kwanzaa for Nannies and Au Pairs

Weekly Trip to the LibraryThe Black CandleDVDBy M.K. AsanteNarrated by Maya Angelou Written and directed by M.K. Asante, the movie is narrated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Maya Angelou and features contemporary interviews with Karenga, rapper Chuck D, pro football Hall of Famer Jim Brown and numerous other luminaries who weigh in on the value […]

Christmas Books for Children

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss) By Dr. Seuss Everyone’s favorite Christmas story. Mr. Grinch is a grouch. He tries to ruin Christmas for the happy Whovilles in Whoville. But is he rotten enough to ruin Whoville’s Christmas Whobilation this year? Based on Dr. Seuss’s wacky and wonderful classic picture book, How the Grinch […]

Christmas Eve Traditions

Leaving Santa Cookies On Christmas eve, the night before Christmas, children expect a visit from Santa and stockings are hung by the fireplace to collect gifts from Santa. It is customary to read children some Christmas stories to complete their evening. The classic The Night Before Christmas is by far, the most popular short story […]

Reindeer Recipes for Nannies and Au Pairs to Use with Kids

Magic Reindeer Food Many families leave cookies and milk for Santa, but what about his reindeer? Sprinkled on the lawn on Christmas Eve, Magic Reindeer Food leaves a glittering path–and a sweet snack–for Rudolph and friends. Package Magic Reindeer Food recipe in zipper food storage bags. In a small zipper food storage bag or empty […]

Making a Gingerbread House with Kids

We made the gingerbread house in the photo with a kit. The kit has the cookies already baked and in the shapes needed to make the house. The kit also includes icing, candies, and coconut to use to decorate the house. But, if you want to make a real gingerbread house from scratch here are […]

Making Garland with Kids

PAPER LINK GARLAND Easiest You will need: Construction paper Glue sticks Scissors 1. Simply cut out long strips of construction any colors you like about four inches long and one inch wide. 2. Place some glue on one end of the first strip and overlap it over the other end to form a loop 3. […]