Black History Month

Never Allow Teasing or Insults Rather than discussing civil rights and famous African Americans which children will be learning in school for Black History Month, we would like to honor Black History Month as a time for nannies and au pairs to teach children to resist bias and prejudice and embrace differences in others. We […]

President’s Day

The Story of the Cherry Tree and Cherry Thumbprint CookiesPresident’s Day is celebrated on the third Monday of February to honor two of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Today is a great day to remind children of the story of George Washington and the cherry tree. After telling children the story be […]

Black History Month

Preventing Prejudice in Children By Valuing Differences The terrific graphic to the left is from the Waterloo Public Library, 451 Commercial St., Waterloo, IA 50701 The article content below can be found at February is Black History Month. The children will be learning about famous African Americans and civil rights in school. But, this […]

Chinese New Year Books for Nannies and Au Pairs

Weekly Trip to the Library Tomorrow is Chinese New Year and this is the year of the tiger. The year 2010 is year 4707 in the Chinese calendar. Below, Chinese New Year for Kids by Cindy Roberts has plenty of activities, party ideas, art projects, and recipes to use with your charges for Chinese New […]

Chinese New Year Recipes for Nannies and Au Pairs

Mandarin Orange Muffins By Tami Rose, North Carolina To the Chinese, oranges and tangerines represent wealth, luck, and abundant happiness. Start your day off right with our healthy orange muffins and a big glass of orange juice. You Will Need: 1/2 C. Flour 1-3/4 tsp. Baking powder 1/2 tsp. Salt 1/4 tsp. Allspice 1/4 tsp […]

Easy Chinese New Year Paper Crafts for Nannies and Au Pairs

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and is a time of feasting with the family, celebration, fireworks, and gift-giving. It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival. This year Chinese New […]

February To-Do List

Monthly Reminder for Busy In-Home Childcare Providers February is a busy month. February is Black History Month, government offices and banks close to honor President’s Day, many celebrate the Chinese New Year, and we celebrate Valentine’s Day. But, February is also the shortest month, so don’t forget to pay your bills on time and take […]

Just Use Glass: BPA-Free Does Not Mean BPA-Free

Canada Finds the Toxin BPA in “BPA-Free” Baby Bottles An award-winning “BPA-free” baby bottle contained the highest traces of the toxic chemical when Health Canada tested for leaching into water, according to newly released test results. As we’ve all heard umpteen times by now, there is evidence that exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) may cause […]

Review of BPA-Free Thinkbaby Bottles

After the FDA had a press conference warning Americans of the dangers of BPA leaching into milk, water, juice, and foods from plastic containers, we found 12 BPA-free baby bottles for parents, nannies, and au pairs to use safely. We reviewed: the Adiri baby bottles which are BPA-free but the company is now out of […]

Review of "Top Tips for Bottle-feeding" by Clare Byam-Cook

Bottle-Feeding for Nannies and Au Pairs When caring for newborns and infants, nannies and au pairs must know how to bottle-feed babies. Even when new mothers feed their infants breast milk exclusively, the in-home caregiver will need to bottle-feed the infant breast milk. And, despite all the values of breastfeeding we have all heard, some […]