Are Nannies Making Less Now?

The Wall Street Journal Says Now is the Time to Hire Bargain Nannies The Wall Street Journal published the article, Soft Economy Eases Cost of Hiring a Nanny by Pui-Wing Tam last week. The newspaper reports the best place to find a bargain nanny is in California. The article says that nannies in California used […]

The Ferber Technique

Firm Sleep Method: Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems By Dr. Richard Ferber In the April 2010 Be the Best Nanny Newsletter we discussed popular infant sleep methods. We have already reviewed a few books about gentle infant sleep methods on our blog. Last Saturday we reviewed how to comfort a newborn with the help of […]

Monthly Poll for Nannies and Au Pairs

Caring for Children with Special Needs Are you an in-home childcare provider that has cared for a special needs child? What are your biggest challenges caring for special needs children? Do you charge more when caring for special needs children? The May 2010 issue of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter will discuss caring for children […]

Parents, to Keep Your Nanny Offer Tax Deductible Health Insurance Benefits

Tax Deductible HRA and HSA for Parents to Offer Nannies Providing benefits for your nanny is a great way to keep her long-term. Benefits that you may want to offer your nanny include: paid vacation (2 weeks minimum); paid Federal holidays (at least six days including New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, […]

What if the Parents Don’t Want to Pay My Nanny Taxes?

April 15 is Tax DayIn a monthly poll about nanny taxes Be the Best Nanny Newsletter conducted in April, 2006 the most common reasons parents gave for not paying their employee’s nanny taxes were that there was too much paperwork, it’s too confusing, and costs too much. That is why we suggest the nanny purchase […]

If You Get Laid-Off Will You Be Able to Collect Unemployment Benefits?

Must Be Paid On-The-Books to Collect Unemployment or Disability Benefits Tomorrow is tax day! Being paid-on-the-books is the best way to protect yourself in case you are laid-off or get sick. If you are one of the 70% to 80% estimated domestic employees that are not tax compliant (according to IRS estimates) there is no […]

Donate to Help Heroine Nanny Pay for Medical Expenses and Learn From Mistake She Made

By now we have all heard about the heroine nanny, Alyson Myatt, who rushed barefoot through flames to save the five-year-old boy in her care on March 23, 2010. She is a true “Super Nanny.” But, firefighters say the story also brings a lesson for everyone, because of a mistake the nanny made. And, she […]

The Five S’s

Review of The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp Author of The Happiest Baby on the Block  and the more recent The Happiest Toddler on the Blockbooks, and DVDs, Dr. Harvey Karp is endorsed by the Surgeon General as well as La Leche League, Lamaze, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). […]

Review of The No-Cry Sleep Solution

Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night By Elizabeth Pantley and William Sears The No-Cry Sleep Solution has great tips for setting realistic sleep goals using sleep logs with infants. It does not provide quick fix solutions. Elizabeth Pantley points out each infant is an individual and not every method will work with […]

Review of Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep

This week we are discussing infant sleep methods. Yesterday we discussed The Baby Book style of attachment parenting. Today we will review another book by Dr. William Sears, Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep. Like The Baby Book this book discusses attachment parenting, and promotes the benefits of co-sleeping as […]