How Much Do You Charge for Babysitting on 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 you plan to work on New Year’s Eve. Ask yourself if you even want to […]

New Year’s Eve for Nannies and Au Pairs

What games or activities do you play with kids on New Year’s Eve? If you are working for New Year’s Eve, here are some ideas to use with children as midnight approaches. For kid friendly drinks click here. For New Year’s Eve arts n’ crafts click here. If possible, rent some holiday movies such as […]

Winter Car Emergency Kit

All drivers in areas that expect snow should have an emergency winter kit for the trunk of their car. The kit should have: 1. flares 2. blanket (waterproof preferred) 3. extra boots 4. energy bars 5. waterproof gloves 6. water-proof pants 7. ice scraper 8. small snow shovel 9. flashlight 10. kitty litter (for traction […]

Nannies and Au Pairs: Do You Get Paid Snow Days?

There was a white Christmas for the South and now there is a major blizzard in the Northeast. As a rare December blizzard disrupts holiday travel and promises to dump as much as 20-inches of snow in the New York metropolitan area, and the airports and a State of Emergency is declared, we want to […]

Dolls for Kwanzaa

Product Review Sunday for Nannies and Au Pairs If you are looking for educational ethnic dolls Educational Collectible African Dolls can be found at Barbie Collector Kwanzaa Barbie Doll Festivals Of The World by Mattel This doll is dressed in a candle bright two-piece outfit with inspired Kente design, matching head wrap, beautiful African-inspired […]

Scrooge is the Classic Christmas Character

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs A Christmas Carol: A Young Reader’s Edition of the Classic Holiday Tale By Charles Dickens There are many versions of this classic tale First published in 1843. We chose this easy reader version as an introduction to this classic holiday ghost story for nannies and […]

What Are Your Favorite Christmas Eve Traditions?

Leaving Cookies for Santa 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 […]

Christmas Arts and Crafts for Nannies

I’m not sure about you, but I’m exhausted. I’ve worked hard this year, completed my shopping for holiday gifts, wrapped them, and just want to end the year by enjoying the time spent with my charges. Hopefully all you have left to do now before Christmas is to relax and have fun with your charges. […]

When Too Much is Too Much

This Christmas Say No to Presents, Yes to Presence By Judy H. Wright A few years ago at a family Christmas gathering, the adults looked at the mounds of packages under the tree and shuddered. It was obscene in the over abundance of material possessions. One uncle mentioned that the Christ Child had only three […]

Views of a Serbian Au Pair About an American Christmas

By IvanaWhen I came to America from Serbia to work as an au pair for a family it was a difficult adjustment. There was a language barrier. I was not used to the American diet. I didn’t own enough modern clothes. But, the hardest adjustment is the lavish lifestyle of many material possessions, yet ungrateful […]