Benefits of Teaching Babies to Swim

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs An important part of summer fun with children is swimming. But, researchers from Britain and Norway have found that swimming is much more than fun — they found developmental benefits of having children learn to swim when they are babies. Research from the Norwegian University […]

Do Parents Care More About Their Checkbook Than Quality Care?

Do You Think More Parents are Hiring Inexperienced Nannies for Less Money, or Spending More for Experienced, Quality Care? With the Unemployment Rate for 16-to 24-Age Group the Highest Since World War II are Younger, Cheaper Nannies Taking All the Nanny Jobs? Yesterday we explained that the Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms that in 2010, childcare workers averaged $19,300 […]

Is the Demand and Pay for Nannies Growing, Slowing, or Staying the Same?

How Much Do Others Earn and Where Do They Earn It? In 2010, childcare workers averaged $19,300 per year compared to a national mean for all workers of $44,410. Analyzing data tables from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can reveal interesting statistics regarding childcare workers. The term “childcare workers” refers to those who provide care whether in-home […]

Are You Taking the Kids to Any Museums This Summer?

Keep Learning this Summer Keep the kids learning all summer long by visitng the library and taking field trips.Together, you and the child can decide on weekly themes and try these ideas. Borrow a library book about the child’s favorite topics such as oceans or outer space. For example, you might read The Ocean Alphabet […]

Should Boys Be Allowed to Play with the Breastfeeding Baby Doll?

Would You Be Comfortable Having Your Charges Use the Breastfeeding Baby Doll? Bebé Glotón is a infant doll made by Berjuan, a toy maker in Spain, for the express purpose of promoting breastfeeding. The idea is to impress upon kids that breastfeeding is natural. The child wears a colorful bra-like halter-top featuring flowers over the nipple […]

Tell Children to Find a Woman to Help them if They Get Lost!

Gavin de Becker’s Best Advice for a Lost Child Last week an eight-year old boy was murdered in Brooklyn when he was allowed to walk home for the first time alone. Notable author Gavin de Becker explains there is no magic age that children are ready to walk home alone, but rather they should take […]

Have You Told Children Not to Talk to Strangers? Why You Must Change That!

When a Child is Lost They Must Find One of the Millions of Strangers That Will Help Them For every stranger who would harm a child, there are millions who will not. After years of telling children not to talk to strangers, Gavin de Becker recommends teaching children how to find a safe stranger for help. The goal is […]

Cell Phones That Keep Kids Safe!

Do Your Charges Have Cell Phones? With the murder of an eight-year old boy last week in Brooklyn we have been discussing how to know if a child is mature enough to walk home alone and books about child safety. My friends and I have been questioning whether the boy had a cell phone on […]

Why Parents, Nannies, and Au Pairs Should Read Books by Gavin de Becker

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs In response to the horrific killing of an eight-year old boy in Brooklyn we posted the Test of Twelve by Gavin de Becker to help determine if a child is ready to walk home alone, I first remember seeing Gavin de Backer on the Oprah […]

Does Your Nanny Agency Help You Negotiate Your Salary and Terms of Your Job?

If You Have Trouble Negotiating Use Our Nanny Job Negotiation Comparison Sheet It is easy for most nannies to speak with children. But, it is much harder for some nannies to speak with parents, especially when it comes to negotiating their wages, job benefits, and job duties. That’s why I enlisted the help of a full-time negotiator to create the Be […]