Should Families That Have a Home Pool Only Hire Nannies That Can Swim?

Have You Ever Been Asked During a Job Interview if You Can Swim? Being Able to Swim Can Help You Land a Great Nanny Job in a Tough Economy It’s no joke, according to the National Safety Council an estimated 5,000 children ages 14 and under are hospitalized due to unintentional drowning-related incidents each year; […]

Is it Harder to Get a Nanny Job if You Ask to be Paid On-The-Books?

Are law-abiding nannies at a disadvantage when seeking jobs? The most common and most persistent problem we hear from nannies is that they have difficulty finding employment if they insist on being paid on-the-books while others get jobs because they agree to be paid under-the-table. The frustrated nannies report that the main reasons nannies agree […]

Do You Know Anyone Who Had a Child Drown in their Family Pool?

The Tragic Death of 7-Year Old Girl Becomes the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) takes its name from Virginia Graeme Baker, a young girl who drowned after she was trapped under water by the powerful suction from a hot tub drain. A […]

Has a Child in Your Care Ever Fallen into a Pool?

Nannies and Au Pairs: Residential Pool and Spa Safety For pool or spa owners, (and caregivers working in a home with a pool or spa), it is essential to adopt water safety steps to assure the safety of children in and around the water. By installing safety devices and observing proper water safety behaviors, parents and […]

Do You Work for a Family That Has a Pool?

Products Nannies and Au Pairs Love: Safety Turtle Child Immersion Alarm There’s nothing more frightening than a child wandering off and falling into a pool or body of water. That’s why we really love the Safety Turtle Wristband It’s an ingenious wireless wristband that sounds an alarm at a wireless base-station receiver the instant a child […]

I’m Bored! Take a Hike, Have a Scavenger Hunt

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs: “I’m Bored!” by Suzy Barratt and Polly Beard   I’m Bored: Over 100 Inspiring & Imaginative Ideas for Hours of Fun With Your Kids is a detailed guide to more than a hundred games, all of which could be played using day-to-day household items. The book […]

Proposed “Caylee’s Law”

Will You Sign to Make it a Felony for a Parent Not to Report a Death of a Child? An online petition site has been inundated with people wanting to show their support for ‘Caylee’s Law’, which would make it a felony for parents not to report the death of a child to law enforcement […]

Casey Anthony, Morality, and the Nanny: Where Was Casey Anthony’s Moral Compass?

Do you teach morals differently to boys than girls? The Casey Anthony trial (and surprising verdict) prompted me to reflect on the way nannies influence the morals of their charges. It brought up other thoughts too. For example, when I heard that Casey never reported her daughter missing, (but it was her mother who reported her missing […]

California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Passed

Today the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights passed the California Senate Labor Committee. Sponsored by Assembly member Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), the bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for approval. Co-sponsored by Assembly members Allen (D- Sonoma), Cedillo (D- LA), Ma (D- San Francisco), Fuentes (D-San Fernando), Ma (D-San Francisco), Monning (D- […]

Would a Manny Be Better Paid Than the Typical Female Nanny?

Would having more men in the occupation make being a nanny a more prestigious and better paying occupation? In our discussions about domestic workers rights many nannies have commented on this blog that nannies and other domestic workers are among the poorest and most mistreated workers in the nation. Historically, there has been a pecking order of […]