Domestics Rally In Support of Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in CA

Right now, there are hundreds of supporters in the CA state capital lobbying in support of AB889 the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. The CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights is currently in the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file meaning that it is at risk of dying. Deadline to get this out of Appropriations is 8/25. If […]

Chicago Casting for "America’s Supernanny"

Lifetime is coming to Chicago searching for “America’s Supernanny.” Producers of the upcoming reality series have set up a casting call from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 28 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. They’re looking for a dynamic, caring and credentialed person to star in the series. “If you are […]

The Importance Nannies Play in Helping with Homework

Are You Required to Help the Kids With Their Homework? The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) shows that the defining factor in having academically successful children of parents that work outside the home is the household help that they hire. The NAS studies show that families that hire great childcare providers are in a stronger position […]

Does the Movie "The Help" Live-Up to the Book?

Racism, Classism, Feminism, and a Great Cast Lead to Applause in the Theater Strong Women Are the Heroes of This Story I finally got to see The Help on the big screen last night and can officially recommend the movie to others. The Help by Kathryn Stockett is one of my favorite books ever. Click here for […]

Do Nanny Salaries Cap-Out? Is There Much Room for Advancement?

Nanny Jobs Provide a Steady Source of Income, Yet Promise Little in the Way of Advancement Below are some interesting thoughts found in the Huffington Post by Rebecca Carroll comparing nannies today with the movie “The Help.” Click here to see entire article. I have met a handful of six-figure nannies. Yep, there are a few in-home childcare providers […]

Children’s Books About the First Day of School

Weekly Trip to the Library Reading children’s books about going to Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade is a great introduction to school and to help reduce separation anxiety for kids. Also, since all kids like to play school we recommend playing Kiddie College to help prepare children for school. Children learn through play and playing school with […]

How Do You Feel About Parents Giving Nannies and Au Pairs Cell Phones With GPS to Track Where They Go?

Do the Parents Provide You with a Cell Phone? Over the last few weeks we have discussed nanny and au pair use of cell phones when working. Although nanny industry experts recommend employees limit their personal use of cell phones while working, it’s obvious that caregivers should carry mobile phones in case of emergencies. In fact, some […]

Do You Text With Your Boss During the Day?

Keeping the Lines of Communication Open with Your Boss We have been discussing ways we communicate with the parents that employ nannies and au pairs. Most nanny and au pair industry experts recommend having a weekly meeting and using daily logs to keep parents updated on the children and the job. Last week we had […]

Do You Use a Daily Log?

Helping Nannies and Au Pairs Communicate with Parents Most nannies and au pairs find working with children comes naturally. Communicating with parents (employers) can be much harder for most in-home childcare providers. Yesterday we explained that most nanny and au pair industry experts recommend parents and nannies have a weekly meeting to discuss issue that […]

Do You Have Weekly Meetings with the Parents?

How Often Do You Meet With the Parents to Discuss the Job? Since I started working as a nanny in the 1990’s both nanny agency staff, my employers, and nanny friends have recommended that I schedule weekly meetings with the parents. The idea is for the nanny and at least one parent to meet weekly […]