Keeping Safe on the Trick-or-Treat Trail

Happy Halloween Last week we shared safety tips for Halloween costumes and carving and displaying pumpkins and a safe home for trick-or-treaters.  Here are safety tips for trick or treating tonight from the American Academy of Pediatrics. For Trick-or-Treating: A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. If older children are going alone, plan […]

What is Your Favorite Halloween Movie?

Not-Too-Scary Halloween Movies for Kids Little kids are scared of the dark, haunted houses, and scary movies on Halloween. But, you can view fun Halloween movies with little kids too. Some great classic Halloween movies for little kids include: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Barney’s Halloween Party, and Arthur’s Scary Stories. We’ve included a few […]

Halloween Children’s Books

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs Here are some children’s books to share about Halloween with children. Click here to see our recipe for candied apples. Click here for our ghost cookie recipe and our meatball bug recipe for Halloween. Click here to see how to make some Halloween decorations. The […]

More Halloween Safety Tips

Yesterday we shared safety tips for Halloween costumes by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Today we share more safety tips from the AAP. CARVING A NICHE: Instead of carving a pumpkin consider painting them. Click here to see the top seven reasons to paint pumpkins instead of carving them. When carving pumpkins, small children should […]

What Are Your Charges Dressing Up as for Halloween?

Halloween Costume Safety Tips Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Costume Safety Tips: Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough […]

How Separated Military Parents and Their Children are United Through Reading

United Through Reading Each year as the holidays approach I try to find a worthy organization to donate to. This month we have been discussing the importance of reading aloud to children and how to read aloud to babies. So, I think I have found the perfect charitable organization that promotes and understands the importance of reading aloud […]

Do You Paint or Carve Pumpkins with Your Charges?

7 Reasons To Paint Pumpkins By Chris Yates, Kids Craft Magazine One year I took the kids to a local farm where they sold really cute painted pumpkins for $30-$50 per pumpkin. Being a pretty crafty person, I decided that I wanted to try pumpkin painting on my own. Now we paint our pumpkins every year […]

What Do You Do to Show the Parents You Really Love Their Kids?

How You Can Tell If Your Nanny is Into Your KidsBy Candi Wingate, Nannies should have a loving bond with the kids in their care: they should really care for your kids. It’s so not ok if your kids are bleeding profusely and your nanny can barely tear herself away from “The Bold and the […]

Do You Know How to Swaddle?

Nannies Love the Miracle Blanket and Kiddopotomaus Blanket Swaddling blankets are must haves for newborns. Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Blockexplains that our world is too big for newborns. Swaddling mimics the snug environment of the womb and calms a baby. Another great explanation I once heard from a nanny was that swaddling […]

What’s Good for the Goose: Rhyme Schemes

Mother Goose Books By Esme Raji Codell, Author of How to Get Your Child to Love Reading Every Gosling deserves a good collection of Mother Goose in their nest. Some folks like classic editions they remember for their own childhood such as The Real Mother Goose illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. But to me, the […]