How to Deal with a Child That Lies

How to Get Nothing But the Truth from Children Does a child you care for stretch the truth, avoides the truth, or out-and-put lies to you? Cynthia Whitham, author of The Answer Is NO: Saying It and Sticking to It. Saying and sticking to it explains that are some things in life that are not […]

Nannies and Au Pairs: Are You Required to Travel with Your Employers?

Before Traveling with the Family One perk of being a nanny or au pair can be traveling with your employers’ family. Traveling while working can be an opportunity to see new place you might not be able to visit otherwise. But, while the family is on vacation you are being paid to work. While the […]

Nannies and Au Pairs: Saying "No" to Your Boss

Do You Find it Hard Saying “No” to Your Boss? Over the years many nannies and au pairs have complained about some of their job duties to me, yet they don’t simply say “No” to their employers when asked to do something they don’t want to do. Instead of griping to their friends, it would […]

Memorial Day Activities to Do With Kids

What Are You Doing for Memorial Day? Memorial Day can be a somber time when we honor those we have lost. If you are spending the day with children consider their age before discussing the true sentiment of Memorial Day. Younger children might be frightened if they’re told too much too soon about war and […]

Swaddling by Pea Wee Baby

Product Review Sunday The book I recommend most to caregivers working with newborns and infants is The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr Harvey Karp. His methods are extremely simple and absolutely work! His theory is that by creating a comfortable environment similar to the womb will allow a baby to happily sleep more. It is […]

Children’s Books About Memorial Day

Weekly Trip to the Library Memorial Day is an American national holiday that honors those who have lost their lives in military service on the last Monday of each May. There are parades and ceremonies that can be reflective and somber. But,  most families enjoy having the bank and government day off from work by having barbecues and trips to the beach […]

10 Ways to Find the Perfect Nanny Agency

Nanny Agency Contact Checklist Nannies looking for jobs want to work with nanny placement agencies that listen to their job requirements and are honest about whether they have any families that meet the nanny candidate’s specific job criteria. Rather than blindly signing up and completing every agency application, in-home child care providers should interview agencies […]

The Power of Play Dough

Homemade Play Dough Young children love to play with play dough, and play dough play is a great way to support their learning. It benefits children socially, creatively, and physically while building language and literacy, science, and math skills — all at the same time! Homemade or out of the can, this preschool staple can […]

What is the Most Important Question to Ask Parents on Job Interviews?

Questions to Ask Parents During Job Interviews The objective of nanny job interviews is to uncover what needs to be known about job applicants and potential employers. Nothing is gained when job seekers and parents answer interview questions based on what they think the other wants to hear. To determine if the family is the right fit […]

What Does Being Flexible at Your Nanny Job Really Mean?

How Are You Flexible In Your Nanny Job? One common reason parents say they choose to hire nannies rather than using other childcare options is because nannies can be more flexible. When you read the help wanted ads and articles of characteristics nannies should have they all recommend someone that is flexible. But, being flexible can mean something […]