Every Nanny Should Have a Copy of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

Weekly Trip to the Library Review by Elizabeth Kennedy, About.com Guide Maurice Sendak, who passed away this week, was beloved by parents and children around the world who loved his children’s books. If you don’t already own a copy of Where the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak, now is the time to get your copy. […]

Do You Get Enough Sleep?

Why Nannies Need to Get Enough Sleep Yesterday we asked nannies and au pairs how long they work each day. On our Facebook page 33 in-home childcare providers all answered they work more than eight-hours per day or a 40-hour work week. It’s often hard to feel rested when caregivers have to wake up early and end work […]

Coping with Long Work Hours

How Many Hours Do You Work Each Day? Most nannies work long hours — certainly longer than the typical 40-hour work week. Although labor laws require workers be paid overtime and lunch and rest breaks during the work day it is impossible for nannies, au pairs, and sitters to leave children alone so they can […]

What’s Your Favorite Lullaby?

Effect of Lullabies By Gary Ronberg from livestrong.com Years of research show that soft, slow, methodical music and words — such as those of a lullaby — can lull the mind to sleep by inducing delta waves in the brain. “Music exists in every culture, and infants have excellent musical abilities that cannot be explained […]

Do You Care for a Child with Severe Food Allergy?

How to Treat a Child with Anaphylaxis Food allergies in children jumped 18-percent from 1997 to 2007. One out of every 25 children, or 5.9 million, has a food allergy according to a study published last year in “Pediatrics” the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Of those children, nearly 40-percent have a history […]

Do You Care for a Child with Asthma?

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate family, friends, and others about these diseases. Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time […]

Do You Care for a Child with Allergies? Try AllerMates for Safer Playdates

Allergy-Conscious Mom Takes Action with AllerMates Allergy Awareness Week May 13-19 A mother of a child with multiple food allergies was frustrated by the lack of allergy-related kid-friendly products so she took action and created AllerMates, a new line of bright, fun, whimsical wristbands, dog tags, and lunch boxes that her son would happily embrace. […]

10 Best Children’s Books for Mother’s Day

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs Yesterday we listed some games and gift ideas for nannies and au pairs to do with the kids. But, children’s books are always a great gift for children, nannies, and au pairs to give to mothers as well. Below are our 10 favorite children’s books […]

Boy Breast Feeds on Time Magazine Cover

At What Age Were the Chidren Been When the Mothers You Have Worked for Stopped Breast Feeding? I wasn’t going to post about the Time magazine cover showing a boy breast feeding from his mother. Discussions over this photo on the cover of the magazine have spread like wildfire all over the Internet. But, nannies are a […]

Do You Give Your Mom Boss a Mother’s Day Gift?

What to Give Mother Employers for Mother’s Day Flowers are a traditional gift for any occasion and are always great for Mother’s Day! Nannies  can’t go wrong simply giving their Mom Boss an inexpensive Mother’s Day cardor baking them a favorite dessert. But, commonly nannies simply help their charges make something for their mother for a […]