Fall Tree and Leaf Hanging

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang Getting toddlers to practice fine motor skills can be difficult – most kids just aren’t interested in holding a pencil correctly at the age of three. Why not stretch those motor skills in something a little bit more fun, seasonal, and interactive? This tree and leaf activity allows children […]

How to Talk to Kids About Hurricanes

Children’s Books About Hurricanes! Although I live in New Jersey and keep losing power due to trees falling and power line damage due to the high winds of Hurricane Sandy I decided to use up a few minutes of my laptop battery to post on my blog. Reading children’s books is always a great way to teach children […]

How to Have Fun with Kids When the Power Goes Out

Coping With Hurricane Sandy 1. Show kids how to make shadow puppets using flashlights. 2. Play board games. 3. Play musical instruments. 4. Read a book by candle light or kerosene lantern. 5. Sing songs. Little kids love singing. Come up with funny songs you sang as a kid and teach them to the children. […]

Nannies and Au Pairs Are You Prepared to Care for the Kids During Hurricane Sandy?

EMA Basic Disaster Supplies Kit  Hurricane Sandy is on it’s way and expected to affect over 24-million Americans. Last year at this time in the North East we had a freak snow storm that pulled down power lines and my family and many others didn’t have power for many weeks. I am packing a bag […]

The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook

Weekly Trip to the Library Do you want to make some changes? Would you like to learn more how to adopt some healthier habits? Does relationship or job stress find you feeling misunderstood or defensive, reluctant to ask others for help, reluctant to say “No,” or unable to set limits? Do you ever feel you […]

Fun and Educational Activities for Nannies and Au Pairs

It’s Easy to Have Fun While Learning Keeping children active and engaged is an important responsibility for nannies. However, it can sometimes be challenging to come up with new and exciting activities that children will enjoy. When planning activities, it is always important to keep in mind the ages of the children as well as […]

Do You Care for a Child That Bites?

What to Do When a Child Bites Other Kids From the Children’s Physician Network Establish a rule: “We never bite people.” Give the child a reason for the rule, namely that biting hurts. Suggest a safe alternative behavior. Tell the child that if he wants something he should come to you and ask for help […]

7 Safety Classes Nannies Should Consider Taking

What Safety Classes Should Nannies Take? By Martina Keyhell from becomeananny.com In addition to classes related to early childhood education and care, nannies can benefit from expanding their knowledge base by taking safety related courses, as well as increase their marketability and make themselves more attractive to potential families. CPR and First Aid Every nanny should […]

Importance of Nanny Mentors

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Nanny Mentor? By Marni Kent Nurturing and mentoring seem to come naturally to nannies. Working as a nanny for more than two decades I understand the isolation and lack of support that can overwhelm full-time nannies. That’s why I believe all nannies need a mentor. I […]

The Best Shopping Bags: IKEA Shopping Bags

Product Review Sunday Each Sunday I review a product that nannies and au pairs love. Today I am recommending a product I fell in love with because I live in an apartment building, not because I first used it at my nanny job. But recently I realized Ikea Shopping Bags are very useful at my […]