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 […]

Leaf Projects, Children’s Books and Lesson Plans

It’s Storytime with Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall For storytime this week we recommend reading books about autumn leaves. We visited the Scholastic web site for lesson plans about leaves in the Fall. Scholastic recommends reading Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall. In Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall, two brothers enjoy everybody’s favorite […]

Ways to Ensure Your Nanny is a Safe Fit for Your Family

It’s unlikely that you’ll hire the very first nanny you come across without doing some sort of background research first. After all, you want to make sure that your nanny is someone that you feel comfortable bringing into your home and leaving alone with your kids all day. To help quell any uneasiness you may […]

Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats Recalled for Metal Fragments

The Kellogg Company has voluntarily recalled 2.8 million boxes of Frosted and Unfrosted Mini-Wheats due to a possible metal mesh in the cereal from a faulty manufacturing part, the company said this past week. According to the Wall Street Journal the recall will cost Kellog $30 million. Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Bite Size Original cereal recalled are […]

Add Some Character to Your Pumpkins

Wednesdays With Whitney By Whitney Tang Fall is all about pumpkins. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin pie, and especially pumpkin carving! However, carving can be a little difficult for the little ones we care for. Let them get more involved with these cute character pumpkins, inspired by Parenting Magazine’s 2012 Halloween Edition. Supplies ·         Pumpkins ·         Glue […]

Do You Have Written Reference Letters?

How Have You Asked for Written References? An anonymous nanny contacted Be the Best Nanny Newsletter asking how she should ask the parents who employ her for a written reference letter without worrying her employers that she’s leaving the job. So, we want to ask our readers to help answer her question. Do you have […]

Should Nannies and Au Pairs Speak to a Family’s Former Nanny or Au Pair?

Have You Ever Spoken to the Former Nanny or Au Pair that Worked for a Family Before Accepting a Nanny Job? On our list of questionsto ask parents during a nanny interview we recommend asking the parents if you can speak with their former nanny or au pair. But, when I ask my nanny friends if […]

Just 9-Days Left to Help Nanny Raise Money to Get Her Children’s Book Published

Fornax, the Friendly Toothbrush by Tiffaney Stoehr The children’s book Fornax, the Friendly Toothbrush takes kids inside a young boys fantasy, wherein he imagines his teeth as an amazing playground that needs to b cleaned. The author, Tiffaney Stoehr, has been in the professional child care business for over 15-years. After writing educational and training […]

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons

Apple Activities to Do With Kids This week I borrowed The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons from the library and did the following activities with the toddler in my care. The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree is about a little boy named Arnold, and his little brown dog. He has an apple tree in […]

What Not to Post About Yourself on Social Media

What have you seen nannies and au pairs post on social media that would turn off a potential employer? Yesterday we discussed what you should never post on the Internet about the children you care for at your nanny or au pair job. Today we list information you should never post on social media about […]