Are You Working for a New Year’s Eve Party?

What to Do with Kids on New Year’s Eve If you are working for New Year’s Eve, here are some ideas to use with children as midnight approaches. For kid friendly drinks click here.  For New Year’s Eve arts n’ crafts click here. If possible, rent some holiday movies such as How the Grinch Stole […]

Pajamas That Help Eczema

Does a Child You Care for Have Eczema? HALO ComfortLuxe™ is a revolutionary line of sleepwear that can help children with sensitive skin. If you care for a child with eczema this sleepwear can actually improve their skin condition. This innovative fabric outperforms cotton by wicking away moisture and regulating your little one’s temperature. It’s […]

7 Children’s Books for the 7 Days of Kwanzaa

Weekly Trip to the Library Kwanzaa is a non religious celebration s tarted by Dr. Maulana Kareng, a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966, as a way to bring together the African-American community. Here are our picks for some children’s books about Kwanzaa to share with your charges. 1. Celebrate […]

Do You Charge More When Working on New Year’s Eve?

What Nannies Should Charge on New Year’s Eve A nanny can charge more when her services are likely to be in higher demand, such as on holidays. We recommend you charge more than your usual rate if asked to work on New Year’s Eve. First, check your work agreement to see if New Year’s Eve […]

Does the Family You Work for Celebrate Kwanzaa?

Learning About Kwanzaa Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States honoring African heritage and culture. It is observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. Kwanzaa consists of seven days of celebration, featuring activities such as candle-lighting of a kinara and pouring of libations, and culminating in a feast and gift […]

Snow Ice Cream

Wednesdays with Whitney Christmas may be past but that doesn’t mean all the seasonal fun is over. The kids will love this unique twist on homemade ice cream it is sure to beat the post holiday blues!  Ingredients:  1 cup heavy whipping cream  Sugar to taste  Vanilla extract to taste  4 cups clean snow Directions: […]

Nanny Confessions: A Gift and Holiday Tip are Important!

Which is Worse: Not Getting a Heartfelt Gift or No Bonus?   On Facebook we have been discussing holiday gift-giving and end of the year bonuses. In America, parents thank their nannies for a job well done by giving their in-home childcare provider one-week salary for an end of the year bonus and heartfelt gifts […]

Should There Really Be Armed Guards in Every School?

photo from Boston Globe Follow the Money: Considering the Policies of Non-Profit Advocacy Associations By Polly Psi The National Rifle Association (NRA) is among the most influential and successful non-profit advocacy associations in the country. Their power derives from their ability to support and to elect candidates and legislators favorable to their policies. Those policies favor […]

Gingerbread Houses

How to Make a Gingerbread House I have been making gingerbread houses with kids for the past 20-years. I was actually getting bored of making gingerbread houses until the nearly three-year-old toddler and I decorated one this year. She was thrilled. She’s so proud of her gingerbread house. When decorating the gingerbread the kids have […]

10 Best Non-Traditional Christmas Books for Kids

Last Minute Christmas Shopping? Buy a Book! Maria Lopez, a nanny from Miami, Florida contacted me last night crying that she ordered her gifts online and they never arrived in the mail. She was upset because she put a lot of time and effort to buy unique gifts for the kids she cares for and […]