Has a Nanny Agency Ever Disrespected Your Confidentiality?

No Nanny Should be Issued an Ultimatum by a Nanny AgencyBy Judi Merlin, A Friend of the Family Stephanie Felzenberg, editor of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter contacted me because she has noticed nannies on social media networks complaining about nanny placement agencies giving nannies ultimatums to tell their current employers they are looking for […]

Sandy Hook Love Letters

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre I want to encourage crafts with a more selfless aspect to them this week. As nannies, we understand how impactful a child’s love can be. So why don’t we send some of this love in the direction of those heartbroken families who […]

Nanny Confessions: We Want You To Come Home On Time

Nanny Confessions by Elizabeth Hawksworth Are You Paid Overtime?I admit that as a nanny, I am sometimes excited when the parents come home late. It means extra money for me. It may also mean more time with the kids, which can be great if we’re doing a special craft or watching a movie. But nine times […]

Teaching Kids to be Safe

Must Read Books About Safety by Gavin de Becker In response to the horrific killing of in Connecticut this past Friday I recommend all nannies, au pairs, and parents read the absolute best books about safety by Gavin de Becker. I first remember seeing Gavin de Backer on the Oprah Winfrey Show and it was […]

Best Books to Give Kids for the Holidays

Children’s Books Make the Perfect Holiday Gift We have been discussing giving kids quality gifts is much better than expensive gifts this holiday season. Books are perhaps the best gifts nannies and au pairs can give to children. There is still time to visit your local book store. Think of your charges favorite book series or their favorite characters […]

Does the Mass Shooting Killing 20 Children Yesterday Change Your Opinion on Gun Control?

After the shooting yesterday in Connecticut where 27 are dead, including 20 children, after a man opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School I can’t help but discuss gun control. I really do understand both sides of the debate. Rifles for hunting and protecting one’s home has always been considered a right to many Americans. […]

What is the Best Holiday Nanny Bonus You Ever Received?

Holiday Nanny Bonus: Cash Is King, But How Much? By Sue Shellenbarger, Associated Press Instead of a spoon full of sugar, how about some cash? As the holidays draw near, many parents are trying to figure out the best year-end gift for a nanny or sitter. While these caregivers might seem like family members much […]

The 12 Days of Christmas for 12/12/12

Lyrics to The 12 Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree. On the third day of Christmas, my true […]

Making Paper Dreidels for Hanukkah

Wednesdays with Whitney This week, as you celebrate the Festival of Lights you might find that your home needs a little extra touch of festivity. So if you have a few moments to spare, today’s Hanukkah craft idea we found in the Huffington Post yesterday from Design Megillah, is an easy craft to do with […]

The Simple Things

Simple Gifts are the Best Gifts This holiday season we have been urging nannies and au pairs to give quality toys as gifts to their charges. Kids still get pleasure from the simple things: a large box of crayons and a thick packet of construction paper, modeling clay, building blocks, pick-up sticks, puzzles, balls, and […]