Parents Guide to Nanny Taxes

How to Pay Nannies Legally To hire a nanny without a diligent background check puts a family, their house, and children at risk. To hire a nanny without doing a diligent search of applicable tax rules and hiring regulations puts the parents’ reputation and finances at risk. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines a nanny […]

Green Eggs (and Ham!)

Wednesdays with Whitney Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd and it is National Read Across America week, which means you only have a few days left to prep for the most rhyme-tastic celebration of the year. Add a special touch to the day by making (and playing) with some green eggs. Sounds suspicious? Don’t think you’ll […]

Nanny Confessions: I Don’t Like Children’s TV Shows

What are Your Favorite and Least Favorite Children’s Television Shows?By Elizabeth Hawksworth Unless it’s raining or a child in my care doesn’t feel well I do not turn the television on while working. There are many other things I can be doing with my charges, like crafts, reading books, going to the park, or playing […]

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies

You are a Nanny, Not a Family Member   When the nanny-child-parent relationship is satisfactory for everyone it is easy for parents to praise their employees and affectionately call them “members of the family.” But, the reality is that being a nanny is a job. To keep nannies hard-working, reliable, and respectful of the employers’ […]

Nannies Must Use a Medicine Safe

One in Five Teens Has Abused Prescription Medication Found in the Medicine Cabinet The Number One Cause of Drug Addiction is Medical Prescriptions Given Legally by Physicians, Not Illicit Drugs I just had a very sobering talk with a local pediatrician. Now that one of my charges has started dating I asked the doctor about […]

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Book Reviews by Kids for Kids Review by Isabella, 9-Years-Old Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballsby Judi Barrett is a story that takes place in a small town called Chewandswallow (chew and swallow). The food falls from the sky. In the morning it rains orange juice, sunny-side-up eggs, and pieces of toast. They still have restaurants but they […]

How to Check if Your Nanny Can Legally Work in the United States

Parents Guide to Nanny Taxes Yesterday we asked if immigrant reform will affect nannies working in America. It is unlawful for parents to knowingly hire or continue to employ an alien who cannot work legally in the United States. When parents hire a nanny to work for them on a regular basis, they must complete the […]

Will Immigration Reform Help the Nanny Industry?

Tax Evasion by American Citizens Hurts the Economy as Much as Hiring Illegal Immigrants Yesterday, President Barack Obama promised that Congress will pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Immigration reform will affect the nanny industry in America because a large number of nannies working in America are illegal immigrants. In April 2012, the results of […]

Baking Cup Flowers

Wednesdays with Whitney By Whitney Tang We’re in that terrible last stretch of winter. Everything is so cold and dreary looking – it’s no wonder so many people suffer from seasonal depression. Brighten up your day with these colorful baking cup flowers. Below are directions on making these flowers for a cork board, but you […]

Nanny Confessions: Leave Special Toys At Home

Does a Child in Your Care Bring a Special Toy or Stuffed Animal With Them Everywhere They Go?By Elizabeth Hawksworth For this week’s nanny confession I asked one of my good friends who works at a daycare center to chime-in on some of the things she wishes daycare parents knew. She mentioned that children often want […]