Nanny Confessions: Pet-Sitting Can Be a Pet-Peeve

If You Get a Puppy Pay Your Nanny More to Care for It By Stephanie Felzenberg Families have the right to own pets. But when working parents that hire full-time nannies get a new puppy they should acknowledge that caring for the new pet will largely fall upon the nanny. Nannies need to be compensated for the extra work […]

Professional Nannies Don’t Yell at Kids

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies When caring for other people’s kids I urge nannies not yell at children. To encourage kids to be respectful and kind you need to be respectful and kind towards them.Consider if you wouldn’t use an aggressive tone with another adult, why is it okay to us an aggressive tone and scream […]

What Are Your Favorite Fingerplays and Preschool Songs?

Why Nannies Should Use Fingerplays and Musical Acitivities with Children According to Dr. Harry Steckman of the Steckman Studio of Music in Oak Park, Illinois, nannies should use age-appropriate musical activities to aid in child development. Within just a few weeks after birth babies respond to human voices with gurgling. By seven- to eight-months-old children move their […]

Mini Lasagnas Made in Cupcake Tins

Cooking With Kids Kids love anything that comes in the shape of a cupcake. The Grandmother of the kids I care for visited and made these adorable mini lasagnas in cupcake tins. They are easy to make and even easier to eat. I even pack mini lasagnas in school lunch boxes, which I never did with lasagna […]

Is it Ever Okay for a Nanny to Curse?

It’s Not Cute When Kids Curse Cursing got a rookie anchorman fired on his first day of work. Profanity on radio or television used to be verboten. Increasingly, an acceptance of coarse words has infiltrated the media. Usually the profane words are presented as the “F” word or the “S” word, or the even more […]

Ice Cream Chore Chart

Wednesdays with Whitney Introducing chore charts to little ones can sometimes be difficult. All the check marks, words, and undefined rewards can be complicated for a three- or four-year old. A much better approach involves lots of relatable visuals and clearly defined (and realistic) rewards. The Ice Cream Chart explained below is a perfect combination of these […]

Nannies Don’t Want to Clean Up Their Boss’s Messes Monday Morning

Nanny Confessions By Stephanie Felzenberg, Nanny and Editor of How to Be the Best Nanny Nannies work in a service industry and they are at-will employees. Although caring for children is their priority, it is normal for nannies to do some housekeeping, even if they do not want to. The best nannies try to keep […]

What Are You Cleaning With and is it Safe for Families?

Earth Day: EWG Guide to Healthy Cleaning Ever wonder whether your green cleaners are actually green? Unfortunately, you can’t just check the label to find out what’s in the products under your sink or in your laundry basket. So as we all gear up for some spring cleaning, the Environmental Working Groups (EWG) wants to […]

Alphabet Soup Sorters

Product Review Sunday   My three-year-old charge loves the Alphabet Soup Sorters by Learning Resources. It provides her hours of entertainment and learning. Each can holds one uppercase and one lowercase letter, plus five object cards featuring real-life photos on one side, with words on reverse. Playing the game supports alphabet awareness, letter sounds, and recognition of letter […]

Are the Organic Foods You Buy Actually Good for You?

Weekly Trip to the Library: Foodopoly by Wenonah Hauter Do you or the parents you work for try to buy only organic food? Do you only shop at the organic market for food? Do you support the local farmer? Do you ever think the fruit, vegetables, and the chicken you eat tastes different than it […]