What to Read to the Kids About the 4th of July

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs Next week American’s celebrate their Independence from Great Britain on the 4th of July. Independence Day is commonly celebrated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, political speeches and ceremonies celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Get the kids in your care […]

The Process of Creating is More Important Than the End Result

Separate Paint in Egg Cartons Children and Art Excerpt from The Child Care Textbook by Anne Merchant Geissler Nannies must keep in mind one principle when planning activities for children. Regardless  of the activity, the process of creating is more important than the end result. When children are allowed to be creative they learn to […]

Nanny Confessions: Why I love Working with Children

What Do You Love About Working with Kids? I love working as a nanny because my office is the kitchen, playroom, beach, pool, and playground. I love working as a nanny because I appreciate living in-the-moment when caring for kids. For me, there is simply nothing better than knowing I am making a positive influence […]

Nannies Don’t Want to be Caught in the Middle

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents: Do Not Take Sides with Either Parent Nannies don’t want to be put into the uncomfortable position of having to listen to deeply to personal details of her bosses’ lives. Some parents make sarcastic comments about their spouses to their nannies, putting employees in a terrible position. During […]

How to Use Ziplocs When Traveling with Kids

What are Your Favorite Ways to Use Zipper Storage Bags? I love using Ziploc bags when traveling with kids. I use a variety of sizes of zipper storage bags to fit all the children’s traveling needs. I put an entire outfit for an infant or toddler in Ziploc Gallon Size Bags, while I use small […]

Malibu Nanny: Adventures of the Former Kardashian Nanny

Review of Malibu Nanny by Pam Behan I typically avoid tell-all books thinking that the authors are trying to capitalize on the celebrity or popularity of others. Surprisingly, most of the book Malibu Nanny, written by Pam Behan the former nanny of the Linda Jenner, Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner, doesn’t bash the large celebrity […]

Save Time Taking Inventory: Making a Grocery List

It is typically a nanny’s responsibility to help keep an ongoing inventory list of all the food and hygiene items her employer’s family needs. The trick is to save time by having the list in the order you normally shop in at your favorite store. Bring a pen and a notepad with you to the […]

Kid Friendly Organizing

http://confessionsofaslackermom.com/ “After the verb ‘To Love,’ ‘To Help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world.” — Bertha Von Suttner An attitude of helpfulness creates a feeling of togetherness within the family as everyone works toward common goals. Encourage the child’s creativity by enlisting their help for novel solutions for storage and cleaning up their […]

Summer Igloos

Wednesdays with Whitney The best part about summer by far is the warm weather, allowing us to spend oodles of time outside with the kiddos. However, the worst part about summer is also the warm weather! In some places, the temperatures can reach up to the 100’s on a daily basis. Definitely NOT the type […]

The “Perfect Fit” Means Something Different for Everybody

Nanny Confessions: Nannies Can’t Tell Me How to Do My Job Nanny jobs vary tremendously. The reasons people choose to work as nannies vary tremendously. Just as all families that hire nannies have different needs, so do nannies. Some nannies don’t want to help do dishes, laundry, or run errands for the parents. Other nannies […]