Treat Your Boss’s Home Better Than Your Own

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Plenty of live-out nannies leave for their jobs each morning without making their beds or washing all the dirty dishes in their kitchen sinks. But, at work, they have higher standards and nannies make beds and clean up dishes at work. While nannies might not make their own […]

Sun Protection Clothing

Products Nannies Love Did you know that you can burn through a cotton t-shirt? Did you know that not only do sunburns put you at a greater chance of skin cancer, but a tan puts you at a risk for skin cancer too? My dermatologist explained that any tan is a sign of damaged skin. […]

10 Best Books for Father’s Day

Books Make a Great Gift for Father’s Day One of the best gifts a father can give his child is the love of reading. So, children’s books make an obvious great, inexpensive gift to give to fathers that employ nannies and au pairs. But, there are also some inspiring books written for fathers directly on […]

What to Do with Kids for Flag Day

What Are You Doing for Flag Day? Flag Day recognizes the June day in 1777 when the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted as the official flag of the United States. To this day, 13 stripes still commemorate the original colonies. Instead of thirteen stars, today the number of stars on the US flag has grown […]

Using Time Blocks to Plan Your Day

How Nannies Should Schedule the Children’s Day Babies and toddlers often create their own schedules — you feed them, change their diapers, and let them sleep when they want to. But preschoolers need structured days. When working as a nanny with small children try using time blocks to plan the day. To use time blocks, […]

Summer Journal

Wednesdays with Whitney Now that school is letting out the kids have the whole summer ahead of them to run through sprinklers, hunt for fairies, and drip delicious popsicles all over the newly painted patio!  Summer is a wonderful time to lose track of…well, time. However, when the summer comes to a close you want […]

Nanny Confessions: Keep Your Ego in Check

Work Relationships Require Compromise Do you know nannies making less money now than they did years ago? Do you know arrogant nannies that think they know more than the parents that hire them? Parents like hiring confident nannies but no one likes egotistical employees. Despite many years of experience and education that nannies may have, […]

Respecting a Nanny’s Time-Off

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents When caregivers live under the same roof as the family that employs them children and parents often unintentionally forget to respect their nanny’s time-off. It is common for children to want to play with their caregiver on the weekends. Parents often rationalize since their employee is home anyway […]

Activities to do After Reading “Harold and the Purple Crayon”

Weekly Trip to the Library Harold and the Purple Crayon is a timeless classic that has delighted readers of all ages for over 50-years. In the book, Harold goes on a moonlight walk and draws himself a landscape of wonder and excitement with an over sized purple crayon. Like Harold in the book, all children begin […]

Easy Banana “Cupcakes”

Cooking With Kids Call anything a “cupcake” and my three-year-old charge will eat it. Instead of throwing out a few over ripe bananas, use the extra sweet fruit to make banana muffins. Over ripe bananas are extra sweet so there is no need to add much sugar to our simple banana muffin recipe below. Just make […]