What is the Hardest Topic to Discuss with Kids?

When I first became a nanny I thought the most difficult question a child could ask me was “Where do babies come from?” But, after working as a nanny for 20-years I realize that telling the kids about the birds and the bees is one of the easier topics to discuss with the children left […]

Making a Birthday Book of Knowledge

Wednesdays with Whitney: Celebrating Knowledge In their book, Playwise, Denise Chapman Weston and Mark S. Weston explain that children have a natural appetite for information and that their caregivers must nurture their curiosity in order for them to enjoy acquiring knowledge. After reading their book it is clear that nannies help parents prepare the ground […]

How Have You Helped the Parents Out When Not Expected?

Nanny Confessions: Random Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way in Maintaining Nanny and Parent Relationships Anne Merchant Geissler, author of The Child Care Textbook explains that random acts of kindness in a nanny and parent relationship are essential in maintaining a great working relationship. From letting an employee have paid time-off when not expected, to saying […]

When Nannies Are Asked to Travel with the Family

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Families are making their travel plans for the summer and asking their nannies to travel with them. Many nannies see traveling with their employers as an opportunity to see new destinations they might not be able to visit otherwise. But, while the family is on vacation nannies must […]

Monthly To-Do List

Monitoring Kids in the Month of June Here in America, some kids are off from school for the summer already. Summer is a great time to have fun with the kids on a more relaxed schedule. But, nannies still need to work hard and monitor the activities of the kids in their care. Here are […]

Slip! Slop! Slap! Protects Kids from the Sun

Living Color by Nina G. Jablonski Minimizing risk of skin cancer while retaining benefits of Vitamin D In her book Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color Nina G. Jablonski extols the virtues of the Australian government program called “Slip! Slop! Slap!” “Slip! Slop! Slap!” is a campaign to encourage Australians to protect […]