How to Answer “Where Do Babies Come From?”

Respecting Professional Boundaries It’s a good idea to talk to the parents about how they would like you to answer the question before a child asks, “Where do babies come from?” Each parent has different experiences, customs, and comfort levels when discussing the topic. So, it’s essential for nannies to respect the parents’ wishes when […]

Juice in the Box

Product Review Sunday It’s almost the end of summer and nannies and au pairs will be packing lunch boxes by September. Most kids love juice boxes, but they are wasteful for the environment and often filled with unhealthy drinks. Instead, we recommend trying Juice in the Box a reusable juice box to encourage healthier kids and a […]

Have a Teddy Bear Picnic While Reading “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic”

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy  All boys and girls all have teddy bears. Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a classic book loved by all children. After reading the book listen to a recording of the song that has the same verses as the book. Songs help children hear syllables. Along with reading The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by […]

End of Summer Water Fun

Sprinkler Games Even if kids don’t have a pool in their backyard there is still time to get them outside and play in the water to cool off during the end of summer heat and humidity. Running through the sprinkler is tons of fun but adding these fun games will engage the kids for hours. […]

Teaching Kids to Stay Found

How to Avoid Getting Lost—And What to Do if it Happens By Heather Stephenson, AMC Outdoors, April 2013 Wanda Rice has organized popular workshops to help kids “stay found” and has given plenty of trailhead talks on safety as leader of the family outings committee of Appalachian Mountain Club’s New Hampshire Chapter. But still she […]

Fun with Chalk Series (Part 1)

Wednesdays with Whitney Everyone knows that chalk is great for drawing and making hopscotch. But most people just leave it at that. I encourage you to hop outside the box and stretch your chalk creativity to new levels! Color Run Color runs are sweeping the nation with a unified front of color + exercise = […]

If You Don’t Have Something Nice to Say Don’t Say it at All

Nanny Confessions: Nannies Need to Practice What They Preach We say it all the time to kids: “If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say it at all.” If nannies find themselves saying the common phrase to kids, why can’t nannies do the same with one another? Nannies need to think before they […]

Should Nannies Work for Family Members?

Risks of Mixing Family and Business: Respecting Professional Boundaries The number one piece of advice I have for nannies and parents is to always remember that nannies are employees, not family members. But, what should nannies do when they are working for family members? Should nannies even consider working for family members? The greatest benefit […]

Peter and the Wolf

Weekly Trip to the Library One of the challenges of working as a nanny is finding activities my three charges (aged 3-years-old to 13-years-old) can all enjoy at the same time. But this week I remembered my favorite childhood classic Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with the CD of musical themes. All three of the […]

Do the Kids You Care for Have Chores?

Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids By Sarah Aguire of Include children in all household chores you do. They won’t get frustrated if you ask them to help with age-appropriate chores. Remember that children mature at their own pace and not all kids will be capable of advanced chores at the same age, just as some […]