Nannies Must Support the Parent and Child Bond

Don’t Speak Badly About the Parents in Front of Their Kids There are few things as horrible for a nanny to do than speak despairingly about their employers in front of their employers’ kids. Yet, so many nannies gossip about their employers right in front of the children. No child wants (or should) hear negative […]

Match It Puzzle Games

Product Review Sunday All professional nannies help the kids in their care to learn. The best way to learn is by playing.  The preschoolers I care for love The Learning Journey Match It Puzzle Games. These games feature a wide range of award-winning educational titles including: Alphabet Match,  Addition, All About Me, Animal Words, Colors  and Shapes, Counting, Opposites, Rhyme,First Words, Subtraction, Mathematics,  Heads […]

Should Kids be Allowed to Read “The Hunger Games?”

Is “The Hunger Games” too Violent? Parents, teachers, and child care providers always complain about the desensitization of violence in the media. Yet, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a hugely successful book series that has more than 20 teens slaughtered by other teens in a totalitarian government reality television game in gory detail. […]

Meatloaf Patties, Smashed Potatoes, and Pan Gravy

Cooking for Kids: Rachael Ray I cook dinner for my employers four days per week. By far their favorite meal is the meatloaf recipe pictured to the left and described below by Rachael Ray in her cookbook Kid Food: Rachael Ray’s Top 30: 30-Minute Meals. The gravy is the key to making this the best meatloaf the family […]

Nanny and Child Homework Contract

Essential Nanny Paperwork The National Academy of Sciences (NAS)  shows that the defining factor in having academically successful children of parents that work outside the home is the household help that they hire. The NAS studies show that families that hire great childcare providers are in a stronger position to have children that are successful […]

Get Ready for School Checklist

Wednesdays With Whitney:  Helping Kids Do for Themselves   Children need to learn to take care of themselves. Talk to the child about personal cleanliness and why it is important. Together make a list of what needs to be done to clean themselves and get ready for school in the morning. Each morning they should […]

I Hate When Kids Whine “I’m Bored”

Nanny Confessions: Sometimes Kids Have to Be Bored to Stimulate Themselves I am reading A Spoonful of Sugar: A Nanny’s Story by Brenda Ashford and she explains that since she was born in the 1920s her days weren’t filled with television, computer games, and constant activities, which taught her to use her imagination to play. […]

Professional Nannies Provide Quality Care Not Just Custodial Care

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents All parents know they want to hire loving and caring nannies that can protect their kids. But, nannies must provide more than just custodial care: merely keeping kids safe, warm, and fed. Professional nannies, the best nannies, provide quality care. Parents want to hire caregivers that have a […]

Setting a Homework Routine

Monthly To-Do List Angela Norton Tyler, author of Tutor Your Child to Reading Success explains that as with everything you do with children, setting a routine is important when it comes to homework. The whole point in establishing a solid routine is so that homework gets done with a minimum of stress and fuss. Homework should […]