Apple Butternut Squash Soup

Cooking with Kids For the past month I have been posting recipes using apples to make with the kids. This week I made a more grown-up recipe using apples and butternut squash. While most kids love chicken noodle soup, not all toddlers will appreciate the texture of a squash and apple soup. But, if your […]

What is the Best Way to Treat Teething Pain?

Amber Teething Necklaces: Helpful or Too Dangerous? Teething usually begins when a baby is between six- and eight-months-old. Common signs of teething are: biting on hard objects, drooling, gum swelling and sensitivity, irritability, sleeping problems, and refusing food. Parenting message boards are filled will discussions about Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces. Baltic amber necklaces are supposed […]

Flying Moody Ghosts

Wednesdays with Whitney The little three-year-old I care for is just learning to use scissors and to draw happy and sad faces. I took her new obsessions and had her cut out pieces of white paper into ghost shapes and then she drew happy, sad, sleeping and surprised faces on the ghosts. We glued the moody ghosts onto […]

Nanny Confessions: I Hate Being Around Nannies that Yell at Kids

Study Shows Yelling at Kids Hurts as Much as Hitting Them I confess it makes me uncomfortable to be around other nannies that yell excessively at kids. It is only natural that kids will occasionally “get under our skin”and all adults make mistakes when they are frustrated with kids at times. But, if you want […]

Have the Parents Ever Argued in Front of You?

Respecting Professional Boundaries: Nannies are Not Marriage Counselors Does it feel awkward when a parent you work for complains to you about their spouse? Have you ever felt uncomfortable when the parents you work for have argued in front of you? It’s inevitable if you work as a nanny that you will overhear a lot […]

Autumn Leaf Lesson Plans for Nannies and Children

This week I visited the Scholastic web site for lesson plans about leaves in the Fall. I recommend going to the library and borrowing Fall Leaves Fall,  Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, We’re Going On A Leaf Hunt and Leaf Man. In Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall, two brothers enjoy everybody’s favorite autumn activities: chasing leaves through the […]

Warm Apple Crisp

Cooking With Kids It is apple harvest time and no apple treat is more loved and easier to make than Apple Crisp. Let the kids mix up the dry ingredients to make this quick and easy dessert. It’s so yummy my charges and I made this Betty Crocker Apple Crisp recipe twice this week! The kids […]

How Nannies and Parents Must Sell Themselves During Job Interviews

Nannies and Parents are Sales People By Jessica Eulo, Professional Nanny No matter what it is you are looking to purchase or obtain, whether it is health insurance, a latte from Starbucks, a pasta dish from your local restaurant, or choosing a childcare provider you come in contact with sales people on a daily basis. […]

Glue Ghosts

Halloween Fun Making organized crafts with toddlers can be frustrating sometimes because all they want to do is make giant blobs of glue piles. With this craft, you get to put that effort to good use and make a fun Halloween decoration in the mean time! You Will Need:   Wax paper Glue Googly eyes Other small decorations […]

Nannies Work Harder if They Feel Wanted

Nanny Confessions: Parents Should Thank Their Caregivers I confess I work harder when I feel appreciated. I was reading The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People by David Niven and I agree with his comment that, “We work harder and better when we feel appreciated.” It might sound small, but it’s true. Nannies tend to […]