Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Cooking for Kids My employers gave me a slow cooker for my birthday and I love making their kids recipes from Food Made Fast: Slow Cooker (Williams -Sonoma) in the slow cooker. When I make a lot of pulled pork I serve the extras to the contractors that work in the same house as I […]

How to Tell the Kids the Nanny is Leaving their Job

Preparing Kids for Post Nanny Relationship Quitting nanny jobs and leaving a family (especially the kids) is a great loss.  Although nannies leaving their jobs is not nearly as traumatic as the grief experienced after the death of a loved one, any change can trigger the grief process. Nannies, children, and parents may experience the […]

Making Chunky Crayons

Wednesday Projects to Do with Kids Don’t throw out little crayon pieces that are too small for the kids to hold on to. Use them to create big, chunky crayons. We made multi-colored chunky crayons but you can make solid chunky crayons if you prefer. It does get stinky so be sure to use a vent or […]

Hurry Sickness, Time Stress and Rushaholics

Nanny Confessions: Relaxing the Grip on Time I confess, when working as a nanny I often feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to do all I need do at my job. But, it isn’t healthy for me, or the kids I care for, to be burdened by time pressure. Being around tense […]

iToucless Bag Re-Sealer

Product Review Sunday There are a lot of products on the market to help nannies and au pairs perform their jobs. I recently tried the iTouchless Bag Re-Sealerand highly recommend the inexpensive product to make our care giving jobs easier. This product helps store foods in their original bags. It creates an airtight seal that […]

Black History Month Books for Kids

Children’s Books for Preschoolers February is Black History Month so there is no better time to read books about our individual uniqueness to our charges. When I was a kid I remember reading biographies of the first African American to play in major league baseball for Black History Month. I remember learning about jazz, the […]

Brussel Sprouts with Bacon

Children Love Miniature Cabbages Believe it or not the kids I care for love Brussel sprouts. In fact, Rachael Ray seems to be able to make many “grown-up” foods palatable to the children left in my care. Looking like miniature cabbages, Brussels sprouts are members of the cruciferous family of vegetables and are closely related […]

Weigh Away: Light, Lighter, Lightest

Making a Balance Scale Make a simple balance scale with the help from the children. Once completed provide the children with the opportunity to independently weigh toys and other household objects. Encourage children to gather an assortment of items and test predictions about which things will be heavier or lighter. To make the activity more challenging […]

Parents are Doing the Best They Can

Nanny Confessions One of the best lessons I have learned working as a nanny is that I have never met a parent that doesn’t love their children and that all parents are doing the best they can. I confess that over the years I have disagreed with a lot of the choices parents who have […]

Staying Out of Nanny Drama and Gossip

Respecting Professional Nanny Boundaries It seems nearly anytime there is a large group of women gathered together, there is some gossip and drama. It only takes one nanny making negative comments about others that makes working or socializing with her almost unbearable. Gossip happens locally with the nannies of the kids that go to the […]