Read Mo Willems Books!

Weekly Trip to the Library Mo Willems is a genius author for preschool and elementary school-aged children. The number one New York Times Bestselling author and illustrator is best known for his Caldecott Honor winning picture books Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. In addition to such picture […]

How to Make French Toast

Cooking for Kids It is really easy to make French toast. Rather than throwing out slightly stale bread use it to make this breakfast favorite for the kids. Feel free to add accents such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, or orange flavor to the egg mixture, or toppings such as fruit, flavored syrups, or powdered sugar […]

Bluberry Bread

Cooking with Kids Children love to bake. They can help gather the supplies needed, measure the ingredients, mix, and pour the batter when making this easy blueberry bread recipe. This blueberry bread is great to eat with breakfast or as an after school snack. Although the recipe suggests letting the bread to rest an hour […]

Color Mixing: Making a Chem Lab in the Kitchen

Fun Project to Do With Kids Here’s a quick way to make your employer’s kitchen into a junior chemistry lab. Provide containers of various sizes, bottles of food coloring, and various “lab” implements such as eye droppers, turkey basters, spoons, measuring cups. Before turning the kids loose in Chemistry 101, though, be sure to explain […]

Parents: Never Criticize Your Nanny in Front of Your Children

Nanny Confessions I confess, when working as a nanny there is nothing more embarrassing, patronizing, or demoralizing then when a parent criticizes me in front of the kids. Each and every day each parent and nanny is called upon to make decisions regarding the raising of children. Not only may two parents have different parenting […]

It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Weekly Trip to the Library Working as nannies and au pairs the readers of this blog already know they play an important role in helping raise happy, healthy, secure, and thriving children. This week I recommend caregivers read It Takes a Village because it further validates the importance that people outside the family unit play in […]

Shamrock Pancakes

Cooking With Kids It is almost Saint Patrick’s Day. So make sure you have the ingredients you will need to make shamrock pancakes for the kids for breakfast on the holiday. You can use a box of pancake mix and green food coloring, but the children will have more fun measuring and mixing all the […]

Bell Pepper Shamrock Stamps

St. Patrick’s Day Project St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so there is no better time to start doing green crafts for the popular Irish holiday. The shamrock is known as a symbol of Ireland, with St. Patrick having used it as a metaphor for the Christian Trinity, according to legend. The four-leaf clover is […]

Why Nannies Should Read to Kids Each Day

Nanny Confessions: We Must Teach Kids to Love Books I confess, it is sometimes hard for me to make time to read to kids everyday. But, no matter how busy the day gets, it’s vital to read aloud to children to help them learn to love reading. You don’t have to like reading yourself. You […]

Reduce Stress by Not Overreacting

Nannies Help Reduce Parental and Child Stress When adults are stressed-out, the kids in their care get stressed-out. Raising a family is stressful. When nannies help parents, they help reduce both their employer’s and their charges’ stress levels. Stress in children can be detrimental to a child’s health and development. The body reacts to stressful […]