Caring for Parents of Newborns

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies are typically excited to start caring for newborns immediately when they arrive home from the hospital. But often our role changes to caring more for the parents while parents of newborns are on maternity or parental leave. Instead of providing just childcare while parents are home with a newborn, nannies can help the […]

Ghost Halloween Cookies

Cooking with Kids More and more kids are allergic to peanut butter so I didn’t want to risk getting friends sick by making my annual ghost cookies out of Nutter Butter cookies. Instead, I simply replaced Nutter Butter cookies with ghost-shaped sugar cookies the kids helped me bake this year. Allow the kids to help […]

Mr. Milker: Helpful or Hype?

Milk Feeding Garment I don’t breastfeed the infants left in my care. The mother that hires me typical expresses her milk and I bottle feed babies. I feel holding the baby and feeding them without other distractions allows me to bond just fine with little ones. I always assumed fathers, grandparents, and other caregivers all feel […]

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins

Weekly Trip to the Library Prepare kids for fall nature walks with this bright, informative celebration of leaves by Ken Robbins. Acclaimed photographer Ken Robbins lets the blazing colors of 13 North American deciduous trees shine without technical assistance. Robbins provides life-sized reproductions of leaves, shown clearly against a white background, making it easy to […]

Fresh Apple Pie

Autumn Apple Picking and Apple Pie It’s apple season. Apple picking is fun, easy, and inexpensive. After apple picking it’s fun to make a fresh apple pie. I have a little trouble making crust so I simply bought premade crust at the grocery store. Here’s how we made an easy apple pie with our fresh […]

Halloween Tins

Creative Projects While at a playdate with another nanny and her charges we made these adorable little tins. We simply removed the paper from soup cans and decorated them with construction paper and Halloween themed foam stickers you can find at nearly any craft store this time of year. Use them as pencil holders, as goody […]

What Do Parents See When They Google Your Name?

Improving Your Internet Identity Whenever you brag, flirt, gossip, trash talk, and share articles on the Internet you are creating a public online identity. And one of the first things most parents do when they receive your resume is Google your name and see what you have said, liked, and posted online. Regularly type your […]

Easy Noodle Kugel for Kids

Cooking for Kids One of my favorite things about working as a nanny is learning and sharing cultural customs with families. One of the festive holiday Jewish family recipes I miss most from when I was as a kid is a sweet, rich, and soft kugel. There is no better time to share this super […]

Chicken Parmesan

Cooking for Kids Chicken Parmesan is the perfect dish to lure kids into the kitchen. This dish is loaded with mini cooking lessons for the kids. With one simple recipe, you can teach children how to boil pasta, mince garlic, grate cheese, make tomato sauce, and pound, bread, and saute cutlets. This recipe makes twice […]

Ice Cream Foot Prints

Creative Wednesdays When you care for kids too young to do much of their own arts and crafts independently you can still use them to help make cards and gifts for their family and friends. In this project, we used a toddler’s foot to create cute birthday cards with a personal touch. You Will Need: […]