New Year’s Countdown Goodie Bags

New Year’s Eve Fun with Kids Grab a few party favors from the party store to give to the kids each hour on New Year’s Eve. Or, write an activity you would like each child to do on a piece of paper and place an activity inside each bag. I have listed some ideas below. […]

Write Positive Sticky Notes

Encouraging a Positive New Year What can brighten a day more than an unexpected happy message? I have often read in self-help articles the phrase that a positive attitude will lead to positive outcomes. As this decade ends and we are about to start a New Year we not only should spend a little time […]

7 Children’s Books for the 7 Days of Kwanzaa

Weekly Trip to the Library Kwanzaa is a non religious celebration started by Dr. Maulana Kareng, a professor of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in 1966, as a way to bring together the African-American community. Here are our picks for some children’s books about Kwanzaa to share with your nanny kids. Don’t […]

Kugel for Hanukkah? By Gretchen M. Everin

Weekly Trip to the Library I love giving my Nanny Kids children’s books as gifts for the holidays. This makes a great book to give to children for Hanukkah but also fun to read to children of any faith. After reading this bright and cheerful book with your Nanny Kids make this noodle kugel recipe […]

“Oh Holy Night” Polish Apple Cake

Cooking for Families This is my favorite recipe from my Nanny Kids’ Grandmother’s cookbook. The inside of the cake is more like a pie than a cake, but it isn’t syrupy or sticky like a pie filling. The cake doesn’t require a top crust but if you have extra dough just roll it out and […]

The Christmas Menorahs by Janice Cohn

Inspiring Children’s Book in Wake of Hate Crime If you live in NJ like I do you couldn’t have missed the terrible antisemitic hate-crime in Jersey City this week that left 6 dead. The horrific tragedy required all local schools to have lock downs and terrified students in a catholic school across the street that […]

Sweet Potato Latkes

Cooking for Families Although I make them once a year for Hanukkah, I’ve never been a big fan of regular potato latkes. But I tried a new recipe that I will be using for Hanukkah this year. I made these absolutely delicious sweet potato (and a little bit of carrot) latkes. They are so sweet […]

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees

Creative Wednesdays While simple, this is a wonderful activity where kids will create some crafty Christmas magic. Allow the children to give these popsicle stick Christmas trees as gifts or to decorate their Christmas tree or hang in a window or on a door knob in their home. You Will Need: 3 Green Popsicle Sticks […]

Being Both by Susan Katz Miller

Interfaith Book for Holidays I strongly believe that there is no harm in children learning about all religions. In the process, children will learn to love their own religion, customs, and traditions even more. And in my personal experience, children raised in Interfaith families learn to appreciate both faiths by practicing both in their home. […]

Chocolate and Vanilla Pinwheel Cookies

Cooking for Families When I was a child we called these pinwheel cookies icebox cookies. The are impressive looking cookies, but they are not difficult to make. They are great to bring to a holiday cookie swap or simply to serve to your Nanny Family for the holiday season. You Will Need: 1-3/4 Cups All-Purpose […]