Do You Care for a Child that Cheats?

How to Say It to Kids Most children will cheat at something at some point. In fact, child psychologists realize that most young children don’t place a moral value on cheating. Up until the age of 5 most kids won’t even hold a grudge when someone else cheats while playing a game. But as they […]

Leprechaun Trap

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun Irish folklore describes leprechaun as little fairies. Legend says they keep pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. Every Saint Patrick’s Day my nanny kids and I make leprechaun traps along with thousands of kids around the world. I make a trail of leprechaun footprints out of green colored paper […]

Should Kids Be Forced to Play with Everyone at the Playground or at Recess?

I volunteer at my nanny kid’s school when I can. While observing recess my nanny kid and her friend asked two other girls if they could play with them. One of the other girls said, “I am just playing with Anna today but can play with you tomorrow.” My nanny kid said, “okay,” and happily […]

A World Without Color by John Amos

Weekly Trip to the Library This week when you go to the library with the children you care for I recommend borrowing an uplifting book A World Without Color written by the actor John Amos. For those of my generation and older, the author is a legendary actor well known for his roles on the […]

Kizingo Toddler Spoons

Products Nannies Love It is essential for children to learn to feed themselves. When toddlers can feed themselves it encourages independence, reduces pickiness, and not eating enough or over eating. As soon as they are able to pick up food and get it into their mouths successfully, whether using their hands or utensils, it is […]

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Cooking With Kids When I found Rold Gold Heartzels Heart Shaped Pretzels at the grocery store I knew my nanny kids would love making heart-shaped chocolate covered pretzels for Valentine’s Day. These adorable pretzels make a great Valentine’s Day gift or just a holiday themed treat for your nanny kids. Click here to see how […]

Marbleous Valentine’s Magnets and Pendants

Creative Wednesday All of the children I have cared for love Valentine’s Day. This year we made marbled hearts pendants and magnets using red and white Model Magic™ for my nanny kid’s friends. The children enjoyed rolling the Model Magic with a rolling pin, cutting out the hearts with cookie cutters and scissors, and then […]

Skip Hop Greenwich Convertible Diaper Bags

Products Nannies Love I have often started new nanny job not liking the diaper bag the parents use.  It’s not just that the print and style weren’t of my liking, but that I couldn’t carry it easily. So I have learned to use my own backpack as the diaper bag to use for work that […]

Tastes Just Like Take-Out Sweet and Sour Chicken

Cooking for Kids I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t like Chinese food. This is a great recipe I found at the recipecritic.com that tastes like it is was just delivered from the Chinese restaurant. Using cornstarch instead of flour is the magic for this recipe. I served it with rice and a […]

Worry Eaters Dolls

Products Nannies Love Caring for a child with anxiety is difficult. All kids are different and what works well for one child with anxiety might not work for another. Learning to manage symptoms of anxiety and cope with triggers takes time and practice. Talking about what scares a chid, journaling their feelings, and using relaxation […]