The Courage to Be Disliked By Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

No One Can Make You Feel Insecure Because You Are a Nanny The Courage to Be Disliked: The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness has sold millions worldwide and I wanted to see what the hype was all about. The book is written as a conversation between […]

Skip Using Pull-Ups

Potty Training: What Science Shows A lot has been learned about child development since I graduated college in the 90s. So, I am listening to the courses from Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive on Audible by Peter M. Vishton, Professor at The College of William and Mary to see what clinical discoveries have […]

Teaching Kids to Tie Shoes

Products Nannies Love Since Velcro shoes hit the market it’s been harder and has taken longer to teach kids to tie their shoes. Once a child has the fine motor skills to make a knot, there are products available to help kids learn to tie shoes, even if they wear Velcro shoes. I also recommend […]

Summer is Summer by Phillis and Davis Gershato

Weekly Trip to the Library If the kids say they are bored this summer, visit the library and borrow Summer Is Summer by Phillis and Davis Gershato. The main characters in the book don’t need expensive vacations, video games, iPads, or cell phones to to enjoy the summer. The children enjoy all the basic summer […]

To Hide, or Not to Hide, Veggies in Food?

How Do You Get Kids to Eat Vegetables? Nothing is more frustrating than caring for a finicky eater on a daily basis. It is no surprise to experienced nannies that children go through phases where their foods can’t touch and must be certain shapes, textures, and colors. Most kids go through a phase when they […]

Baby-Led Weaning

Allowing Babies to Feed Themselves Typically parents and nannies slowly introduce purées of fruits and vegetables, rice cereal, and oatmeal to babies on spoons at about six-months-old. With Baby-Led Weaning caregivers allow the babies to feed themselves. Parents and nannies provide soft, appropriate, cut up, finger-sized foods and allow the child to reach for foods […]

The Explosive Child by Ross W. Greene

Kids Do Well When They Can Explosive or challenging kids are children that get far more frustrated, far more easily, far more often, in far more extreme ways, and perform less adaptably and flexibly than most children. In The Explosive Child: A New Approach For Understanding And Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children, Ross W. […]

Handwriting Training Pencil Grips

Products Nannies Love It can be difficult to teach a child to hold their pencil properly. The longer the child holds the writing implement improperly, the harder it becomes to change the bad habit. This Training Pencil Grip has two holes that can fix the thumb and index finger, allowing both righties and lefties to […]

Should Parents Give their Nannies Mother’s Day Gifts?

10 Reasons to Give Gifts to Nannies It’s no secret that the relationship between busy working mothers and the nannies who help to care for their children can be a bit strained. Mothers go to great lengths to find the perfect nanny, then agonize about whether or not the children might love her more when […]

I Can Handle It! By Laurie Wright

Weekly Trip to the Library Life is stressful and frustrating. The key to good mental health is learning to cope with stress. Adults often think kids don’t have anything to be stressed about. But children experience stress and anxiety just as much as adults yet lack the maturity to problem solve as well as adults. […]