5 Children’s Books to Teach Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as understanding the emotions of those around you. If you have ever cared for an extremely reactive child that seems unable to control their emotions, or reacts inappropriately towards others, you know that emotional intelligence is one of the most important […]

7 Children’s Books for Juneteenth

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday that is celebrated on June 19 celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States on June 19, 1865. Here are seven children’s books to share with your Nanny Kids about the topic. […]

“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle and Craft

“Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle is a classic children’s book which makes a great gift for children and their fathers. Its perfect gift for Father’s Day. It’s a great story showing how fathers take care of their young. “Mister Seahorse” is a stunning book with acetate pages that hide fish behind rocks and reeds. As […]

5 Favorite Books for Fathers

Parenting books make a great gift for Father’s Day. They are inexpensive and meaningful gifts. These are my favorite, inspiring books written for fathers about raising children. 1. Be Prepared by Gary Greenbook and Jeannie Hayden Be Prepared is a fun and indispensable survival manual for men entering the trenches of fatherhood. Be Prepared is […]

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart

Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart introduces some of the youngest readers to the symbolism behind each stripe of the famous rainbow flag. This cute book that shows how all of the different colors of the flag come together in different kinds of families. This is a sweet ode to rainbow families, and […]

“Potty Train Your Child by NOON” by Kim McPherson

“Potty Train Your Child by NOON” is a “how-to” on potty-training from a mother, Kim MacPherson. You’ll learn if the time is right for the child you care for to start potty-training, plus what you’ll need. In “Potty Train Your Child by NOON” the author takes you through the five, fun-filled steps of the “big […]

“Put Me in the Zoo” and Spot Craft

I remember loving the book, “Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire and “I Want to Be Somebody New!” as a child so of course I love reading these books with the children In my care. A preschooler and first grader I babysit for enjoyed making their own Spot because “Put Me in the […]

“Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” by Analiza Quiroz Wolf

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month –- a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. “Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” by Analiza Quiroz Wolf is a great book to read with children for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. “Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us” spotlights engaging stories of 16 trailblazing Asian-Americans for children of all ages. […]

Using Positive Opposites to Encourage Good Behavior in Children

As a nanny I cannot, and should not, ever tell parents how to raise their children. But while working as a nanny I do like trying to use parenting concepts that encourage good behavior in children, while making kids feel good about themselves. Dr. Alan Kazdin is the author of “The KAZDIN Method for Parenting […]

“Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin and Paper Plate Taco Craft

After reading the beloved book “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin make tacos out of paper plates with children. A 7-year-old child in my care also made a dragon out of a toilet paper cardboard tube. Don’t forget to serve your Nanny Kids tacos for lunch or dinner after reading this book! While reading “Dragons […]