The Perfect Shelter by Clare Helen Walsh

Weekly Trip to the Library If you and your Nanny Kids are like most during the coronavirus pandemic you inevitably know someone who has been terribly sick due to Covid-19. The Perfect Shelter, by Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by Asa Gilland, is a moving picture book which is profoundly relevant at this time. This […]

Celebrate Dental Health Day with Kids

Have you had any negative experiences taking children to the dentist? By Anne Merchant Geissler, author of The Child Care Textbook Today is Dental Health Day. Choosing the right foods in your diet is an important aspect in having healthy teeth and good oral hygiene. Discuss with the children how making healthy food choices, that […]

Health Reform and Kids

In general, the health care reform bill expands coverage for kids, adolescents, and young adults. No denial for pre-existing conditions. Health care reform prohibits insurers from excluding from coverage children with pre-existing health conditions. This provision takes effect immediately. The law also prohibits insurers from excluding adults with pre-existing conditions, but may not be mandatory […]

Dangers in the Medicine Cabinet

Michael Jackson’s Death is a Tragic Reminder to Keep Prescriptions Out of the Hands of ChildrenBy Stephanie Felzenberg, Editor of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter.Just like Anna Nicole Smith and Heath Ledger, it seems likely that the death of Michael Jackson may have been caused by prescription drugs. It is a tragic reminder that medication […]

How to Prevent Swine Flu

Swine Flu Now in AmericaIn Mexico the number of swine flu deaths rises to 149. To see aritlce click here for link In the United States we now have 40 cases of confirmed cases. Click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site for current stats. U.S. Human Cases of Swine […]


AU PAIR & NANNY HEALTH CARE SERIESAll nannies and au pairs hate it when their charges are feeling bad: cranky, complaining, crying, or whining. It’s annoying when children don’t listen, complain they are sick when they aren’t, or refuse to obey even the simplest routine requests. But, often when children are cranky or complain of […]


Beware of Common Side Effects It is vital for caregivers to be aware of some common ailments and popular products used as treatments and the problems those medications may cause. Runny noses, stuffed noses, and post nasal drips are among the conditions that prompt a doctor to prescribe an antihistamine or a decongestant, or a […]


How Nannies and Au Pairs Should Administer Medicines to Children Parents, family, nannies, and au pairs devote themselves to the welfare of children. Yet, even with love and devotion, 80 percent of deaths of children under five-years of age are avoidable. More than half of those deaths are caused by mistakes in the administration of […]


The Difference Between KNOW and NO Have you left the doctor’s office uncertain of exactly what the diagnosis is, what tests were done, and what current and future treatment is recommended? Whether for yourself or for your charges that is unacceptable. Know what was done, why it was done, and what to expect when you […]