What is Your Favorite Halloween Movie?

Not-Too-Scary Halloween Movies for Kids Little kids are scared of the dark, haunted houses, and scary movies on Halloween. But, you can view fun Halloween movies with little kids too. Some great classic Halloween movies for little kids include: It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Barney’s Halloween Party, and Arthur’s Scary Stories. We’ve included a few […]

Fun Games to Help Kids that are Afraid of the Dark

Is a Child You Care for Afraid of the Dark? Being afraid of the dark is a very common childhood fear. Here are some fun activities I used with children at an outdoor, overnight camp I worked at with children. We used the following activities to help prepare the children to spend evenings and nights […]

Do You Care for a Child That is Afraid of the Dark?

Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours By Dr. Kevin Leman For our October To-Do List we encourage nannies and au pairs to help children deal with fear in healthy ways. Almost all of the comments by caregivers under our to-do list yesterday mentioned that their charges are afraid of the dark or going to bed. Dr. Kevin Leman, […]

Children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

In the March 2010 Be the Best Nanny Newsletter we discussed both common childhood fears and more serious anxiety disorders. The essential features of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are obsessions and compulsions that are time consuming and cause impairment in daily functioning. Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, or impulses that are experienced as intrusive and […]

Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children

Nannies and Au Pairs: Have You Cared for a Child with Anxiety? In the March 2010 Be the Best Nanny newsletter we discussed common childhood and more anxiety disorders that might require the care of a physician. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by excessive worrying about a variety of events, occurring more days than not […]

Children’s Books About Coping with Common Childhood Fears

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs In the March 2010 issue of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter we discussed coping with common childhood fears. Separation Anxiety: Do any of your charges suffer from separation anxiety? If so, they are not alone. Separation anxiety is completely normal and actually a developmental milestone. […]

Finding the Calm During the Storm

Coping with Common Childhood Fears When you care for a child who is severely afraid of storms, learning to comfort them in the midst of the chaos is important. In the March 2010 issue of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter we discussed coping with common childhood fears. Some tips we listed to help keep a […]

Monsters Under the Bed

How Nannies and Au Pairs Can Help Children that are Afraid of Monsters Another common childhood fear discussed in the March 2010 issue of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter is monsters under the bed. At one time or another, every child imagines monsters under the bed or in a closet. Preschoolers have very vivid imaginations […]

How Nannies and Au Pairs Can Help Children That are Afraid of the Dark

In the March 2010 issue of Be the Best Nanny Monthly Guide we discussed how to help children cope with common childhood fears and how to determine when a child may need professional help for anxiety disorders. Being afraid of the dark is a very common childhood fear. We listed ten suggestions to help children […]