Nannies and Au Pairs: Are You Responsible for Cleaning Out the Fridge?

If in Doubt Throw it Out! 1. Throw away any food that is moldy, expired, or otherwise spoiled. 2. Take all removable parts out of the refrigerator, including shelves, wire racks, and drawers. 3. Fill the sink with warm, soapy water (use a mild dish soap). Never use harsh cleaners or scouring pads in or […]

Do the Children Help With Their Laundry?

How Nannies and Au Pairs Can Teach Children to Help Do Laundry Since nannies and au pairs typically launder the children’s clothing during the work week, it’s a great opportunity to get the kids involved in learning a necessary life skill. Here’s how kids can help nannies and au pairs do laundry. SORTING: Kids love […]

Teaching Children to Help

“After the verb “To Love,’ ‘To Help’ is the most beautiful verb in the world,” says Bertha Von Suttner. We have been discussing teaching children to respect their material possessions. A great way to teach children to value money and their possessions is to give children chores and an allowance to earn for doing chores. […]

How the Queen Cleans Everything By Linda Cobb

Weekly Trip to the Library Book Review By Maria Lopez, Nanny, Miami, Florida Although in the past few days many nannies have expressed how much they hate cleaning the houses they work in (see their answers on this blog), I have yet to meet a nanny that doesn’t help with children’s laundry and cleaning up […]

What Chores are the Children Responsible For?

Housekeeping Survey for Nannies and Au Pairs Below are some responses from nannies and au pairs from our monthly poll when asked “What chores are the children responsible for?” at Debra Mathwig, a nanny from Plymouth, Wisconsin wrote, “I have the children help with everything. It makes them feel good to help me out.” […]