The Christmas Menorahs by Janice Cohn

Inspiring Children’s Book in Wake of Hate Crime If you live in NJ like I do you couldn’t have missed the terrible antisemitic hate-crime in Jersey City this week that left 6 dead. The horrific tragedy required all local schools to have lock downs and terrified students in a catholic school across the street that […]

Sweet Potato Latkes

Cooking for Families Although I make them once a year for Hanukkah, I’ve never been a big fan of regular potato latkes. But I tried a new recipe that I will be using for Hanukkah this year. I made these absolutely delicious sweet potato (and a little bit of carrot) latkes. They are so sweet […]

Hanukkah Menorah Tea Light Craft

Creative Wednesdays Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins this weekend. You and your nanny kids don’t need to be Jewish to enjoy making this holiday craft. Describe the symbolism of the menorah and why it’s used during Hanukkah. Explain to the children that In the second century BC the Jews rebelled against the Greek-Syrians who had denied […]

10 Best Hanukkah Children’s Books

Books Make the Best Holiday Gifts I think books are the best holiday gifts nannies can give to the children that are left in their care. Not only will the children and their parents enjoy the books, they are affordable for nannies or au pairs on a budget. Books are quality gifts because a love […]

Hanukkah Gingerbread Houses

Hanukkah Projects One of my favorite projects to do with the kids in the winter is decorate a gingerbread house. I never thought of gingerbread houses as religious but more of a winter project. But, typically nannies make them around Christmas time. If your nanny kids haven’t made a gingerbread house with you yet simply […]

Popsicle Stick Menorah

Creative Wednesdays The religious celebration of Hanukkah begins Sunday at sundown. The center of the celebration is the candelabra called a menorah. Hanukkah celebrates a miracle. After the Seleucid desecration of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem, there was only enough sealed consecrated olive oil left to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one […]

10 Best Children’s Books for Hanukkah

Weekly Trip to the Library Books may be the best quality gift caregivers can give to the children in their care. Not only will the children and their parents enjoy the book, they are affordable for nannies or au pairs on a budget. Books are quality gifts because a love of reading increases academic success. […]

Latkes for Hanukkah

Cooking with Kids: Everyone Loves Potato Pancakes Many families are still celebrating Hanukkah. Latkes, or potato pancakes, are the traditional Hanukkah dish for Eastern European Jews. But, all children like latkes so all nannies and au pairs should consider making the children latkes during Hanukkah, even if the kids in their care don’t celebrate Hanukkah. […]

Making Paper Dreidels for Hanukkah

Wednesdays with Whitney This week, as you celebrate the Festival of Lights you might find that your home needs a little extra touch of festivity. So if you have a few moments to spare, today’s Hanukkah craft idea we found in the Huffington Post yesterday from Design Megillah, is an easy craft to do with […]

Hanukkah Arts N Craft

Does the Family You Work for Celebrate Hanukkah? Hanukkah starts tomorrow and I found this quick art project to do with my toddler courtesy of her preschool. Simply buy some big chunky foam stamps at the local arts n’ crafts store or below to have some holiday decorating fun. You Will Need: Newspaper Craft sticks Big chunky foam stamps […]