Holiday Hot Drink Stirrers

Inexpensive Gifts and Treats In an attempt to make inexpensive holiday gifts with my Nanny Kids this year, we made these adorable hot chocolate or coffee stirrers. We used ingredients that we thought would make a mug of hot chocolate or coffee taste better. Wrap them up in cellophane and add a ribbon for holiday […]

Fingerprint Christmas Lights

Creative Wednesday This is an easy project to do with your nanny kids of any age this holiday season. Allow the children to decide if they want place the Christmas lights in random order or in a pattern. Older kids can write a holiday greeting and sign the cards themselves. I found this project on […]

Monogramed Gift Mugs

Homemade Holiday Gifts You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give personalized handmade gifts this holiday season. You can find nice mugs at the dollar store and oil based Sharpie markers and large monogram stickers at any craft store. Older school-aged children can help make these gift mugs using the first letter […]

10 Best Wooden Toy Gifts for Kids

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas for Nannies It’s not realistic for most nannies and au pairs to skip giving gifts to the children they care for the holidays. But, when sharing gifts there is no reason for caregivers to spend a lot of money. Instead, I encourage nannies and au pairs to keep to a budget […]

Choose Holiday Gifts that Encourage Quality Play

How to Promote Quality Play When choosing gifts for children the holiday season it’s best to choose simple toys that promote quality play. According to the American Association for the Child’s Right to Play quality play promotes creativity, language development, physical development, thinking skills, and social skills. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood recommends avoiding […]

Giving Holiday Gifts on a Budget

How Much are You Spending on Gifts This Holiday Season? When you are strapped for money but want to give holiday gifts make a list of how much you want to spend per person. First, check the Internet for the best prices for stores that are close to you. Making the list and determining your […]

Give the Gift of Movies

10 Best Holiday Movies It would be great if nannies could afford to give every member of the family they work for a holiday gift, but that can get expensive. That’s why we recommend making a hand-assembled holiday DVD gift basket for your employers instead of buying individual gifts for each member of the family. […]

The Simple Things

Simple Gifts are the Best Gifts This holiday season we have been urging nannies and au pairs to give quality toys as gifts to their charges. Kids still get pleasure from the simple things: a large box of crayons and a thick packet of construction paper, modeling clay, building blocks, pick-up sticks, puzzles, balls, and […]

"The Little Engine That Could" is a Great Holiday Gift

Weekly Trip to the Library Review by Lynn Wariara The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper is a classic story of a determined little engine that could achieve his mission by delivering toys and candies to children waiting on the other side of the mountain despite the challenges he had to go through to […]

What Was the Best Holiday Gift From Your Employers?

Holiday Gift: What to Give Your Nanny? A few years ago we were quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article asking, “What to Give Nanny?” The author recommended that parents give their child’s nanny cash for a holiday gift. But, there were some other ideas too. Here is the article: When I asked our family’s tutor […]