Flavored Popcorn for Holiday Gifts and Treats

Cooking With Kids My nanny friends keep saying they feel guilty that they can’t afford to buy gifts for members of their Nanny Family this holiday season. Although in-home child care providers want to show appreciation to the parents of the children they care for, they should never be expected to buy gifts for their […]

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 […]

Brown Paper Gingerbread Garland

Creative Projects  Making gingerbread men is a winter holiday tradition making this the perfect time to let kids trace, cut, and decorate gingerbread garland made out of brown paper bags. Here’s how to make this easy holiday decoration. You Will Need: Brown Paper Bags Pencil Safety Scissors Gingerbread Man Template or Cookie Cutter Glitter Pens, […]

Sugar Cookie Snowmen (for kids that don’t like Gingerbread)

Creative Wednesdays My four-year-old charge was begging to make gingerbread cookies, but the problem is that she hates the taste of gingerbread. So, I found this unique and easy sugar cookie recipe online. I let the little one and her best friend roll out and cut all the cookies themselves so they turned out in […]

What to Do with Kids on New Year’s Eve

Are You Working for New Year’s Eve? If you are working for New Year’s Eve, here are some ideas to use with children as midnight approaches. For kid friendly drinks click here. For New Year’s Eve arts n’ crafts click here. If possible, rent some holiday movies such as How the Grinch Stole Christmasor The […]

Holiday Paper Garland

Making a Simple Paper Chain Making paper garland is one of the easiest crafts to make during the holidays. It gives the kids an easy way to practice cutting and pasting. This simple paper garland decorates my charge’s fireplace mantel in her bedroom. Follow these steps to learn how to make a classic paper chain: […]

Holiday Projects to do With Kids

Making Sugar Plums Have you ever wondered what sugar plums are from the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker (Composed by Tchaikovsky), as well as the line “Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads,” from Clement C. Moore’s poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known as Twas the Night Before Christmas? I decided to find out what […]

Do You Know a Live-In that Isn’t Going Home for the Holidays?

What Tips Do You Have for Live-Ins Feeling Homesick During the Holidays? It is only natural that live-in nannies and au pairs that move cross country or from another country to work and live-in another family’s home will feel lonely and homesick at times. But, homesickness is at an all time high when live-in domestics […]

2011 Best Nanny and Au Pair Gift Guide

What Are You Giving Your Charges and Their Parents this Holiday Season? I have yet to meet a nanny or au pair that hasn’t bought the kids they care for a little gift for the holidays. When choosing a gift for your employers and their kids this holiday season remember the main goal of giving them […]

What Are Your Favorite Christmas Eve Traditions?

Leaving Cookies for Santa On Christmas eve, the night before Christmas, children expect a visit from Santa and stockings are hung by the fireplace to collect gifts from Santa. It is customary to read children some Christmas stories to complete their evening. The classic The Night Before Christmas is by far, the most popular short […]