Raising Antiracist Kids by Nicole C. Lee

Weekly Trip to the Library Racism is a difficult topic to discuss with children. But if we avoid the topic of racism (or any difficult topic) with children because we are worried about saying the wrong thing, the children will “fill in the blanks” for themselves. Raising Antiracist Kids by Nicole C. Lee is written […]

Give the Pigeon a Bath!

Creative Wednesdays My six-year-old Nanny Kid absolutely loves any book by Mo Willems. Her current favorite book by the beloved author is The Pigeon Needs a Bath!. So we just had to make a fun craft to correspond with her current obsession. We made a dirty paper pigeon on one side and a clean pigeon […]

Raising an Organized Child by Damon Korb, MD, FAAP

Weekly Trip to the Library The philosophy of Raising an Organized Child: 5 Steps to Boost Independence, Ease Frustration, and Promote Confidence by Damon Korb is that organized children are raised, not born. I know in my own adult, personal life when I feel good my home tends to be tidy. When things are chaotic […]

“Siblings Without Rivalry” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

Weekly Trip to the Library I have been fortunate. With just one brief exception, all the children I have cared for got along well with their siblings. This is clearly not the norm. Sibling rivalry is common and that is why Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live […]

“When the World Feels Like a Scary Place” by Abigail Gewitz

Weekly Trip to the Library Who hasn’t felt anxiety over the past year? Amid the pandemic, racial injustice, capitol riot, gun violence, and unemployment this year has been really hard. University of Minnesota researcher Abigail Gewirtz’s book When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids centers on […]

Decoding Boys by Cara Natterson

Weekly Trip to the Library Not all nannies care just for infants and toddlers. For most of my nanny jobs I helped care for older boys until they went to junior high school, high school, and then I worked as a family assistant as the eldest son went off to college. In my past nanny […]

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” By Eric Carle and Caterpillar Craft

Creative Wednesdays The Very Hungry Caterpillar features a caterpillar who eats his way through a wide variety of food before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. The winner of many children’s literature awards and a major graphic design award, it has sold almost 50 million copies worldwide. It has been described as having sold the […]

“How to Catch a Snowman” and Make a Paper Strip Snowman

Creative Wednesdays This week read How to Catch a Snowman by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton to the children and make a paper chain snowman I found it at buggyandbuddy.com. How to Catch a Snowman is a picture book that speaks from the perspective of a snowman as children try to catch him. Unlike other […]

“Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly and Coretta Scott King

Weekly Trip to the Library In honor of Black History Month I highly recommend reading Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race with your Nanny Kids. It is inspiring for girls and boys and children of every race and culture specifically written for children ages four- to eight-years-old. Hidden […]

“All the Little Snowflakes” by Cindy Jin and Crafts

Weekly Trip to the Library All the Little Snowflakes celebrates winter in this rhyming board book featuring die-cut snowflakes on every page! It is a wintry celebration full of snow and all things that sparkle, this novelty board book reminds us that everyone is one of a kind -— just like each special snowflake that […]