Sign-Up Time for Obamacare

October To-Do List Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins today — October 1, 2013. All uninsured Americans will be required to have insurance coverage as of January 1, 2014. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), provides a new way to buy insurance through a health insurance marketplace. It’s lets you easily compare insurance options. […]

Monthly To-Do List: Be Early This Month

Get to Work and Pick-Up the Kids Early It’s important to arrive to work on time in every profession, but for nannies parents rely on caregivers to be on time (or a few minutes early) so they can arrive at their jobs on time too. Being early to work gives caregivers a chance to take […]

You, You Tube, and Your Electronic Devices

Monthly To-Do List: Are You Sharing Too Much About the Kids Online? In the modern world you can record the activities of your charges anywhere and everywhere and post those images and videos of the kids almost anywhere and everywhere. E-gadgets can digitally transmit actions of you, your charges, and their family to Facebook, YouTube, […]

Take Inventory of Who You Spend Time With

Monthly To-Do List: Surround Yourself with Positive Influences Have you ever noticed when another person yawns, you yawn? When someone else cries do you feel sad? When others laugh do you find it hard not to laugh with them? This is called the “ripple effect.” How the other people around you feel effects your mood. […]

5 Thing You Positively Must Do in July

Monthly To-Do List 1. If you want to keep your job, or find a job you must maintain a positive attitude. Adopt, accentuate, and exude a positive attitude. Being positive with yourself, the kids, and parents helps get positive results. 2. Avoid negativity as much as possible. Stay away from negative web sites, negative people, […]

Your Innocents and Their Innocence

Is There a Santa Claus?December To-Do List This time of year, the struggle between innocence and honesty may hinge around the question “Is there a Santa Claus?” Your charge looks at you with a wondering gaze and a quizzical brow and asks a question. You answer and the face of the child comes alive with […]

Halloween, Kids, and Terror

October To-Do List: What Are Your Charges Afraid Of? The customs that evolved into Halloween originated as a festival marking the end of harvesting and as a way to placate evil ghosts and to ensure good crops for the coming year. When November 1 was celebrated as All Saints Day, October 31 became Halloween, which […]

What, Me Worry? June To-Do List

What Do You Worry About at Your Nanny Job? Alfred E. Neuman is the long-time cartoon icon of Mad Magazine. His motto and rhetorical question is “What, me worry?” The answer for many nannies is: “Of course! I worry about everything and everybody.” What you worry about, how you worry, and the results of the […]

Nanny May To-Do List

Use Your Head, Not Your Heart Consider Before You Buy I keep finding nanny friends over-buying. They don’t have the same income as their employers, yet some seem to covet what the parents who hire them have. Buying what you do not need is never a good deal. Do not buy emotionally. You know the […]

February To-Do List

Up Right Tests Test 1) Stand against a wall with shoulders, buttocks, and head touching wall. Test 2) Sit down at your computer or e-comm device as if you are using it. Test 3) Walk across sand, snow, or a tile floor so that you can see your footprints. Test 4) Sit down as if […]