Would You Work for a Family that Has Guns in their Home?

There seems to be no more hotly debated topic in America at this moment than gun control. No matter a nanny’s opinion on the topic, the reality is that an estimated one-third to one-half of American homes with children have firearms in them. It is a real safety issue for children. All nannies should be […]

Opinion-Shopping: When Kids Ask Parents Although the Nanny Already Gave Them an Answer

Nanny Confessions: Back Me Up I confess there are few things as annoying as when the kids call their parents because I didn’t give them the answer they wanted. My Dad Boss calls it opinion-shopping: when kids keep asking the adults in charge a question that was already answered by another adult, to try to get […]

How Nannies Should Respond When Someone Asks, “When Are You Going to Get a Real Job?”

“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Harvey MacKay After working as a nanny for 25 years I know all to well that much of our society does not value nannies. As with most jobs in childcare in the United States, nannies are often undervalued. The […]

What Nannies Should Not Lie About

Being Open and Honest is Essential to Being Hired and Maintaining Nanny Jobs Of course everyone tells white lies and withholds information at times. There is no point in being brutally honest with people if it will ruin relationships or hurt their feelings. But, being open and honest is essential when job searching and to […]

Giving Kids Food to Feel Better Leads to the Bad Habit of Emotional Eating

Nanny Confessions I confess, I’ve done it. I have promised kids a cookie after they get a vaccination or handed them a Popsicle to get them to stop crying after skinning their knees. And I’ve done it to myself. When my date has blown me off I eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s […]

When the Workplace is a Home

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Nannies are in a unique position because their workplace is their employer’s home. This often creates a difficult balancing act for both nannies and families. Both parties must keep in mind that while families like to relax when at home, nannies are working in the home. Nannies shouldn’t […]

I am a Nanny, Not a Marriage Counselor

Parents: Don’t Complain About Your Spouse to Household Staff There is nothing more uncomfortable for a nanny then to hear a parent employer complain to them about their significant other. All marriages have ups and downs. All couples argue and annoy one another once in awhile. And even when parents don’t openly air their grievances […]

Be Humble and Stop Bashing Your Employers

Keeping a Humility Checklist Your attitude directly affects your job performance. Although you can’t be expected to enjoy all of your job duties, when you find yourself complaining to yourself or others about your job, it’s good to remember it is better to be employed than not. Whenever you find yourself complaining or resentful about your […]

Do What You Love, and the Money Will Follow

It’s a Blessing to Love One’s Job I recently received a sad, yet common message from a nanny via our Facebook page. Like so many other nannies, she loves working as a nanny but feels criticized and judged by her family and friends for her career choice. It can often feel like people view nannies […]

Just Don’t Buy it if the Kids Aren’t Allowed to Eat it

Nanny Confessions We all know that we should limit the amount of sugar and fats we eat. That is why nannies and parents strive to feed children nutritious snacks and meals. At most of my nanny jobs the parents ask that I not ever serve the children desserts or sugary snacks and to save that for the […]