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 […]

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 […]

It Doesn’t Take Anything Extra Special to Care for Kids with Special Needs

The Bigger the Risk, The Bigger the Reward It doesn’t take extra special skills to care for kids with special needs. It just takes a little common sense, patience, and caring — characteristics most nannies already have. I babysit for a severely autisic girl some weekends and the mother says it has been impossible to […]

The Kids Have Eyes and Ears so Keep Your Social Life Private When Working

Nanny Confessions Most homes I have worked in as a nanny are relaxed and social. I have always been allowed to invite other nanny friends over for playdates. I also consider the parents that hired me as professional friends. As I develop friendships with my employers and other caregivers it’s often hard to not discuss […]

Parents: Never Criticize Your Nanny in Front of Your Children

Nanny Confessions I confess, when working as a nanny there is nothing more embarrassing, patronizing, or demoralizing then when a parent criticizes me in front of the kids. Each and every day each parent and nanny is called upon to make decisions regarding the raising of children. Not only may two parents have different parenting […]

Nannies and Kids Need the Parents’ Help with Homework

Nanny Confessions: I Need the Parents to Help with Homework Too Obviously when working as a nanny I must ensure that the kids in my care do their homework. But, I confess I resent it if I am the only adult helping the kids with their homework. I confess that I need the parents support and […]

Hurry Sickness, Time Stress and Rushaholics

Nanny Confessions: Relaxing the Grip on Time I confess, when working as a nanny I often feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to do all I need do at my job. But, it isn’t healthy for me, or the kids I care for, to be burdened by time pressure. Being around tense […]