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 […]

Reduce Stress by Not Overreacting

Nannies Help Reduce Parental and Child Stress When adults are stressed-out, the kids in their care get stressed-out. Raising a family is stressful. When nannies help parents, they help reduce both their employer’s and their charges’ stress levels. Stress in children can be detrimental to a child’s health and development. The body reacts to stressful […]

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 […]

Parents are Doing the Best They Can

Nanny Confessions One of the best lessons I have learned working as a nanny is that I have never met a parent that doesn’t love their children and that all parents are doing the best they can. I confess that over the years I have disagreed with a lot of the choices parents who have […]

Never Be Condescending to Your Boss

Nanny Confessions: Keep Your Attitude in Check I confess, working as a nanny for 20-years I have developed some pretty strong opinions about how to raise children. I have a point of view on the best way to get infants on a sleep schedule, how to potty train them, and a preferred philosophy about disciplining […]

Children’s Birthdays Remind Me that I’m a Year Closer to Having to Find a New Job

Nanny Confessions I confess, I am sad that my youngest charge has another birthday coming up. Although I am thrilled to see her developing into a confident, curious, intelligent, social, and happy little girl — every time she has a birthday it reminds me that I am one year closer to having to find a […]