Many Nannies Show Up for Work, Even When Scared of Being Infected During the Coronavirus Pandemic

I need an income. What are people not understanding about that? In late March into early April, 2020, How to Be the Best Nanny Blog asked 256 nannies about their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. We learned there is a lot of fear and confusion for many nannies experiencing shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders during the […]

Does Punishing a Child that Lies Make them Lie More?

Nanny Confessions I confess, it drives me nuts when my Nanny Kid’s lie (or an adult does for that matter). It’s easier to fix a problem if people of all ages are just honest. I think it’s pretty normal for many kids to exaggerate or stretch the truth for attention or to help them feel […]

7 Ways to Reduce Dawdling

Nanny Confessions I confess, I hate when kids dawdle! When they procrastinate it is easy to get stressed out. But I’ve learned that getting stressed, nagging, or shouting definitely doesn’t help kids become more organized or timely. After working as a nanny for more than two decades two things I know for sure is that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Starting a New Nanny Job

What You Need to Know When Starting a New Nanny Job Before starting a new nanny position caregivers and parents should sign a work agreement, fill out necessary tax paperwork such as Form W-4, and fill out and submit any applications for benefits being offered to the new employee. Most nanny placement agencies should be […]