“Shante Keys and the New Years Peas” by Gail Piernas-Davenport

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport is a story of diversity and traditions that children will really enjoy. Shanté Keys loves New Year’s Day! But while Grandma fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread, she forgot the black-eyed peas! Black-eyed beans represent good luck. Shante doesn’t want bad luck without them! […]

Happy New Year Hats

As New Year’s Eve approaches making these party hats with children is a lot of fun. I let the children I care for decorate six different hat designs. Click the links below to print the different paper hat templates. Click here to see the template for Party Hat #1. Click here for Party Hat #2. […]

New Year’s Eve Hats

Creative Wednesdays Although my Nanny Family and I are not attending New Year’s Eve parties due to social distancing during the pandemic, the children deserve to celebrate the New Year with their family! I found some simple New Year’s Eve hats for my nanny kids to decorate at the merrimentdesign web site. It’s best to […]

New Year’s Eve Noise Maker

Creative Project 2020 used to be the term that meant perfect vision. Now, for many, it will be remembered as one off the toughest years of their lives. This week I’m helping my Nanny Kids get ready to ring in a new year by making crafts and hats (stop by to see how to make […]

New Year’s Countdown Goodie Bags

New Year’s Eve Fun with Kids Grab a few party favors from the party store to give to the kids each hour on New Year’s Eve. Or, write an activity you would like each child to do on a piece of paper and place an activity inside each bag. I have listed some ideas below. […]

When One Door Closes, Many More Open

Did You Have an Unexpected Change or Loss this Year? Have you ever not been hired for a nanny job you wanted, been fired unexpectedly, got in a terrible fight with a friend, or had a messy romantic break up? When bad and unexpected changes occur in life it may feel like the end of […]

Why You Should Read to Children

Make Reading Books with Children a New Year’s Resolution Welcome to 1/1/11. Be the Best Nanny Newsletter recommends nannies and au pairs read more with children. This is a new year resolution that any parent and child would love for you to do. Studies prove that the most important thing adults can do in preparing […]

A New Budget, A New Attitude

Making a Budget for Nannies A new year. A new decade. You have made your resolutions, your targets, and your goals. We want to continue with your financial checklist and get you to make some financial resolutions. It’s time to make a budget. You need to know where the money you earn went and where […]

Financial Planning for Nannies

A New Year, A New Financial Plan Let’s Get Started! On New Year’s Day we discussed how to spend your holiday bonus. The same priorities apply to your financial plan, whether you received a bonus or not. First, you should pay off you debts. Once debts are under control create a savings account or emergency […]