Do You Correct Your Nanny Kid’s Homework?

Reading the book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed by Jessica Lahey has been life-changing for the way I support my youngest nanny kid during homework. I admit I used to hover, tried to help when they moaned or cried, and would double check […]

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 […]

Respecting Time for Nannies

Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Although working (and living) in someone’s home can be an informal working situation, parents and nannies must always remember they are in a working relationship and are not family. Here are some ways nannies can respect time in their jobs and with their employers. Arrive to Work on Time: […]

Should Parents Ask Nannies to Take Drug Tests?

Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents I admit that I’ve been on the fence on the topic of drug testing for nannies. But last week I came in contact with a woman that works as a nanny that has trouble controlling her emotions and showed inappropriate anger yelling at another woman at the local library. […]

The Best Nannies Resist the Urge to be Average

Surround Yourself with Positive Influences: Don’t Let Nannies with Bad Attitudes Rub Off On You I feel like I am finally reaching the salary and professional respect that I have been striving for in the past 20-years working as a nanny. There is no doubt that there is lot of luck is involved in finding a […]

Nanny Daily Log Sheets

Click here to print out Infant Daily Log Professional Nannies Log Their Day for the Parents Anne M. Geissler of The Child Care Textbook  explains that each day upon the parent’s return, nannies inform the parents on how the children ate, slept, and what they did during the day. After an evening out, babysitters who are […]

How Well Do You Communicate With Your Boss?

How to Communicate Effectively With Your Employers Nannies must communicate to be understood. Effective communication with employers is essential so that nannies can avoid misunderstandings and develop trust. Nannies develop trust with parents when they listen to parental concerns, when they speak assertively, and when they keep sensitive and personal issues confidential. When individuals express […]

Professional Nannies Don’t Hit (Spank) Children

Corporal Punishment and Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies Despite the fact that nannies may have been spanked as kids and turned out fine, whether they would spank their own children, and even if the parents that employ them tell them spanking their kids is okay, nannies must never ever spank a child left in their […]

Has a Mother Ever Offered You a Nanny Job Knowing that You Already are Working as a Nanny for Someone Else?

Is it Unethical to Use Nanny Poaching as a Negotiation Tactic? Has a mother ever offered you a nanny job, despite knowing that you work as a nanny for someone else? When a parent or nanny agency offer you a nanny job, (when they already know you are working as a nanny), it is called […]

Professional Nannies Pay Attention to Bookkeeping

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies: Keep All Receipts Most parents are generous employers that treat their nannies well. Most parents are willing to pay for their caregiver’s meals and pay for cost of outings to zoos, malls, museums, and lunches with their children’s friends. Most nannies use the family’s petty cash responsibly. But, there are […]