Would You Work for a Family that Has Guns in their Home?

There seems to be no more hotly debated topic in America at this moment than gun control. No matter a nanny’s opinion on the topic, the reality is that an estimated one-third to one-half of American homes with children have firearms in them. It is a real safety issue for children. All nannies should be […]

7 Ways to Make Bringing a Newborn Home Less Stressful for Your Nanny Family

Preparing for, and caring for, a newborn is hard work. Parents hire nannies, newborn care specialists, doulas, and baby nurses as experts to help them prepare for the arrival of a newborn and with postpartum care. Be the expert they are looking for and be proactive and earn every penny they pay you by going […]

Hobbies that May Help Your Nanny Career

Your hobbies and interests may actually increase your chance of being hired as a nanny. For example, if you are a talented musician the parents might appreciate your willingness to give the children piano lessons. Here is a list of hobbies and volunteer opportunities that could help you during a nanny interview and that you […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

Nannies Must Support the Parent and Child Bond

Don’t Speak Badly About the Parents in Front of Their Kids There are few things as horrible for a nanny to do than speak despairingly about their employers in front of their employers’ kids. Yet, so many nannies gossip about their employers right in front of the children. No child wants (or should) hear negative […]

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 […]

When Nannies Are Asked to Travel with the Family

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Families are making their travel plans for the summer and asking their nannies to travel with them. Many nannies see traveling with their employers as an opportunity to see new destinations they might not be able to visit otherwise. But, while the family is on vacation nannies must […]