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 […]

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 […]

Some Rules Can Be Broken As Long As You Are Honest About It

Respecting Professional Boundaries When working as a nanny I do my best to serve the children the foods the parents prefer their children eat. But, I admit, when we go out to eat with friends or visit other homes during meal times it’s sometimes hard to keep the kids on a strict diet. For example, some […]

Professional Nannies Don’t Yell at Kids

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies When caring for other people’s kids I urge nannies not yell at children. To encourage kids to be respectful and kind you need to be respectful and kind towards them. Consider if you wouldn’t use an aggressive tone with another adult, why is it okay to us an aggressive tone and […]

Allow Parents to Take Control of Child Devlopment

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies love the children in their care but they must always remember that they are not the parents. Despite the best of intentions and years of experience nannies may have with sleep training infants and potty training toddlers, most parents want to determine how to raise their little ones. Sometimes parents are […]

Nannies as Role Models of Good Health

The Best Role Models Bring Out the Best in Children Undoubtedly nannies have a huge influence in children’s lives. Nannies are role models for the kids in their care and the best role models are a great source of guidance and bring out the best in children. Good health doesn’t only include eating right, exercising, […]

Parents Guide to Nanny Taxes

How to Pay Nannies Legally To hire a nanny without a diligent background check puts a family, their house, and children at risk. To hire a nanny without doing a diligent search of applicable tax rules and hiring regulations puts the parents’ reputation and finances at risk. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines a nanny […]

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies

You are a Nanny, Not a Family Member   When the nanny-child-parent relationship is satisfactory for everyone it is easy for parents to praise their employees and affectionately call them “members of the family.” But, the reality is that being a nanny is a job. To keep nannies hard-working, reliable, and respectful of the employers’ […]

What Nannies Can Do During the Baby’s Naptime

How to Keep Motivated During Down Time When the third grader is at school full-time and the toddler is napping it can be hard to be motivated to do another load of laundry when your favorite soap opera is on the flat screen and some leftover birthday cake is waiting to be tasted in the […]

Nannies, Boyfriends and Girlfriends, and Maintaining Professional Boundaries

Is it Professional to Discuss Your Dating Life With Your Boss? When working as a live in nanny, the caregiver must respect house rules. Before accepting a job position the nanny and parents ought to discuss the rules of the home to determine if the job is a good fit. Some parents will enforce curfews […]