Nannies Show Kids How to Apologize

Apologizing to Children We all make mistakes — plenty of them. As nannies we are important role models for the children in our care. It’s important for us to confess and to apologize to children when we make mistakes. Doing so teaches children to do the same. It’s not enough to just say we are […]

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 […]

Nannies Should Clean Up Their Social Media Presence

Keep a Professional Image On Social Media Used improperly, social media can lead to losing friends, keep you from landing nanny jobs, to being terminated from a nanny position, and even identity theft. I have had dozens of friends act dumbfounded when something nasty or inappropriate they wrote or posted on Facebook comes back to […]

Don’t Allow Gas Mileage to Be Added to Your Paycheck

Our Favorite Mileage Tracking Diaries and Apps In the United States nannies should be reimbursed IRS gas mileage when they use their own cars for work purposes. The 2018 gas mileage rate is 54.5 cents per mile. Some parents prefer to add the gas mileage to their nanny’s weekly paycheck but don’t allow your employers […]

Cancellation Policies, Minimum Hours and Holiday Rates for Sitters

Work Agreements for Babysitters It’s a waste of a babysitter’s precious time when parents cancel, or reduce the number of hours they will work, at the last minute. For underemployed nannies, babysitting jobs are often needed to pay the bills. For those who rely on babysitting jobs to make ends meet, last minute cancellations can […]

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 […]

Why Nannies Should Be Vaccinated

Professional Child Care Providers Should Be Vaccinated More and more parents and nanny agencies are requiring nanny candidates be vaccinated for the flu, whooping cough, and measles. While some people may have allergies to specific vaccines and cannot get vaccinated, the Center of Disease Control (CDC) shows why child care providers should be vaccinated. Even […]

When the Workplace is a Home

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Nannies are in a unique position because their workplace is their employer’s home. This often creates a difficult balancing act for both nannies and families. Both parties must keep in mind that while families like to relax when at home, nannies are working in the home. Nannies shouldn’t […]

I am a Nanny, Not a Marriage Counselor

Parents: Don’t Complain About Your Spouse to Household Staff There is nothing more uncomfortable for a nanny then to hear a parent employer complain to them about their significant other. All marriages have ups and downs. All couples argue and annoy one another once in awhile. And even when parents don’t openly air their grievances […]