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 […]

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 […]

Should Nannies Post Photos of Their Nanny Kids Online?

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies love taking photos of their charges to share with the kids’ parents and family members and to make memory books and scrapbooks for the kids, parents, and themselves. But, nannies should not post photos of other people’s children online. Some families (especially high profile families) have their employees sign confidentiality clauses not allowing […]

The Importance of Being On Time for Nannies and Parents

Respecting Professional Boundaries To maintain a good working relationship both nannies and parents need to be on time. With an occasional emergency, hurricane or snow storm, or train delay as an exception, parents cannot get to work on time if their nanny arrives to work late, and nannies resent when parents don’t call them to […]

Caring for Parents of Newborns

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies are typically excited to start caring for newborns immediately when they arrive home from the hospital. But often our role changes to caring more for the parents while parents of newborns are on maternity or parental leave. Instead of providing just childcare while parents are home with a newborn, nannies can help the […]

8 Ways to Ensure Nanny Job Security

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies often say it just takes luck to find and keep great nanny jobs. But, ensuring job longevity requires effective communication and a lot of effort to be a professional worker — not just luck. Here’s our list of ways to ensure nanny job security: 1. Arrive to your job on time […]