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 2022 IRS gas mileage rate has increased to 62.5 cents per mile. Some parents prefer to add the gas mileage to their nanny’s weekly paycheck but don’t allow […]

Why Kids are Finicky Eaters

What Science Shows Works with Finicky Eaters Babies have a healthy appetite and then a common shift takes place and they become picky eaters at about 2-years-old. The reasons are instinctual. All people were hunters and gatherers for the majority of human existence. We needed to store energy in the form of fat as much […]

Importance of Nannies Providing Supervised Tummy Time

For centuries babies were put to sleep on their tummies. But now The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that healthy infants be placed on their backs for sleep. Putting babies to sleep on their backs decreases their chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Since 1992, when the AAP began recommending this sleep position […]

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 […]

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 […]