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 […]

What Nannies Should Not Talk About at Work

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies Kids say the darnedest things, but sometimes their nannies do too! And sometimes nannies say the most unbecoming things at the most inappropriate times. On the weekend when socializing at a bar it’s fine for my nanny friends to confide in me about their love lives, how much they love […]

Follow Child Car Seat Laws

Respecting Professional Boundaries Yesterday on our Facebook page a nanny asked what she should do when the parents she works for don’t use car seats or boosters recommended for the age and weight of the children she cares for. The nannies that responded to the question overwhelmingly agreed that professional nannies must follow the recommendations […]

Use Natural Consequences to Discipline Children

Respecting Professional Boundaries The time to discuss with your employers how you will discipline their children is well before starting a nanny job, during the job interview. For discipline to be effective it is essential that parents and nannies are on the same page. All caregivers must be consistent and back one another other up. […]

How to Answer “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”

The Most Difficult Interview Question When interviewing for nanny jobs you should be prepared to be asked what is your greatest weakness. When answering this question you should be honest while taking the opportunity to mention skills you have improved upon, how you have turned a bad characteristic into a positive one, or about a minor […]