Nanny Confessions: I Don’t Like Children’s TV Shows

What are Your Favorite and Least Favorite Children’s Television Shows?By Elizabeth Hawksworth Unless it’s raining or a child in my care doesn’t feel well I do not turn the television on while working. There are many other things I can be doing with my charges, like crafts, reading books, going to the park, or playing […]

Nanny Confessions: Parents Turn Off the TV

Nannies Don’t Want the Kids Watching TV When They Arrive in the Morning By Stephanie Felzenberg No one wants to raise a couch potato. Watching too much TV makes kids more likely to be overweight and have behavioral problems. But, the most frustrating part of letting kids have too much screen time, is getting kids to turn the off the “boob tube” […]

We Posted It First!

You Can’t Believe Everything on TV On May 25, 2009 we questioned the medical advice promoted on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in our article, “Beware of the Queen of Talk You Can’t Believe Everything You See on TV.” The June 8, 2009 issue of Newsweek has “Crazy Talk Oprah, Wacky Cures & You” as their […]

Beware of the Queen of Talk

You Can’t Believe Everything You See on TV. Daytime talk shows are the staple and most influential genre of daytime television. But, beware of what you view on TV, because not everything televised is true. Talk shows are not unbiased documentaries of objective journalism. The guests often appear to promote their products making the show […]

The Electronic Babysitter

How Au Pairs and Nannies Can Monitor Proper Television Viewing For Children Television can have positive effects on children if we use programs to educate. Parents, nannies, and au pairs can tape videos of programs that tie into the children’s school lessons, interests, or hobbies. For example, adults should tape a show on dinosaurs or […]

Trip to the Library for Au Pairs and Nannies

365 TV-Free Activities You Can Do with Your Child By Steven J. Bennet and Ruth Bennett Make the most of your time with your charges-whether it’s five minutes or a whole afternoon-with simple, fun activities that will excite the whole family. From arts and crafts to toymaking to math and number games, 365 TV-Free Activities […]

Daytime TV for Nannies and Au Pairs

The News, The Noise, The Courts, The SoapsChildren have trouble separating fantasy and reality. For example, in a television show the actors are not really hitting one another. They are acting and they aren’t even bruised or bleeding. In real life getting hit is an awful experience. Courts are convened to rend a legal opinion. […]

Should Nannies and Au Pairs Allow Children to Watch Game Shows and Situation Comedies?

Daytime television is filled with game shows and with reruns of syndicated situation comedies. Most adults assume there is no harm if nannies, au pairs, and kids watch “Seinfeld” or “The Price is Right.” Right? Wrong. Children are tough and resilient. Seldom are there single events that shape their perspective of life, rather, a culmination […]