Christmas Tree Crayons

Creative Wednesday Don’t throw out little crayon pieces that are too small for the kids to hold on to. Use them to create big, chunky crayons. We made multi-colored chunky Christmas tree crayons but you can make solid colored crayons if you prefer. We even wrapped some up to give as gifts to our friends. Melting crayons […]

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Make Letters from Santa

Nice List Certificate Nothing is more exciting then watching my Nanny Kid open her annual letter from Santa Claus. All you need is Internet access, a printer, printer paper, and an envelope to make your own letters from Santa and Nice List Certificate. There are dozens of businesses that can make letters from Santa to […]

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Holiday Hot Drink Stirrers

Inexpensive Gifts and Treats In an attempt to make inexpensive holiday gifts with my Nanny Kids this year, we made these adorable hot chocolate or coffee stirrers. We used ingredients that we thought would make a mug of hot chocolate or coffee taste better. Wrap them up in cellophane and add a ribbon for holiday […]

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Why Kids Don’t Listen When You Say “No”

Don’t Allow Kids to Negotiate In the book, Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction author Catherine Pearlman explains that giving attention to children doesn’t necessarily mean happier and healthier kids. Selective ignoring bad, attention seeking behaviors helps minimize or eliminate the unwanted behaviors and increases […]

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Ignore It! By Catherine Pearlman

Weekly Trip to the Library Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction is one of the best parenting and discipline books I have needed to read in many years. I have been guilty of being pulled into a battle of wills, arguing, negotiation, nagging, and begging […]

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Flavored Popcorn for Holiday Gifts and Treats

Cooking With Kids My nanny friends keep saying they feel guilty that they can’t afford to buy gifts for members of their Nanny Family this holiday season. Although in-home child care providers want to show appreciation to the parents of the children they care for, they should never be expected to buy gifts for their […]

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Don’t Redirect Autistic or ADHD Behaviors — Just Ignore Them! Oh

Ignore It! By Catherine Pearlman I love the discipline book Ignore It!: How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction. The book discusses selective ignoring to help curb frustrating behaviors in healthy children and I will be reviewing the book this upcoming Saturday on our column “Weekly Trip to […]

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Hanukkah Menorah Tea Light Craft

Creative Wednesdays Hanukkah, or Chanukah, begins this weekend. You and your nanny kids don’t need to be Jewish to enjoy making this holiday craft. Describe the symbolism of the menorah and why it’s used during Hanukkah. Explain to the children that In the second century BC the Jews rebelled against the Greek-Syrians who had denied […]

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Favorite Products to Prevent Spread of Colds and Flu

Products Nannies Love Kids spread germs. Fingers and toys constantly go in their mouths and proper hygiene practices are difficult for little ones to follow. Washing their hands, teaching children to cover their mouths with their arm when they cough, not allowing them to share foods and drinks, and disinfecting high traffic areas (such as […]

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Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving

Weekly Trip to the Library Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving is the true story of Thanksgiving. It includes both the story of slavery and plague, as well the generosity of the Thanksgiving Americans have been celebrating for almost 400 years. This is a biography about Squanto written by Joseph Bruchac, an author […]

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