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Nanny Confessions: Social Media and Children

Are You Allowed to Post Pictures of Your Charges Online? By Elizabeth Hawksworth (posted on 3/26/2013) Do your employers allow you to post pictures and updates about their children on your social media accounts? It’s an important question these days, especially with the advent of Internet information and its permanency in the world. Simply by Googling someone’s name a […]

Nanny Confessions: It’s Easy to Misinterpret Notes

Communicate Face-to-Face, Not in NotesBy Stephanie Felzenberg, Nanny and Editor of Be the Best Nanny Newsletter Nannies are encouraged to record what happens during their work day in a daily log. But, if nannies don’t choose their words wisely their written comments can be misinterpreted as judgmental, condescending, or patronizing (not the tone an employer […]

Nanny Confessions: Bringing Up Problems to Parents

Should Nannies Offer Advice to Parents Before Being Asked for Advice? By Elizabeth Hawksworth I was speaking to a friend about how hard it is to bring up potential concerns to parents about their kids. My friend thought a child appeared to have torticollis and she was asking me if I would say anything to the parents […]

Nanny Confessions: Be Honest When Your Child Is Sick

How Many Paid Sick Days Do You Get Each Year? By Elizabeth Hawksworth I have had a bad tooth infection this week and it reminds me of all the times I have looked after children when I felt under the weather. I always let my employers know if I am really sick because I might […]

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: Leave Special Toys At Home

Does a Child in Your Care Bring a Special Toy or Stuffed Animal With Them Everywhere They Go?By Elizabeth Hawksworth For this week’s nanny confession I asked one of my good friends who works at a daycare center to chime-in on some of the things she wishes daycare parents knew. She mentioned that children often want […]

Nanny Confessions: Children Need Regular Naptimes

Meltdowns Solved – Take a Nap By Elizabeth Hawksworth One of the biggest concerns for parents and nannies is naptime. Some families advise nannies to let their children nap when they want to sleep, while other parents prefer to prescribe how long their children should nap. My nanny confession this week is: naptime routines are […]

Nanny Confessions: We Need To Make Our Own Mistakes

Coping with Separation AnxietyBy Elizabeth HawksworthWhen starting a new nanny job for a parent who works from home, I have often found myself in the following predicament. The baby will cry, the mother or father comes running in to “save her,”  the baby calms down in the parent’s arms, but she immediately begins to cry […]

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” […]

Nanny Confessions: Sleep Training Helps Us a Lot!

What is Your Favorite Sleep Training Method? I’ve talked to a lot of parents over the years who love every part of parenting except sleep training. These days sleep training has become controversial with dozens of methods ranging from gentle to strict styles. Some cry-it-out methods, that may have been popular in the past, aren’t considered good for child development […]