5 Children’s Books to Teach Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, as well as understanding the emotions of those around you. If you have ever cared for an extremely reactive child that seems unable to control their emotions, or reacts inappropriately towards others, you know that emotional intelligence is one of the most important […]

7 Children’s Books for Juneteenth

Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day. It is a holiday that is celebrated on June 19 celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States on June 19, 1865. Here are seven children’s books to share with your Nanny Kids about the topic. […]

5 Favorite Books for Fathers

Parenting books make a great gift for Father’s Day. They are inexpensive and meaningful gifts. These are my favorite, inspiring books written for fathers about raising children. 1. Be Prepared by Gary Greenbook and Jeannie Hayden Be Prepared is a fun and indispensable survival manual for men entering the trenches of fatherhood. Be Prepared is […]

“Potty Train Your Child by NOON” by Kim McPherson

“Potty Train Your Child by NOON” is a “how-to” on potty-training from a mother, Kim MacPherson. You’ll learn if the time is right for the child you care for to start potty-training, plus what you’ll need. In “Potty Train Your Child by NOON” the author takes you through the five, fun-filled steps of the “big […]

Using Positive Opposites to Encourage Good Behavior in Children

As a nanny I cannot, and should not, ever tell parents how to raise their children. But while working as a nanny I do like trying to use parenting concepts that encourage good behavior in children, while making kids feel good about themselves. Dr. Alan Kazdin is the author of “The KAZDIN Method for Parenting […]

“Too Many Carrots,” Origami, Carrot Cookies, and Worksheets

Lesson Plans Too Many Carrots is such a cute story about kindness all children love. Rabbit loves carrots and that’s a big problem! In this phenomenal bestseller, Rabbit loves carrots a little too much. In fact, his carrots are crowding him out of his cozy burrow. When his animal friends offer to help, they’re just […]

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle and Grow a Seed Project

Weekly Trip to the Library The Tiny Seed By Eric Carle is the perfect book to read in the Spring. The short board book follows the life of a seed. This mini-book includes a piece of detachable seed-embedded paper housed on the inside front cover. Readers can plant the entire piece of paper and watch as their very […]

Summer Learning: Africa, Anansi the Spider and the Ashanti

Weekly Trip to the Library I care for three kids all of different ages. The three-year-old girl I care for was frightened of spiders so I borrowed the following books from the library to help her face her fear and now she loves spiders. Her 10-year-old brother is obsessed with the rain forest, while their teen brother loves […]