7 Ways to Reduce Dawdling

Nanny Confessions I confess, I hate when kids dawdle! When they procrastinate it is easy to get stressed out. But I’ve learned that getting stressed, nagging, or shouting definitely doesn’t help kids become more organized or timely. After working as a nanny for more than two decades two things I know for sure is that […]

Would You Work for a Family that Has Guns in their Home?

There seems to be no more hotly debated topic in America at this moment than gun control. No matter a nanny’s opinion on the topic, the reality is that an estimated one-third to one-half of American homes with children have firearms in them. It is a real safety issue for children. All nannies should be […]

Opinion-Shopping: When Kids Ask Parents Although the Nanny Already Gave Them an Answer

Nanny Confessions: Back Me Up I confess there are few things as annoying as when the kids call their parents because I didn’t give them the answer they wanted. My Dad Boss calls it opinion-shopping: when kids keep asking the adults in charge a question that was already answered by another adult, to try to get […]

How Nannies Should Respond When Someone Asks, “When Are You Going to Get a Real Job?”

“Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” — Harvey MacKay After working as a nanny for 25 years I know all to well that much of our society does not value nannies. As with most jobs in childcare in the United States, nannies are often undervalued. The […]

What Nannies Should Not Lie About

Being Open and Honest is Essential to Being Hired and Maintaining Nanny Jobs Of course everyone tells white lies and withholds information at times. There is no point in being brutally honest with people if it will ruin relationships or hurt their feelings. But, being open and honest is essential when job searching and to […]

Nanny Confessions: Money Isn’t Everything

Don’t Choose a Job Just Based on the Paycheck Although nannies work to make money, choosing a job based primarily on a higher hourly rate is not the only factor to consider when looking for a nanny job. Interviews with parents and a trial period working with the children in their home are more important […]

Giving Kids Food to Feel Better Leads to the Bad Habit of Emotional Eating

Nanny Confessions I confess, I’ve done it. I have promised kids a cookie after they get a vaccination or handed them a Popsicle to get them to stop crying after skinning their knees. And I’ve done it to myself. When my date has blown me off I eat an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s […]

Be Humble and Stop Bashing Your Employers

Keeping a Humility Checklist Your attitude directly affects your job performance. Although you can’t be expected to enjoy all of your job duties, when you find yourself complaining to yourself or others about your job, it’s good to remember it is better to be employed than not. Whenever you find yourself complaining or resentful about your […]

Do What You Love, and the Money Will Follow

It’s a Blessing to Love One’s Job I recently received a sad, yet common message from a nanny via our Facebook page. Like so many other nannies, she loves working as a nanny but feels criticized and judged by her family and friends for her career choice. It can often feel like people view nannies […]

Just Don’t Buy it if the Kids Aren’t Allowed to Eat it

Nanny Confessions We all know that we should limit the amount of sugar and fats we eat. That is why nannies and parents strive to feed children nutritious snacks and meals. At most of my nanny jobs the parents ask that I not ever serve the children desserts or sugary snacks and to save that for the […]