Importance of Last Impressions for Nannies and Parents

Respecting Professional Boundaries Years ago Sue Downey of Nannypalooza wrote “Taking the High Road When Leaving a Nanny Job” I published on my web site. She explains nannies should remain professional and give proper notice at their job because the last impression nannies make when leaving a job will be the memories parents remember most […]

Covid-19 Addendum for Nanny Contracts

Protect Your Income During the Pandemic Coronavirus is stressful for everyone, including nannies and their employers. I have nanny and au pair friends in conflict with the parents that employ them about social distancing. Disagreements about coronavirus safety measures have caused some caregiver friends to quit long-term jobs they previously loved. I have also heard […]

15 Nanny Quarantine Boredom Busters

Nanny Confessions   I have worked as a nanny during the entire pandemic until 11 days ago when I had a fever, extreme fatigue, and lost my sense of taste and smell. Of course I got tested for Covid-19 and went home to sleep and quarantine. Although I could barely get out of bed for […]

Many Nannies Show Up for Work, Even When Scared of Being Infected During the Coronavirus Pandemic

I need an income. What are people not understanding about that? In late March into early April, 2020, How to Be the Best Nanny Blog asked 256 nannies about their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. We learned there is a lot of fear and confusion for many nannies experiencing shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders during the […]

Nannies Shine During Covid-19 School Closures

Nannies Help Kids Feel Safe and Secure During Crisis During a crisis is when nannies shine — they show their employers they can handle stress and help the kids thrive! Professional nannies stay calm in a crisis. Be it during a divorce, illness or death in the Nanny Family, when a child gets hurt, there […]

How Nannies Should Talk to Kids About Covid-19

Be a Calm Caregiver My youngest Nanny Kid came home crying from school because other children told her the coronavirus was just half an hour away. She thought the virus was traveling to her town and would arrive in half an hour. Then a nanny friend admitted she told her Nanny Kid the number of […]

Does Punishing a Child that Lies Make them Lie More?

Nanny Confessions I confess, it drives me nuts when my Nanny Kid’s lie (or an adult does for that matter). It’s easier to fix a problem if people of all ages are just honest. I think it’s pretty normal for many kids to exaggerate or stretch the truth for attention or to help them feel […]

Why I Don’t Leave Bad Reviews on Social Media

Nanny Confessions: Protect Your Online Reputation I recently saw the quote, “Treat anything you might post online like a tattoo. Will you like it five years from now? Would you want your boss, future employer, or mother to see it?” I confess last week I really wanted to leave a bad review on Yelp and […]

Why It’s Harder for Parents of Small Kids to Land Nanny Jobs — And Why it Shouldn’t Be!

Have You Been Denied a Nanny Position Because You are a Parent of a Small Child? Many of my nanny friends have been denied nanny jobs simply because they are mothers to small children themselves. It is certainly hypocritical of working parents to not hire a nanny candidate simply because the job seeker has small […]

Nannies Show Kids How to Apologize

Apologizing to Children We all make mistakes — plenty of them. As nannies we are important role models for the children in our care. It’s important for us to confess and to apologize to children when we make mistakes. Doing so teaches children to do the same. It’s not enough to just say we are […]