7 Ways to Make Bringing a Newborn Home Less Stressful for Your Nanny Family

Preparing for, and caring for, a newborn is hard work. Parents hire nannies, newborn care specialists, doulas, and baby nurses as experts to help them prepare for the arrival of a newborn and with postpartum care. Be the expert they are looking for and be proactive and earn every penny they pay you by going […]

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 […]

Nannies Must Support the Parent and Child Bond

Don’t Speak Badly About the Parents in Front of Their Kids There are few things as horrible for a nanny to do than speak despairingly about their employers in front of their employers’ kids. Yet, so many nannies gossip about their employers right in front of the children. No child wants (or should) hear negative […]

Treat Your Boss’s Home Better Than Your Own

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Plenty of live-out nannies leave for their jobs each morning without making their beds or washing all the dirty dishes in their kitchen sinks. But, at work, they have higher standards and nannies make beds and clean up dishes at work. While nannies might not make their own […]

Don’t Come Home Late on Weeknights

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents Live-in household employees should never stay out too late on a week night. When nannies stay out until one or two o’clock in the morning, parents worry about the quality of care provided for their children. Without proper rest childcare providers tend to become impatient, slower to respond […]

Should Nannies Discuss Their Dating Lives at Work?

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents (Posted 3/25/2013) Undoubtedly, working as a nanny in a family’s home caring for their kids is a very intimate job. Nannies learn a lot about the family they work for and the family learns a lot about their caregiver. To ensure a long lasting work relationship, nannies and […]

Allow Parents to Take Control of Child Devlopment

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies love the children in their care but they must always remember that they are not the parents. Despite the best of intentions and years of experience nannies may have with sleep training infants and potty training toddlers, most parents want to determine how to raise their little ones. Sometimes parents are […]

Balancing Texting and Surfing on the Job

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents It is often hard for busy parents and nannies to find time to chat in-person. Some parents can only make time to text or email their nannies on the train on the way to work or discreetly during meetings during the work day. The life of modern nannies […]

What Nannies Can Do During the Baby’s Naptime

How to Keep Motivated During Down Time When the third grader is at school full-time and the toddler is napping it can be hard to be motivated to do another load of laundry when your favorite soap opera is on the flat screen and some leftover birthday cake is waiting to be tasted in the […]

What I Learned Not to Do from Beverly Hills Nannies

Five Red Flags From Last Night’s Episode of “Beverly Hills Nannies” Although I have been a supporter of the new reality show Beverly Hills Nannies I finally agree with most in the nanny industry that the show isn’t helping the image of professional nannies for the general public. I think all the nannies casted on […]