Nannies Should Clean Up Their Social Media Presence

Keep a Professional Image On Social Media Used improperly, social media can lead to losing friends, keep you from landing nanny jobs, to being terminated from a nanny position, and even identity theft. I have had dozens of friends act dumbfounded when something nasty or inappropriate they wrote or posted on Facebook comes back to […]

Don’t Allow Gas Mileage to Be Added to Your Paycheck

Our Favorite Mileage Tracking Diaries and Apps In the United States nannies should be reimbursed IRS gas mileage when they use their own cars for work purposes. The 2018 gas mileage rate is 54.5 cents per mile. Some parents prefer to add the gas mileage to their nanny’s weekly paycheck but don’t allow your employers […]

Caring for Parents of Newborns

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies are typically excited to start caring for newborns immediately when they arrive home from the hospital. But often our role changes to caring more for the parents while parents of newborns are on maternity or parental leave. Instead of providing just childcare while parents are home with a newborn, nannies can help the […]

8 Ways to Ensure Nanny Job Security

Respecting Professional Boundaries Nannies often say it just takes luck to find and keep great nanny jobs. But, ensuring job longevity requires effective communication and a lot of effort to be a professional worker — not just luck. Here’s our list of ways to ensure nanny job security: 1. Arrive to your job on time […]

What Nannies Should Not Talk About at Work

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies Kids say the darnedest things, but sometimes their nannies do too! And sometimes nannies say the most unbecoming things at the most inappropriate times. On the weekend when socializing at a bar it’s fine for my nanny friends to confide in me about their love lives, how much they love […]

Staying Out of Nanny Drama and Gossip

Respecting Professional Nanny Boundaries It seems nearly anytime there is a large group of women gathered together, there is some gossip and drama. It only takes one nanny making negative comments about others that makes working or socializing with her almost unbearable. Gossip happens locally with the nannies of the kids that go to the […]

Should Parents Ask Nannies to Take Drug Tests?

Professional Boundaries for Nannies and Parents I admit that I’ve been on the fence on the topic of drug testing for nannies. But last week I came in contact with a woman that works as a nanny that has trouble controlling her emotions and showed inappropriate anger yelling at another woman at the local library. […]

Don’t Cross the Line: Don’t Snoop

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies Nannies and au pairs work in the homes of their employers giving them access to nearly all the family’s intimate belongings and personal information. It may be tempting to look at a bill or financial statement left out on a desk or counter, but in-home caregivers must resist the temptation […]

Parents Guide to Nanny Taxes

How to Pay Nannies Legally To hire a nanny without a diligent background check puts a family, their house, and children at risk. To hire a nanny without doing a diligent search of applicable tax rules and hiring regulations puts the parents’ reputation and finances at risk. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines a nanny […]

Respecting Professional Boundaries for Nannies

You are a Nanny, Not a Family Member   When the nanny-child-parent relationship is satisfactory for everyone it is easy for parents to praise their employees and affectionately call them “members of the family.” But, the reality is that being a nanny is a job. To keep nannies hard-working, reliable, and respectful of the employers’ […]