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Summer 2021 Nanny Mag Advice Column

Check out the Summer 2021 Nanny Magazine issue out now with my advice column at https://nannymag.com

Your Family May Not Offer a 401(k): Here are 7 Ways Nannies Can Save for Retirement

By Warren Burger, Luminary Financial Advisors As a nanny, it’s rare to find a family offering a 401(k) plan so it’s important that you are aware of other options to save for your future. There are several options available to build wealth for your retirement, and just like 401(k)s, many of these vehicles also offer […]

The Debate Over Using Time-Outs

Properly Using Time-Outs Whether to use time-outs with children or not has become nearly as polarizing as whether to vaccinate children, letting babies cry-it-out, and spanking. If you admit to using time-outs with children on social media you will be criticized for rejecting toddlers and preschoolers at the time they need your attention the most […]

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 […]