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100 Tips for Nannies and Families

The advice in this book comes from Candi Wingate, President of Nannies4hire.com.
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How to Break the Ice with the Children in Your Care

First, congratulations on your new job!  May your employment be enduring and endearing.  Now that you’ve landed that great nanny job that you’ve been seeking, how do you break the ice with the children in your care? Communicate with the children on their level.  Kneel down if need be to look at the children eye-to-eye. […]

Must Have Nanny Qualifications

Different families seek different qualifications in their nannies.  For example, a family with one or more children with health concerns may prefer to employ a nanny with a nursing background, and a family that is preparing their children to live and work in a global economy may seek to employ a multi-lingual nanny.  There are, […]

Beneficial Touch for Infants

Many studies have shown that loving skin-to-skin contact with infants can have beneficial effects on the infants’ biology and psychology.  For example, in one study, pre-term newborns who were given three 15-minute sessions of touch therapy daily for 5 to 10 days gained 47% more weight than pre-term newborns who received only the normal Western […]

Asking for Time off Work

You want to ask your employer-family for some time off work, be it for vacation, holiday, or even sick time.  How should you schedule your time off?  How should you manage a last-minute absence from your nanny job?  How do talk to your employer-family about taking time off?  When is it best to make your […]

The Benefits of Family Vacations For Families with Teens

Teens look forward to school breaks with great enthusiasm.  Sleeping late, no homework, hanging out with friends . . . all good!  Parents can appreciate why their teens look forward to these rare opportunities, but, at least once annually, parents should plan a family vacation with their teens . . . and, by family vacation, […]

The Hidden Costs of Parenting

From diapers, toys, and an ever-changing wardrobe due to constant physical growth to college tuition, medical expenses, childcare, and braces, raising kids is expensive.  These are the obvious expenses.  Let’s take a look at some of the hidden costs of parenting and how to handle them.  Hidden costs include: Home redecoration, renovation, and/or restoration.  This […]

Establishing Healthy Boundaries with Over Involved Grandparents

You are raising your kids to the best of your ability, but your parents or your parents-in-law keep interfering in your parenting of your kids, their grandkids.  You value the role that your kids’ grandparents play in your kids’ lives; you want their grandparents to value your right to parent as you see fit.  Here […]

Natural Consequences v. Punishment When Redirecting Your Kids’ Behavior

As parents, it is our job and our privilege to shape our kids into happy, healthy, productive adult members of society.  This involves, among other things, praising our kids for behaviors that we believe to be leading them to that goal and redirecting our kids for behaviors that we believe to be leading them down […]

Traveling with Newborns

Traveling with newborns can be difficult.  Packing bottles, diapers, toys, and the host of other items that newborns need on a daily basis can require luggage larger than that required by the adults sharing the journey.  Additionally, there is the persistent parental fear of sitting in an airplane, cruising at 30,000 feet (so no way […]

School’s Out! It’s Decompression Time!

School’s out!  No more classes until August!  Your teens have just been through semester finals; they are stressed and needing some decompression time.  Yes, you want them to be responsible and have a productive summer:  participate in summer sports and activities, take summer school, get a summer job, volunteer for a worthy non-profit . . […]