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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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What We Can Learn from Each Other

When parents hire a nanny for their children, they add the nanny to their childcare team: together, the parents and the nanny love, nurture, and protect the children in their care.  An essential part of teamwork is good communication.  After all, each member of the team has knowledge to impart which, when shared, helps all […]

How Nannies Can Teach Children Boundaries with Peers

Nannies teach healthy boundaries (i.e., where they are properly placed and how they are properly defended) to the children in their care.  Necessary boundaries are many and varied . . . varying by topic (i.e., displays of affection, proper language in context, etc.) and by target audience (i.e., boundaries with parents, with other elders, with […]

How Nannies Can Respond to Disrespectful Children

Children who have not been taught to be respectful can be a challenge for their recently hired nannies.  Here are a few tips to help nannies respond constructively to the disrespectful children newly in their care. Lead by example.  Be firm but polite and nurturing.  For example, you may say, “Oh, my!  I hear you […]

Transitioning from One Nanny to the Next

Your nanny has given her notice, and you’ve selected her replacement.  Now, you need to plan for a smooth transition from one nanny to the next.  Here are a few tips to make that transition as seamless as possible. Ask your outgoing nanny to keep a record of the tasks she performs and the times […]

Should You Pay the Nanny While the Kids Are at School?

You employ a nanny.  Your kids are all school-aged.  Your nanny gets the kids ready for school and then takes them to school.  Later, she picks them up from school and attends to them until you return home from work.  But what about that period in the middle?  Should you pay the nanny while the […]

Mom Guilt and Sending Your Nanny to School Events

Many classrooms have room-moms, moms who volunteer as paraprofessionals in the classroom.  Field trips involve parent chaperones.  Moms are asked to bring cookies or other baked goods at specific times during special school days.  On other special days at school, moms are invited to attend school with their children.  Some choir concerts, plays, and other […]

10 Reasons Why Nannies Quit Live-out Jobs

No job is perfect, but most jobs are a good fit for someone.  Sometimes, live-out nannies may find their jobs to be not a good fit for them.  Below are the top 10 reasons why live-out nannies quit their jobs. Cost of living in the employer-families’ communities.  (This is particularly true for the live-out nannies […]

10 Reasons Why Nannies Quit Live-in Jobs

No job is perfect, but most jobs are a good fit for someone.  Sometimes, live-in nannies may find their jobs to be not a good fit for them.  Below are the top 10 reasons why live-in nannies quit their jobs. 1.      Lack of personal space. 2.      Lack of private (non-working) time. 3.      Being given job […]

Hiring a Nanny with a Child of Her Own

You are recruiting to hire a nanny for your children.  The best qualified nanny among your candidates is a mother herself.  She has a toddler of her own, and she would like to bring her toddler with her and watch her own child while she watches yours.  Here are some things you should consider as […]

Should Nannies Give Holiday Gifts to Their Employer Families?

As nannies, is it appropriate for you to give holiday gifts to your employer-families?  If so, what is the social protocol on this issue? Giving small gifts to the children in your care can be a wonderful way to communicate your love and affection for the children. These gifts should carry more emotional than financial […]