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100 Tips for Nannies and Families

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Why Parents Should Wake Up Before the Kids

Studies have consistently shown that Americans get too few hours of sleep nightly.  Perhaps as a result of this, most of us treasure every last moment of sleep that we can get.  We hit the snooze button repeatedly.  We roll over and go back to sleep for just a little bit.  We thoroughly enjoy the […]

Easy, Healthy, and Fun Recipes to Make with Kids

Easy, healthy, and fun recipes abound; their ingredients and the food preparation teamwork necessary between nannies and the young children in their care are the makings of quality time for all involved.  Here are some great recipes ideas that yield good food and great times. Holiday ideas:  Easter eggs You’ll need hard-boiled eggs; an egg […]

Finding Your Peace While Your Baby Is Crying

We want our children to have peaceful lives, to be able to maintain inner peace and calm even when their outer environment is chaotic.  In order for our children to develop this laudable trait, we must model the behaviors that we wish for them to possess.  One of the first ways we can set this […]

Protocol When Your Nanny Gets Sick

Your nanny is amazing: loving, patient, firm but gentle.  However, she is not superwoman: she catches a cold or flu from time to time.  You don’t want your kids to be exposed to a contagion, so you ask your nanny not to report to work when she’s sick.  Crisis averted.  But wait!  Who is going […]

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 […]

Senior Helpers

Senior citizens often want to stay in their own homes as long as possible.  Senior helpers can help them accomplish that goal; senior helpers provide basic services such as housekeeping, shopping, personal care (help with bathing, hair brushing, dressing, etc.), and companionship for the elderly. People are living longer than ever before.  As a result, […]

Balancing Organization with Spontaneity

Parents are often given conflicting advice from well-meaning friends, relatives, and parenting experts.  For example, parents may be told that they need to be more organized (less spontaneous) to make their lives more manageable or more spontaneous (less organized) to make their lives more enjoyable.  How can parents balance organization with spontaneity to maximize both […]

How to Help Your Kids Like School

Your kids don’t like school, and you want them to enjoy the experience since they’ll be having this experience for about 13 years (kindergarten through senior year) if not more (college), and their education will shape the rest of their lives.  Here are a few tips to help your kids like school. 1. Lead by […]

Challenges of Monolingual Parents Raising Bilingual Children

Monolingual parents raising bilingual children face unique challenges.  Let’s discuss some of those challenges and how they can be overcome. Challenge:  Children’s difficulty in mastering either language.  Bilingual children often (but not always) learn a breadth of both languages but a depth of neither.  Their vocabulary in either language may be diminished as compared to […]