Posts in Practical Advice
Is That in My Job Description?

Do you ever feel like sometimes the requests made of you from your Nanny Family are beyond the realm of what you're actually being paid to do? Curious as to what the differences are between a nanny, household manager, and nanny manager? Read on for more information that might help you at your next job (or your current one!)

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Pros and Cons of Hiring a Nanny Mom

If you are a family who is considering doing a nanny share, but you don’t want to have to deal with another set of parents regularly or would rather not have a strange child in your home, a Nanny Mom may be exactly what you are looking for! There are some potential drawbacks to hiring a Nanny Mom that a family will have to consider during the hiring process. Kimberley Roberts Benakovich gathers some first-hand accounts from parents who have hired Nanny Moms to help guide you along your way to making this decision.

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Preventing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

It's no secret that caring for another person can take a lot out of you. In this profession, it's very easy to lose yourself in your job and in the lives of your Nanny Family, putting self-care on the back-burner. But it's so important to realize the signs of burn-out and fatigue and to know what you can do to take care of yourself, both in the moment and in the long-term. 

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5 Ideas to Help Soothe Teething Babies

Taking care of teething babies and toddlers can be a big enough challenge for a mom or dad—but when you’re the nanny, it can sometimes feel downright impossible. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if the baby is with you eight hours a day, every weekday, because sometimes (like when he or she is in pain), a baby just wants his mom or dad. Jenn Sanders offers 5 ideas to help soothe your little one's pain.

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The Pros and Cons of Baby-Led Weaning

Baby-led weaning is not a new concept, but important nonetheless. Baby-led weaning is a natural transition from breastfeeding or formula feeding to solid foods. It promotes exploration of food and allows baby to set the pace for eating. The method of introducing solids allows baby to self-regulate, promoting appetite control, and therefore decreasing the risk of becoming overweight later in life.

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Bringing your Child to Work with you: A Guide for Nanny Moms

One of the benefits of being a nanny is the possibility of being able to bring your own child with you one day. This can prevent many challenges for both nanny moms and the parents of your charges, and it certainly doesn't work for everyone. Here's an inside look into the world of Nanny Moms, with first-hand accounts from Nanny Moms themselves, weighing the good and the bad and everything in between!

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5 Quick Ways to Improve your Food Choices and Health

Life as a nanny can be exhausting, and taking care of yourself first, can be a hard thing to do. But in order to maintain the energy we need to run around chasing toddlers all day, we HAVE to take care of our health. Knowing where to start can be a challenge, and quite overwhelming. Rob Jackson offers 5 easy tips to start improving your health TODAY so you can be the best nanny you can be!

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Top Tips to Keep Kids Healthy!

With cold and flu season at the worst that it's been in years, it's wise to take extra precautions to keep your little ones healthy. Heed this advice from pediatrician, Dr. Michael Warmoth from the HEAL Network to cover all of your bases this flu season!

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January Issue Sneak Peek: Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

Nanny Magazine recently communicated with Nanny Stella Reid and Michelle LaRowe about a hot topic affecting all nannies and families, social media. Many turn to social media to exude their personality, but if not meticulous, it can cost a nanny’s career. Reid and LaRowe answer many of the burning questions about protecting yourself (and your career!) on social media and you can find the full article in our January issue. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek!

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Top 3 Skills for Great Gift Giving

The season of giving is upon us! How do you stay sane and still manage to give meaningful gifts when you are bombarded with the sales and pressures of the holiday season? Kim Votruba Matook of The Artful Educator reminds us of what's important. 

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Book Review: State of the Nanny by Louise Dunham

“More priority needs to be placed on the value of in-­home childcare arrangements to not only benefit children, but parents,” says industry expert and CEO of Placement Solutions, Louise Dunham. In her book, State of the Nanny, Ms. Dunham explains that many families would benefit from the provision of quality, in-­‐home care provided by professional nannies, who not only provide quality care to children, but help parents with the modern challenges of balancing work and family time. 

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In Case of Emergency

Will you be prepared if an emergency situation occurs? Have you been through a crisis at work before? Author Amber Barrett tells of a frightening experience that occurred with her and her charges this summer and relates some tips for making sure YOU are prepared for anything!

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