Top 5 reasons to read to your child (or any child in your care!!)

A stronger relationship with you. As the child grows older, he’ll be on the move—playing, running, and constantly exploring his environment. Snuggling up with a book lets the two of you slow down and reading will become a nurturing activity that will bring you closer together. Academic excellence. One of the primary benefits of reading… Read more »

Enter With A Smile!

Nothing says “dud” like a nanny arriving without a smile on her face – and worse, no eye contact. You might be the best Mary Poppins with the children but if you do arrive exuding warmth from the get-go the booking has gone south! The point is not to go in juggling balls (if you can, hats off to you!) but to come with a friendly attitude that sends the message “this is going to be really great!”.

Nannies Should NOT Pay for Work!

In the news lately we are hearing too often about companies being scrutinized for their practices. Agencies, let alone businesses in general are not supposed to charge anyone to look for work! I am specifically speaking about Nanny Agencies that ‘assist’ a childcare provider in finding a great family match. Nannies being promised a great position….for only $4000! When they say that they can’t afford it, they borrow from friends or family, or worse they borrow from the source and are charged huge interest rates. This is not ok and you would hope that hearing just one bad story would prompt others not to be taken to the cleaners.

Free Activities for the Summer

Are you looking for some fun things to keep the kids busy this summer? Here are 66 ideas to keep you busy going summer!

Library-STORY TIME – something about a different setting breaks up the routine for the kids, gives them something to look forward to.

Local Park – go early, pack a lunch, bring a drawing tablet, enjoy the outside before its too hot.

Take a field trip.

New In Children’s Books

Summer time is a great time to spend some quality reading time with our children. Want to find out what’s new in the world of children’s books? We have compiled a list of handy online resources (beyond what your local retailer offers) that will help to keep you posted on the latest titles, reviews, and book related activities.

The ‘Hired Help”

So, you’ve hired outside assistance. Either your laundry is piling up, you have dust bunnies under your bed, your plants need watering or your children need some stimulation. We have all been there; we need more time in the day. Working full time, having children and maintaining a house is not an easy task. And gone are the days of your other half coming home from work, cracking a beer while you whip up dinner, fold laundry and get the kids lunches made for the next day. This is 2013! We live in the now, which means that everyone pulls their weight. Which also means that we all take on too much and work really hard.

Hard Knocks

We as a society seem to always ensure that kids get things equal or fair, but is this really a good idea? Could it be that we’re setting these innocent creatures up for failure as life isn’t always fair or equal. Why is it that we automatically dole out equal portions of food, beverages or items for fear of what; the children will grow up learning they are separate entities and don’t often get the same salary, car, interest rate, discount or deal, I could go on and on….you get the idea.