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Time Management March 22, 2016

I have been nannying for over 25 years now, I actually now have my own licensed nanny agency. It’s a pretty cool business to have especially because I love that I get to share my expertise of this industry with both nanny and client.

In my years of being in the childcare, a lot of parents have asked how I am able to make sure I keep my kids on schedule with all that they participate in and still manage to have the house in order, now I don’t do deep housecleaning, but its kept in order.

My secret is time management. I have to intentionally decide to time everything, and i mean everything. I actually make time for last minute tantrums, and by that I make sure I leave room for crying cause “the waffle was not the flavor they wanted” or  because ” I must wear snow boots in the 60degree weather”. It’s amazing the kind of things that can cause a 15 minute delay to you leaving the house on time for school drop off. Without time management you can be so lost and end up so frustrated.

I keep a consistent schedule of what I do from the moment I walk into the door. The routine is so consistent that the kids know exactly what to expect. Now I know it can sound redundant, but here’s the thing, Kids love routine, they yearn for it, they live for it, they act better with it. Don’t feel like you are being a boring parent or nanny if the schedule is always the same. In fact experts say that daily routines brings feelings of predictability and  security which children desperately need.

Time management is very effective not just in the cooperate world but in the home especially when dealing with children. Time management is not just effective for the children but also for you as the adult. If you are having a challenge keeping time, start by writing down your to do and estimate how long it will take to do each task/activity. If you are starting your routine, make sure you stick to it, it might be hard at first, but they will soon get on the bandwagon. Remember, Don’t quit!!!




Filed under: SPRING BREAK IDEAS — auntemma @ 3:19 pm
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Spring break has fast approached us, and not alot of the parents will be traveling with their children. So for those who are scratching their heads on what and how to entertain their young ones, please go to and enjoy the ideas they have to offer.



by guest blogger Nathan Hammons, Esq.

A nanny contract is simply an employment agreement between parents and their nanny. Many parents, and nannies, have never seen one. For that reason, a nanny contract can be intimidating.

A nanny contract, however, doesn’t need to be scary. In fact, it’s a great tool for both parents and nannies. It addresses items like pay, work schedule, and job duties, as well as other important topics such as time off, job benefits, and even driving privileges.

Because it’s such an important tool, nannies and parents should strongly consider using a nanny contract.

That said, there are good ways and bad ways of approaching nanny work agreements. Here are some useful tips.

#1 – Don’t Presume

If you’re a parent, don’t presume that your nanny has seen or used a written work agreement before. And if you’re a nanny, don’t presume that the parents have seen or used one, either.

#2 – Educate, Educate, Educate

Don’t start by giving the other person a contract to sign. Rather, say you’re interested in using a nanny contract and that you’d like them to consider it.

Next, point the parents or the nanny to an independent resource. You can find many good resources on the web by simply Googling “Nanny Contract”. Alternatively, if you’re using a nanny placement agency, ask if they could spare a few minutes to explain nanny work agreements.

#3 – Give the Other Person a Sample

After everyone’s been educated about what a nanny work agreement is and the benefits of using one, find a good sample or template agreement online. It’s usually best to use one in Microsoft Word format so that changes can be made, if needed. Give the sample to other person (the nanny or the parents), and give them a day or two to review it.

#4 – Have a Face-to-Face Meeting

Next, have a face-to-face meeting so that you can review and discuss the nanny contract. Walk through it line by line, and fill in the blanks.

If you’re unsure of something, such as whether the nanny should have driving privileges and who should pay for her car insurance, revisit the issue after you’ve had time to think about it.

#5 – Distribute a Completed Contract

The parents should next complete (i.e., fill in the blanks) the nanny contract and send it to the nanny for review and signature. The nanny should be given at least a few days to review it and consider it.

If you’re a parent, don’t give it to your nanny and say, “Sign here”. She’s a professional and should be given time to review the contract by herself, in the comfort of her own home.

#6 – Agree to Reasonable Changes

The parents and the nanny should agree to reasonable changes to the work agreement, if needed.

For example, the nanny might agree to work the Fourth of July in exchange for having Thanksgiving off. Or the parents could agree to give the nanny 5 days of paid time off, provided she notifies them at least 2 weeks before taking a vacation.

#7 – Schedule Time to Discuss the Work Agreement

After you’ve signed the nanny contract, don’t forget about it.

Rather, once or twice a year, perhaps during an annual performance review, review the nanny contract to make sure everything’s in good order. If any changes need to be made, make them by amending the nanny contract.

#8 – Raise Issues Early

If the parents or the nanny aren’t following the nanny contract, raise the issue early. Otherwise resentment will grow, and it will be harder to reach a resolution.

If you need to raise an issue, do it in a professional way, trying not to point fingers at the other person. For example, say, “Our nanny contract says this, but we’ve gotten in the habit of doing that. Let’s discuss what we should do in the future and whether the contract should be changed.”

In conclusion, don’t be intimidated by a nanny contract, and ask for help if you need it. It’s well worth it in the long run.

Nathan Hammons is an attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s also a father and the creator of, a website with information about the legal issues of nanny care and a professionally written nanny contract. He can be contacted at



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NANNY REPORT CARD March 27, 2013

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It is important that you take a moment yearly to evaluate your nanny’s job performance in order to give accolades or identify areas for improvement.
The nanny report card is designed to facilitate communication between the nanny and the parent. Communication is the vane of most relationships, an effective open dialogue between the parents and the nannies will yield the greatest results in the child.

In my book “ How to Get the Best out of your Nanny” I talk about the importance on communication between a parent and a nanny. For the parents to get the best out of their nanny, they must communicate! Parents that fail to communicate end up in a soured situation that can easily leave a “dent” on the child’s behavior pattern. Children tend to feed of of our emotions, so if they feel there is tension or a negative reaction to how you treat your nanny, it will show in their behavior.

In addition the report card can be used to honor the nanny with an annual raise and or bonus based on performance and appreciation. So having a report card is a great way to allow the nanny to see how well she performs since communication is a two way act of imparting or exchanging of information I have also written a report card that a nanny can use to evaluate the parents as well. Nannies sometimes feel that there are things they can communicate that will help make the job easier and fun especially for the sake of the children.



1. Do you feel that your nanny is attentive to the child’s safety?

If not, how should she improve?

2. Do you feel that your nanny is meeting your child’s needs?

If not, what do you suggest she does to improve on meeting your child’s needs?

3.Do you feel like your nanny is attentive to your child’s hygiene?
(diaper changing, bath, nail clipping, washing children’s hands.. etc)

If not, what should she do to help improve on your child’s hygiene?

4.Do you feel like you nanny is engaged in appropriate play and activities that help in the child’s growth?

If not, what do you suggest she should do to help her engage the children?

5. Do you think that your nanny is involved in preparing healthy nutritious meals and snacks for the children?

If not, what types of meals and snacks would you like to see her give the children?

6. Do you feel like your nanny shows warmth, love and care to your children?

If not, in what way would you like her to show your children she cares?

7.Do you feel like she disciplines the children according your wishes?

8. If not, give examples of some scenarios where you feel she did not


1.Does your nanny arrive to work on time most of the time?

If not, would you like her to improve on her punctuality?

2.Do you feel like your nanny is dependable and reliable?

3.Do you think your nanny shows professionalism?

4. Does your nanny communicate effectively to you about the welfare of your child?

If not, how should she improve?

5.Do you feel like your nanny’s personal life interferes with her job?

6.Do you feel like you can trust your nanny with confidential private family matters?

7.Does your nanny pay attention to the instructions given to her?

8.Does she show initiative and effort towards her job?


1.Do you feel like your nanny shows maintenance to your house to your satisfaction?

2.Does your nanny clean up after your children at the end of the day?

3.Does she do the laundry to your satisfaction?

4.Are the meals prepared on time?

5.Does she do the housekeeping to your satisfaction?

Areas of strengths:

Areas of improvements:


1. Do your clients come home to release you on time?

2. Do your clients respect your personal life?

3. Do your clients communicate effectively?

4. Do your clients provide the materials needed to make your job easier?

5. What can they do different to make you improve your nanny skills?

6.Do you feel like your suggestions are well received?

7.If your clients work from home, do they respect your time alone with the kids?

8.Do the clients respect the schedule you have with the children?

9.If you are a live-in, do your clients respect your privacy?
10. What do you feel your clients should improve in that will make your communication better?



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ATTITUDE- A great attitude goes a long way, an attitude carries an altitude of how you will proceed with your day. An attitude is contagious and as a nanny you become a role model to the children that are under your care, so a positive attitude is vital.

BELIEVE- As a nanny, you must believe in what you do. A great nanny is unable to reach her maximum potential unless she can believe in her skills.

COURAGE-its defined as a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. Courage is a characteristic a nanny must have in order to be effective in caring for children. You cannot be afraid, or else the children pick up on it and adopt it as their own characteristic.

DETERMINATION- you must be determined to make a great impact in the children’s lives. You must be able to have the capacity to establish the right guidelines in a child’s lives.

EFFERVESCENCE- you have to portray an enthusiastic behavior towards the children you care for. Children need to know that they can be free to express themselves without being put down

FRIENDLY- a nanny that shows kindness will find it easier to relate with children. In order to build a trustworthy relationship with the children you have to prove to be friendly.

GREGARIOUS- you have to be a nanny that is sociable and willing to be in the company of other nannies.

HONEST- they say honesty is the best policy. Being able to be honest with your clients is a valuable character that no money can buy. Honesty creates an open line of communication, which is what you want

IMAGINATIVE- you have to be creative and be able to come up with ideas on how to keep the children busy and entertained that will instill both educational and developmental skills.

JOYOUS- A happy caregiver makes a happy child. A sad countenance relays insecurity towards the children, so making sure you are happy in the presence of the children is very important

KNOWLEDGEABLE- A nanny that is knowledgeable can be very valuable to the family she works for. Take time to keep yourself updated on safety concerns, health foods, e.t.c

LOVE- is what they say makes the world go round. A nanny without love is like the day without the sun. Love promotes growth in the inside and out. Children need to be loved.

MATURITY- A nanny must also prove that she can be able to psychologically respond to a circumstance or situation in an appropriate manner.

NURTURER- children need to feel nourished emotionally, so it is important for a nanny to cultivate a nurturing spirit

OPEN-MINDED- being able to be receptive to ideas in a moments notice is essential. Children love to come up with creative imaginative ideas and having a nanny that can be pliable and open-minded is ideal.

PATIENCE- Is having the ability to bear, no nanny should ever care give without the ability to bear with children’s unpredictable behaviors. This is one of the most important characteristics every nanny must have.

QUINESSENTIAL- if you can represent the most perfect or typical example of what a caretaker should be, it will definitely be of value to the children you care for. They will carry that example for the rest of their lives and will probably practice the views they have learned from you to the people around them

RESPONSIBLE- a nanny has to prove to be accountable and have the capability to make mature rational decisions.

SUBMISSIVE- a teachable spirit goes a long way. Being able to listen to your employers is valuable. Remember you are hired to enhance THEIR family values not lead yours.

TIME-MANAGEMENT- without having the ability to manage time, developing an effective schedule or routine is impossible. Children are most responsive to routine so the ability to be time conscious is a plus

UNIQUE- what positive thing or character about you makes children drawn to you? You cannot a strong effective nanny if you are looking to compare or compete with other nannies.

VIGOROUS- a nanny has to possess physical and mental strength.

WITTY- laughter is medicine to the soul. Being able to characterize humor is important to the children.

X-RAY- examine yourself daily. Are you emotionally/ mentally stable and capable in giving yourself wholly to children without losing your cool in a moment’s notice?

YIELDED- be a nanny that is willing to give yourself as required to the children needs.

ZEALOUS- You cannot be an effective nanny unless you are passionate in what you do. When you are zealous about care giving it becomes more than just a duty, it becomes a true passion.



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Filed under: FIVE NANNY & PARENTING RESOLUTIONS — auntemma @ 1:16 pm
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ENCOURAGE MORE– be a better encourager in 2013. Nothing contributes to a child’s development than encouraging words and actions. Children are always looking to be affirmed and acknowledged in everything they do. So make it your duty to show them you care by using encouraging words.

HUG MORE– you might not be the affectionate mother or caregiver but affection has always seemed to nurture the emotional aspect of every human being in a positive way. I hardly hear of kids going bad due to lots of hugs and kisses. So in 2013, hug your children more.

TALK MORE./[+”\- find out more about your children by talking to them. I always encourage a conversation with the children I care for by asking questions about their weekend/ school. Don’t rush the conversation and don’t accept yes or no answers. You will be surprised how open they can get. Also when talking to your children, don’t shut them down or tell them how crazy that sounds. Keep the lines of Communication open with your children and using words such as ” that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard” is no way going to improve your communication.

EAT TOGETHER MORE- a family that eats together stays together, this year find time and ways to gather round a table and eat together. Something about that just seems to bring bond between you and your kids. If you are a caregiver, try doing lunches or snacks together, it’s amazing how kids feel a lot more drawn to you during these times.

EXPRESS YOURSELF MORE- Parents or caregivers, don’t shy off by telling your children you love them. As a nanny, I make sure I let my child(lol)know that I love her when I drop her off to school. Even if the morning has been hectic with temper tantrums and emotional sighs, I still let her know I love her because at the end of that day, that’s all that matters.

So parents and caregivers, sit back, relax and enjoy life…
Cheers to 2013!!! Now let’s make a positive difference in their lives.



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MY FAVORITE BOOK December 15, 2012

Filed under: MY FAVORITE BOOK — auntemma @ 7:27 pm
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by Watty Piper
Is a classic story of a determined little engine that could achieve his mission by delivering toys and candies to children waiting on the other side of the mountain despite the challenges he had to go through to get there.

This book is a great gift to any child because it has a message of hope, motivation and positive thinking. As a nanny, I personally gifted this book to a child that was potty training as an inspiration towards their potty training journey. Children need inspiration and encouragement and the book ” The little engine that could” does just that!



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