Jedi Nanny: How to Talk to Toddlers.

Sittercity Blog has a good column this week on how to talk to kids like a babysitter.  It’s really great for the “layperson,” but if you are an actual babysitter and you want to talk to a kid, you’re probably going to want to do one better. I’ve been complimented over and over again about my manner with children and how I can connect with children on the very first interaction....more

Jedi Nanny: Working From Home

That is, working when a parent is working from home.  I’ve seen this addressed on a few mommy blogs lately and wanted to offer some tips from the nanny’s point of view on how to make this work as smoothly as possible. I’m not going to address anything that the parent should or shouldn’t do; my suggestions are for the nanny as that’s the part I’ve played in this scenario. If you’re a parent reading this and you want to add your opinion on what’s worked best for you, I would love to hear from you!...more

these are some great tips for trying to make nannys while working from home, i'm going to have ...more

2009: The Year in Meme.

Oh, I love a good meme. As an only child, talking about myself is one of my favorite occupations. Almost as fun as talking to myself – wait, did I just say that outloud? 1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before? ...more

Santa vs. Pai Natal

It’s a little late to be blogging about Christmas, I know. Something about the build up to Christmas means that even the very next day, it’s a stale subject. Old news. Anyhow, I didn’t have a chance to blog about Christmas on Christmas, so I’m making up for it now. This year was my first year spending Christmas in Portugal. My very first Christmas without snow! And boy was that ever weird....more

Very much of the "new here" persuasion.

I've been blogging in some form or another for 11 years now, starting way back in the pre-livejournal online journal days. I've now settled in to the sort of "family blog" niche as that's where my life is right now... but it's sort of hazy. My blog is about my work as a nanny, so in many ways, my experiences parallel stories and concerns that many mommy bloggers write about, but I'm not an actual mommy *yet,* so my life is very different....more