Elder Care: Make your instincts your friend

I was never on the cheerleading squad in high school.  But when it comes to women acknowledging how much we know and can apply to the elder care situation from our own life experiences, I’m all about jumping, shouting and shaking those pompoms. We have so much inner strength. Still, there’s one thing missing:  we don’t trust ourselves.It seems whenever I’m in a new situation the first thing I do is look for a specialist, someone who’s not me and therefore will surely be more competent than I think myself to be....more

5 Tips On Being a Caregiver to a Grandparent

Dresden had the opportunity of looking after her grandmother, Millie, and learned some very valuable lessons along the way. My favorite tip: "The History Channel has your back.":...more
Wow!  This was an incredibly beautiful article, and I am keeping these tips in mind for my ...more

Love Is Simply Joy

I’ve worked a lot of jobs in my life. I’ve been a garden nursery worker, tending plants and pulling weeds; I’ve been a fast-paced online marketer, updating content and helping to brainstorm creative ideas. I’ve been a freelance writer, starving in my tiny studio apartment. I’ve been a Wal-mart shoe girl, trying to peddle shoes to an uninterested public.A lot of people ask me why I ultimately chose to nanny. And the fact of the matter is, none of the jobs I’ve listed above, or any other ones that I’ve worked, give me the satisfaction and fulfillment that nannying does....more

Tips and Tricks for Getting Through The Day with a Baby

As you can see, I have a bit of a theme going on this week. But the more I hang out with Glo-Worm, the more I realize that I have to utilize many tips and tricks just to get through the day. Babies are almost like little bombs – they can go off at any minute and you can’t figure out why! I keep the peace by using a few of these tricks:...more

What Do You Do With a 1-Year-Old?

This is a question that I find myself asking constantly. Glo-Worm, like most babies, loves to play, to go for walks, and to do anything stimulating. But I find myself at a loss sometimes during our long days together. 8 hours is a long time with a baby – even if she still naps twice a day! (I know, lucky me!)...more

Rainy Days & Mondays Always Get Me Down

Blah. It’s raining today, and it’s hot and uncomfortable inside Glo-Worm’s house. What do you do all day when it’s pouring rain and you’re nannying? I’m not a fan of the TV, as I’ve said, so we’ll probably only watch one show. After 20 minutes in which I’ll hold Glo-Worm on my lap while she sucks her thumb, we’re bored again. So now what?...more

Terrific Tuesday - Taking a Chance -Giving Your Children Freedom

Terrific Tuesday - it is terrific to find just the right amount of freedom to give your children....more

Nannying for Twins

“I’ve looked after twins before,” I said to the nice young mother and her husband on my first interview. “They were just older than yours.”“Oh!” she said. “So you have some experience with it?”“Oh yeah,” I said, never knowing exactly what looking after twin newborns was going to mean for me. “I’ll be fine. It’s all about time management!”...more

Guest Post: Finding the Right Babysitter for your Family

Today I am lucky enough to have a guest post on finding the right babysitter for your family...something I might soon be needing!_____There comes a time when you have a function or even a date with your spouse that requires that your little ones stay at home with a babysitter. Leaving your children in someone else’s care isn’t always easy but you can’t avoid it....more

The Question of the Nanny-Cam

Today’s parents are a lot more savvy than the generations before them. They work outside of the home more, and have to depend on caregivers to look after their children. Many parents say, and I agree, that there’s no substitution for Mom and Dad. They also say that they have a lot of anxiety about leaving their kids because they can’t see what’s happening to them. Modern society has found an answer for that – the nanny-cam....more