Nannies: How much should you charge for your services?

You’ve had a successful interview for a new nanny position. You like the family, and the family likes you. Now it’s time to answer their next question: “What do you charge for your nanny services?” According to the 2018 survey, the average nanny makes about $580 a... more

On the Park Bench: The toolkit that makes this nanny a ‘child whisperer’

When Leslie R., a classically trained opera singer, first started nannying more than 25 years ago, her friends would ask her when she was going to get “a real job.” “I would just look at them and say, ‘You can’t do my job,’” she recalls, explaining that child... more

The 4 legal documents every adult should have

It’s all too easy to put off gettingyour legal paperwork in order. But when a major crisis hits — whether it’s an accident, illness, or death — it’s usually too late to start printing, signing, and notarizing forms. Here are the documents every adult needs now, so they’re ready if... more

The nanny checklist: What to ask before your 1st day on a job

As the oldest sister of five and an elementary education major, being a nanny seemed like the most likely job for my skill set. I thought I knew all there was to know about taking care of children, but I was actually limited to just knowing about taking care of... more

Yes, mom burnout is a thing. But you can work through it with these real-mom tips

I’m running away to join the circus, I text my best friend. Another friend listens as I confess a secret fantasy: I drive to a hotel with an ocean view, where I swim, read, eat amazing food and sleep (!) for two full nights all by myself. “You should do that,”... more

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Caregiver confessions: Your 20 most embarrassing moments on the job

We've all been there: A mistake made on the job that has you blushing for days. This week we asked caregivers to share with us their most embarrassing moments at work — and they delivered! Turns out, there have been a lot of diaper blowouts, awkward conversations with kids and unfortunate encounters... more

The best bottles for breastfeeding babies

Breastfeeding has many benefits for both baby and mom. But there may be times when you may want to incorporate bottle feeding into your baby’s life, whether it’s because you’re going back to work, want your partner to be able to feed the baby or even if you just need... more

12 nanny training courses and certifications that will boost your career

While there is no formal training required to become a nanny, these specialized classes will turn you into a more professional and knowledgeable caregiver. If you're looking for a nanny job, they'll also make you stand out from the crowd as someone who takes your career seriously. Additionally... more

How to know if your child is ready to start kindergarten

Kindergarten is the new first grade. That's the word on the street if you talk to many moms of school-age kids. While your child may technically be the right age to start kindergarten, the increased academic requirements and test pressures have many parents wondering if their kids are really... more