Erica is a full-time freelance writer and editor based in Richmond, Va. In addition to parenting, she writes about travel, food, and design.
Passing the kids off to your nanny for her shift can seem like a quick transition to you, but it’s a crucial moment that can impact the rest of your nanny’s day. If your nanny walks into a home that isn’t prepared for her arrival, she may have to scramble... more
It may seem strange to become a caregiver to the person who once changed your own diapers. But caring for aging parents is simply part of the life cycle for many of us. While the role reversal can be emotionally challenging for both sides, it’s sometimes the only way to... more
Experienced sitters and nannies know that keeping kids busy with fun, creative activities is the best way to prevent meltdowns when mom and dad walk out the door. Even better, a child care provider who takes the lead and guides her charges through imaginative play is a surefire way to... more
Finding a nanny to care for your kids is no small task. Finding someone who fits within your budget, can work with your schedule and meshes with your family’s unique personality can seem monumental. While it would be nice if Mary Poppins would just drop in on our doorstep when... more
Whether employed for a few hours a week or full-time, nannies can quickly start to feel like an integral part of a family. After all, nannies see families at some of their most honest moments, and parents trust them with their children’s lives. Still, no matter how much love exists... more