Nanny Cam: Yes or No?

Installing a hidden camera in your home? Not so fast. Be sure you know all the facts and nanny cam laws before you press record. Nanny cameras, commonly referred to as nanny cams, have gained significant recognition and caused more than a few eyebrow raises in the last few years... more

What Are Realistic Babysitter Responsibilities?

Know what's fair to expect from a babysitter -- and what's not. From Mary Poppins to Supernanny, parents have seen a few too many miracle-working child caregivers to be 100 percent sure what to expect from an everyday babysitter. And sitters want to do a great job caring for... more

How to Reimburse a Nanny for Gas and Mileage

If your nanny drives your kids around, learn how to handle car expenses. When you hire a nanny, there are lots of details to work out. For example, driving expenses. Does your nanny drive your kids to school, play dates or activities? Does she run errands for you? If your... more

8 Reasons Why Nannies Quit

What makes nannies want to resign? And how can both nannies and parents help prevent that from happening? Challenges are inevitable in any job, but being a nanny often takes those trials to new heights. And sometimes nannies and families have to part ways. But parting is never easy. "The... more

Your Nanny's First Day of Work

Use this helpful checklist to help you and your nanny get through the day. Congratulations: you have a new nanny! Finding someone whose personality meshes with your family's is no easy task. You've done all the hard stuff, including background checks and negotiating pay. You've also probably... more

Should You Give Your Nanny a Raise?

Learn when you should increase your nanny's pay and how much of an annual raise you should give. Your nanny is a professional -- and you should treat her as one. Part of that is thinking about things like raises, which are common in most jobs. Here are the six... more

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

8 tips on creating a recommendation letter for your nanny, babysitter, pet sitter, senior care aide, etc.     When you've found an excellent caregiver, it can be hard to let them go. But like people in any other profession, sometimes they decide to move on or your situation... more

Bye-Bye Nanny: How to Handle the Nanny-Child Separation

Here's how to handle a child who has trouble letting the nanny go. When Kathryn and Dominick von Jan moved upstate from Brooklyn, NY, it meant parting with their beloved nanny of 5 years. "Excited as we were for our move, it was devastating to say goodbye to... more