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32 questions every nanny should ask during an interview

It goes without saying that, when you score an interview for a nanny job, you want to bring your A-game. However, even though you’re, technically speaking, the one in the hot seat, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t come armed with a list of questions of your own. You do, after... more

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How much should I charge for child care?

Are you looking for a job in child care but you’re not sure what you should charge? Or maybe you’ve been a nanny, sitter or day care worker for awhile and feel like you should be making more? Asking for a lower rate may land you the new job, but... more

My life as a summer nanny for the super-rich

Nannies for super-rich families look like they have it all: wearing designer clothes, traveling by private jet and relaxing by the pool of an exotic resort … but there has to be a catch, right? Candi Vajana of The Funny Nanny has been a nanny to wealthy families for more than 10 years... more

How much can you make as a summer nanny?

Working as a summer nanny can be a dream job for a lucrative and fun season: Demand is high, the mood is light, and the weather is ideal for outdoor activities. Families with school-aged kids need help with child care, and it’s a chance to be a hero not just... more

A love letter to my kids’ babysitter (You are missed.)

Oh, babysitters. How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Well, for one, you’re always bright-eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to hang out with our kids when we’re at our rope’s end because we were up with them 564 times — again! — the night before. But, of course... more

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What every nanny needs to know about taxes and payroll

You finally landed a great nanny job. You get to bond with a new family, plan lots of playtime and, oh yeah, collect a paycheck, too! We all love payday, but it’s also good to know before your first paycheck arrives what you can expect to see when it comes... more

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7 self-care hacks for caregivers who are tight on time

Long, erratic hours, unreasonable demands, and the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion that often results — sound familiar? Professionals who care for children, older adults and people with disabilities have long been overworked and undervalued, so it’s no wonder burnout can be an issue in the professional caregiving world. For... more

How to get first-aid and CPR training

It's not fun to think about emergencies. But as much as you hope they'll never happen, you do have to be prepared. CPR and first aid are things that everyone — especially people who care for children — should know. You may not realize the importance of first-aid... more