'Tis The Season To Give Your Nanny A Holiday Bonus

'Tis The Season To Give Your Nanny A Holiday Bonus

It’s that time of year — time to talk about nannies and holiday bonuses! Do you need to give your nanny a holiday bonus? Should a nanny expect a holiday bonus? Lets discuss. The first thing you need to know is that an annual holiday/end of the year bonus is customary in the nanny industry. Many parents, especially those that do not receive a bonus themselves, often don’t realize this. Others may know it is standard, but still opt not to give a bonus if they don’t get one at their job. That is all understandable and I don’t fault parents for viewing it this way, but with that said, I always suggest that parents follow the nanny industry standards, and a holiday bonus should always be considered standard.

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Attn: Work at Home Parents, You and Your Nanny are Sharing an Office!

Attn: Work at Home Parents, You and Your Nanny are Sharing an Office!

A parent who works from home can be one of the biggest deal breakers for a nanny. If you ask nannies why, they will tell you that having a parent in the home generally makes a nanny’s job harder. For a nanny, the home they work in is their “office” and oftentimes parents forget this. Typically, nannies have a way of doing things and a specific routine in place for every part of the day; which is something they have perfected over the years in their nanny career. When a parent is home, they often disrupt that flow and as a result, the nanny’s job is almost never easier than when they are on their own with the kids. This is not to say that parents should never be around or involved.. these are their kids, after all.. but whether a parent works in or out of the home, it is so important to allow the nanny be the authority figure you have hired them to be.

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What it Means to be a Nanny

What it Means to be a Nanny

Being a nanny means that I have time to sit down and write while eating pumpernickel bagels leftover from the third birthday party that happened last Sunday. It means I come to work to find that my “nanny family” bought me another gallon of orange juice even though they don’t drink orange juice because they noticed that I drank the other entire gallon, also leftover from the third birthday party that happened last Sunday. Being a nanny means that I get asked to go on vacations to Miami. I drive the family Mercedes, shop at Whole Foods, wear comfy clothes everyday, and I live in a big, beautiful house for 50+ hours a week. 

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A Day in the Life of a Professional Nanny

A Day in the Life of a Professional Nanny

Meet Allie! Allie, a professional nanny of 10 years, was placed at her current position through Nanny Counsel. She has worked a variety of nanny positions across the U.S. including live-in, travel, and tour-based positions. She currently works for a wonderful family taking care of a toddler boy in Nashville, TN. Allie works full-time and her nanny family depends on her reliability, knowledge, passion, and dedication to her job. In addition to her Bachelor's Degree, Allie also has spent considerable time obtaining many other childcare related qualifications and credentials. Nanny Counsel shadowed Allie for one full workday to document a day in her life, and this is what it looked like…

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Nannies Tell All: What's the Silliest Thing You've Gotten in Trouble for?

Nannies Tell All: What's the Silliest Thing You've Gotten in Trouble for?

Every job comes with its quirks and difficulties, but as any nanny will tell you, the quirks nannies have to deal with are on a whole other level. Because we are working in people's private homes taking care of their personal items as well as their most prized possessions (their children!), the requests and expectations placed on nannies can oftentimes be quite ridiculous. There are plenty of rational, level headed parents out there, but this post gives a glimpse of the not so rational parents many nannies have worked for. We asked thousands of nannies about the silliest thing they have gotten in trouble for at their nanny job, and this is what they had to say. This post is purely for entertainment, so enjoy!

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