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Emma Jenner
Emma Jenner is a child development and child behavioral specialist and the author of KEEP CALM AND PARENT ON (Atria, 2014), a guide to integrating the best approaches and practices from American and English parenting styles.

Known for her role as host of TLC's "Take Home Nanny," Emma is a formally trained British nanny with over a decade of in-home childcare experience working with families in the UK and across the United States. Founder of the consulting service Emma’s Children, she now brings her expertise in childcare and treasure trove of behavioral knowledge to your family.

Entries by Emma Jenner

The Only Right Answer When It Comes to Vaccines

(223) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 3:18 PM

You've heard the anecdotes: Your friend's friend's toddler was doing great, just being a totally normal kid, and then all of a sudden he started showing signs of autism. Word has it that he had just gotten his vaccinations. You don't like fear-mongering and you're not a conspiracy-theorist, but isn't...

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5 raisons pour lesquelles l'éducation est en crise de nos jours

(7) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Je suis généralement une personne optimiste et j'ai tendance à croire que tout ira pour le mieux à moins que le contraire me saute aux yeux, et quiconque me connait vous dira que je ne suis pas du genre à dramatiser. C'est pour cela que quand je dis que l'éducation...

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5 razones por las que la crianza moderna está en crisis, según una niñera británica

(17) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 3:52 AM

En general, soy una persona bastante optimista. Tiendo a creer que todo va a salir bien, a menos que las pruebas indiquen totalmente lo contrario; cualquiera que me conozca bien te dirá que no suelo dramatizar. Este es el motivo por el que cuando afirmo que la crianza moderna está...

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Die moderne Erziehung steckt in der Krise - eine britische Nanny erklärt, warum

(2) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 8:34 AM

Eigentlich bin ich ein ziemlich optimistischer Mensch. Ich glaube daran, dass alles gut wird -es sei denn, es gibt Beweise für das Gegenteil. Jeder der mich kennt, wird Ihnen sagen, das ich nicht gerne aus allem ein Drama mache.

Wenn ich deshalb sage, dass es schlecht um die moderne...

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5 Reasons Modern-Day Parenting Is in Crisis, According to a British Nanny

(873) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 4:47 PM

I generally am quite an optimistic person. I tend to believe that everything will work out for the best unless the evidence is overwhelmingly to the contrary, and anyone who knows me will tell you that I am not prone to drama. That's why when I say that modern parenting...

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'Are We There Yet?' The Worst Parenting Mistakes for Impatient Kids

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Impatience and childhood go hand in hand. There's a reason "Are we there yet?" is such a common marker of traveling with kids. We cannot expect our children to come into the world as patient and understanding as the Buddha, and we'd probably worry about them slightly if they did....

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My Mum the Parenting Expert

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:24 PM

My mum isn't a parenting expert by profession, as I am, but she is the person who taught me most everything I know about how to raise children. I don't mean to disparage the fancy nanny degree I received in England, or the invaluable lessons I've learned from the children...

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A Childcare Professional's Case for 'Giving Up On Your Kids'

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 3:46 PM

I want to applaud Stephanie Metz, the mum who dared write that her children are not the center of her world (which is not the same as giving up on them, by the way). As a nanny and parenting consultant, I have long espoused that we are doing...

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Listen to the Grinch: 6 Reasons Not to Buy Your Child's Christmas List

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Cue the old, creaky voice: "In my day, kids got one thing for Christmas. That was it! And we were grateful!" Only I don't have an old, creaky voice. And it happens to be true.

It's great news that many parents are doing well and can provide wonderful gifts...

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Medication Nation: Children's Health in Peril

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 9:23 AM

Sarah Clark was worried about her 3-year-old daughter. Adrienne had multiple temper tantrums an hour, hour after hour, and their house was constantly filled with her screaming. Sarah worried, too, about the affect the unrest might be having on her older son. Sarah and her husband doubled down on their...

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A Rebellion of the Scheduling Sort

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 6:02 PM

We are officially past the start of the school year, with all the requisite pencils sharpened and necessary items (according to the advertising, anyway) purchased. By the time the first leaves fall, the next phenomenon has begun in earnest: Football season. And the start of dance club. And music lessons....

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Parents' Back-to-School Shopping: Top 10 Essentials for Grown-Ups

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 6:37 PM

Do you feel that? The faint scratching of graphite across paper, the scent of chalk in the air? With Labor Day weekend a pleasant memory, parents and children alike are jumping back into the school year rhythm.

Retailers sense it, too. Your TV, radio, and newspaper are full of advertisements...

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Babies and Benefits: How Countries Around the World Support New Moms

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 8:53 AM

The Duchess of Cambridge's trendsetting ways may be rubbing off on her husband. This week, Prince William became the first royal to indulge in a modern British luxury -- paternity leave. Like fathers across the UK, the Prince is taking two weeks of paid vacation to bond with...

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The Joy of Boys: What to Expect When You're Expecting a Prince

(6) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 12:23 PM

It's official--it's a boy!

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of England's most anticipated new citizen.

In the old days, this news would have brought a national sigh of relief, as smooth succession could be safely ensured for another generation (if you don't believe...

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The Royal Nanny: Choosing a Nanny Fit for a King

(32) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Prince William and Kate Middleton's rumoured due date, 13 July, is fast approaching.

Being a first-time parent is difficult for everyone, but with all their royal responsibilities, they'll likely need some extra help.

Princes William and Harry were just the most recent in a long line of royal children cared...

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He Kicked Me First!: Real-Life Families, Bullying, and the Controversial Pediatrics Sibling Study

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Parents, child development experts, and journalists alike have been buzzing with opinions about a new study in the journal Pediatrics that shows sibling-on-sibling bullying affects children in the same ways bullying in school does, increasing rates of depression and anxiety.

The most quoted part...

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Hands Off! Parenting Wisdom From Around the World: A Review of Christine Gross-Loh's Parenting Without Borders

(2) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 3:25 PM

As parents and caregivers, we hold these truths to be self-evident: Children need quality time with us and active stimulation in order to develop properly. Being a good parent means putting our children's needs before our own. Parents should monitor children's TV habits to protect them from violent or inappropriate...

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Les Enfants Fantastiques! A Review of Pamela Druckerman's Bébé Day by Day'

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 6:57 PM

This week, I got the chance to read Bébé Day by Day, the follow-up to Pamela Druckerman's bestselling Bringing Up Bébé. My verdict: Vive la French parenting!

They say that those who fight the hardest are those who are the most alike, so perhaps it shouldn't have surprised me that...

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To Market, to Market: 11 Tips for Parents Joining the Food Revolution

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 4:56 PM

I love taking children to the farmer's market this time of year. It's so much nicer than dragging them through the grocery store as they stare forlornly at the junk food placed precisely at their eye level.

With a bounty of crisp, sweet peas, bright green asparagus, fresh spring...

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The Top 5 Worst Mistakes American Parents Make

(208) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 2:15 PM

During my years as a nanny, I've had the pleasure of working with some truly fantastic American mums and dads. I've often marveled at how American parents teach children that anything they set their minds to is possible, and how despite the fact that American parents work longer hours than...

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