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The Mommy Wars: Nanny vs. Mom

Tammy Gold | Posted 11.06.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

As mothers, some of the biggest obstacles we face are the imaginary voices inside our head telling us "this mom or that nanny is doing a better job than we are." It is easy to feel nervous since we are doing a job for which there is no formal training.

NYC Nannyology: Understanding the 3 Types of Nannies so You Can Find the Right Match

Tammy Gold | Posted 10.28.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

The key to matching in any relationship, let alone this complex personal/professional relationship, is stating your wants and needs upfront. By understanding that "one nanny does not fit all" and knowing these three nanny personality types moms can find or train to create their ideal match.

3 Questions to Ask Your Prospective Nanny Agency

Tammy Gold | Posted 10.22.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

The nanny-family match is mutual it only works when both nanny and family are happy which requires a lot of "hand-holding" (for both nanny and family) throughout the process as things fall into place. This added customer support allows for a smoother transition for family and nanny.

Paralyzed in Your Nanny Search Process? Here Are 6 Simple Steps to Finding a Perfect Nanny

Tammy Gold | Posted 10.13.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

I'm often blown away by how many times I see my clients "freeze up" as they approach the process of finding a nanny. It's pretty often that I have to remind these fantastic parents that this is an important decision (not one left to simply asking your friend's nanny if they have any recommendations) and one that will require some legwork if you want the ideal match.

Filmmakers Jeremy Whittaker and Roy Anderson Bring Jamaican Culture and History to a New Generation

Anne Thornley-Brown | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
Anne Thornley-Brown

As more and more Black young people of Jamaican heritage are raised in the USA, Canada, and the UK, it is important for them to have an understanding of their history and culture in order to develop a strong sense of identity.

Top 8 Questions to Assess Your Childcare Needs -- Nanny, Daycare or Nannyshare

Tammy Gold | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

Before you set out on the journey of how to find a nanny or how to choose the optimal daycare solution, parents should think about their individual needs and the needs of each child. Doing this first will narrow down their choices and help them make the decision.

5 Things A Famous Nanny Learned About Parenting After Becoming A Mom

The Washington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.27.2015 | Parents

Childcare has been my profession and my passion since I was a teenager. Over my years as a nanny and baby nurse in the United States and U.K., I&rsqu...

How to Deal When the Kids Like Their Nanny More than You

Lynn Perkins | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Your family's nanny enables you to keep the proverbial balls in the air and the train on the tracks. With tremendous relief and real gratitude, you acknowledge that you've found the right person for the job.

Having a Nanny - Stop Shaming Mothers and Ditch Working Mom Guilt

Rich Hawkins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Rich Hawkins

When it comes to being a parent there are far better (or worse, I suppose) ways to ruin your kid's life than employing an extra pair of hands.

9 Cell Phone Rules to Share with Your Sitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Determine your policy on your sitter taking photos or videos of your kids and set rules around sharing them on social media. Would you rather no photos be posted ever, or are you comfortable with the posting of appropriate photos without using names, tags or locations? Spell it out.

Who's Going To Watch My Kids?

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 05.16.2015 | Parents
Rachel Levy Lesser

I never thought about nannies. I always knew that I wanted to have children one day, and I also always knew that I wanted a career. I just never thought about who would watch those children while I was having that career.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Four

Michelle Toh | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The older I become, the more I have thought about Che Che and her life outside of me - her now-adult daughter Hazel back in Clark and their large, affectionate family I'd sporadically meet over pixelated Skype sessions. Not unlike my mother, as I came to learn more of her story, I realized there was some contentment to be found.

Tips for Recognizing and Preventing Nanny Burnout

Lynn Perkins | Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

You can help keep your beloved nanny from reaching the point of no return by recognizing the signs of burnout and taking steps to keep her and your family happy with the care she provides.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Three

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

While I consider my former helper to be one of the most important figures in my life, I won't pretend that our relationship hasn't affected the broader family dynamic. A few years ago, for example, Che Che told me that our current helper, whom my sister and I call Che Che Miriam, didn't like her. "What makes you think that?" I said uncomfortably.

Dreams From My Helper: Part Two

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.21.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

Che Che wasn't always so lucky in connecting with her bosses. One day, she was at home when her employer Mimi (whose name has been changed on Che Che's request) returned with her 10-month-old son from a day in the park.

Dreams From My Helper: Part One

Michelle Toh | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Michelle Toh

The idea of calling someone a maid has always made me uncomfortable. Coming to America, people often wouldn't understand when I'd talk about my helper, the general term used for au pairs in Hong Kong. "You mean your maid?" they'd ask. I'd always flinch.

Texting and Sitting: The Dangers Of Distracted Caregivers

Tammy Gold | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Tammy Gold

Parents need to emphasize to their caregivers the importance of putting away their phones while at work as someone would do in any other job. Of course it is difficult to completely disconnect, however, during work hours most professionals check in at certain points throughout the day and for caregivers this would be when the children are napping or engaged in another activity.

Terminal Illness Changed Everything For This Mom And Her Children's Nanny

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 01.13.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

For many nannies, employment comes without healthcare benefits and an insurance policy, meaning getting sick can result in questions about how to hand...

The Complicated Threesome of Mom, Dad and the Nanny

Lynn Perkins | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

It may be the most indispensable threesome you'll ever have: you, your spouse and your children's nanny. Together, you work as a team to care for and manage the daily lives of your children.

Meet The Mom Who Takes Her Sitter EVERYWHERE (and 10 Reasons Why)

Lynn Perkins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Have you ever scoffed at the Mom who doesn't seem to leave home without her sitter or nanny in tow -- at birthday parties, school drop-off, Mommy and Me class? Maybe you even judged her for it, wondering why she can't go at it alone with her own kids.

Mom And Former Nanny At Odds Confront Each Other

Posted 03.13.2015 | Dr. Phil

Who's the victim in this headline-making feud?

Nightmare Nanny: Revenge on a Craigslist Scammer

Courtney Perry | Posted 10.25.2014 | Comedy
Courtney Perry

I used to hear stories about people who have been scammed on Craigslist and I'd think, "What idiots! How can people fall for such obvious hoaxes?" I can now classify myself as one of those idiots.

Why Grandma Might Not Be the Best Babysitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 10.19.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Before you pull the trigger on hiring Grandma to be the babysitter, give some thought to these four reasons why she might not be the best choice for the job.

Thriving As A 'Working Mom': The Childcare Challenge

Stephanie Hsu | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Hsu

Why is it so frustrating for us and many other Americans to find high quality and affordable child care?

How to Avoid the Awkward Moments While Vacationing With Your Sitter

Lynn Perkins | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Lynn Perkins

Taking a babysitter along on the family vacation provides you with the freedom and support necessary to truly feel like you're on vacation. It gives you the flexibility to see sights that aren't kid friendly, enjoy nightlife, and participate in activities that are not possible when you're caring for young children.