4 Types of Nannies

October 26, 2012

While all nannies are unique, there are four general types of nannies that you may encounter during your nanny search. As you look at different nanny candidates, consider which type of nanny they may be. Doing so may give you a glance into their backgrounds, motives and qualifications for working as a nanny.

1. The Career Nanny. The career nanny is a nanny who is making a career out of working as an in-home child care specialist. A career nanny may or may not have formal nanny training, but generally has some type of educational background or interest in early childhood development. Career nannies tend to have extensive experience working in private homes and are typically passionate about their work. Sometimes a career nanny will develop a niche, like working with multiples, newborns, special needs children or children of divorce. Career nannies may be closely connected to other nannies and be involved in nanny groups, nanny support groups or professional nanny organizations. Many career nannies will have more experience working with babies and young children than their employers. For this reason, if you’re considering a career nanny you’ll want to evaluate if you are open to a parenting partner that will regularly share tips, advice and suggestions.

2. The Transitioned Nanny. The transitioned nanny is a nanny that transitioned to being a nanny from another related profession. Transitioned nannies may include nannies who were first preschool teachers, elementary school teachers, pediatric nurses or family psychologists. Transitioned nannies are likely to have the appropriate skill set for working with young children, but may lack the experience working in an in-home environment. When considering hiring a transition nanny, you’ll want to be clear about your expectations, allow her time to assimilate to working in a private home, and tweak her skill set to work in the in-home environment.

3. The Stepping Stone Nanny. The stepping stone nanny is a nanny that is working as an in-home child care provider until she figures out what she wants to do next. Stepping stone nannies may include nannies who have completed a degree in early childhood education and want to work as a nanny until they find their ideal teaching job or perhaps a high school graduate considering a degree in early childhood education who wants to test the waters of working with young children first. Stepping stone nannies may also include nannies with previous nanny or childcare experience who are looking to utilize their experience while in between jobs.  Stepping stone nannies don’t typically view being a nanny as a career, but rather a stepping stone to doing what they really wish to be doing next. If hiring a stepping stone nanny, you’ll want to be sure your stepping stone nanny will commit to at least one year of employment, or whatever other timeframe you require.

4. The Granny Nanny. The granny nanny does not refer to a nanny’s age, but rather her experience in raising her own children and her desire to help others raise theirs.  Granny nannies may not have any formal childcare training or experience, but instead rely on the experience of raising their own children.  Many granny nannies look for nanny employment after being laid off from a job, out of a desire to leave their current career and pursue something new, or as something to do during their retired years. Since parenting wisdom and styles changes from generation to generation, if you’re considering hiring a granny nanny, you’ll want to be sure she is familiar with current safety recommendations and practices (like putting healthy babies on their backs to sleep).

While not all nannies will perfectly fit into one of these four general types, chances are that you will be able to identify a category that your candidate fits into best. During the hiring process, keep these categories in mind to help you find the right fit for your family.  – Ann Laurie

Nanny Travel Pay

October 24, 2012

Many families want or need to have help while on vacation. Our nanny tax partner Breedlove and Associates offers the following advice: When travelling with an employee, federal law requires the employer to compensate the employee for all hours worked during the trip, including time spent travelling. The employee’s travel expenses, such as airfare, lodging and meals, are not taxable income to the employee; they are expenses the family incurs to have their employee on-the-job when they travel.

Hours worked when traveling are treated no differently than when working in the family’s home. The employee must be compensated for all hours she is on-the-job, and if the working time exceeds 40 hours in a 7-day period the family is required to pay overtime at a rate of 1.5 times the regular wage. While the family must pay their employee for working time, they are not required to compensate her for her non-working time (i.e. free time completely on her own, sleeping time, etc.). Because it’s vacation, there is often a question about what should be considered “working time.” The rule of thumb is fairly simple: if the employee is performing duties, it’s considered “working time” – even if the work is being performed in a beautiful beach, mountain or resort setting.

NAEYC Conference Coming up!

October 22, 2012

 

Italian Sloppy Joe’s

October 20, 2012

We love Frontier Woman’s suggestion on using up left-over spaghetti sauce – make Italian Sloppy Joe’s.  The best thing: Super Kid Friendly!  A little bit brilliant don’t you think?  This is one of those Friday night dinners, Saturday football lunches, or Monday night meals that’s so easy to pull together it should be illegal. And you can use storebought garlic bread or whip up a few slices of your own—whatever works! And you can serve it with a big green salad to make it healthy.

 

Ingredients

  • Leftover Spaghetti Sauce
  • Thick Slices Of Garlic Bread (either Storebought Or Homemade)
  • Mozzarella Cheese Slices
  • Minced Fresh Parsley

Preparation Instructions

Heat up the leftover spaghetti sauce until hot and bubbly.

Bake two garlic bread slices until golden brown and crisp.

Preheat broiler. Place one slice of garlic bread on an ovenproof plate. Spoon spaghetti sauce over the top, adding as much as you want. Top with a slice or two of mozzarella, then place it under the broiler just until the cheese melts. Sprinkle with parsley, prop the second piece of bread on the side, and serve with a knife and fork!

 

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

“I love spinach artichoke dip. I’ve loved it for over half my life. And I’ll love it till the day I croak or become allergic to artichokes. Whichever comes first.

I posted my Spinach Artichoke Dip here over the (long, hot, thank goodness it’s over) summer, and it’s tremendously terrific. But a couple of weeks ago I decided to take a walk on the wild side and make a pasta version.

And then I died from bliss. ” – Pioneer Woman

And we died from bliss too, so we just had to post this recipe for you to try.   OK, it may not be the most kid-friendly dish – depending on your kids taste buds – but it’s so easy to whip up for a delicious date night dinner sans kids.  Enjoy!

  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 2 bags Baby Spinach
  • 2 cans Artichoke Hearts, Drained And Halved
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cup Mozzarella Or Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • 1/2 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth (less Or More)
  • 12 ounces, weight Penne, Cooked Until Al Dente
  • 1/2 cup Seasoned Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Crushed Red Pepper, To Taste

Preparation Instructions

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large pot or skillet. Add garlic and throw in the spinach. Stir it around until it’s wilted, about 1 minute. Remove spinach from heat and set aside.

Add 2 tablespoons butter to the same pot and raise the heat to high. Throw in the halved artichokes and stir it around until they get a little color, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the artichokes from the pot and set them aside.

Reduce the heat to low. Add 2 tablespoons butter to the pot. When melted, sprinkle in flour and whisk until it’s combined. Pour in milk and whisk to combine. Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until starting to thicken. Add Parmesan, Mozzarella/Monterey Jack, salt and pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir to melt, and if it’s overly thick, splash in chicken broth.

Add artichokes and pasta, tossing gently to combine. Gently fold in spinach, then pour the pasta into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the top with crushed red pepper flakes and plenty of Panko breadcrumbs for crunch.

Serve immediately!

Metamorphic Toys – Imagination of Children

October 19, 2012

When Cambridge Nanny Group discover’s a product we love we just have to share it.  You have to check out Metamorphic Toys!  The Everrythingland Mailbox & Eco-Art U-Stick’ems are an art project and toy in one. Children can personalize the mailbox using paints markers and crayons and create patterns or themes using the colorable U-Stick’ems. Kids may choose any eco-friendly glue available or make their own with mom or dad using the enclosed recipe. Gone is the silicone backing sheet common to most stickers, which is NOT recyclable or biodegradable.

The creative imagination of children was the inspiration for Metamorphic Toys. Observing how children use their creativity and imagination to learn, grow and process the world around them they came to realize that this is the natural way children learn.  At Metamorphic Toys they refer to this as “GREEN PLAY” from which their “green toys” take root.  Making toys that foster creativity and imaginative pretend play is the principle upon which their toys have won several awards and enthusiastic reviews.  Being kind to the environment just comes naturally.

 

The daughter of a product designer and artist inspired the founding of Metamorphic Toys with her creative imagination. As Dave Berglund observed how his daughter and her friends played with the toys he made it was clear that kids are hungry for these kinds of creative simple toys that put them and their incredible imaginations in charge.

Instead of imposing the designers’ imagination on the child, the idea is to let children imprint their imaginations on the toy. By doing this, children create a toy that is personal and important to them. Play that centers on such a toy springs completely from the child’s own imagination.

The Mailbox and Silly Signs are an art project and pretend play toy in one.
Creative expression and imaginative pretend play directed by the child is critical to healthy child development, but it also happens to be incredibly FUN! It is naturally instinctive behavior for children to learn and process the world through creativity and their imaginations. Our toys give kids this opportunity by engaging them with elegant geometric designs that also serve to add structural integrity to the toys.

There is something about three-dimensional objects that kids love to explore. Providing such an object that kids are allowed to experiment with by coloring, gluing, carrying around and playing with is very exciting for them. The Everythingland™ Mailbox, Silly Signs and Eco-Art U-Stick’ems are these kinds of toys.

Metamorphic Toys believes in doing what’s right for children, for our community and the environment. That’s why we are committed to making open-ended toys right here in America using materials and processes that are kind to the environment.

Cambridge Cleaning Service

October 18, 2012

Cambridge Nanny  Group , Chicago’s leading nanny agency announces the launch of Cambridge Clean, a residential cleaning service.  “We have paid close attention to our customers and their needs and have addressed the most common requests in our offering of residential cleaning services”, say’s Ingrid Kellaghan.   “Our new service offering caters to families who are seeking thorough, consistent, and customized cleaning needs –  whether weekly, bi-weekly, or simply once in a while deep clean.”

The Cambridge Clean System was created to ensure a thorough cleaning process and provide customers with the best living environment possible.  Our 40-step plan of action combines healthy cleaning products with a strict attention to detail. If a thoroughly clean home is important to you, trust our highly trained, uniformed, bonded and insured teams to give you  most thorough housecleaning you have ever had.

Call us today to find out more and to speak with one of our team member – 773-856-5525.

We love Parents’ Choice Foundation

October 17, 2012

Cambridge Nanny Group would like to introduce it’s blog readers to a wonderful resource called – Parents’ Choice Foundation !! Their Purpose: search out and recommend products that help kids grow – imaginatively, physically, morally and mentally—fairly priced products that are fun, safe and socially sound. Parents’ Choice reviews books, toys, music, television, software, videogames, websites, and magazines for children and families of all achievements and background.

Best known for the Parents’ Choice Awards® program, the Parents’ Choice Award Seals are the Foundation’s internationally recognized and respected icons of quality.

The Parents’ Choice core team is a small group of talented and fun-loving alphabetically sorted professionals: Claire S. Green, Jessica Hensley, Ashley Mannetta, Keri Stelmack, and Jacqueline Yau.

The Parents’ Choice Award judges are experts in areas of industry and interest, from dinosaurs to digital media and from mathematics to making mayhem. The Parents’ Choice Awards committee members hail from families across the country.

Our product evaluation process is lengthy and comprehensive. It’s a multi-tiered process with its roots in a four page questionnaire that queries developmentally appropriate content and challenges, the product’s design and function, the educational value, long-term play value, and the benefits to a child’s social and emotional growth and well being.

Here are four things that drive Parents Choice Foundation:

Spanish Speaking Nanny and Speech Development

October 16, 2012

Question: My child’s babysitter speaks only Spanish. Could this slow down my toddler’s language development?

Patricia McAleer-Hamaguchi, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist

No, it shouldn’t. In fact, it has been shown that exposing young children to more than one language actually helps their language skills in the long run. By the time your child reaches his later elementary school years, you may see above-average vocabulary, sentence structure, and comprehension skills. He also may have an easier time picking up new languages. However, there are some things to consider. It is important that your child keep the two languages separate — if your caregiver is speaking Spanish to your child, it should be consistently Spanish and not a mix of the two languages. Also, make sure your child has lots of opportunities to play with other children who are speaking English, if that is your primary language.

Sometimes children who are exposed to two languages in equal amounts have a slightly lower test score in both languages because they have had less practice in both, but this should improve in later years. In the long run, your child should benefit from this bilingual opportunity.

There are instances where exposure to two languages may harm development. If your child has any documented speech-language disorders or delays, such as autism,  hearing impairment, Down Syndrome, dyspraxia, etc., he should focus on learning one language only — learning two languages would be too confusing.

Naming Baby After Nanny

If the Hundred-Year Rule – which states that it takes a century for most names to come back into fashion – holds true, then we’re in for some interesting times, judging from the list of 100 Most Popular Names of the 1910s.

A handful of the top names in the decade from 1910 to 1920 are already solidly back in style.   Fans of  old fashioned baby names include Tori Spelling who damed her daughter Hattie Margaret McDermott.

” For Hattie we decided to not find out the baby’s sex since we already were blessed with one of each… we were convinced that the baby would be a boy! There was a boy name we both have loved for years and decided on that. We didn’t even think of girl names”, say Tori.

“Well, you know how that turned out! We had a beautiful, no-name baby girl. In recovery afterwards, with her in my arms, I asked Dean to start Googling old-fashioned girl names. He started at ‘A’ and read through the alphabet, both of us shaking our heads the whole time. When he read the name Hattie aloud and we both looked at each other and said, “That’s it!” I looked down at her and she was such a Hattie. So we named her Hattie Margaret. Margaret, after my nanny who was like a second mother to me and had passed”, say Tori.