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Treat Your Nanny This Holiday Season!

Treat Your Nanny This Holiday Season!

This holiday season, show your nanny you appreciate them in ways that show how much you value the work they do for your family. From thoughtful gifts to practical needs and everything in between, here are a few gift ideas for the incredible nannies that make our lives whole!

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Is your nanny always wrapped up in a blanket during story-times with your children? Gift them a luxuriously soft blanket, slippers, or boots from Ugg. Maybe they’d prefer a nice jacket from NorthFace or a warm, stylish beanie from Carhartt, or a gift card to Starbucks to warm them up from the inside out!

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Does your nanny have to travel to get home for the holidays? Buy their airfare to get home to their family. Are they driving to get home for the holidays? Pay for their gas and make them a road trip basket, full of their favorite snacks. This is sure to warm their heart!

THE GIFT OF TIME OFF

Even though our nannies have paid vacation for most holidays, treat them to an extra day or two to spend with their loved ones. Your nanny will be incredibly thankful for the extra time they are able to share with their family and will come back refreshed and ready to bring in a new year with your little ones!

DINNER FOR TWO

Treat your nanny to a nice dinner with their significant other or best friend! You can make a reservation for your nanny to a restaurant they’ve been wanting to try or treat them to a day of nails or massages with their partner or friend!

FAMILY PHOTO SESSION

As we approach family photo season, consider inviting your nanny along to have them join in a photo session with your family and your littles. It will be a gift all of you can treasure for many years to come and the invitation will make your nanny feel like a million bucks!

HOLIDAY BONUS

One of the best ways to thank your nanny for the amazing work they do for your family and your children is simple–a holiday bonus! Even better, pair this bonus with a simple, meaningful card or a framed picture of your children and nanny together.

USE YOUR WORDS 

Write your nanny a heartfelt note, card, or letter building them up for all the incredible work they do. Have your family, including your children, sign it, or include drawings from your children to include with it. Consider filling out a grateful book to with your family to gift to your incredible nanny.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A CLEAN CAR

Does your nanny use their car to transport your children to and from school, activities, and other adventures? Treat your nanny to a car detailing service. They will love opening up their doors to a fresh and clean vehicle to start the new year with!

APPRECIATION IN MANY FORMS

Is your nanny looking for a new car? Are they getting married, preparing for a baby, or continuing their education in school or courses? Show your support and appreciation for all they do for you and your family. Give your time to help your nanny find something they need or want, gift them a course they’ve dreamed of taking, wedding day makeup, or a new baby essential that got you through your beginning days as a parent. Thoughtfulness can go a long way–give your nanny your favorite book or a book about something they’re interested in!

NEW YEAR, NEW NANNY

What are your nanny’s goals for the new year? Do they hope to get into shape, learn a new skill, or read more books? Consider gifting your nanny a gym membership, a FitBit, or an audiobook subscription to Audible. Is your nanny is just dying for a new hair cut and color to rock in the new year? Give them a gift card to their favorite salon!

Have a wonderful holiday season celebrating your nanny, your family, and the time with those you love!

Top Tips for Landing Your High-Profile Dream Job!

Top Tips for Landing Your High-Profile Dream Job!

Are you dreaming of working with a high-profile family and not sure what to do to stand out among the crowd? Here are a few of our top tips for working with high-profile families–how to stand out, what to expect, and how to show up as your best self each and every day! 

Be Open and Flexible for Schedule Changes

Make flexibility your middle name. Working for high-profile families may entail being flexible and willing to be the person your nanny family counts on when they have unexpected schedule changes. Being proactive and having a go-getter attitude will set you up for success in your career and your nanny family will appreciate your willingness to go above and beyond for them!

Be Discreet

Keep it in the vault! Privacy is essential when working for high-profile families. Many families will request their nannies, assistants, and other members of their team to sign NDAs. Keep this in mind before you share details about your day on social media when filling out paperwork about your employer, or adding your position to your resume.

Perfect Your Resume 

Before you are submitted to these highly sought after positions, make sure you have a detailed, polished resume that showcases your incredible experience. Include reference names and numbers of the families you’ve worked with who know you and your work ethic best–let your references speak on your behalf to give outstanding recommendations of you. Being communicative with your previous employers throughout your career and maintaining their approval to be used as a reference is extremely important in your search for a new position. Pro-tip! If you do work for a high-profile family and you have signed an NDA, we better see “Confidential Family” on that resume without any names listed 🙂

Respect Boundaries

Boundaries are of the utmost importance in high-profile homes. Knowing when to step in and when to give space is a gift only the highest rockstar nannies possess, and this is what high-profile families are looking for!

Be a Team Player 

Many high-profile households have a whole team to make their lives run smoother. Being a proactive, team player is at the top of the list of priorities! The ability to work well with others, stay organized, and plan together for the best interests of the children and household will not go unnoticed by your employer or your coworkers. Act as if everything you do and say will get back to your employers; do not join in gossip with other employees of the household or ask inappropriate questions about the principles.

We hope these tips help you book the job of your dreams! 

Make A Difference Day!

Make A Difference Day!

National Make a Difference Day is on October 22nd this year! Celebrate this day with your future world-changers by going the extra mile. Modeling kind, selfless behaviors for the next generation will inspire future leaders who make a difference everyday!

A Little Thank You Goes a Long Way

Bring out the crayons, construction paper, and collection of stickers and write thank you notes with your little ones to the people in your lives! Thank your bus drivers, landscapers, housekeepers, and delivery drivers with this surprise note to show your appreciation and support. Go a step further and surprise them a gift card with their note!

Show Animals the Same Love They Show Us

Call your local animal shelter and ask how you can support them. Have your children gather up the blankets they’ve outgrown, lying around the house, and deliver them to your local shelter. Take a field trip to the pet store and pick up a few bags of food and a pack of tennis balls. Better yet, is your family looking for a new four-legged family member? Put in an application to adopt your children’s new best friend to make a difference in an animal’s life!

Care For Your Community

Take pride in your local school, street, and parks. Go for a walk with your children and pick up trash along the way; rake leaves in front of the elementary school or for your neighbor; pick up branches and sticks on trails surrounding your local park. They will love the fresh air! Make a game out of picking up trash and have a race to see who can pick up the most!

Raise Money For a Cause

Host a bake sale and have your children make delicious treats with you or open a lemonade stand in the front yard and use the proceeds to donate to your favorite charity. Write down you and your families favorite organizations on little pieces of paper and pick out of a hat which one you’ll donate to. Think of things that mean the most to you; the animal shelter, the food bank, or the children’s hospital could be excellent options to give back to.

We hope these ideas help you and your family make a difference today, and everyday! 

10 Ways to Thank Your Nanny!

10 Ways to Thank Your Nanny!

A nanny is so much more than just a caregiver! They are the light in your life that makes things run smoother in your household and they make the world a better place for our children. It’s National Nanny Recognition Week (September 18th-24th) and this is the perfect time to celebrate your nanny and show them your gratitude and appreciation.  This is also an opportunity for your children to say thank you to their nanny for being a positive role model in their lives.  Remembering to say thank you is so important, and we are sharing some ideas on how you and your children can show them your gratitude. Here is a list of the top 10 ways to thank your nanny!

A SPECIAL MEAL

Food! Yum! Treating your nanny to a special meal is always a great way to honor someone for National Nanny Recognition Week! Prepare their favorite meal for them and have your child(ren) act as servers to make it fun and extra special.  If cooking is not your thing, you can also order take-out from DoorDash, Grubhub, or UberEats, and have food delivered right to their homes quickly. You could also make a reservation for your nanny and a special friend to have dinner at their favorite restaurant and pay for it!

SURPRISE PAID TIME OFF

National Nanny Recognition Week is a wonderful opportunity to offer an extra day of paid time off to your hardworking nanny.  It can offer them some extra time for those errands they haven’t been able to get around to or maybe they would like to just hang out at home and watch Netflix all day.  Remember to give the nanny a little notice on this one so they can plan for a special day. Either way, you cannot go wrong with this fun surprise!

NANNY PAMPER DAY

Caring for kiddos can be physically and emotionally demanding.  A gift card to a nearby spa or nail salon is a wonderful way to say thank you and may be just what your nanny needs to relax in her free time! Another option is to invite a masseuse or nail technician to your home and make it fun for the kids and nanny!

MAKE A MEMORY BOOK

Your nanny probably spends many long days with your little ones and each day creates special moments big and small.  Put together some photos or take some new photos to put together for a memory book that your nanny can hold special to their heart! Shutterfly has some great options and it’s so fun to relive these moments. Kids grow up so fast!

A NANNY BONUS PARTY

Celebrate your amazing nanny by throwing them their own party and giving them cash. Try decorating the house, making a fun treat to share, and putting on some of their favorite music to celebrate how amazing they are to your family! This little or big bonus will be truly appreciated.

EDUCATION

The gift that keeps on giving! Write a letter of appreciation to your nanny and then gift them a class they have been wanting to take.  Maybe they’ve been saving up to advance their newborn skills with a course through Newborn Care Solutions or a membership to the INA so they can build community. What about this amazing Positive Discipline for Nannies course through Sproutable?

WORDS OF KINDNESS

Thank your nanny and tell them how wonderful they are and highlight some of their best qualities. It feels good to be loved and hear positive things about yourself! Words of kindness go a long way and can really make a person feel appreciated. Above all, words of kindness make the world a better place!  Read some of our testimonials and the kind words our families have said about their nannies here.

A SMALL GIFT

Who doesn’t love to receive a small gift as a token of appreciation?  Maybe they love coffee, or jewelry, or could use some new gear for camping?  Another great option may be a Target gift card that your nanny can use for whatever their heart desires!

A BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET

No matter the occasion, a bright and cheery bouquet of flowers is always a great way to put a smile on someone’s face.  Send a vibrant arrangement from your local florist and be sure to add a sentimental note to let your nanny know how much you appreciate them! Here’s one of our favorite florists La Petite Gardenia in Los Angeles.

THANK YOU TREASURE HUNT

This is a great activity to also get your children involved in!  You can have them make sweet arts and crafts or hide small gifts that you want to surprise your nanny with.  Be sure to write clues or even make a treasure hunt map to go on an appreciation hunt together.

HAVE A FABULOUS WEEK CELEBRATING YOUR EDUCATED NANNIES FOR NATIONAL NANNY RECOGNITION WEEK!

 

Back To School: Sleep Routine

Back To School: Sleep Routine

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and it’s already back-to-school season? If so, you’re not alone. Summer has flown by! Let’s discuss how to best prepare our kids for a successful transition into more structured school days after, what we hope was a summer full of adventures and probably a few late nights. In this blog, we will discuss what it looks like to build a sleep routine that supports the adjustment back into school.

Ideal Environment

It’s common knowledge that sleep is essential to growth and cognitive function. Quality sleep influences mood stabilization, focus and is a crucial component to the ability to form memories and retain information. How do we build an environment that encourages quality sleep for our children? Studies suggest that a bedroom should be dark, quiet (or have soothing noise), and cool (approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit ) for optimal sleep conditions. Keeping a fan in your child’s room can double as cooling and soothing noise. Having a sound machine or radio that plays music without words can help encourage feelings of calmness and relaxation as children drift off to sleep. In some circumstances, a night light may be necessary, so having one that can be set to a timer that shuts off after your child falls asleep is ideal for good rest. 

Create a Sleep Schedule

While it varies from child to child, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that children ages 3-5 need around 10-13 hours of sleep; children ages 6-13 need about 9-11 hours of sleep, and teenagers need approximately 8-10 hours of sleep per night. One helpful way to maximize a sleep schedule is to use a ladder system leading into the first week of school. On weeknights, try having the kids go to bed and wake up 15-20 minutes earlier until you arrive at the desired bed/wake time. This gradual progression will help make the adjustment easier as it is a smaller increment of time. This is especially ideal with ages that may be more difficult to get to stick to a sleep schedule throughout the summer (let’s be honest, the FOMO is REAL). And as always, have an open dialogue with your kids about the importance of being well rested in the new year!  

Bedtime Routine

Teaching our kids healthy ways to wind down for bed is the key to training their bodies and minds to produce the hormones necessary for quality sleep. An hour before bedtime, try to restrict or completely eliminate screen time. Many studies have shown that blue light from screens blocks the brain’s ability to produce the “sleep hormone” melatonin, making it harder for our bodies to recognize we’re tired. It is also recommended to not schedule extracurricular activities or exercise at least two hours before bed as well. Instead, try a warm bath, special quiet time (like cuddling and talking about the day together), or having a cozy designated reading area where they can relax before bed.

We hope you find these tips helpful and that they make the transition back to school a dream!

 

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