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Preparing for a Caregiver Interview

You are a caregiver (nanny, babysitter, or senior caregiver), and you are job-seeking.  You need to be prepared for interviews so that you can ensure that the job you accept is a good fit for you.  Here are five topics you need to think about and prepare informed questions on in advance of interviewing. What […]

High Cost of Childcare in the US

Families in the US are spending a large percentage of their take-home pay on child care.  According to Child Care Aware ® of America*, the US Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable child care as that which consumes approximately 10% of the family income.  However, in most states, the average cost of child […]

Writing a Letter of Recommendation for Your Nanny, Pet Sitter, or Other Caregiver

You employ (or have employed) a nanny, pet sitter, or other caregiver and have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for him/her.  What should you write?  What should you NOT write?  Here are some tips for writing the requested letter of recommendation. What should you write? Think about the skills, behaviors, and traits […]

Talking with Your Child’s Babysitter or Nanny about Safety

You are a safety-conscious family.  You have first aid kits throughout your home.  You have childproof locks on all doors, windows, and cabinetry.  Hazardous substances (i.e., bleach) are kept under lock and key, safely out of your child’s reach.  How do you communicate your stance on safety to your child’s babysitter or nanny? 1.      Show […]

Interracial Marriage And the “Role” of Women of Color Who Are Married to White Men

Women of color who are married to colorless men (er, white men) have unique situations with which they must contend on a frequent basis.   From going shopping with their light-skinned children and being mistaken as their children’s nannies to disapproval or outright castigation when seen holding hands with their husbands, these women walk a path […]

My Child Did Not Get Invited

As a parent, nanny, or babysitter, your heart aches when a child’s heart breaks.  In this blog, we will consider one particular heartbreaking experience and how it can be handled.  Consider this: your child’s classmates are all invited to a party hosted by one of the children in the class.  However, your child did not […]

Busy Moms Strive to Have Perfect Balance

Busy moms have a lot in common with circus performers.  We have to juggle many balls in the air – and we worry that it’s all going to come crashing down at any moment!  Additionally, we strive to perfect our balancing act, some days feeling more surefooted than others.  Add some crying babies, toddlers melting […]

The Nanny Factor: A Parent’s Guide to Finding the Right Nanny for Your Family

Candi Wingate has just published her second book, The Nanny Factor:  A Parent’s Guide to Finding the Right Nanny for Your Family.  The book’s recommendations are based on Candi’s 20+ years of experience in the nanny business.  Candi began her career as a nanny and now owns and manages Nannies4hire.com, Care4hire,com, Babysitters4hire.com and A Nanny […]

Transitioning to a New Nanny or Babysitter

Your only child is starting school.  You no longer need a full-time nanny: a part-time nanny or babysitter is what you will need going forward (at least until next summer).  How do you prepare your child for the transition? Have a clear plan for who your new part-time nanny/babysitter will be and what will happen […]

From Morning Chaos to Morning Ritual

Mornings can be such a hassle.  The children are begging for “five more minutes” before they have to get out of bed.   Maybe the twins are arguing over what clothes to wear to school that day.  Johnny is in no hurry to do anything.  Everybody’s running behind.  You’re worried about the children being late to […]