If your children have food allergies, you spend considerable time and energy worrying about their safety and taking special steps to protect them every day. You’re not alone. The CDC estimates that more than three million children have food allergies, with the most common offenders being nuts, dairy, wheat, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish. Sending kids with allergies to school, summer camp, a playdate or birthday party can be nerve-wracking as you worry that your child will eat something that will trigger a reaction.
We’re all looking for new ways to get our children to eat healthier - preferably ideas that are quick, easy and inexpensive to prepare. Break away from the chicken nuggets routine with these ideas:
Cut your children’s sandwiches in creative shapes using large cookie cutters. Try a fish-shaped tuna sandwich with goldfish crackers on the side for an under-the-sea themed meal.
Social networking is exploding in popularity and sites like Facebook are attracting fans of all ages. In fact, parents have become one of the fastest growing demographics on Facebook, and they’re using the interactive tool for more than just chatting with their friends. They’re using it to screen for - and check up on - their nannies. As part of their research before hiring a new nanny, parents often screen candidates on Facebook, and sometimes what they see online makes them decide not to hire a particular candidate.
The idea of having a “nanny cam” - or a hidden camera - has become quite controversial in recent years. Some parents think it’s a great way to keep track of their children and their nannies, while others think it’s a blatant invasion of privacy. Further, some parents are up front about the device, telling their caretaker that they will be using the camera to check in periodically. Others use it secretly to ensure that their nanny is taking proper care of their children. The issue is more of an ethical matter than a legal one.
The old adage says you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but many of us still do so - at least on occasion. We all have an image in our minds of what the “ideal” nanny should look like - and that image is probably more Mary Poppins than Marilyn Manson. You’re probably envisioning pink sweaters, not Pink the rock star.
When it comes to nannies, would you hire someone with visible body piercings, tattoos, a Mohawk hairstyle, a punk-rock style, etc.?
Cooking and baking with your kids during the holidays can be a fun (or stressful) activity. How you plan for the activity will, in large part, set the stage for how the activity will be experienced. Following are some tips for making the experience enjoyable for all involved.
As a nanny, you have many responsibilities. You must nurture the children in your care, stimulate their minds, and inspire their creativity, among a host of other tasks and treasures of your daily responsibilities. It is wonderful, then, when you can find opportunities to combine multiple objectives in one activity (ex., an activity in which the children can learn and develop creativity). There are many wonderful resources for such activities.
Not all families agree on the merits of having their nannies schedule play dates with their children. The controversy falls along the lines of socializing the children versus nannies with attention divided between their own charges and the children and nannies of other families. Most families will agree that to socialize children properly, children must be able to play with and relate to other children. Play dates are a wonderful way of accomplishing that goal.