Interview / Job Limbo


I'm currently looking for a new nanny job and I have found a family I am really interested in working for. We've had two interviews so far and they are going to schedule a couple of trial days in the next few weeks. The job would start in the middle of June.

They are a great family and I could see myself being very happy working for them.

However, I feel like I am in limbo as they haven't committed to hiring me. Do I keep looking for other jobs?

Trouble putting a 1 year old down for naps!

Hi there! I've been a nanny for 3 1/2 years now, and I recently picked up another nanny job taking care of a 1 year old boy, and every time I try to put him down for a nap, he screams bloody murder. I try everything to soothe him (rocking, walking around with him, giving him a stuffed animal/blanket, singing to him) but nothing has worked. I hate to see him cry so badly when all I want to do is comfort him. Do you have any tips on other ways to get a stubborn baby to nap? I've never had this problem before, and he's such a happy baby before it comes to nap time.

Aggressive toddler! HELP!

I have been a nanny for many years and I know that boys can be VERY aggressive, but the family I'm currently with has an extremely aggressive 2YO. His brother is 8 months and like any little brother, he wants to play with his older brother. I have tried keeping them in separate corners and changing the play when they are around each other, but it's not working. Today I went to the garbage can to throw away a diaper. I was literally out of the living room for 20 seconds!!! I come back and the 8month baby is screaming crying and his brother is laughing.

Nanny Ebook

Hi Nannies,
A friend told me about an ebook that is coming out for nannies called "Nanny Confidential - A survival guide"
Apparently it looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of the nanny role.

It sounds great and was written by a nanny.

It doesn't come out for a while I think - sometime in August but you can see a picture here

2 really different opportunities. Help!!

Hello Nannies!

I recently posted a little about a job opportunity I have in Miami Florida.
Well I am currently waiting to here a final word back ( by Monday I should know )
I was contacted by another family in the DC area and we had a phone interview and a Skype interview last night!

Now I have not been offered either job yet ( technically ) but both families are very interested and have ask for references.

The problem I am having is that they both have really good pros and both have cons when you compare them.

I've been trying to quit for months now

So I work as a nanny here in Canada for a family with 14 month old twins. When I got the job I was very optimistic and felt I was treated well. I've been here for 6 months now and I am miserable. I've been meaning to quit for a few months but I'm scared and there's never a good time. I think I need some nanny encouragement as I have no friends that are nannies!

I'd also like to vent a bit and get some of the reasons I am so unhappy with work out there so here we go...

Back pain, help!

Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and I'm looking for some advice. I nanny an adorable 21 m/o 40 hours a week. She's a really sweet kid and very bright, but there's one issue. She loves being carried. At first it didn't bother me much, but she's growing incredibly fast and has gotten quite heavy and I'm a small person. I've started having nearly constant lower back pain to the point where it's difficult to fall asleep some nights. I'm only 19 and I'm worried about the possibility of causing long-term damage to my back.

Feeling the Pressure

I'm watching toddler twins; a boy and a girl. They have an older sibling as well. The twins are 1.5 at the time being. Their older sibling, at this age, knew and recognized the entire alphabet. (That is what I've been told; I wasn't her nanny until she was 4) The twins are nowhere close to knowing theirs. I'm feeling the pressure for them to be at that point, but they just aren't! I'm trained in ECE and know that all children are different; even the twins are at different levels. But I just would like some other, outside opinions of how I should go about this issue further!

Screaming in Time Out?

I'm a recent college grad nanny to a three girls ages 6, 4, and 2. Discipline is always a timeout followed by a brief discussion about why the behavior made them end up in timeout. This works very well for my 6 year old, but the 4 year old always SCREAMS non stop whenever I give her timeout. She will literally be sitting in the corner howling for the entire 4 minutes and won't stop no matter how many times I tell her she needs to stop screaming. If the 2 year old is napping while I put her in timeout, she will wake the 2 year old up and the screaming doubles.


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