Summer Travels With Your Family and Nanny

Summer time is right around the corner and for many that means fun family trips! Before you spring for a new suit and prepare to hit the trail with the kids in tow, check out our need to know tips in preparing for summer travels with your family and nanny:

Think ahead! When you begin your professional nanny search:

  • Discuss the possibility of travel with your agency and prospective candidates from the beginning. If your family travels internationally you may want to include a valid passport as one of the position “must-have” requirements.
  • If your family is very active and frequents beach or pool vacation locals, be sure to discuss swimming strength and general physical activity level with candidates. You want to ensure that your nanny is comfortable diving in the water and playing with the kids!
  • Talk to prospective candidates about their past travel experiences, not just professionally, but also personally! Find out where they like to go, what activities they like to do and if they feel confident in communicating with others in a second language.
  • Discuss travel accommodations and activities with prospective candidates. If your family frequently flies, will the nanny be required to travel with young children on their lap? Ask the candidates to tell you about some fun kids’ travel games and activities that they have in their “bag of tricks” for long flights or road trips!

Travel Time! Before you depart for vacation with your family and nanny:

  • Create a vacation outline and contract with your nanny. Include everything from: room and board, daily stipend allowance, hours, overtime rates and acceptable attire.
  • Remember that your nanny is working, not on vacation and they will need some scheduled in down time to remain fresh and energized for the kids!
  • Make sure that you have the most up-to-date medical and emergency contact information on file for the nanny as well as all members of the family.
  • At last, but certainly not least, HAVE FUN!

 Wishing you, your family and nanny safe travels this summer!

Warmly,

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Mother’s Day Crafts and Activities

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Show mom your love and appreciation for all of the hard work, passion and dedication she gives, each and every day, with these fun mother’s day craft and activity ideas.

Create a Custom Designed and Hand Written Card: Pull out all the fun arts and craft supplies and create a colorful and love inspired card for mom.  Encourage the children to write a poem or kind words inside the card, to show their appreciation. If the children are younger, you may need to help them write their message of love. A simple card showing gratitude will surely make mom’s heart sing!

Fun Photo and Decorated Frame: Create a heart-shaped sign out of construction paper. Paint a simple message onto the sign, such as “Thank You” or “I Love You.” Take a photo of the child holding the sign and place the photo into a plain frame. Let the child decorate the frame with colors, sequence and other goodies. Be sure to write the date on the back of the frame, so that both child and mom can cherish the gift and the fond memory for years to come!

Coupon Book: It is no secret that moms wear a ton of hats! From chef and chauffeur to playmate and confidant, moms do it all! Create a specialized coupon book that mom may cash in on throughout the year. Include coupons such as “Breakfast in Bed” to “Family Game Night” and “Clean-Up Free Weekend.” These coupons will allow mom feel love and support throughout the year, not just on Mother’s Day!

Pamper Mom at Home: While moms do love spa days, treatments and fancy dinners, they love spending time with their family even more, especially on Mother’s Day! Recreate mom’s favorite pampering sessions at home. If she loves yoga, create a child-lead, family yoga session in the back yard. If she loves the spa, do a mommy makeover at home, where the children pick and perform the treatments. If mom is more of a “foodie,” bring the fine-dinning experience to her. Cook dinner and have the whole family serve their preparations. Remember, you are never asked to clean up or do the dishes when you go out to dine! J

 Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Mother’s Day!

 Warmly,

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