Why Women Are Reluctant to Admit They Are Nurturers at Heart

It seems that in an effort to eliminate gender bias, sometimes we have swung too far in the opposite direction. You will often notice that some women are reluctant to embrace the nurturing side of their nature because traditionally, women have been called such things as “the weaker sex.” Based on historical evidence, a great number of women have had trouble competing in a male dominated society. Great strides have been made towards equality, but in so doing, are we denying basic biological … [Read more...]

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), June 15

What is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day? Each year, hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected, and exploited. In addition, elders throughout the United States lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could have been used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food, and medical care. Unfortunately, no one is immune to abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It occurs in every demographic, and can happen to … [Read more...]

Caregiver Awareness Month – NOV 2013

November is National Family Caregivers Awareness Month "This month and throughout the year, let the quiet perseverance of our family caregiversremind us of the decency and kindnessto which we can all aspire." -President Barack Obama, 2011 Proclamation National Family Caregivers Month is a nationally recognized month observed every November to draw attention to the many challenges facing family caregivers, advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and raise … [Read more...]

How to be an Advocate for Your Sick Child

When your child is sick, you’re naturally focused on helping her get better and managing the implications of an illness. For most parents, the doctors and nurses in charge of your child’s medical care are seen as steadfast allies. When medical care goes wrong or school administrators aren’t willing to work with your child during an extended absence, you’ll be forced to act not only as a caregiver and comforter for your child, but also an advocate for her. Trust Your Own Instincts As a … [Read more...]

Childcare, I N A’s Expert Insights & Conference Details

Expert Insights with Susan Tokayer and Becky Kavanagh, Co-Presidents of the International Nanny Association For most all of my own nanny career, I have been involved with the International Nanny Association. As a member, board member and employee of the association, I was privileged to have seen the value membership brings to those who join and actively participate. Recently, I caught up with co-presidents Susan Tokayer, owner of Family Helpers, a Dobbs Ferry, NY full-service domestic … [Read more...]

Caregiving Workers burn out, too – Take Action

The Importance of Self-Care for Caregivers and Nannies Working as a caregiver or nanny demands that you spend much of your time caring for other people, and even helping to manage other families’ households. Making sure that your charges and employers are cared for to the best of your ability and that all of your job responsibilities are attended to may not always leave much time to worry about your own needs, but there are a few reasons why it’s very important that you find a way to make … [Read more...]

Child Caregivers: 5 Job Tools Nannies May Want to Get for Themselves

After years of experience, a nanny may develop a favorite brand of bottles or model of car seat that she feels is superior to others she’s tried. But since a nanny works in her employer’s home, she’s typically limited to using the items and gear that the parents have already selected. While many nanny employers are open and appreciate the suggestions of their nannies when it comes to purchasing items, gear and supplies, often times a nanny enters the picture too late, after all the shopping has … [Read more...]

Empty Nest Syndrome – WOMEN in RECOVERY

'Empty nest syndrome' is a general feeling of grief and loneliness parents or guardians may feel when their children leave home to live on their own for the first time. Since a young adult moving out their parents' house is seen as a normal and healthy event, the symptoms of empty nest syndrome often go unrecognized ("Empty Nest Syndrome," 2010). For parents, this can result in depression, as well as a loss of purpose. When their children finally “leave the nest”, parents must begin to adjust … [Read more...]

PARENTS, 6 Key Components of a Nanny’s Annual Review

6 Key Components of a Nanny’s Annual Review For nannies and their employers, an annual review can be a nerve-wracking experience. While private, in-home childcare providers who have been with their employers for an extended period of time may be less nervous when the time for the review rolls around, it’s almost impossible for either party to feel completely comfortable with the process. Parents that are approaching their first-ever annual review with their very first nanny may find that … [Read more...]

International Federation of L’Arche

L'Arche International L'Arche Tahoma Hope is a member of the International Federation of L'Arche. The first L'Arche community was begun in 1964 in Trosly-Breuil, a village north of Paris, France. It began in much the same way that L'Arche Tahoma Hope did - in response to the need for companionship of two men with disabilities. Out of this single response has grown a Federation that is made up of over 135 communities in 36 countries throughout the world. Although each community functions … [Read more...]

10 Things to Consider Before Hiring the Kids Grandmother as Their Nanny

For many grandparents, the thought of their children hiring a stranger to care for their grandchildren is enough for them to take radical action: applying for the job themselves. Eons ago, many families lived in the same community and those from within the community viewed parenting as a community effort. Today, families often live miles apart and working mothers are forced to call on nannies to provide the flexible, customized care that years ago only women in the community could be counted … [Read more...]

NannyPro.com, ’10 Ways Nannies Can Use Technology to Communicate’

At no time in human history before now has it been so easy for people to communicate with one another, even when they’re on opposite ends of the world. Technology has advanced to the point that we often take being able to reach our friends, family members, and coworkers for granted, because there are so many different methods to achieve communication. One relationship that has the potential to be significantly improved by the accessibility of so many instant-communication options is that of the … [Read more...]

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