Why Working Mothers Are More Productive

Many mothers struggle with feelings of guilt when they return to work. They also have to deal with the sense that they are somehow less productive if they come back to the workplace on a part-time basis. The truth is, however, that working mothers are more productive than other employees are and women who work part-time are even more productive. In the corporate world, senior managers are routinely sent on Six Sigma Yellow Belt training courses to improve their productivity levels. This type of … [Read more...]

So Much to Do – So Little Time, Women in Business

Women in Business According to a recent survey, flexible work hours (73%), the ability to work from home or remotely at times (61%) and a helpful partner who shares in responsibilities at home (65%) were important for working mothers to overcome the daily struggle of achieving balance. Here are Ten Tips to help you get a little closer to work-life harmony throughout the year: 1. Design a plan. Not all bosses will proactively offer a flexible work schedule. If you want it, present a … [Read more...]

Parenting, ‘separation anxiety’ can be a trial for kids

There comes a point in every child’s life when she’s forced to face the world without the parents she depends upon so fiercely. While painful for everyone involved, this rite of passage is an essential one along the road to a healthy, independent adulthood. In the meantime, however, managing the worst aspects of separation anxiety can be a trial for kids, parents and childcare providers alike. Whether you’re a parent forced to leave your hysterical child behind for the day or a childcare … [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...]

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...]

Parents ~ Tips for Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Your Kids

Few things tug at a parent’s heartstrings like the cries and pleas of a child in the throes of a separation anxiety attack; still, they are a normal (if distressing) part of childhood development. With proper coping strategies and plenty of love, the worst of your child’s anxieties can be managed until he’s older, at which point most children tend to outgrow their fears of being separated from a parent or familiar adult. Managing your child’s separation anxiety and helping her to cope with … [Read more...]

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