Jasen from Kids and Race just released a video discussing how to use books to talk to kids about race. What books should I buy? How do I talk about race and difference with my children?

His comment about Thomas the Tank Engine and that all of the people in that book are white truly struck me. That is weird and a great teaching moment! Watch the video below:


Guest post from Kids and Race, an organization that empowers adults and children to take responsibility for dismantling racism through honest conversations and loving action.

Note from Laura: Recently, my three year old has started pointing out people of color at the park, store, etc. He calls them “brown mommies” or “brown daddies”. This greatly troubled my husband and I. We contacted Jasen Frelot who is the Executive Director of Kids and Race and asked him if he would be willing to write a guest blog post on how to talk to kids about race. He did us one better!  Below is a discussion between parents of three different races from the Kids and Race team—Jasen (Black), his wife, Operations Manager Hannah Hong Frelot (Asian American), Grantwriter and Blog Editor Katy Strange (white), and her husband Ryan Strange (white) about race, parenting, and identity. Thank you Jasen, Hannah, Katy, and Ryan!

children and race
Jasen Frelot, Executive Director of Kids and Race
What is your name and racial or ethnic background?

I’m Jasen Frelot and I’m Black.

I’m Hannah Hong Frelot and I am Asian American, Taiwanese American.

I’m Katharine Strange and I’m white.

I’m Ryan Strange and I’m white.

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Over on our Facebook group page, it seems like we are constantly discussing nanny share pay rates for the Seattle area. Over the past couple of weeks, we have surveyed our members to gather some current data regarding childcare costs for nanny shares. The results are in!

As the graphic below states, please DO NOT use this as a definitive guide to nanny share pay rates in our area. We did not ask respondents to include variables such as benefits, number of hours worked, the specific location in our area where the care occurred, etc. Use this as a general idea of current trends in the Puget Sound region.

As you can tell, there is a vast difference in nanny pay across our region. Parents – what do you pay for a provider to care for one child in a two child nanny share? Nannies – what are you paid per child in a two child nanny share? Comment below!

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Guest post from Three Kings Financial Group

As a nanny, life keeps you busy. So below, we’ve listed 5 tips to make it easier when navigating your choices this year.

Tips for Nannies Choosing Health InsuranceChoosing health benefits may be one of the most important decisions you make every year. The current uncertainty about healthcare premiums, deductibles, and coverage may seem like good reasons to wait on making important health insurance decisions. But that hesitation could end up costing you more in the long run. By assessing your health needs and budget now, you will be better prepared to make health insurance decisions that work for you and your family now that Open Enrollment is upon us.

When it comes to deciding what health insurance plan is best for you, one of the first things you probably think about is cost.

However, cost should not be the sole basis for choosing medical coverage. Just as important are having the right network of physicians, pharmacies, and hospitals. Making sure that all the elements of your healthcare work together can ensure improved convenience, efficiency, and ultimately reduce overall costs.

Below are 5 tips when choosing a health insurance plan this year:

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