It’s raining again and the kids are BORED.  The air quality due to wildfires in our region is HORRIBLE and you don’t want the kids to play outside. What to do?  With this interactive Google map of almost 200 indoor kid activities in the Puget Sound area, the little ones will be able to run off some steam and you will never run out of ideas for things to do!   

This map is great for parents and care providers that are new to our area. Please share!

Blue icons are free activities and red icons are activities with a cost. 

If you are using a mobile device, use two fingers to move the map or zoom. Press and hold over a icon to see the indoor activity. Click any of the icons for more information and ENJOY!

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discount for the little prince

I am excited to share that Seattle Children’s Theater has put together a special discount for Nanny Parent Connection members to go see The Little Prince!  I hope you enjoy the show and a nice evening out as much as my son and I did…

…Read on for a brief review of the show and how to redeem the discount!

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Happy New Year!  I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season!

new year musings

Goals

For me (and many others), the New Year is a time of reflection.  I look back over the last year and see what worked well and what didn’t for me and my family.  I think about what I would like to accomplish in the year ahead.  I don’t think in terms of resolutions necessarily, but rather in terms of goals to work on or things I can do differently. 

Perhaps my biggest work in progress is to be more organized because:

1) I just need to be to keep things running smoothly in a household with four children,

2) My husband is one of the most organized people I know and he needs organization in his life.  In our home organization = peace and happiness, but it’s a constant work in progress! 

Another goal of mine is to embrace a spirit of flexibility.  I feel that I am already a fairly flexible person.  However, I feel like the more flexible I can be, the less I will be setting myself up for stress if something does not go as planned. 

My original thought for this post was to do the year in review.  Enter a whopper of a migraine on New Year’s Eve and that plan was quickly out the window!  Falling asleep on the couch well before midnight wasn’t how I had envisioned saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018.  Sometimes life happens and you just roll with it.  If anything will make a person more flexible, it’s got to be life with kids, right? 

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Ways to Save $500 a Month on Childcare

 

Looking for easy and effective ways to to save $500 a month on childcare? You’ve found it!

Last week, I received a message from one of our new members that recently moved to Seattle from the midwest. In all caps she wrote:

HOW DO PEOPLE AFFORD CHILDCARE HERE?

She went on to write that her family recently moved here because of a job change and were unprepared for the childcare costs in our little corner of America. She then stated: 

CHILDCARE IS ALMOST TWICE AS MUCH HERE YET OUR TAKE HOME PAY IS NOT

She’s not alone. This topic is one of the top three concerns I hear about on a regular basis. In fact, it was the top vote by a wide margin in a poll we recently conducted on what childcare issues keep parents up at night.

This got me thinking about my family, our budget, and what simple ways families can save on childcare costs. I specifically left out suggestions like changing work schedules, hiring an au-pair, etc. because those aren’t simple nor necessarily easy to set up.

If you have other ideas that work for your family, please share in the comments below or send me an email and I will add to this post.

Note: The cost savings below are based on one child and an average childcare cost of $20.00 per hour.

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free pacific science center

FREE PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER FLEX PASS FOR NANNY PARENT CONNECTION MEMBERS!

Huge thank you to the Pacific Science Center for putting together this deal for us! My family loves checking out the exhibits at the Science Center (the boys are fascinated by the dinosaurs) and we have had a membership there for several years. The problem is that when our nanny took our kids to visit, our membership didn’t cover her admission. 

Not anymore! 

Until January 31, Nanny Parent Connection members can purchase a DUAL or FAMILY membership and receive one free FLEX guest pass for the entire year. A FLEX pass creates a permanent, unnamed guest on your membership that can accompany any listed member throughout the year. Perfect for nannies or sitters taking the little ones for a visit!

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Guest post from Seattle employment law attorney Noah Williams who is an Associate at Reed Longyear Malnati Ahrens, PLLC. Noah is also a parent and has personal experience navigating the world of nannies and nanny shares. Thanks Noah for sharing this valuable information with us! 

nanny under the tableAs childcare for newborns and young children becomes more expensive, families may find they can hire a nanny (or nanny share) for a comparable cost as daycare. A nanny or nanny share are very convenient – location, child to caretaker ratio, no stressful waiting list etc. I know, because it appealed to my wife and me when we had our son. I was naïve enough to think it would be a piece of cake – I am an employment law attorney, how hard could it be? The bad news was that there was a lot I did not know, the good news was that I think anyone can do it, and do it right. Like most things with a new child, it was humbling.

What follows are a few common questions I am asked, my general response, and some general considerations.

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