Recently in my Facebook travels I came across an intriguing new baby product:

Baby socks that don’t fall off! 

What? No way! I was immediately drawn in because that is a steep claim.  I can’t tell you how many times each day I am retrieving socks that have fallen off and tucking chubby little feet back into them.  With twins it’s crucial to minimize the amount of unnecessary work in a day because there’s already too much to do. 

I decided to put these socks to the test to see if they really did live up to their claim.

Squid Socks sent me several pairs of socks to try out with my babies.  What makes these socks unique is that they have silicone dots on the inside of the cuff.  This is what magically keeps them from falling off. 

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Cute socks!

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Over on our Facebook group page, we recently surveyed our members to gather some current data regarding part time pay rates for one child. The results are in!

As the graphic below states, please DO NOT use this as a definitive guide for part time nanny pay rates in our area. We did not ask respondents to include variables such as driving duties, exact 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 part time pay rates across our region – ranging from $14/hour to $25/hour. Parents – what do you pay your nanny for part time care for one child? Nannies – what are you paid per child for part time care? Comment below!

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Another School Shooting?

When I see it on the news, my heart sinks into my stomach. My inner voice screams over and over again:

This shouldn’t be happening to our kids.

My outer voice is united with every parent: HOW DO WE MAKE THIS STOP?!

Washington is no stranger to school shootings.  It was only four years ago when a Marysville-Pilchuck High School student killed four of his peers with his father’s handgun. And just this week, an observant grandmother foiled her grandson’s plot to kill classmates at ACES High School in Everett.

Many people have ideas about how to end school shootings, yet our government does nothing.

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I write this today as a parent at my wits end, unsure of what the right answer is, but with a strong desire to do something.  Without a doubt, policy change is coming.  It has to. But how many more young lives will be lost before our elected leaders end the debate and act?

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By far, the #1 complaint that I hear from parents in our area is how difficult it is to find a part time nanny. The days of parents working almost exclusively 9 to 5 are gone. Today, many of us work unusual schedules or telecommute which allow us to spend more time with our families. Yet we still need regular child care. Just not full time.

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Why is Part Time Care So Hard to Find?

Here’s the reality: our area is growing and FAST. According to the Puget Sound Business Journal, more than 1,000 people are moving to the Seattle area EVERY WEEK! The vast majority of people moving to our area are doing so because they were hired by Amazon, Microsoft, the University of Washington or one of dozens of other organizations that are currently on a hiring spree. These people sometimes come to Seattle with their families or with plans to start a family here.

Rarely have I met a nanny who moved to our area to….be a nanny.

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With the new year, comes a host of new laws and regulations that affect us in the child care world. There has been much discussion and back and forth within the community about minimum wage laws, paid sick leave, and mileage reimbursement. I put this article together to help clarify for all of us (including myself) how to best navigate these changes.

Paid Sick Leave

(Thank you to Nanny Parent Connection members Becki Brack (who is a CPA) and Cara Nina (one of our marvelous nannies) for granting permission to share some of the below information.)

New minimum wage and sick leave laws went into effect in King County on January 1, 2018.  Sick leave is now accrued at one hour per 40 hours worked.  The new minimum wage in Washington State is now $11.50 per hour and $14.00 per hour in the city of Seattle.   Another change employers should be aware of is the new IRS mileage reimbursement rate of 54.5 cents per mile.  If you employ a nanny, these new laws and changes apply to you!

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I'm A Nanny, Not A HousekeeperBig thank you to The Nanny Counsel (Brooke Weglarz) for sharing this great article with us! You can learn more about Brooke’s business by clicking here. Thanks Brooke!

I want to start this article with a question for parents: Would you ever ask your house cleaner to change your child’s diaper, or take your child to the park, or prepare and feed your child lunch, or pick your child up from school, or assist your child with homework, or take your child to the doctor, or research and plan a developmentally appropriate sensory activity, or set up and host a play date, or sleep train your baby?

I bet your answer is a resounding “No”.

Why then, do parents often ask and expect nannies to take on house cleaner roles? If you wouldn’t do the reverse and have your weekly cleaning person take care of your child, why then is it okay to expect your nanny clean your home? A nanny and a house cleaner are two VERY different jobs and generally speaking, most nannies don’t decide to become a nanny so they can clean houses — they decide to be a nanny because they love children and are passionate about investing in them.

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nanny bringing her child

Nannies with young children of their own often bring their kid(s) along with them to their nanny jobs.  I have heard from some nannies that they have a harder time finding such a position than if they didn’t bring their child along. 

Is it because parents think the logistics of such an arrangement will be too challenging to sort out?  Is it because of the added liability of having another child in their home?  Or are they open to it but insist on a lower wage for a nanny bringing her child along to work?

Nanny Parent Connection members Rachel Miletich and her nanny extraordinaire, Melissa Britt weigh in on some common questions that arise from parents considering such an arrangement. Thank you Rachel and Melissa for putting this together!

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Don’t miss out on FREE admission to these Seattle area museums today (and the first Thursday of every month)!

You can also find free admission to select museums through the Seattle Public Library’s Museum Pass program. Click here for more information.

Greater Seattle “Free First Thursday” of the Month Participating Museums:

Bellevue Arts Museum