This excellent post is by Jason King – a male nanny (or manny) and member of the Nanny Parent Connection. Find out more about Jason at the conclusion of this post.

How fortunate are we to live in a city where a collective striving toward open-mindedness, inclusion, and equity is commonplace?

Undoubtedly, there’s still much room for improvement on all fronts, but nonetheless, when all is said and done, we’ve got it pretty good up here. I’m always heartened to hear stories of individuals who’ve uprooted from a rather difficult life elsewhere in search of solace, acceptance, and community here in Seattle.

I’m so grateful that, in the place we call home, most of our friends and neighbors are of the belief that diversity inherently produces a richer, more nuanced, and more dynamic society. Beyond mere acceptance, many of us yearn for and deeply appreciate any opportunity to challenge our traditional notions of class, race, gender, orientation, etc., and we pride ourselves on the willingness and ability to navigate this often treacherous terrain.

male nanny

So it’s for this very reason that I find it all the more perplexing and confounding that there are still so few male nannies employed in childcare (as mannies), and even fewer represented as birth professionals (midwives, birth/postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, etc).

Continue reading “Guest Post: Why A Male Nanny?”

 

Word of mouth advertising is the lifeblood of our community. As a small company, we can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars per month on advertising. I started asking myself recently, why can’t our members get paid to refer their friends to our community? I have seen huge companies use programs like that, why can’t we?

Today, I am excited to announce that the Nanny Parent Connection Rewards Program is now live!

Anyone can sign up for the rewards program – we were able to build this system so that even if you don’t have a membership on our website, you can still utilize it. And there is no cost – simply sign up and share your unique link with your friends, family, neighbors, etc. Every time a purchase is made through your link, you earn dollars!

nannies earn cash

Continue reading “Rewards Program Is Now Live!”

 

I was recently speaking to a single mom who was sharing her struggles with finding reliable childcare for her son during the school year. Over the past year, the mother had been dropping her son off at a generous friend’s house.

This arrangement had been working well for them, but it would not be an option for the next year. School wasn’t even out for the current year, but already the mother was stressing out about how she was going to find reliable before and after school child care for her son for the next year.

after school child care

I was in a similar position back when I moved to Seattle as a single mother of one. I was able to find a home daycare for my son – but it didn’t open until 8 am. I had to be at work at 6:30 am each morning. How was I going to find care for just two hours each day, and find someone reliable and trustworthy?!

Continue reading “Seven Tips To Find A Nanny For Before and After School Child Care”

 

The Mr. took our three year old boy and our 11 month old twins (boy and girl) to the Woodland Park Zoo earlier this week. He wrote this great post about what the kids enjoyed the most, and what they found to be kind of “meh”. Enjoy!

Our three year old boy has been asking me to go to the zoo for the past couple of weeks. Earlier this week, we loaded up the twins and trekked up to the zoo.

If you have ever visited the zoo, you know there are dozens of activities and exhibits to visit. It’s hard to see it all if the zoo is busy or it’s getting close to nap time. For this visit, I wanted to put together a list of what the kids enjoyed the most so that next time we visit, I know what to prioritize.

To accomplish this, I enlisted the help of my three youngest children. I explained to the three year old boy that I wanted him to tell me what exhibits/activities he liked the best via thumbs up. We came up with the following scale:

👍👍 – Awesome, amazing, “the coolest ever”

👍 – Pretty cool, “I’m tired of this Dad. Let’s go see the elephants”

🖐 – Okay, meh, “Wow, look at this – a leaf!”

Note: I know that there are no longer elephants at Woodland Park Zoo but he didn’t believe me. Despite about 17 attempts.

The twins don’t talk yet so no “thumbs up scale” with them. Instead I determined their level of interest in an exhibit/activity based on whether it seemed to capture their attention or not.

Without further ado…

woodland park zoo
THE CRITICS “Dad, hurry up. I already see the merry go round”

Continue reading “Woodland Park Zoo: Top 12 Things to See and Do | Kids’ Perspective”

 

I frequently get emails from new parents who want to have a nanny care for their child, but they don’t know what the norms are for working with a nanny or where to start. Nannies often reach out to me as well, with questions about their working relationships with their families or compensation for the work they do. To offer a different perspective, I invited Amy Martino – a seasoned, professional Seattle nanny to offer some insights about these things from a nanny’s point of view. Thanks for this great post Amy!

The Nanny World

Seattle is booming! New families are moving to the area at astounding numbers – and with them comes their need for child care. Parents face long wait lists at daycares and in turn start exploring the idea of hiring a nanny.

Nannies are moving here too, lured by the prospect of good pay, and are often weighing multiple offers.

nanny's point of view

Continue reading “Guest Post: A Professional Nanny’s Perspective”

 

Over the last several months, we have asked our members to complete pay surveys to provide the parents and care providers of our region a snapshot of the average pay for different child care scenarios (i.e. one child, two children, nanny shares, etc).

You can find the results of those surveys by clicking here.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we decided to give SurveyMonkey a try with our June 2018 Two Children Nanny Pay Rate Survey (not a nanny share).

The results are in! Thanks to all of you who spent the one minute and three seconds (the average time) to complete the survey!

As you can tell, there is a lot more information below versus our previous surveys. I very much want to hear what you think about these new surveys. Are there other questions you would like asked? Would you mind if the survey was a bit longer? Comment below!

Continue reading “Seattle Area Nanny Pay Rates – Two Children | June 2018 Update”

 

summer camp

Member Discount Alert

Discounted Summer Camp Offer from the Pacific Science Center!

Save $30 When You Register for Summer Camps in June

Summer is less than three weeks away – have you made your childcare plans for the end of June? Keep your child engaged and learning this summer in Pacific Science Center’s Camps for Curious Minds!

Use the special promo code to receive $30 off when you register online for any camp during the week of June 25-29. Spaces available in Seattle, Bellevue and Kirkland for kids in grades Pre K to 8th grade.

There is something for everyone! Check out this link to see the schedule and other details.

Valid on new purchases only. Cannot be applied to a previous purchase.

Members – for instructions on how to redeem, click here!

Not a member yet? Sign up today! Memberships start at $2.99/month for care providers and $8.99/month for parents. Click here to sign up!

 

If you are someone who is around small children often, you know all too well that accidents happen. None of us are immune.

nanny insurance

Employing a nanny carries with it some risk of accidents happening – both for the nanny AND for the family. When an accident occurs while on the job, the family is usually liable.

Examples of risks to the nanny involve driving the children around in the car, accidents during outings (like being bitten by a dog while visiting the park), etc. Some scenarios of risks to the family may include any liability involving the nanny getting into a car accident while on the job or having another child injured in their home (as with a nanny share situation).

Most families attempt to reduce the risk of these types of events occurring by thoroughly checking the care provider’s references, background, driving history, etc. Another way to lower this risk is by ensuring that adequate insurance coverage is in place.

Imagine the following scenario:

Continue reading “Are You Covered? Top 5 Nanny Insurance Questions Answered”

 

Two Children Nanny Pay

Over the last several months, we have asked our members to complete pay surveys to provide the parents and care providers of our region a snapshot of the average pay for different child care scenarios (i.e. one child, two children, nanny shares, etc).

You can find the results of those surveys by clicking here.

Several members have taken issue with these pay surveys as they feel they could be more accurate if variables such as location, duties, experience level, etc. were taken into account. While we agree, our intent with these previous pay surveys was to provide a rough idea of the average pay across our region for different types of child care, which we believe was accomplished.

But we have been listening…

As we begin refreshing the results of the initial round of pay surveys, we are going to try something a bit different. The embedded Facebook polls we have been using were very limiting – we could only ask members to respond to one question at a time. Moving forward, we are going to give SurveyMonkey a try and see if we can generate more refined results for those parents and care providers that are interested.

So, without further ado, we present our May 2018 Caring for Two Children Nanny Pay Rate Survey (wow, that’s a mouthful). The survey is very short and you should be able to complete it in about two minutes:

Care Providers – have you provided child care for two children from the same family in the past year? Parents – in the past year, have you employed a nanny to care for two of your children? If so, please complete the survey below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F5VZYJ6

The survey is now closed. The survey will be live for about the next 10 days. The results will be posted to this blog and our Facebook community.

Finally, I would love to hear what you think about this survey. Was it too long? Are there questions you feel should be added? Please comment below!

 

Ah, spring time in Seattle – the time of year where you can see the cherry blossoms in their full glory at the University of Washington, baby ducklings at Green Lake, convertible owners with the tops down on a sunny 60 degree day, socks with sandals (because it’s not really warm enough to just wear sandals) and a year’s worth of seasons in a single day.

sunscreen

We have had some amazingly warm, sunny days recently. I love it that the kids can get outside so much! In many ways I am extremely ready for the nice weather, but at the same time it can catch me off guard. If you’re anything like me, your recent activities may have included furiously scrubbing the water table or kiddie pool out, digging through a box of  clothes to find sun hats, and crossing my fingers that last year’s shorts still fit!

The recent sunny weather also left me scrambling to find some sunscreen leftover from last year.

Continue reading “Is Your Kids’ Sunscreen Really Protecting Them? Top 5 Seattle Parent Recommended Sunscreens and Tips”