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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.

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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”

 

Beginning in October 2017, we started polling our Facebook community of over 18,000 members to get a better sense of nanny pay rates for the greater Seattle area. Over the past two weeks, we resurveyed the members to gather current data on pay rates to care for one child and to compare them to the results from October 2017. The results are in!

The first graphic below shows the results from our most recent poll followed by the graphic detailing the results from our October 2017 survey. As you can tell, the average pay is virtually unchanged.

As the graphics below state, please DO NOT use this as a definitive guide to nanny pay rates in our area. We did not ask respondents to include variables such as benefits, # of hours worked, job duties, the specific location in our area where the care occurred, etc. Use this as a rough snapshot of current trends in the Puget Sound region.

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

Continue reading “Seattle Area Nanny Pay Rates – Caring for One Child | May 2018 Update”

 

I remember the thought that popped into my mind when my firstborn was placed upon my chest immediately after he was born…

“Things” just got real

I thought I was prepared and really grasped what it meant to have a newborn. That moment I held my baby for the first time made me realize that nothing could have truly prepared me for that moment. I was fortunate that my mother-in-law was a retired NICU nurse – she showed me everything I needed to know about caring for a baby.

what does a postpartum doula

I have heard many parents express worry about caring for their newborns. How will they know what to do? The good news is, a lot of it is pretty intuitive. Also, babies are fairly resilient! They are experts at knowing what they want and fussing until we correctly address their need.

I hear tales of magical unicorn babies who are great sleepers. I always wonder if it’s just the nature of the child, or something the parent does? That said, none of my four babies have been great sleepers. The first few months were especially tough with the twins!

Continue reading “What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?”

 

As a former nanny, I find myself constantly brainstorming new tools for the care providers in our community to use to help offer their services.

Recently, I decided to ask the nannies and babysitters in our Facebook community what feature they would like to see us build next. There were some great ideas floated – community calendar, nanny database, and a Nanny Parent Connection Buy Nothing group among others.

Overwhelmingly though, the care providers up-voted a very novel idea…an instant message/text message system for when parents need last minute child care.

I am so excited to announce that yesterday, we launched our Last Minute Care Text Message Service!

child care last minute

Thank you to all of the nannies and babysitters that signed up to help us test the system. We couldn’t have done it without you 🙂

child care last minute
Here is a sample of what the text message system sends out to subscribed care providers

Continue reading “New Feature: Last Minute Care Text Message Service”

 

Yes, you read that right! Free Seattle Storm Tickets!

The Seattle Storm is teaming up with Nanny Parent Connection to offer members FREE TICKETS to the Tuesday – May 8th, 2018 game against the Phoenix Mercury at 12:00pm.

free seattle storm tickets

This is the “Storm into STEM” game, and there will be robotics exhibitions and other STEM related presentations on the main concourse prior to the game, with doors opening at 11:00am and the game starting at 12:00pm. 

This is an excellent opportunity for nannies and families to partake in an educational opportunity and have fun at the same time – not to mention to do something a little different!

Continue reading “Special Member Giveaway: Free Seattle Storm Tickets!”

 

That moment when you learn you are expecting two babies and not just one – we found out over halfway through my pregnancy.

Yeah… talk about panic mode!

It was a crazy, happy-crying, surreal moment.  One of my first thoughts was that we needed to upgrade our cars to fit all of our kids! 

Several weeks afterward we settled into the reality of expecting twins.  Once we calmed down we realized that the vehicles we already had would work.  We wouldn’t be able to fit the whole family in my sedan, but we did have a large SUV that could accommodate our family of six.

car seat lady
The Sedan: 2009 BMW 535i
car seat lady
The SUV: 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe

Continue reading “My Visit with The Car Seat Lady Sue Emery”

 

In March, I worked with the West Seattle Art Nest to put together a special deal for Nanny Parent Connection members.

Last week my kids were on spring break from school and I had the week off from work. It was a perfect time to load up the crew and head over to the West Seattle Art Nest! We braved the pouring rain and made the trek over to West Seattle to check it out. My older boys were excited since they both love art.

Yes to Glitter and Paint Messes?

We have a ton of art supplies at home. However, I tend to not get the messy things like paint out as much as my kids would like. This is the case even more so since the arrival of the twins – I have plenty of cleaning up to do on any given day and I never seem to be able to finish my to-do list without having to clean up paint, too! And don’t even talk to me about glitter. It’s not even in my house for a reason! But my kids love to paint use glitter (who doesn’t?!), and I definitely have mom guilt about this.

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The Twins

Continue reading “Laura Tried It: West Seattle Art Nest”