I don’t know about you, but after eight to ten hours of making and cleaning up meals, picking up toys, pretending, wiping noses (and other parts!), brushing teeth, getting dressed, doing projects, cleaning up messes, buckling in and out of carseats/strollers/front packs, pushing on swings, going down slides, singing songs, and reading that favorite story AGAIN, I’m TIRED.

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Any parent or caregiver can relate! That’s why it’s so awesome that there is an entire week dedicated to the amazing people who have chosen this as a profession…Nannies!

National Nanny Appreciation Week was September 23rd through 29th this year. I hope all of you fabulous nannies out there felt the love from your families! Nanny Parent Connection celebrated nannies by working together with several local businesses for some fantastic giveaways.

Thanks to all who participated!

Continue reading “Nannies – We Appreciate All You Do! | Nanny Appreciation Week Wrap Up”

 

Being a nanny today is not what it was twenty years ago. These days there are so many more resources and ways to connect with other families and nannies!

But by no means does that imply that every family working with a nanny knows about things that are largely considered to be industry standards. It doesn’t even mean that every nanny knows about these things!

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In 2000, I wanted to move to the Seattle area and landed in Bellevue. I had answered a classified ad (!) in the Seattle Times for a live-in nanny position where I provided part-time care for a three year old boy. Beside living in my own suite area that was attached to the garage and having access to their kitchen during the hours their alarm wasn’t set, the only thing I received as part of my compensation package was hourly pay. This was a check with no taxes withheld.

Continue reading “How Not To Suck At Employing A Nanny”

 

The Mr. took our three year old boy and 13 month old twins (boy and girl) to the Alderwood Mall location of Funtastic Playtorium yesterday. He wrote this great post about what the kids (and he) enjoyed the most. Check it out!

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Last week, Laura worked out a 15% off Beat the #SeattleSmoke discount with Funtastic Playtorium. I decided to take the three little kids to visit their Alderwood Mall location yesterday. I also wanted to see how easy it would be to redeem the discount.

If you read my post about the Top 12 Things to See and Do at the Woodland Park Zoo (from the kids’ perspective), you may recall that I developed the following rating system for the kids to use:

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

👍 – Pretty cool, “I’m tired of this Dad.”

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

The twins only can say “uh-oh”, “dadda”, and “momma” so no “thumbs up scale” with them. Instead I determined their level of interest in an activity based on whether it seemed to capture their attention or not.

We utilized the same rating system for our visit to the Playtorium.

Continue reading “Alderwood Mall Funtastic Playtorium: Review”

 

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FREE PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER FLEX PASS FOR SEATTLE 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! 

New members who sign up for a family membership now through September 3, 2018 will receive a FREE Flex Pass – a savings of $20.00! 

Continue reading “Member Discount Alert: Free Pass to the Pacific Science Center!”

 

My kids have been going crazy stuck indoors (I bet yours have too!). I reached out to several indoor play centers over the last couple of days to see if I can work out a “Beat the #SeattleSmoke” discount for our members.

Huge THANK YOU to the Funtastic Playtorium for quickly putting this together for us!

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I can’t believe another summer is winding down! School will start for my family in less than three weeks, and I am beginning to mentally prepare myself for the cooler weather (yay!) and packing school lunches (boo!) again.

The start of a new school year means a new nanny for many families. The process of hiring a new nanny and establishing a good working relationship can be tedious, but there are some things you want to make sure that you don’t overlook.

For families who already have a nanny it’s a great time to touch base to ensure everyone is on the same page with routine changes. These seven tips will help things run smoothly this school year for your family and your nanny:

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Updated: January 2020

Looking for Seattle child care rates? With current, reliable market rate information for child care hard to come by, we have spent the past year surveying our members on what they pay (or are paid) for various child care scenarios (and we continue to do so!).

You can find all of those surveys and results here.

Many members have asked if we can compile all of the hourly rate averages into one place. No problem! Please see the below infographic for the hourly rate averages of all our pay surveys to date.

As we always mention, please DO NOT use these results as a definitive guide to child care pay rates in our area. Each child care scenario is different. Some parents and care providers agree that the provider should only provide child care. Others decide that the provider will handle child care and light household duties. In addition, average pay rates in the far suburbs of Seattle (i.e. Everett, Federal Way, Auburn, etc.) are lower than those found in the city of Seattle. Use this as a rough snapshot of current trends in the Puget Sound region.

Continue reading “Complete Nanny Pay Survey Results Summary”

 

It’s seven o’clock in the evening when you hear a text message come in. Your nanny lets you know she is sick and won’t be in the next day. You feel panic rising up in your body…your husband is on a business trip and you can’t miss work tomorrow. You madly scroll through your contacts and message anyone who might be able to help. No luck.

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It’s six o’clock in the morning and you wake up feeling like you had waaaay too much fun last night…only it’s flu season and your carefree partying years are just a vague memory now. Ugh. And your other half can’t miss work. How will you EVER keep up with your two spider monkeys – I mean, kids – AND avoid getting them sick as well?

These are actual scenarios that have happened to me. I was thankful to have Nanny Parent Connection as a resource to find last minute child care each time. But I’ll admit, I was a little nervous and stressed because like most parents, I don’t just let ANYBODY watch my kids.

As a parent who regularly needs last minute fill-in child care (because honestly, who wants to tote three children along to a doctor appointment, or to a pedicure or lunch with a friend), I found myself wishing for an option that made me feel more comfortable with the person caring for my children in a pinch.

I’m SO excited to announce that we will soon be launching our VERIFIED Last Minute Care Service!

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Member Discount Alert!

Want a break from the norm? Maybe something a little different from your usual routine? I just worked out a special discount to MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture) for Nanny Parent Connection members!

Enjoy special savings when you attend the Maker Faire at MoPOP – happening this Saturday, August 18th and Sunday, August 19th from 10am-5pm. You also have the option to upgrade your tickets for MoPOP museum entrance at a significant savings!

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More about the Maker Faire from the MoPOP website:

“The Seattle Mini Maker Faire…the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth. Part science fair, part country fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.”

“Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. It’s a venue for makers to showcase their work and interact with others about it.”

This sounds AMAZING and we plan on taking our lego building, Minecraft obsessed 10 year old boy for a visit.

There is an early bird discount on tickets to this event if purchased by August 12th. The early bird pricing is:

Adult: $23 $19

Student w/ ID: $19 $15

Youth (5-17): $14 $10

MoPOP Member: $18 $14

MoPOP Member Youth (5-17): $11 $7

Child (4 and under): FREE

Nanny Parent Connection Members can save an additional $2.00 off each purchase. Purchases of five tickets or more will receive 10% off the total price (online only through August 12th).

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!