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


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


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:


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: 


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


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 table

As 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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Over on our Facebook group page, we recently surveyed our members to gather some current data regarding sitter pay rates. The results are in!

As the graphic below states, please DO NOT use this as a definitive guide to sitter pay rates in our area. We did not ask respondents to include variables such as driving duties, 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 sitter pay across our region – ranging from $10/hour to $25/hour. Parents – what do you pay for a sitter to care for one child? Sitters – what are you paid per child? Comment below!

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Exclusive Discount from Seattle Children's Theater
Mr. Popper’s Penguins at the Seattle Children’s Theater

This is a great activity for the family or with your Nanny Kids!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a 70 minute (no intermission) performance suitable for ages 4+.

About the show: Mr. and Mrs. Popper are an ordinary couple in an ordinary English town…until some extraordinary Antarctic penguins come to stay! Lighting up the stage with song and dance, these birds possess talents rivaling the best of vaudeville. Delight in imaginative storytelling, hilarious puppetry and charming musical numbers as these talented creatures warm their way into your heart, taking you and the Poppers on an unpredictable, toe-tapping adventure.