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.

find a part time nanny

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


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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