Hi everyone. Happy 2024! Laura from Nanny Parent Connection back with this week’s video.

I always encourage parents to consider what their child care philosophy or style is when I am interviewing them about their nanny needs. Knowing your care philosophy is important because some of the best family and nanny relationships happen when everyone’s care styles are in alignment.

Not sure what your philosophy is? Check out my latest video where I discuss the top four most popular child care philosophies. I hope you find this useful!

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Child Care Philosophies

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Hi, everyone! Laura from Nanny Parent Connection here. 

I always encourage parents to think about what their care philosophy or care style is when I am interviewing them about their nanny needs. 

Knowing your care philosophy is important because some of the best family/nanny interactions and relationships happen when everybody’s care styles are in alignment. 

That being said, sometimes when I ask a family what their care style is, they totally freeze, especially if they are first-time parents with a newborn at home. 

And believe me, I get that. 

If you’re not sure where to start with a parenting or careful philosophy, that is okay.

Here are the top four care philosophies that I encounter both when interviewing families and when interviewing nannies:

Gentle Parenting

Gentle parenting involves setting clear boundaries and emphasizing the behavior that you want to encourage. 

It has four main elements: empathy, respect, understanding, and boundaries. 

Gentle parenting is also about offering a child choices instead of making demands and allowing a child to experience their feelings and emotions in a socially acceptable way.

 This method does encourage age-appropriate discipline in order to help the child learn important life lessons. 

The three C’s of gentle parenting are connection, communication, and consistency.

Positive Discipline

Positive discipline is based on research that says that humans, by nature, want to connect with others. 

When children feel well connected, they are more likely to behave. 

The ability to connect involves the child learning social and life skills that will allow them to connect and contribute within their community. 

There are five criteria for positive discipline, including simultaneously being kind yet firm, facilitating a sense of belonging and significance, making sure it is effective long-term, teaching valuable social and life skills for good character, and helping children to feel capable to use their choices in constructive ways.


The Montessori method is all about harnessing a child’s natural activities and interests through collaborative play. 

It places emphasis on hands-on learning and developing skills to use in the real world. 

This method supports a child’s natural curiosity to learn and their desire for understanding and respect. 

Core concepts of the Montessori method include responsibility through independence, nurturing a spirit of courtesy, and creating engaging environments for learning. 

The Montessori method involves these four C’s: Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.

Love and Logic

The Love and Logic method helps a child to grow through their mistakes and learn from the consequences of the choices they make, with the goal of enjoying parenting and raising responsible kids. 

This teaches children that actions have consequences with a focus on low-stakes consequences when children are young or as is age-appropriate. 

Love and Logic is based on these five principles: having meaningful interactions, acknowledging positive behaviors, avoiding sarcasm, loving children in both the good and bad moments, and avoiding arguing with your child.

I hope this introduction into the four most common child care philosophies can help to give you a starting point if you are interested in developing your own care style. 

Maybe you even learned about a new care philosophy here, and you want to dive into that topic further. 

It can be helpful to put some thought into what child care philosophies might work for best for your family before you begin with your nanny search.

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Thanks, everyone! Bye!


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