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Dealing With Seasonal Allergies

It is the time of year where season changes  can cause flare ups in allergies and asthma. Adults and children can be very susceptible to seasonal allergies during this time due to all of that pollen floating around. If you child always seems to get sick around this time and during the fall, then seasonal allergies may be the cause of the problem. Watch their pattern of symptoms such as worse symptoms in the morning that improve during the day. Symptoms could include things such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sniffling.

House dust, animal exposures, pollens, molds, and indoor pollutants can be irritants and trigger allergies and asthma. Dusting and sweeping often can cut down on the severity of symptoms. Changing clothes after a trip outside could also help. If your child is doing an extreme activity, it could induce symptoms.

You should encourage and enforce your child to wash their hands thoroughly often.  Also, a trip to the doctor’s office may really help  to distinguish between a cold and allergies and also to see if your child may need prescribed medicine to relieve their symptoms.

Please check out these websites for more information about how you can help your child with their seasonal allergies.

KidsHealth
The Weather Channel
Healthy Children
UpToDate

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to our families, our children, our nannies, and our staff. We love each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts! We hope you are enjoying the day with your loved ones!

2013 In Review

2014 is knocking on the door. It is only a few hours away (depending where you live), and with that comes excitement, new goals, and new focus! Since we are still in 2013 we wanted to give you some things to remember about 2013. Overall, it has been a great year!

Here is our review list of 2013:

January

  • Seattle, Washington, sets Guinness World Record for largest snowball fight. Watch the video here: Largest Snowball Fight
  • President Obama is sworn in for a secondary term. Go here

 

February

  • The Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl. Here is a recap.
  • On February 4th we celebrated Rosa Park’s 100th birthday! Click here for her history.
  • Brave, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film

  • Quvenzhané Wallis, age 9, became the youngest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award

 

March

  • Time For Kids comes up with 10 things you can do to stop global warning. See here
  • 80-yr old prepares to scale Everest for the 3rd time. See the article here
  • 6-yr old becomes break dancing champion. See video here.

 

April

  • The cell phone turns 40. See how far we have come!
  • Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s 1st female Prime Minister, dies at 87

May

  • Astronauts investigate a leak at the International Space Station
  • A tornado devastates Oklahoma Town.

June

  • Superman turns 75. Here in an animated short that shows 75 years in two minutes.

  • June 23rd was the biggest Supermoon since 1993

July

  • The world celebrates the arrival of a new royal baby
  • This past July 4th, America celebrated its 237th birthday
  • Detroit files for bankruptcy July 18th

August


  • Youngest Freshman Enters Texas Christian University at 11 yrs old. Read his story here

September

  • Our country remembers September 11th
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 hit theaters

October

November

  • A communications satellite built by high school students was launched into orbit. Read here
  • A world record was set for super sized pong game played on Philadelphia skyscraper
  • We remember the legacy of JFK with the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of John F Kennedy

December

  • South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, dies at 95

  • Pope Francis is named 2013 Person of the Year

Tips For Traveling With Children

It is that time of the year again: Holiday Season! Time to cook the turkeys, put up the tree, and travel to see friends and family. I don’t know how you feel but traveling can sometimes be a pain all by yourself.  Just think about traveling with your little ones. Do not fear. We will provide you will some helpful hints and tips to help you travel with your precious ones as smoothly as possible.

  1. Prepare – Traveling can be stressful by itself so make sure you do the preparatory work needed to keep stress levels down. Make a list of everything you must pack so that you do not miss anything. Have everything packed and ready to go as much as you can two nights before the date of departure. This way, the night of you and your family can have a great night of sleep. Make sure you are aware of the travel guidelines for the method of which you will be traveling. For example, if you are taking a flight, know the luggage rules for you and your children so that you do not incur any extra fees or encounter any unnecessary problems the day of. 
  2. Book Ahead – Try to book as well in advance as possible so that you do not have a rush. This will also be a way to keep your kids excited about traveling and keep them being fearful. Get them involved with the process and they may be more excited than you about your trip. If you are sending your child to travel alone and they have a layover, try to have the layover in a city/state where you have friends or family. This way if their flight is delayed there are familiar people you and they can depend on.
  3. Do Not Rush – Arrive at the airport, bus stop, or train station early. Allow plenty of time for clearances. The less rushed everyone is the more fun you all will have. This gives you and your kids time to sight-see and take in the adventure you are about to be on. Take a lot of pictures! The more exciting you make it, the more your kids will enjoy the experience.
  4. Bring Snacks – With flights there are certain food restrictions but with the train or bus they are more lenient. Research the restrictions and make sure that you have plenty for your kids to eat without being in excess. Everyone can get a little crabby when they are hungry and this way you can avoid many meltdowns and temper tantrums. Try to avoid sweets. 
  5. Prepare For Emergencies – Do not expect emergencies, but prepare for them. Try to keep a first aid kit in your carry on luggage so that you are prepared for any bumps and bruises on your journey. If you are traveling with infants and/or toddlers, pack plenty of diapers, baby wipes, pampers, underwear, and socks. Have bug spray, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes. Make sure you do not forget any medicine your kids need.
  6. Have All Identification Ready – Have all I.D.’s and Passports ready and organized. You do not want to forget anything at home and miss a flight. Before you leave on your trip make sure that they are all updated. Children’s passports expire every 5 years and you don’t want to figure that out when you are going through security clearances to an international flight.
  7. Locate Bathrooms – Locate bathrooms in the airport, the train, and at all stops. You have children and frequent potty breaks are much better than accidents with sticky and wet clothing. 
  8. Bring Entertainment – Bring books and toys for your children while you travel. There are small coloring books, puzzles, and crafts that are perfect for traveling. Also there are a plethora of child-friendly apps that you can download on your tablet and phone that can keep your child happy. When going through clearances, tell your child that everything must be x-rayed and that they will get their toys and entertainment back after they get cleared. Communicating this to your child is key so you do not have a melt down because of a favorite teddy bear needing to go through the machine.
  9. Know Your Location Climate – We who live in Michigan are prepared for most weather changes. One day it is snowing and the next day it is raining with tornadoes. It still is very important to be prepared when traveling and knowing what is happening in other places. You do not want to arrive someplace needing a thick coat because it is snowing when you only packed t-shirts.
  10. Know Your Liquids – When traveling by plane there are liquid restrictions. Some liquids that are allowed with your carry on beyond the normal limit are baby formula, baby food, breast milk and medications. Tell the transportation security in advance that you are carrying these items so that you will clear quicker and go through more smoothly. 
  11. Know Your Luggage – Different airlines have various rules when it comes to luggage for you and your children. Some children’s luggage may count towards your baggage allowance thus creating more fees for you. Make sure you are prepared and pack accordingly. Strollers and seat restraints are usually checked for free and also you are allowed to take on the plane a booster, infant seat, and bassinet for free as long as it meets carry on restrictions.  This also applies when taking the train or the bus.

 

Be sure to check out TSA’s website for more travel information and updates.

Additional Sites:
www.delta.com
www.united.com
www.aa.com
www.tsa.gov
www.megabus.com
www.amtrak.com
www.southwest.com
www.spirit.com
www.usairways.com

Keeping Our Children Safe

Lately there have been many reports on the news of missing children and adults. It breaks our hearts to see innocent children who are taken advantage of. No child should have to suffer trauma like kidnapping or physical harm ever.

In a day and age where children are more are more into looking down their phones and iPads than paying attention to their surroundings, it is more crucial now to inform our children of safety.

Here are some tips for parents on keeping your children safe:

Be Alert: Over 50% of the children kidnapped in non-family abductions were taken from the street, in a vehicle, or from a park or wooded area.

How To Talk To Your Child

Who?

You

  • A parent is the best person to teach a child about personal safety.

What?

Effective personal safety skills

  • Smart Thinking
  • Strong Character
  • Sticking Together

How?

LISTEN to your children

  • Know your children’s daily activities and habits.
  • Listen to what they like and what they don’t like.
  • Encourage open communication. Let your children know they can talk to you about any situation.
  • Reassure your children that their safety is your #1 concern.

TEACH your children

  • Set boundaries about places they may go, people they may see, and things they may do.
  • Reinforce the importance of the “buddy system.”
  • It’s OK to say NO—tell your children to trust their instincts.

Get INVOLVED

  • Know where your children are at all times.
  • Your children should check in with you if there is a change in plans.
  • There is no substitute for your attention and supervision.

PRACTICE safety skills with your child

  • Rehearse safety skills so that they become second nature.

What You Can Do To Help Your Child

Safety at Home

  • Children should know their full name, home phone number and how to use the telephone. Post your contact information where your children will see it: office phone number, cell phone, pager, etc.
  • Children should have a trusted adult to call if they’re scared or have an emergency.
  • Choose babysitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends, and neighbors. Once you have chosen the caregiver, drop in unexpectedly to see how your children are doing. Ask your children how the experience with the caregiver was, and listen carefully to their responses.

Safety in the Neighborhood

  • Make a list with your children of their neighborhood boundaries, choosing significant landmarks.
  • Interact regularly with your neighbors. Tell your children whose homes they are allowed to visit.
  • Don’t drop your children off alone at malls, movie theatres, video arcades, or parks.
  • Teach your children that adults should not approach children for help or directions. Tell your children that if they are approached by an adult, they should stay alert because this may be a “trick.”
  • Never leave children unattended in an automobile. Children should never hitchhike or approach a car when they don’t know and trust the driver.
  • Children should never go anywhere with anyone without getting your permission first.

Safety at School

  • Be careful when you put your child’s name on clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes or bicycle license plates. If a child’s name is visible, it may put them on a “first name” basis with an abductor.
  • Walk the route to and from school with your children, pointing out landmarks and safe places to go if they’re being followed or need help. Make a map with your children showing acceptable routes to school, using main roads and avoiding shortcuts or isolated areas. If your children take a bus, visit the bus stop with them and make sure they know which bus to take.

Safety on Social Media

  • Monitor computer time and social time on cell phones and tablets.
  • At night, put all cell phones and tablets in an office, room or with you as a parent. This will prevent any late night interactions with someone inappropriate.
  • Have your children’s passwords. This way you can check up on who is their friend on social media. Check for questionable behavior or profiles and teach your children warning signals when appropriate or necessary.

 

Hopefully these tips help! Let’s keep our children safe!

 

Tips and Suggestions taken from: PERSONAL SAFETY FOR CHILDREN—A GUIDE FOR PARENTS

 

In an Emergency or if you have information about a missing or exploited child:

Call 911 and notify your local police
Call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)

To report information about child pornography, child molestation, child prostitution,
and the online enticement of children:

Log on to NCMEC’s CyberTipline at:
www.cybertipline.com

 

 

The following websites provide additional information about protecting children from abduction and exploitation:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice
OJJDP Publications—Child Protection
http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/pubs/missing.html
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
http://www.missingkids.com
NCMEC’s website to teach children about dangers on the Internet
http://www.netsmartz.org
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Against Children Program webpage
http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/crimesmain.htm
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Tip and Public Leads webpage
https://www.ifccfbi.gov/complaint/terrorist.asp
McGruff the Crime Dog
Information for child safety, identification, abduction,
fingerprinting, and crime prevention
http://mcgruff-safe-kids.com/

 


National Nanny Recognition Week

Dear Nannies, this week is National Nanny Recognition Week.   Lt. Governor Calley declared this Friday, September 27, as Nanny Appreciation Day in Michigan!  Here is the proclamation:

WHEREAS, for decades the work of nannies has made it possible for countless numbers of children to receive individualized and compassionate care, helping children to grow and mature while surrounded by dedicated individuals; and

WHEREAS, nannies work tirelessly to abide by a professional standard of excellence in caring for children, and are diligent in their adherence to the federal, state and local laws related to their profession in order to ensure the safety of the children they care for; and

WHEREAS, these caregivers foster a learning atmosphere that is constructive to emotional growth and tailored to the specific needs of each child they care for; and

WHEREAS, on this day we recognize the many nannies that devote their skills and resources to the betterment of a child’s intellectual and emotional faculties and the overall strength of family bonds through partnership with parents; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the devotion, generosity and assistance nannies provide to the children they care for:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brian Calley, lieutenant governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 27, 2013 as Nanny Appreciation Day in Michigan.

Nannies, we at Nanny Anytime want you to know that we appreciate you for your hard work, dedication, and nurturing that you give to our families and their children. You do not go unnoticed. From us to you: Happy Nanny Appreciation Day!

Never Forget 9-11

We will never forget the tragic events of September 11, 2001. We are continuing to pray for the families of those who lost their lives.

 

Never Forget

Apps for the Busy Nanny

Top 5 Apps Recommended For Nannies
By Kellie Geres via Nanny Classified

As nannies, we are constantly on the go – we are going to the store, carpool, school, after-school events – the list is endless. These five apps, however, can help every busy nanny stay on top of her game! Note that all of these are free, though some do offer a paid version that offers additional features.

Key Ring

Tired of carrying around dozens of those little plastic store loyalty cards? Run into CVS, only to realize you forgot your card at home or forgot which number the card is associated with? Key Ring lets you scan all those loyalty cards into one easy app. It also allows you to sign up from the app to additional loyalty programs and sends coupons directly to your phone.

Red Laser

If you’re thrifty and love to price shop, Red Laser is the app for you. The app allows you to scan bar codes while it finds the best prices, as well as where it’s located. Once located, you can decide if getting a cheaper price is worth the drive.

ColorNote

ColorNote is essentially like having post-it notes for your phone. You can make lists, jot down notes from a meeting or phone call and save it all to your phone. You can even color code for work, personal things, school and more.

Baby Connect

If you have infants or toddlers, Baby Connect is the one app you should have. You can share info with the parents by adding log feedings, naps, important notes and observations. All of this information is easily added  while baby is napping or you’re waiting in carpool for the older kids.

Flashlight

You arrive home with the kids and the light over the door has gone out. On top of that, you end up dropping your keys and you’re trying to juggle an infant and a toddler. Need a solution? Pull out your phone and turn on your flashlight.  The flashlight app is a great app for those quick needs and can be a lifesaver when the power is out or you find yourself in a dark place.

What app would you recommend to nannies as a must-have on the job?

 

©2013 Kellie Geres via Nanny Classified
Top 5 Apps Recommended for Nannies

 

Being A Great Nanny

Do you see yourself as a great nanny? Do you aspire to be better? Here is an article taken from Nanny Jobs (NannyJobs.org) that may help you:

 

Being a great nanny is a combination of many things. Here are the top ten things great nannies tend to have in common. Do you see traits of yourself on this list?

  • Great nannies genuinely love spending their days with kids. There’s a difference between enjoying kids in a casual way and enjoying being with them for 10 to 12 hours each day, 5 days a week. To be a great nanny, you truly have to love working with kids and feel excitement and passion for your job each and every day. That doesn’t mean great nannies don’t have their off days. Or even weeks. But at their core, their love of working with kids always gets them through.
  • Great nannies still have a sense of curiosity and wonder. Kids are magical. To be able to see the world through their eyes and connect with them around the things that are important to them, great nannies have to have a real sense of curiosity and wonder. Most people lose those things as they get older. Great nannies find a way to hold onto those elements and bring them to life in their jobs.
  • Great nannies can find the humor in tough situations. Nannies are faced with lots of tough situations. Some caregivers let the tough times wear them down. Great nannies find the humor in whatever’s happening and use that to move through the difficult situations.
  • Great nannies are willing to get messy. Working as a nanny is anything but a clean and neat job. In any given day a nanny can find herself covered in baby spit up, pureed peas, finger paints or mud.  Great nannies aren’t phased by any of this. They’re prepared to spot shampoo their hair, scrub things off their clothes and dig things out from under their fingernails. They know that getting dirty is part of the fun of getting to play and explore all day.
  • Great nannies know how to say “no.” Nannies don’t have a supervisor or principal to be the middle man between them and their employers, so they have to advocate for themselves on the job. That means knowing when to say yes and, more importantly, when to say no. Maintaining a healthy life/work balance is one of the biggest challenges of working as a nanny. Great nannies have mastered saying no to excessive hours, out of bounds tasks and other things that hurt the employment relationship.
  • Great nannies have a positive and respectful discipline philosophy. Great nannies know how to get the best behavior from kids. They have a natural positive and respectful approach, and kids happily respond to this. That’s not to say that great nannies don’t face discipline challenges on the job. They definitely do. However, they have a full bag of tried and true tricks that they can use in a wide variety of situations.
  • Great nannies are self-directed. Working as a nanny means planning a well-rounded day for your charge, discovering great community resources and getting a variety of tasks done in a timely way, all without a lot of direction. Great nannies take the initiative and effortlessly keep lots of balls in the air while also providing great care. But they’re also great team players. They work well with Mom and Dad and the other professionals in the home.
  • Great nannies are passionate about raising the next generation. Great nannies view their job as a calling, not simply a way to earn a paycheck. They’re excited about all the teachable moments presented to them each day. They see the big picture, knowing that the work they do every day is shaping their charges’ in very important ways.
  • Great nannies are a Jill of All Trades. Great nannies do a lot more than just providing high quality childcare. They take on the roles of teacher, art director, cook, sleep trainer, tutor and more. They love the diversity the job offers, and wearing different hats keeps them challenged. This also means great nannies are always learning new skills and honing their current ones. This keeps them ready to tackle whatever comes up.
  • Great nannies enjoy working in a private home. There are lots of great caregivers out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re all great nannies. Being a great nanny means being comfortable working by yourself and enjoying working in a private home rather than a center or school. Great nannies take a lot of pride in creating a warm caregiving environment in the home for the kids they care for.

© 2013 via nannyjobs.com

How to Help Kids Learn How to Tell Time

In this digital age children are needed less and less traditional methods of requiring information. Instead of getting an encyclopedia to find information, kids have Google. Instead of learning how to read a map, we have GPS devices and navigation apps on our phones. One thing is becoming apparent, a lot of kids struggle with telling time from a traditional clock. Why use a traditional clock when they can look at it on their phone? If the satellites go down even briefly, it could mess up all types of systems. It can even be a less drastic situation where the power goes out in the house or the phone dies. It is important for kids to know this basic skill so that they know how to read a clock in the case of an emergency or where a digital clock is no where to be found. Below is a YouTube link that can help you help your child learn how to tell time.

How To Help Kids Learn How To Tell Time on YouTube

 

  International Nanny Association


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