Category: Childcare

Q&A: How to find a great nanny

Having a Nanny is wonderful — but it can also be confusing, overwhelming, and downright scary at times. Here are some straightforward tips for for parents looking for a great nanny.

Q: What advice do you give parents looking to hire a nanny?

A: The first piece of advice I have is to first time Moms who’ve chosen to return to their careers. You must own your choices and tune into your emotions during this transition. If you are deeply conflicted about leaving your children with some...

Posted on September 05, 2011 at 10:00 AM by Ingrid Kellaghan

Babysitter needed ASAP?

“I need a babysitter now!” Does that sound familiar to you?  If you dream about date nights or simply a solo trip to the grocery store, the info  below will help you  make the best decision about occasional or part-time childcare for your family.

Know Who You Are Working With

Ensuring the safety of your kiddos is of utmost importance, so babysitters should be screened just as you would a nanny or daycare provider.  Even if they are only responsible for the care of your children for...

Posted on July 17, 2011 at 6:31 PM by Kayme Pumphrey

The 411 On Nanny Shares- Getting Organized

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

(Missed Part 1 and Part 2? Check them out!) 

Part 3 of 3: Getting (and keeping!) Organized

You may think that having two different families sharing one nanny can get confusing. Well, you’re right! But don’t worry, with proper foresight, planning and organization, there’s nothing to sweat. Here are a few points to help


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Posted on June 23, 2011 at 7:42 PM by Jessica Minahan

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Managing the Relationships

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

(Check out Part 1 on finding a partner family in case you missed it!)

Part 2 of 3: Managing the Relationships

Woohoo! You’ve found a great family to share with. Now, your nanny will have FOUR bosses?? How do you manage this?

It can already be intimidating to have a husband and wife combo to work for…then, add in another set of parents and things can get do...

Posted on June 23, 2011 at 6:00 AM by Jessica Minahan

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Finding the Perfect Family

The 411 on Nanny Shares- Will it work for your family?

Special Three Part Series from Sarah Davis, Olive.You.Nanny

Part 1 of 3:  First things first…How do you find a family to nanny share with?

No question, it is a pretty intimidating process to search for a nanny.  But, finding a family to nanny share with can also be tricky.  There are a lot of things to keep in mind as you look for both the perfect family and nanny to share your child with. Where do you even start??

Here...

Posted on June 22, 2011 at 8:05 AM by Jessica Minahan

Spring Parent to Parent - Childcare

NPN's Parent to Parent is filled with the topics you need to navigate parenting in the city. Spring is all about Childcare, family relationships, and making the most of the city.  Download the full issue and get all of these great articles!  We want to hear from you - email us what you want to read more about! . 

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NannyShare Chicago: By Sarah Davis, NPN member since 2004, Board member since 2009

If you are pregnant or have a newborn, you probably have heard about a N...

Posted on April 06, 2011 at 9:52 PM by Jill Chukerman Test

Hosting an Au Pair- Is it the right choice for your family?

Have you heard of an au pair? Do you know how the au pair program works?  Personally, I knew next to nothing about au pairs. Luckily, I had a chance to chat with Karen Hurley from Cultural Care Au Pair at our January Expectant Parents Childcare 101 event. 

Karen explained that au pairs are caring and committed, adventurous and educated young people from abroad. More and more Chicago area families are turning to international childcare to find balance in their busy lives.  In exchange f...

Posted on March 24, 2011 at 8:11 PM by Jay Annadurai

Childcare 101 Advice: Childcare centers demystified

Childcare 101: The real scoop on childcare centers

Maternity leave almost over. New work clothes (for my slightly larger size!) hanging in the closet. To-do list of back to work tasks ready to go. Childcare for my 2 month old- wait, WHAT!?

To be honest, looking for childcare for my son was almost enough to make me completely re-consider this whole going back to work thing. Thankfully, with great advice from friends and a few terrific recommendations from the NPN Discussion Board, I...

Posted on March 08, 2011 at 7:21 PM by Jay Annadurai