Ultimate Guide: Traveling with Your Nanny Family

So, you’re about to travel with your family, huh? Well, here are some things to consider and hash out before you make that Jamaica dream a reality.

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So, you’re about to travel with your family, huh? Well, here are some things to consider and hash out before you make that Jamaica dream a reality…

Get EVERYTHING down in writing.

I know that many of you may have working verbal contracts with your families and that’s fine, but when you’re traveling with your family, especially for more than a day or two, it’s so worth it to write your terms down. This protects you. This protects them. Plus, if you do your write up and they refuse to sign it, you’ll know something’s not right. Then you’ll want to nix the trip altogether. I’d also suggest typing your terms ahead of time and presenting your draft to them. Make sure all points sound fair and you agree on each one. Then whip out a pen and get those John Hancock’s down to bind the agreement. With this signed, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re covered and comfortable with all the expectations. And should there be any disagreement on your terms later on, you’ll have the contract to refer to. Two copies should be made, one for you and one for them. 

Clarify what YOU are paying for and what THEY are paying for.

You don’t want to be half way around the world before you have that dreaded money or responsibility talk. Get it all out on the table now, trust me. Ultimately, everything revolving around this trip is all up to you. Worst case scenario, you could decide you just wont go and they can’t make you. So stick to your guns when you are discussing what your services and time is worth. I would suggest that you have them at least pay for the minimal: the round trip ticket, your time while you are on duty, your SEPARATE room, your food when you eat together and all travel while you are there. Beyond this, you may have individual agreements as to who pays for what. 🙂

Get your own room.

Did I say that already? 😉 Well, good. It’s important! There’s nothing more awkward than sharing a room with another couple and their kids. (well, maybe a couple things) You’re not family as much as you may feel like it. And even if you were family, you still wouldn’t wanna be stuck in a room with a couple and their kids while they’re on THEIR vacation. Its just awkward. Save yourself some very tense and awkward situations, and just have them book you a very separate living space, OK? And remember me when you are able to take an uninterrupted shower, nap on your bed or stroll on your oh so quiet patio. 🙂

Write down your hourly schedule. Be very clear about when you’ll be on and off duty.

Most likely while you’re away in Rome, Greece, Ireland or wherever you’re flying off to, you’ll want to explore. And you should! In order to make this happen, you’ll have to be forthright about the YOU time on this trip. Yes, you’re going with them to work, but just like them, you would like to have a break from responsibility at various times too! I’d suggest starting no earlier than 7 am, taking a midday break for at least an hour or two, enjoying one meal separate from the family responsibilities, and ending your work day by 7 pm. Again, this is all up to you, but be kind to yourself and don’t overwork girl!

Things will run smoother if when you are on duty, YOU are the only one.

This will be the time when the parents can get a spa session, take a walk on the riviera or go out to dinner a la solo. There is a very good reason for this. Things can get very complicated and confusing for the children (and us) when there are more than 2 adults “in charge”. The roles are blurred. This begins to create tension between everyone. Maybe you’re traveling with more than one child. Great! The parents take one child to a park or zoo and while you keep the other around the resort. Then switch. I’m just saying, if they’re looking for a tag a long who is going to corral their little ones, wipe their noses, sing distracting songs to them while waiting for dinner to be served and carry the diaper bag around, then make sure you know that. If you go into this trip thinking you are going to be assuming the same roles as when you’re a nanny during a normal work week and they think you are going to be a travel helper with all the messes and tantrums, then this will make for some tension. You’ll begin to build resentment over not being respected as the professional that you are. Open and pre-trip communication is key. Know what you’re getting yourself into before you commit to be in an inescapable situation hundreds of miles away. Doing this will make roles, duties and everything a little less awkward and messy.

Be clear about expectations.

Think about your expectations for transportation, the flight, meal times, different excursions, who’s responsible for packing and managing items, etc. It may seem like a little much but take it from me, you can’t be too clear about how this trip will go.

Take into account the family you’re traveling with.

There are many, many, many different personalities within a family. Now you’re adding to the mix. To nanny for a family Monday-Friday, 9-5, is completely different from being on a trip with them. Now you’re technically available 24/7. (Even if you say you’re not, technically you ARE. So think about whether or not you can stand being with this family for a week or two) Once you’ve decided, yep, I can do this. Think about the personalities you’ll have to navigate and expect throughout the duration of the trip. Does the father like to control situations and get tense when they’re out of control? You may want to prepare for some of that. Do the parents get along or will you be needing to referee some disagreements on the trip? (That could get awkward) Think about it. Weigh the pros and cons.

Power to you, Nanny, who is choosing to travel with your family! You’re serving them in a huge way. Remember: know what you’re worth and own it. Hey, why not enjoy some sunshine and beach too? Go for it!

Buen Suerte!

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Let Your No be No and Your Yes be Yes

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been caught breaking a ‘promise’. Whether it was intentional or not.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been caught breaking a ‘promise’.

Whether it was intentional or not.

I promised to bring my oldest niece to her gymnastics practice, but I forgot. I promised to meet my mother at the gym so we could both whip our bums into shape, but I got busy at work and had to cancel. I promised that I wouldn’t get ‘mad’ when my husband brought up his opinion about my dinner dish last night, but I did (oops). So many times in my life I can recall not only my yes not meaning a thing, but even my PROMISES not holding significant weight.

I know what God has to say about this. He says that we need to be so trustworthy, so careful to speak and so filled with integrity that our only words on decisive matter should be ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. While doing devotions the other day in the book of James, I read in chapter 5 verse 12, “Above all my brothers and sisters, do not swear- not by heaven nor earth or by anything else. All you need to say is simply “Yes” or “No”. Otherwise you will be condemned.” Huh. Condemned? Really? Wow. God just basically whipped out a huge LISTEN TO ME sign and hit me with it.

I decided to reflect a bit…

How many times a day do I say “Yes” to something but not really take the time to think on whether I mean it or not…

I’m so bad at this! I’m a “Yes” queen! Anyone else out there like me?

I’m so afraid of hurting peoples feelings, that I am inclined to say yes before people even get their last word out. Its not the healthiest of habits. “Yes, of course, I will do the dishes.” “Yes, I will be able to pick you up tomorrow.” “Yes, I will come to your birthday party tomorrow night after working a 12 hour day and have to be up the next day at the crack of dawn to sing at church for 5 hours.”

I just. cant. stop.

I guess what this devotion did was, it made me pause and take note. I don’t think saying yes all the time, or even most the time, is a good thing. But likewise, if I am saying ‘No’ all the time, but don’t ever give anyone a reason to believe that I mean it, then I might as well not say it at all. In fact, I’d say not meaning what you say in either case is a bad thing. Turns out, God agrees. 😉 Funny how He knows whats best, even ahead of my own accordance.

So in order for anyone to take me seriously, I need to actually mean what I say. I shouldn’t have to swear, promise or repeat my yes’ 50 times for someone to believe me! Or, even worse still, make all my promises and STILL have no one believe me. When I’ve reached that level of ‘loose mouth’, there is a definite problem.

Loose Mouth: A symptom of the heart. A face muscle that’s not yet developed with self control and wisdom. It hasn’t been trained to keep shut when its needed, but instead blurts out any and all thoughts. This undisciplined muscle has been known to end relationships, damage careers and bring even the toughest people down to their knees.

Words.

Yes or No.

Such little words but they hold so much power.

Maybe it’s just me, but I really needed this reminder. My word (and words) should be worth something.

I know it’s not easy. We probably wont even reach the point where we do this all the time. But if we could reach the point of doing it…75% of the time? I know it’d be worth it.

I have worked with children for a very long time. Whether they are 14 years old or 4, I know for a fact that they need my ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ to mean something. It’s what they base their actions and decisions on. It’s what they look to for a green light or a red. It’s how I, as the adult and authority, keep my sanity within discipline!

If my word means something, suddenly so do I.

God is so good! He knows the best for me (and you) before I figure it out. Today, I pray for realization, for a sensitive nature and an awareness of where I lack wisdom and discernment, so that I may speak with certainty, “Yes” or “No”.

Let’s continue speaking with power and truth ladies! ❤

  Matthew 5:37

“All you need to say is simply, “Yes” or “No”. Anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

5 Habits That Will Save Your Toddler’s Life

Sometimes little mistakes can turn into big accidents, especially when it comes to the safety of your toddler, who at a moment’s notice can go from 0 to 60 mph in 0.5 seconds flat! These 5 habits can actually save your toddler’s life.

Sometimes little mistakes can turn into big accidents, especially when it comes to the safety of your toddler, who at a moment’s notice can go from 0 to 60 mph in 0.5 seconds flat! These 5 habits can actually save your toddler’s life.

1. Stop, look and listen

This is a good habit to adopt before crossing the road but also before acting in general.

Being aware of your surroundings and learning to listen to people’s words and instructions is a good skill to have. Stop and think before you act, right? Look around, see if there are any dangers and listen to what’s going on around you. Listening to authority relates here as well. This could be a police officer, a teacher, crossing guard, doctor, mommy or grandmother. Learning the art of respect and giving a listening ear when it’s due will be invaluable for childhood, but also all the way into adulthood. I’m sure a few of us have come across an adult or two who could have learned a little more listening when they were younger!

Once they have listening to authority and dangers around them down, then they will be ready to learn critical thinking. Wahoo, opinions! 😉 But FIRST is obedience to those who love them, teach and protect them so they grow in wisdom and character.

2. Hold your hand

When you are dealing with an issue of safety hand-holding should be mandatory. 

Issues of safety could include but aren’t limited to: walking close to a road, touring a crowded park or museum or venturing down a narrow, steep stairway. During these moments, it doesn’t matter if your child wants to hold your hand. Please don’t leave this decision of safety in their tiny hands!

It’s our job and responsibility to act responsibly. (Yes, even if that makes them unhappy)

If your child refuses to hold your hand, then you’ll need to either put them in a stroller or hold them. The walking privilege is allowed for those little ones willing and able to assume your instruction (see #5).

In my many years of working with different families and children, a particular phrase I once heard a parent say has stayed with me, “She refuses to hold my hand when we are walking by the road! I ask her to hold my hand. I take her hand and she pulls away or falls on the ground. She doesn’t want to so what am I supposed to do?”

I’ll tell you what you do…You put that little girl right back in her stroller!

It’s okay for yes, even toddlers, to start making the connection that if they are not going to follow rules, they do not enjoy certain privileges. It is really that simple. Its that simple in the work force, its that simple in school, its that simple if you cut in line 😉 and its that simple at home. By all means though, keep giving them chances! This is how they learn and make those connections between their expectations and their actions. When they ask to get out of the stroller, take them out and tell them they may walk if they hold your hand. Try it. If they do, GREAT! If not, then back into the stroller they go. This isn’t a mean thing. It’s an assurance and trust thing.

They will learn to trust what you say when you starting doing what you say. 

3. Ask permission

Teaching your children to first consult you or a respected adult before they make certain decision is a very, very good idea. 

Take a moment and think about the consequences of a 2-year-old not asking before: going up or down stairs steep stairs, reaching there hand into that silverware drawer filled with sharp knives, giving their baby brother their Doritos chip or leaving with a new acquaintance at the park.

One of the many reasons you are in your child’s life is to provide wisdom, counsel and good judgement for when they can not. God has placed your child in your life on purpose, whether you are a nanny, teacher or mum. We all have a meaning and purpose to where we are and our unique abilities/skills we can impart! When your child is a toddler, they’ll need to ask permission for most things (until they learn the do’s and don’ts of your household). It’s just a good rule of thumb. But eventually this will become less and less. You’ll be able to trust your child to make responsible decisions based on what you have taught them.

4. Take manageable bites

That cracker you just gave her? Its gone! She shoved the whole thing into her little mouth. (Why wouldn’t she, it looks so good!)

It is better to teach your child how to take manageable bites, than to have an emergency room visit after nearly choking to death. I’ve been in this situation and its not pretty. When you see your child’s face turning purple because their airway is being blocked by a big bite they thought they could handle?? Awful. This is a nightmare of an experience. I don’t pray it on anyone.

Children need to be taught. They need to be taught how to treat people, how to dress themselves, how to read and yes, even how to eat. This is why especially during meal time, I keep an extra sharp eye out for teachable moments. I make sure to review our good eating habits and demonstrate what a manageable bite looks like. They usually then are given a chance to show me their ‘small or nice bite’ too. Believe it or not, this is actually FUN for them. To demonstrate how much they know and also they can do it just like you. Within a month or two of teaching this valuable lesson, you will notice how you worry less about your child choking. You’re more confident in the skills you’ve taught them, how cool! It is such a nice feeling!

While you are teaching manageable bits, maybe practice no running or playing while eating also. As they grow and mature, this rule will be amended, but while your child is young, it is a very good practice to keep.

5. Obey

Obeying instruction given from an authority figure is so important. 

This includes anyone who is in charge of your children like: a nanny, babysitter, parent, grandparent, etc. It also extends to general authority though, like first and foremost, God, then our president, our policemen, librarians, store owners, bank tellers, cross guards, life guards, teachers and more.

Obedience and respect is the very best way to practice self-control, build character and show the love of Christ.

Before we go teaching our children to be respectful and obedient, it’s paramount that they’re able to identify WHO is worth obeying and respecting. The first individuals they learn are worth respecting and obeying are Jesus, mommy and daddy (in that order 🙂 ). After Jesus, mommy and daddy, come the caregivers next in line whether that be relatives or a nanny/daycare worker. From there, you establish others in their lives that will receive obedience like teachers, doctors and policemen.

It’s extremely important also, to teach our children that if an authority is asking them to hurt themselves or hurt others (in any way) they are not to be obeyed, ever!

With these main principles under their belt, their obedience will be a breathe of fresh air for you. It’s so amazing when you ask something of your child and they DO IT, the FIRST time! What a blessing! They now know you are to be trusted. You say what you mean and you are looking out for their well being. They will be an excellent example of what Christ would have us be. This can’t be underestimated. Remember, we (as the parents and caregivers) are more knowledgeable about life and danger.

No matter what our 2 year old may think they know, we know best and are looking out for them. Obeying at first command/request could save them from awful consequences and scenarios!

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5 Alternative and Effective Disciplinary Techniques

As a nanny or non-parental figure in a child’s life, how do you exercise authority and disciplinary actions without overstepping your bounds? Read below to learn about some alternative and effective disciplinary techniques which can be used for children of all ages.

As a nanny or non-parental figure in a child’s life, how do you exercise authority and disciplinary actions without overstepping your bounds? Read below to learn about some alternative and effective disciplinary techniques which can be used for children of all ages.

1. Removing immediate fun (young children-6>)

The most effective way to grab a young child’s attention is to stop all fun for the moment, in the moment.

Say you are a babysitter and the children you are watching are not used to hearing your voice. Not only are they not used to hearing your voice but they are most certainly not used to the different tone. Because of this, it is easy for them to tune you out. You could now find yourself in one of two positions. 1) You find yourself with the upper hand because you are different. You are the cool, new thing, they want to please you and will do all you ask. 2) You find yourself at a disadvantage because they don’t know you. They don’t have an earned trust or respect for you and they certainly do not want to listen to you. The former would of course be preferred. But you now find yourself with the latter. So what do you do?

I have found a very effective way of gaining attention and listening ears, is to remove other competing distractions.

For example: If your child is not responding to your request to start getting ready for bed, it may be possible that they do not hear you. The TV is on and you have a different tone than the normal voice they are use to hearing. They are oblivious. A perfect way to aquire their attention would be to turn off the TV. This may be a startling move, but an effective one. Once you state your request and give direction, it will then be your prerogative whether or not you allow more television. The goal is to have their attention and let them know you are serious. You want them to be listening when you are speaking to them.

2. Time out/ Break

Sometimes children need  time to recoup and get their heads about them.

The ‘witching’ hours from 5 pm-7 pm are the prime hours when breaks will need to be taken.  It is, however, very important to recognize that your child has had a full day of listening and trying to obey under their belt. Giving your child a chance or more than you usually would, may be a good idea at this time. There are those times though, when you just cant let it slide. Your oldest has pushed her little sister over one too many times. Though you know you should probably enforce your boundary line, you find yourself wondering if you should discipline her. It’s late, she isn’t trying to be mean or rough and lets face it, you have had a long day yourself. But it is so important that after the correct amount of warnings, redirecting and talking, that action is taken.

This would be the time to tell your oldest she needs to sit down. A break (time=age) will hopefully be just what she needs to show her that you are serious about your set boundaries. This break lets her know that her actions were not okay and she needs to listen to you. It is more likely than not that she will respond to this time out. Once she is ‘let off’, she will dart to a new toy that has caught her attention and offers less drama.

3. Slap on hand/ Eye to eye

Eye contact is important when trying to keep the complete attention of your child. 

For me, the use of a slap on the hand is reserved for extremely important and urgent issues. This is the last ditch effort to get your child to understand that you are serious. To make it clear that what you are asking of them is serious, before you perform the ‘insistent move’. Ill explain.

You are in the grocery store with your 2 1/2 year old boy. He is safely sitting in the top portion of the cart while you are shopping. He sees a candy bar that he REALLLY wants. You politely explain that he will not be getting it today but he could have a comparable snack if he would like. This sets him off. What starts out as a somewhat quiet whine, quickly turns into a louder whine and eventually scream. This situation needs to be controlled. Now he is already sitting and you are in a store, so the ‘break’ idea is not going to work. You would really rather stay in the story to grab the last few items if you could, so you implement the ‘slap on the hand/eye to eye’. You take his little hand, get down at eye level and give a firm 1,2,3. This is followed with a soft but firm voice saying, “Stop”. You’ve now gotten his attention, taken control of the escalating situation and have an opportunity to talk to him. This provides the moment of turn around and moving forward. You have avoided carting a screaming and kicking child up and down the grocery aisle. You have completed your shopping adventure successfully! If the situation was not able to be solved with this step, then the next step would be to park the cart and take your child out of the store.

4. Removing future fun/privileges (school age children- 6+)

“If you do not complete your disciplinary writing assignment during recess today, you will miss tomorrow’s recess as well. This must be completed.”

This technique is teaching that there are consequences for every choice a child makes.

When children are young, under 6 years of age, they require ‘immediate discipline’. Once a child reaches the age of 6 years of age, they are now ready to learn more complicated lessons. One such lesson being: If you make a decision today, it may very well affect fun and events tomorrow.

For example: Displayed on your third grade classroom wall, there is a poster that states: CLASSROOM RULE #3 NO CHEATING. The children see this poster as they enter your classroom and you review classroom rules every morning. One day, you observe Johnny looking over Olivia’s shoulder during a History test. You continue watching for a few minutes. After a few minutes, you call Johnny over to your desk and confront him quietly about this behavior. He acknowledges his fault. You kindly remind him of the class rule and necessary subsequent consequence. You let him know you will not call his parents this time, but he must now finish the test next to your desk and will also be required to write a disciplinary assignment during recess.

He is learning that his actions have consequences, either good or bad. I say, when you are old enough to complete mathematical equations, you are most certainly old enough to assume responsibility for your behavior. 🙂

5. The ‘insistent’

“You do not have the final say, I do.”

I have told you to stop hitting, you continue. I have sent you to time out, told you to sit down and you get up. All my attempts in removing immediate fun to get your attention have failed. The last resort, a slap on the hand, did not do the trick. I am now left feeling defeated. I don’t want to spank my child, but what am I suppose to do now?

The ‘insistent move’ as I like to call it, is where you insist that your child obeys. Keep in mind that this is no way an aggressive or hurtful action. This is an insistent action.

For example: It’s now time to pack up and leave the park. You give your child ( 3 years old) one last go down the slide. Once you finish loading the diaper bag with the last of the picnic left overs, you look up and your child is still playing. One last call and you let her know you’re heading out now. She looks up, acknowledges your words, turns on her heels and scurries up the play set once more. Implementing the ‘insistent move’, you leave the stroller, climb onto the play set, and pick your child up. This is when you reiterate, “It’s time to go.” “I need you to use your listening ears and come please.” You have just pulled off the insistent move!

You insist.

Most insist scenarios come out of health or safety situations. This could look like your child holding your hand when you cross the street. This could be insisting that your child not open the gate leading to a fifteen stair drop. It could possibly be insisting that your child does not hit others. In either of these cases, it is important enough for you to step in, take action and implement authority for their good and their health.

There must be consistency, love and concern present here. If not, these techniques will not be nearly as effective.

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Better Safe Than Sorry

Accidents happen. But what do you do in the event of an emergency and how can you prevent disaster?

Yesterday, my littles and I were headed to the mall for a stroll since the weather was predicted to be quite cold and cloudy. Once we were inside, I let the older sister down to walk and run the vacant halls. She is very active and absolutely loves this free reign of the halls before the mall stores open. She was headed to a familiar phone case kiosk to take a look around. I greeted the kiosk attendant and exchanged a few pleasantries, all the while keeping an eye on my little one. She decided she had had enough of phone cases and wanted to move on. The problem was she didn’t look where she was going. When she turned around to head off down the left corridor, she bumped her noggin right on an eye level metal sign. Not a great feeling for her and not a great moment for me. I hate when she gets hurt. She hates when she gets hurt. Her little sister hates when she gets hurt (she cries when sissy cries-it’s the sweetest thing). So here she was bawling. I picked her up and immediately turned on nurse mode.

First I checked for blood-there was none. Next I looked to see where she made impact- it turned out it was on the bridge of her nose (awful). Once I identified where the injury was, as long as I knew it was not emergency status (blood, passing out etc), I gently felt around the area to see if there was extreme tenderness in any one area. She did not screaming when I pressed anywhere around the area so I knew she was fairly OK. She had stopped crying at this point but swelling had begun. We hustled to the nearest Starbucks and grabbed a cup full of ice, a few napkins and a white mocha latte. Applying the ice about every minute for 20 seconds or so the area did the trick and the swelling was down within 10 minutes.

Fast forward two hours and we were now at the park with our friends. The remaining cup of ice was still in the stroller. At this particular park, they have metal ducks lined in a row. It is a statue that gives recognition and sentiment to a duck pond that is in the park as well. The display shows 8 little ducklings following their Momma duck. They were solid metal and big enough for even a 3-year-old to climb onto comfortably. On this particular day, there were many other nannies and moms around watching their littles play in this area.

There was one little blonde, curly haired girl who must have been around 1 ½ years old. She was still a little wobbly on her feet but would walk faster at times and sometimes even run. Now the area surrounding the duck display was nice soft grass but the area right underneath was cobblestone. This little girl was headed to give one of the little ducks in the back of the line a hug when…I think you know where this is going…She tripped on a cobblestone block, fell forward and hit her forehead on the duck’s unforgiving body. This impact sent a resonating DONG through the air and everyone stopped. You could FEEL the impact. The girl didn’t move for what seemed like forever but I’m sure was no more than 5 seconds. The nanny or mom had seen what happened and was on her way over but she was sitting on the nearby bench, so it took a few seconds for her to scoop the little girl in her arms. Soon the girl began crying (thank goodness) and the adult began consoling her. She assured her she was OK and empathized with the pain the little girl must be feeling. When I thought to myself…

MY ICE! God is so good. Remembering that my little not even a couple hours earlier had had an unfortunate collide with a metal object as well, I reached for the left-over ice in our stroller. The woman took the ice with enthusiasm. My friend, having finished giving her little boy his sandwich had a plastic baggy. She offered it to the woman and we had completed an ‘ice pack’ for this little girl. Now up until this point, the girl had been facing the woman in her arms and I had not had the chance to see her forehead. What came next will be etched in my brain for a very long time…

I looked up to find this precious girl with a black and blue, goose egg size welt on her head. When I tell you that I got shivers from looking at it, I am not exaggerating. I was very concerned and waited to see what the woman would do once she took a good look at it. The woman with ice in hand began….texting. Yes, texting. To be fair though, I do not know and don’t claim to know whether the text was going out to a mother or father in hopes of getting their opinion on further action or the incident. However, I do know one thing, she could have applied the ice to this girls head!

This was the second worrying event. The first was noticing the girl did not move or get up once she made contact with the metal duck. Now the third worrying event was next. As the little girl sat in this woman’s lap, her welt growing, she was merely staring. She stared straight ahead. No more crying. She wasn’t looking around or fidgeting to get down. This worried me and I began to think this may be a concussion level head collision. I did say a little about the ice application and I’m sure my face told the tale of how awful this little girls head looked, but I didn’t say too much in fear of overstepping.

I know that this nanny or mother probably meant well. I overheard her say that the little girl did not like it. I’m sorry, if your little one is pretty seriously injured and you as the adult know what is best to remedy it, do it! Do not let the child squirming or resisting the treatment, null the treatment application all together. That is just ridiculous!

So, in recap…she did not apply ice, she did not call anyone, she did not seem too concerned and she let her little down to resume playing.

I am in no way aiming to bash this woman or paint her in a bad light. Perhaps she was not aware of the possible severity of the situation or maybe she knew something that I did not. I am however, using this pretty graphic story to highlight two things that I believe are so important when you are a mom, caregiver in anyway or nanny by trade.

On the Go First Aid Kits

Whenever you leave the house, it is a good idea to keep a simple first aid kit on hand. I have not always done this. Throughout the years of caring for children and seeing the seemingly impossible situations they get themselves into within 2.2 seconds, I have learned that it is so important to have this handy bag around. The kits should be small and filled with only the essentials: band aids, cleansing cloth, antibiotic ointment for cuts, gauze and tape, a breakable ice-pack and possibly Benadryl in case of severe allergic reactions. These items should hold you over, even in a slightly emergency situation, until you arrive at the doctors and your child begins receiving medical attention.

Better Safe than Sorry

It is always better to be safe than sorry. This is especially true when you are a nanny, teacher or caregiver that is watching someone else’s child, but also true for parents as well.  My oldest little earlier that fine day had hit her head off a sign. Sure, she didn’t bleed, she didn’t cry for more than 2 minutes, and the area was not severely tender to the touch but noticing the quick swelling and potential bruising, I still applied ice for quite awhile. I have learned and would like to tell you before you have to find out the hard way on your own…It is always better to be safe than sorry.  

Always.

I have gone ahead and attached a FREE FIRST AID KIT CHECKLIST for you to use as you wish. Personally, I place this check list above the hook in the entryway where the kit hangs nicely. I do a quick check of what I need, make a note of what we are running out of and grab it as we head out the door. I hope you find it useful as well!

Thank you for reading and sharing your time with me! 

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Talk soon,

-NannyBeth