Parenting is Exhausting!

Parenting is Exhausting!

We recently took a family road trip. We drove from Chicago to Nashville and had a lot of big fun. Our kids are champs in the car (translation: they watch a ton of movies and play tons of games on their various devices!), and we previously road-tripped to NYC for winter break, so this drive was nothing!  That said, after a long day of driving, my husband was exhausted, the kids wanted to swim and I got to be the one to watch them. Sure, I could have thrown on my suit and jumped in the pool with them, but I just didn't feel like it. As I was sitting there watching them enjoy the pool, I could feel myself growing irritated. Not at them, just cranky in general. So, after the kids were done, I brought them back to the hotel room, changed into my gym clothes, passed the kids off to my hubby and headed to the hotel gym. A half hour on the treadmill was all I needed to feel like myself again. A little sweat, a little quiet, a little kid-free zone. This small amount of time reminded me of how crucial it is for moms to take time for themselves. It isn't always easy, but it's so very important.

Even though we aren't country fans, we had a great time at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Whether you work in or out of the home, moms seem hardwired to do the majority of the worrying and feeling guilty, and therefore are generally the ones on the back burner. This is not to say that dads don’t kick ass, because they really do, they just seem to be better at taking time for themselves.  So moms, instead of letting ourselves go and/or being resentful of our significant other’s ability to hit pause when needed, I’ve put together a few ideas that will help take great care of you and your little ones, and make your life just a bit easier.  Bonus, these are all mom-owned businesses, so you’ll be taking care of yourself while helping out another mom. Win win!

Sweat it out.  This is my go to. When I can feel myself losing it, I throw on my shoes and hit the gym or head outside for a run.

●     Active Moms Club- Cassandra can help whip you back into shape post baby and beyond. She offers group classes as well as personal training. Her classes are encouraging, engaging, and a great way to meet other moms.

●     Primary Crossfit and Yoga- Located in Uptown, this gym offers the best of both worlds. Sweat your booty off one day and soothe your soul (and body) with yoga the next…or do it all on the same day if you can!

Pamper yourself. My other favorite thing to do. There’s nothing like fresh hair or a fabulous mani/pedi!

●     Nails Boutique- Tucked across Webster Ave. from Oz park, this little gem is my go to. Great conversation is always had and, of course, great nails.

●     Chroma K8- This adorable "beautique" is so environmentally responsible, they used mostly vintage furniture when they remodeled. I have seen some very fabulous hair walk out of this salon, including my own!

Get stuff done. Do you need to drop off the kids for a few hours? All day? Do you need a change of scenery, and a place for your kids to play safely? These places have you covered.

●     Take a Break Playcare- I can't say enough about this genius concept. Clearly mom created! At Take a Break, you can drop in and play (with your kids) for a couple of hours, or you can drop your kids off and actually get something done! They offer care for newborns up to age 13. Genius, just genius.

●     Purple Monkey Playroom- I love the coziness of this play space. Purple Monkey is the perfect alternative to the park on those days when you need to let your kiddos run around, but don't feel like worrying about how much bark they're eating or making sure they don't run into an oncoming swing. The park is great and all, but man, it's exhausting chasing tiny people around! Here, you can have a cup of coffee, chat with other moms and ensure that your little ones are nice and ready for nap time :)

●     Little Beans Cafe- Another great indoor play space, that offers locations in both Chicago and Evanston. This is great for smaller kids, but also offers options for older kids as well.

Birthday help. Once you have kids, you find yourself either going to or planning a party, constantly. My son has three parties to attend in the next week. If you are pressed for time (who isn't?!), these fabulous businesses can help.

●     Building Blocks Toy Store- Katherine and her team are AMAZING. You can call the store (two locations, Wicker Park and Lakeview), tell them what you want, pay over the phone and they will have it wrapped and ready for you to swoop in and pick up en route to the party. Not sure what the perfect gift is? If you give them a price range, and some ideas of what the birthday kiddo is into, they will hand select something for you. It doesn't get any better than that in my book. They also have a great selection of party favors, including personalized items that can be ready in minutes. Also great for teacher gifts and holiday.

●     Chicago Custom Cakes- Libby has a great eye for design and creates the cutest cakes. Whether you need a smash cake for you little one's first birthday, or a more detailed creation of whatever character your older kiddo is currently obsessed with, Chicago Custom Cakes has you covered.

Hopefully this list provides a few helpful options that help you recharge and refresh. You work hard and deserve a break. Pat yourself on the back, wipe the spit-up (or banana, or yogurt, or paint, or...) off your shirt and keep on trucking, mama!

The Reasons I Became an Entrepreneur

The Reasons I became an Entrepreneur

The truth is I was young and fearless. I started my first company when I was 24. I had been a nanny since I was 19 and really felt like I had found my perfect job. Sure, I had people give me the “when are you going to get a real job” face but I felt confident in my chosen career. I had always grown up really just wanting to be a mother. I had never dreamed of running a company and certainly would have not seen my self as an Entrepreneur. But I feel life guides you and priorities change you.

Olive You Nanny was created in 2004, while still being a nanny. I knew this industry, I knew what nannies wanted and worked for many families, so knew what families needed. I took a year to do my research and jumped through the hoops of the department of Labor.

And there I stood….open for business!

 

I was busy immediately. Thankfully we are still busy today, in 5 states and 14 AMAZING ladies who run Olive You.

I had my first son a year after I started OYN. Juggling motherhood was far from easy. I didn’t want to miss the milestones, so working from home was the best of both worlds. Adding two more kiddos to the mix came even more challenges but I’ll save that for another blog post called “How to manage your crazy life with kids and a business!”

As I multitasked through phone calls, diaper changes, nursing while making breakfast, consultations and interviews I thought…I really have it all. Sure, I likely have ADD and have an ongoing list a mile long in my head, dirty laundry piling up, dog hair on the floor but I wouldn’t change a thing. I feel fortunate to have a amazing husband who has a “normal” job and insurance. This is how I make this dream a reality.

It’s a perfect match.

Author: Sarah Davis

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Nanny Backpack Roundup

At the Elm Grove Park this morning with E, I was so annoyed with my oversized crossbody as I went down slides, crouched into small spaces, and ran from playground to sand pit. It got me thinking that a backpack would be a great solution!

E has her own mini backpack that couldn't be cuter, and we do take it everywhere we go, but she doesn't like carrying it herself yet and it most definitely doesn't fit me. So, when we get to our location, I typically take out a diaper, wipes, her snack, and water and shove it in my purse so it's easier to carry. Not ideal! I'm thinking one of these backpacks below may need to be purchased in the near future. Which one is your favorite? 

1. Oh Joy!® Backpack Diaper Bag - Dashes via Target  -  Okay, so this one is technically a diaper bag backpack, and I am in love! If you don't follow Joy Cho of Oh Joy on social media, you should! She is a fun and colorful working mama with stylish collections available at Target. This one may be my favorite because of the inside organization and easy-cleaning nylon. ($39.99)

2. Koed Backpack by Madden Girl via DSW  -  I love this nautical look that is perfect for hauling your nanny essentials or as a carry on on vacation. It's a little less bulky than the rest too, very slide friendly.  ($39.95)

3.  Casanova in Cognac Taupe via Sole Society  -  This backpack is for the ultra hip nanny or mom! It may not be as versatile or easy to clean, but you definitely won't be compromising your style. It goes great with any outfit and is perfect for vacation too! ($59.95)

4. PUMA Equation Laptop Backpack via TJMaxx   -  This backpack is a great mix of sporty and stylish. Bring your laptop to work to use during nap time and easily take it out before a field trip with your little. I love the cognac details and multiple zippers for easy organization. ($29.99)

5. Women's Corduroy Backpack - Mossimo Supply Co.™ Mint via Target  -  I love this backpack for fall! It's a fun color and I can't say that I've ever seen a corduroy backpack before. Bonus, it's on sale! ($20.99)

6. Adidas Excel III Backpack via Nordstrom Rack  -  Light pink and navy, you just can't go wrong. It's even big enough for hauling sand toys to the park! ($39.97)

7. Trans by JanSport®Ocean Vintage Floral Print Backpack  via Target  -  Okay, this one looks like beautiful antique china I would love to have in my cupboard. Not into the floral? Trans by JanSport has tons of other fun prints to choose from! ($44.99)

8. Fossil Keyper Backpack via DSW  -  This backpack is a great color for year round use and seems ultra durable with the coated canvas. The positive customer reviews speaks for itself. ($69.95)

Thanks for reading! I'll keep you updated if I take the backpack plunge. What's your favorite day bag? Oh, and don't forget to follow @oliveyounannymke on Instagram for more!

xoxo,

Maggie

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Parenting Resolutions for 2018

Want to make 2018 your best year yet?  Consider making resolutions to concentrate on and emphasize as a family.  Here are a few suggestions:

1.     Be 100% present when you are with your children.  There is a difference between being with your child every day and actually being present and “in the moment.”

2.     Select a word to focus on throughout the year.  “Simplify”, “delegate”, and “grateful” are a few good examples.

3.     Separate work time from family time.  Give yourself an “end time” every night so you can spend the remaining time focusing on your family instead of multi-tasking.

4.     Try to give your child more independence and responsibility. 

Author: Jessica Bonshire

Top 10 Indoor Play Spaces in the Dallas Area

Texas is known for its incredibly hot summers and almost non existent winters (although if it drops in the 50s or below native Texans will NOT be spotted outside without a ridiculous amount of ‘winter’ gear on ). This is what makes indoor play areas in Dallas so incredible! After speaking to many different nannies in the area and my own experiences; I have narrowed down the top 10 indoor play spaces in the Dallas Area (many of which are free)!

1.      Prestonwood Baptist Church in (west) Plano. During the week the FREE play area, Kidzplay (directly to the right when you come in the main entrance) is a must go for children infant to 10 years old. There are tons of climbing, slides (one for the bigger kids and one for the small ones), hilly terrain to run all over and some flat area in the back for the little babies! Plenty of seating for moms. Free to play and best of all they have a cafe downstairs that is inexpensive and delicious! (Salad bar, different foods such as pizza, baked potato bar, chicken tenders, coffee bar, snacks and drinks). Monday, Tuesday, Thursday they are open from 9:00-4:30p, Wednesday’s 9-6:15, Friday’s 9-1:00p, and although they are open on Saturday and Sundays those times change and are VERY limited so please call before heading there! 972.820.5000

2.      Kid Mania in Plano. Another great place for climbing! Kid Mania is a multi level climbing adventure and I would definitely say it’s more suitable for the 5 year olds and up! Although they do have an adorable toddler area as well! There are a few arcade games and tons of seating! Also a kitchen with tons of food options from lunches to snacks! This place does get pretty packed on the weekends but it’s great because it is very open and allows you to see your kids with ease! It is open Monday through Thursday from 10a-9p, Friday and Saturday 9a-10p and Sunday from 11a-8p! Admission is only $3.49 (ages 1-2), $6.99 (ages 3-18) and $1 (19+). 

3.      Need somewhere to let your kids burn off some energy? Pump it Up Open Jump in just the place! It is a great place to practice those gross motor skills and really get some energy out! They have tons of inflatable bounce houses, basketball goals, slides, obstacle courses and more! The best part is that each Pump it Up has a different set up and different Open Jump days and hours! Admission is $5 (1 year olds) and $8 (ages 2-17 and adults are free)! Their open play hours are typically a two-hour window but that’s really all you need for these hyper kiddos! Keep your eye open as well because some locations offer a monthly sensory Jump night for those kiddos on the Autism Spectrum. 

4.      The Woods (Inside Highland Park Presbyterian). This play area is great for the younger kiddos (4 and under)! It has its own outside entrance and is full of soft things to climb all over! Admission is free and it is open Monday-Friday from 9-5!

5.      Watermark Tree-fort (Inside Watermark Church off of 635). This indoor play space is so much fun for the toddler age and up! There is plenty to do on the lower level with tons of room to run around and then a tree fort to climb! They have a small little cafe as well with a few snacks and drinks! Admission is free and they are open Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday from 9-6p, Wednesday 1p-6p, Saturday 7a-2p and Sunday from 12:30-5! 

6.      Local Libraries. There are so many local libraries that offer amazing programs! Many nannies have raved about the UP and Preston Royal locations! I personally LOVE the grapevine location! The Grapevine location has an imagination station weekly which is so much fun and awesome for independent imagination play! They set up different stations with all the things to go with it such as a grocery store, nursery, fire station, outdoor barbecue and so much more! NorthPark has a library as well and they have weekly music/story times! They also tend to have larger productions during the week right in the middle of the mall! Each library has different activities and schedules but they are all worth going to visit! Most of them you do not need to sign up for a library card in order to be apart of the children activities! 

7.      Mall Play Areas! During the weekend these play areas can be pretty chaotic but during the week I find they are much calmer! Galleria (located on the third floor), Stonebriar (located on the first floor) and Willowbend (located on the first floor) all have great play areas! These areas are typically perfect for about 5 years and under! They have the soft ground and soft things to play on. 

8.      Peek n Play in Grapevine. Peek n Play features a kid-sized town, a slide that goes into a ball pit, and tons of toys! This is great for ages infant-10 years old! There are tons of things for your kiddos to explore! You can bring in outside food or they have snacks and drinks for purchase there. Admission is $12/child and they are open Monday- Friday from 10-6.

9.      The Coop in Frisco. The Coop is very similar to Peek n Play! They also have a slide that goes into a ball pit, an electric dance floor, a bounce house, rope climbing, toys, dress up clothes, coloring and many books! The Coop is also great for infant to 10 years old! Admission is $10 (ages 1+) —$2 off on Tuesdays and they are open Monday- Friday 9-5p.

10.   CooCoos in (west) Plano is similar to Pump it Up with the many different kinds of bounce houses but it also has a great variety of arcade games and my personal favorite a small working train! The kiddos I’ve taken here have LOVED it (and mostly spent time riding the train over and over!) it’s very open so allows for plenty of space to run around! They are open Sunday through Thursday from 10-6, Friday and Saturday 10-9! Open play in all day every day! Admission for 3 and under is $5 and everyone else is $8!

Author: Kathryn Eastin

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Baby It’s Cold Outside….

As a nanny for the past 6 years I have found that the Winter months can be the prettiest but yet the longest day for a caregiver, mother, father or whom ever get the joy of taking care of the kids while someone is away working. *Perfect crafts for you to also use as gifts for your loved ones.

It’s the best job, but when those winter months come you better start to get creative. So I wanted to share with you some ideas that I do inside with the kids.

At home crafts…

Snow can be fun but who are we kidding…by the time you get the little one bundled up you either have to change a diaper or someone has to go potty. So an alternative that I found was to bring the snow to you and make it. It’s super easy and fun for all. I will warn you it can be messy but its super easy to clean up!

Recipe:

1/2 cup of conditioner (I picked a cheap brand but one that smells good)

2 cups of Baking Soda

Mix together

Felt Snowmen:

Things you will need

Felt colors:

*White, orange, blank and fun colors for scarf

Poster board

Glue

How to:

Cut three different size circles from the white felt (I traced plates and bowls to get the perfect circle)

Cut nose from the orange

Two eyes and three buttons from the black one

Place and glue the three circles to the board and then have the child have fun dressing up the snowman.

(You can even play a gam of “pin the nose” on the snowman) great to see the kids giggle and have fun with this)

 

Snow Globe Glitter:

Things you will need:

Empty water bottle

Glue (clear)

Water

Glitter

How to:

Fill up the 1/4 of the empty water bottle with clear

Fill up the rest of it with water

Sprinkle in as much or as little as you would like.

You may want to put take at the top near the cap 

Snowman with cotton balls:

Things that you will need:

2 paper plates

Construction paper:

*Orange

*Black

*Choose your color for scarf

Stapler

Glue

How to:

Cut inner part of the part of the paper plate

Cut 2 circle for eyes 3 larger circles for buttons

Cute orange triangle for the nose

Take the two plates and use the glue to cover them with the cotton balls

Let dry

Staple the two plates together

Glue on the nose, eyes, buttons and scarf

Salt Ornaments:

Things you will need:

1 cup of salt

1 cup of flour

1/2 cup of water

Bowl

Rolling pin

Paint colors of your choice

(we painted a foot print to look like a snowman)

How to:

Mix all ingredients in bowl

Roll out in the shape you would like and then put in hand or foot print in dough

Poke a hole at the top and it can be used as an ornament

Bake at 100 for 2 hours

Let cool and paint

Finger Painting:

Have fun and let them be creative

Frame and hang

 

Now those all can be great hands on activities for when its cold out but I would also suggest you check local museums and play places for you to take them to so that they (and YOU) can have some kid/adult interaction. Check out the museums websites for the free days for Illinois residence.

Some of my favorites in the suburbs and city of Chicago

Little Beans

Pump it Up

Naperville Children’s Museum

Kohl's Museum

Shed Aquarium

Science and Industry Museum

Fiels Museum

Local library (story times)

Hope this helps you all out and would love to hear what you all do during these cold winter months!

Author: Jeniece Sullivan

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Top 5 reasons to Shop Made in USA for your kiddos!

INTRO

I can’t say that I’ve always looked at the tags on my kids clothing and cared where they were made, as long as they were cute. Did it really matter? I’d just rather assume that the people making the clothing were getting a fair wage, lived in a nice home and raised their own families. I like to picture these people as sweet women who have retired and just love to sew. Woman who chatted as they sewed, reminisced about life and added a little extra love into each piece being made.

FACTS

Reality check, NOT the case my friends. Let me give you a little insight on the facts. Many of these factories put toxic chemicals onto their clothing. They contain hormone disruptors and chemicals that can be toxic to the reproductive system. There are over 8,000 synthetic chemicals found in each piece of clothing. There has been research that shows these chemicals can lead to major illness such as infertility and even cancer. Not to mention the wages are very low and the working conditions even worse.

HEALTHIER LIFE

As a mother of three, I care about what goes into my kiddo’s bodies. We try to only buy organic, I use cleaning supplies that are “green” and try my best to teach my kids good habits that will better their lives down the road. Until recently, I never even considered their clothing as part of this new path for cleaner living.

LESS CLUTTER

For me, I think about buying clothing that I love. Pieces that are unique to who your kids are. Instead of going out and buying a ton of stuff, spend a little more on pieces that you love. It feels better and you’ll be more inclined to cherish it. Buying USA made is more expensive certainly, costs to manufacture here are far higher then overseas, but buying less and knowing where it’s made might just be worth it. Plus, less waste and less clutter!

It’s next to impossible to do everything perfect. If we did, we would go nuts and I imagine our lives would be very boring! But it’s good to recognize that you can make strides little by little.

WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO MY BRAND

When I started looking into being a manufacturer and starting a kids line, I wanted to feel good about the products I was putting out there. I wanted them to be fun, unique, colorful and extremely soft. I only want what’s best for my kids and I assume all parents do as well! So we have gone the route of USA made.

BRANDS

Here are a few of my favorite kids brands all made in the USA.

Winter Water Factory- LOVE this brand. I’m a print person myself and I love how fun these prints are. They are also very soft, well made, effortless and fun.

Made in Brooklyn

Pre fresh- Whether you have a 6 month old or 9 year old, these tee’s are great for everyone. They are super soft, hip, cool and will never go out of style.

Made in Portland

June and January- I look for comfort in my kids clothes and you’ll find it with this brand. I love the colors and the simplicity of the designs and again, super soft!

Made in Brooklyn

Wee Rascals- Seriously hip and ultra creative. The little sayings on these tees are inspirational and adorable!

Made in Austin

Petit Marin- Such a creative company, Petit Marin takes men’s old dress shirts and makes them into adorable jumpers, dresses and hats!

Made in LA

And Us, Citizen Smalls! We are launching our kickstarter mid November, so join us on our journey at www.citizensmalls.com and sign up to be the first to get pieces of our first line!

Made in Austin

Author: Sarah Davis

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So Much Fun in the North Shore!

Have you have recently moved to the northern suburbs, or are you contemplating a move? There are plenty of great, kid friendly businesses to keep your little ones (and you!) entertained and even meet new friends! When I started doing nanny placements in the north shore, I have to admit, I wasn't that familiar with the "burbs", and had to quickly familiarize myself. What I found were so many wonderful places for parents (and nannies) to meet, have fun, and even learn. I feel good things should be shared, so here are just a few of my favorite finds.

Play Spaces: Indoor play spaces are great for so many reasons. I love them for pre-crawlers to beginning walkers especially, because they mirror the park experience without the "Oh wait, don't put that in your mouth!", or "Oh no, what did you just crawl through?!" aspect. They are also great for any age when the weather isn't cooperating. Little Beans Evanston and Growth Spurts in Wilmette are two great options. 

Beyond a Toy Store: The Sensory Kids Store  in Wilmette, was created by a mom of kids with developmental differences, and is the first of it's kind. While this store may cater to kiddos with developmental differences, it is a wealth of knowledge for all parents and kids of all abilities. I love a store I can walk into and know that every item was hand selected with care and purpose, and The Sensory Kids Store certainly qualifies.  

Kid Friendly Eats: Be on the lookout for a great new spot opening soon in Northbrook. The Jar Bar is a genius idea from a mom who understands the need for quick, healthy options outside of the city. They are set to open in April, and with offerings like Cookie Dough Overnight Oats, I'm definitely planning a trip! Jar Bar will be a great, kid friendly spot to meet friends for lunch, grab a portable lunch to take to the park, or swing through for breakfast on your way to the train. 

Party Like a Rockstar: Our friends at Chicago Kids have created a new resource site, Basharoo. This site gives you everything you need for party planning in one place. How great is that?! Basharoo lists locations, entertainers, rentals, and even photos of parties for inspiration. 

Hopefully this list encourages you to explore the beautiful north shore suburbs. This is just a small sample of what it has to offer. Do you have a favorite spot?

Author: Jessica Schwartz, North Shore Placement Specialist

Evanston's beautiful beaches! 

Evanston's beautiful beaches! 

 

 

What's all this Nanny Share talk?

I’m sure if you are pregnant, or have a newborn, you have heard about a NannyShare. It seems to be the new big thing sweeping across the nanny industry. There are pros and cons to a NannyShare; my goal is to shed some light on a few topics. 

First off, what is a NannyShare? The simplest way to put it; two families with children close in age, hiring one nanny for both families. Now this arrangement can range from families sharing the nanny during the same hours, or one family having the nanny part time and the other full time. In both scenarios, you are sharing the same nanny. In my experience, it’s preferable to have similar hours so the nanny can come to either house, the same day and time every week making life easier on everyone.

Is doing a NannyShare right for you? One benefit of a Nannyshare is your child has a playmate everyday. A lot of parent’s worry that having a nanny will not be enough involvement and interaction with their child. Parents who are deciding between a nanny and daycare often find a NannyShare to be a perfect solution. You have the benefits of a nanny being at your home, your child in their own crib, and also having a playmate. Another BIG benefit is cost effectiveness. If you NannyShare, the price of the nanny is cut in half! So you and the other family will each pay half of the salary. 

There are a lot of nannies out there that also prefer a NannyShare situation. They will have another child to grow and learn with. Having been a nanny, you always could use another playmate! Hourly pay is another important factor for the nanny. Your nanny will have a higher salary, and who doesn’t want that? If the nanny has experience with multiple children, it’s a win-win. Keep in mind that your nanny will have 4 bosses. So if you need to address something to your nanny, talk it over first as parents and have one person approach the nanny. That will make it much less intimidating.

Here are a few things to look out for…

Make sure the family that you NannyShare with has the same philosophies as your family does. Do you like your child to be at the park, story time, museums, being active? Do you want your child eating only organic, or are you particular when it comes to being “green?” If you meet a family where those things are not important, it may not be a good match. You want to make sure that each family has a similar outlook on what is important for their child. Also it’s important to agree on what qualities are desired in a nanny. If you’re looking for a younger, energetic, outgoing nanny, and the other family wants an older, experienced nanny, you may not see eye to eye. 

I would recommend having a list of expectations for both the family partaking in the “share” and the nanny. Compare notes, ask lots of questions, and make sure you are all on the same page. Finding a family to work with is just as important as finding a great nanny! 

So do your legwork and talk to more then just one family. Chances are there is another great family looking for the same thing!

By: Sarah Davis, founder of Olive.You.Nanny

 

The Ins & Outs of Overnight Nannies

Sometimes work, anniversaries and far away friends call us to travel sans kids and leave the question “Who will stay with my children?”

Cue your nanny to the rescue.

Often, I get asked “Do people really do that?” referring to nannies who don’t mind spending a few nights in someone else’s house to care for their children. Any nanny who feels connected to the family she works for, usually doesn’t mind working overtime in order for the parents to have some time to themselves or travel for work.  Parents return refreshed and happier, kids have a fun stay-cation and the nanny gets extra income plus a fun experience with the kids. Everyone wins.

How do I pay for overnights?

There are a lot of answers out there for this but I find that the easiest way to approach overnight needs is to pay a flat fee for the time period the kids will be (or should be) asleep.  This rate is dependent upon the age of children and bedtimes.  If you have busy toddlers who will keep the nanny working past 9pm and potentially up throughout the night, factor that in and pay on the higher side. If your kids are older and more self sufficient at bedtime and you’re paying her to make sure they don’t burn the house down, the flat rate can be lower.  Remember that your nanny will still be working after your children are in bed:  cleaning up the house, doing laundry or other tasks that need to be done, and preparing for the next day. The average rate  is $75-$150 for the overnight period (typically 9pm-7am).

Weekends

Maybe you’re invited to a can’t miss wedding out of state and need the nanny Friday-Sunday, you should take into consideration if this will make for one really long week for the nanny.  If she worked 40+ hours Monday through Friday and you plan to be gone the entire weekend, factor that into her rate.  If your kids have a vibrant social calendar, make sure to leave behind everything needed for the birthday parties, play dates and sporting events. It doesn’t hurt to have the fridge stocked as well.

Weeknights

Sometimes getaways aren’t planned by you but by your employer and it happens to be at the same time your spouse is visiting their parents, so you’ll need someone to get the kids to and from school. If your nanny currently only works as an after school nanny, you may need to consider having her “on call” while you are away in order to have her available the entire day.  Some families will pay the nanny her normal hourly rate while the kids are at school to ensure she is available for any reason.  The nanny can run errands for you during this time and act as  a household manager.

What if I don’t have a nanny?

Maybe your children attend after school programs and you do not have regular childcare in the home but find yourself needing overnight care, use an overnight nanny.  I strongly recommend hiring this individual first as a permanent sitter.  who you will regularly use for date nights and also someone who is responsible, experienced and available for overnight care. Olive.You.Nanny is  happy to help you find the perfect person to meet your overnight childcare needs!