Learn everything you need to know (and more) about finding the perfect live-out nanny. By the end of the night you'll feel more confident leaving your little one in the care of someone you trust and know how to start the employer/nanny relationship off right. Get solid advice about finding, interviewing, and hiring a nanny as well as the legal responsibilities of hiring a domestic worker. Also understand the sometimes emotional journey that comes with leaving your child under another person's care, as well as maintaining a positive working relationship.
The workshop will tackle the following issues:
· What to expect in terms of pay, vacation and responsibilities
· Where to look and find great candidates
· The interview process: screening candidates, reference checks, interviews and trial days
· How to seal the deal with a work agreement
· How to make it a great relationship
COST: $25 members, $35 non-members
Susan Fox, Ph. D. is the Founder of Park Slope Parents, an online community of 5,000+ people in Brooklyn, NY which started in 2002. Under her guidance PSP has produced four Nanny Compensation Surveys which have been covered by the media and are referred to city wide. She has also helped write/edit the ongoing information on the Park Slope Parents website on Hiring and Firing a Nanny which includes information gleaned from 12 years of questions and answers about nanny/employer relations. Susan Fox has a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
PLEASE arrive on time as there is lots to cover! This event is for adults only.
NOTE: We hope to run these events quarterly.
Going on vacation? Lucky you! Here is advice from PSP parents about kids and travel:
I'm traveling with my baby for the first time, any words of wisdom? Read what parents have to say about traveling with a little baby HERE.
How do I breastfeed/ breastpump when traveling? Read advice from moms HERE about breastfeeding and pumping while traveling, including what to do at the airport & getting breast milk through security.
How do I get to the airport? Read our summary HERE on how to get to all the major NYC airports (JFK, Newark & La Guardia) by public transportation, taxi/ kid-friendly car services, and car (we also include a few tips about parking).
What can I do to keep my kids busy on the plane? To find out about ways to keep kids busy on the flight, read parent ideas & tips HERE.
How can a parent possibly travel light with all that Baby Gear? Read tips from PSP parents HERE about how to travel light - with baby stuff in tow!
How do you beat Jet Lag? Find out how parents have gotten through jetlag HERE.
Any tips for how to help my little one deal with Motion Sickness? Whether it is air, car, or general motion sickness, find advice to helping your tot HERE.
Can anyone recommend a pet sitter/ dog walker? To find out who PSP parents favorite pet sitters are, go to our recommendations category HERE to read more.
HAVING A STAYCATION? Why not play tourist in your own city? Here are PSP member recommended Tourist Activities for Tweens & Teenagers
- Category: Holidays and Special Events
Make sure no child goes without a present to open this Holiday season with Toys for Tots.
This year the Park Slope Civic Council and Park Slope Parents are joining forces for the biggest Toys for Tots drive EVER! With over 30 locations throughout Park Slope, Gowanus and Kensington, there’s always a convenient place to drop off toys! Donate a new or very gently used unwrapped gift for children ages 12 and under at locations across the Slope. All toys collected are given to local organizations that work with families in need.
Toys will also be collected at this year’s Jingle Bell Jamboree held at at Congregation Beth Elohim (Eighth Ave at Garfield Place) on Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Let’s make 2014 even better than last year! Thanks to your support, we collected over 2,000 toys that went to kids in need from organizations such as Safe Horizons, CHiPS, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and others!
TIPS FOR GETTING INVOLVED:
- SHOP LOCAL to keep the community strong!
- If you’re unable to shop local, put an extra gift in your online cart for those in need!
- Make it a family affair and have your kids help choose the gift and deliver them together.
Thanks for those of you who are posting the Department of Health information about the EV-D68 enterovirus.
With school back in session and classes well underway, kids coming in contact a lot more with each other. It's important we talk and teach them about public health safety.
Regardless of which virus, remember:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.
Here are some other ways to stop the spread of infection:
- Have kids wash their hands when they come home from school.
- Wash hands after being on the subway, going shopping, or being out and about. Make it a habit to wash when you get home..
- Wash dishes well and don’t reuse glasses.
- Remind kids not to share things such as chapstick, towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
- Don’t pick your nose (and keep your kids from picking theirs – or yours!).
- Clean the “green 11s.”
- Keep tissues handy to clean off kid snot before they get it on their hand, to get it on the school banister, etc.
- Cover your mouth (not your hand) with your arm when you sneeze or cough. Teach your kids to do this religiously (have them practice)
- Use safe cooking (and sex!) practices
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK! It doesn’t matter if they are in 4th grade and you fell the “but absences matter” pressure — keep them home for everyone’s benefit.
Keep the pathways to infection clear to reduce the ability of “bugs” to get in your body.
Summer's end means changing childcare needs for many of us, whether hiring a nanny or moving on from a current nanny is on the horizon. Whatever your situation, we have tons of information to guide you as you make the best choices for your family.
Hiring a Nanny?
The 2014 Park Slope Parents Guide to Hiring a Nanny [Beta] is a combination of best-practices, insights and honest expressions culled from years of experience by a diverse group of parents who have all been where you are now. It includes:
Need an after school nanny/babysitter? We asked you for ideas and experiences, and have put together the PSP Guide to Hiring an After School Sitter.
Park Slope Parents strongly recommends you have a work agreement in place. Get yours here.
Does Your Nanny Need a Job?
Be sure to review our "Helping Your Nanny Find A Job" info on the PSP Website.
Need to post about your nanny? Please see the updated PSP requirements including our required template for nanny recommendations! We have a dedicated nanny moderator so it can take 24-36 hours for your message to post.
Saying "Goodbye" to your nanny? See our tips to help with the transitions including severance pay, goodbye partings, and more.
We have a section for nannies! Send your caregiver the PSP "Information For Nannies" guide with tips and advice to help them secure their next job.
Creating a Nanny Share?
We have updated The PSP Guide to a Successful Nanny Share to include tips from what works (and what doesn't) to salary information, scheduling advice and more.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns in your search or posting process by emailing " onclick="window.open(this.href,'','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,location=yes,menubar=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,left=0,top=0');return false;"> .
In the meantime, happy summer and best of luck.
See you around the Slope.
Melissa and Susan,
Park Slope Parents