Here are useful links to bookmark and have handy as you prepare your move. We've got advice about the logistics of moving with small kids, what to tip movers, the differences of small vs. large moves, how to get your security deposit back, bed bugs (ugh), and more!
Want PSP member advice?
Things to Think About When Moving (including what to tip movers!)
Looking for member recommended movers?
Other useful links:
New York State Department of Transportation’s Dos and Don’ts
US Department of Transportation’s Protect Your Move website
Read more moving advice from PSP HERE
Dear PSP Members,
There have been a few situations in the past weeks that warrant us posting information that you should be aware of regarding Daycares and Preschools.
CHECK THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WEBSITE about violations on the daycares and preschools that you are considering (or to double check that your existing daycare is in compliance. The link for Brooklyn https://a816-healthpsi.nyc.
MAKE SURE THE DAYCARE/PRESCHOOL IS LICENSED because then you know that city screened the facility for fire safety, background checks, capacity restrictions and a host of other things. Look beyond organic goodies, bright paint and baby yoga because some of these places might seem okay, but may not have satisfied safety standards.
READ "PROTECTING THE GIFT" by Gavin de Becker. It lists the types of questions to ask potential nannies or facilities who'll be responsible for your kids (e.g., "how do you screen your employees?", do you do background checks?", "what are your procedures for trips?", etc.). It also outlines what to teach your children (e.g., ask a person with kids rather than someone who looks like a police officer). This book, along with the book "the Gift of Fear" (another great read) are focused on trusting your gut if you think something doesn't feel quite right about a situation. Ultimately, if you don't feel good about leaving your child in the care of a certain facility, you should find another one.
TALK TO OTHER PARENTS. It's good for getting another perspective, sharing perceptions and feedback, and is just a good idea to know the parents of the kids' your child is in daycare/preschool with on a regular basis.
SPEAK UP IF SOMETHING DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT. It takes a village and we need to watch out for everyone's kids. If you see something and do say something, you're part of the solution and could save a life. Speak to the director of the school or if it's more serious, call 3-11 and report the situation. To see neglect or inappropriate behavior and not report it for any reason could lead to dire consequences.
Let's keep 'em safe,
Park Slope Parents
You can also see Susan next to Mayor De Blasio and in the NY Times (photo below!), and read more about what Susan says about the ban on DNAinfo.
Any time is a good time to say THANKS to your nanny for all the hard work they do to keep our families going strong. This is a time of year, though, when lots of nannies are transitioning out of their jobs and into new ones it's especially important.
Our nannies and caregivers do so much to help our lives. They wipe tears, feed, pick-up/drop-off, tidy, comfort, clean, play, laugh, protect, fix, and are important partners in the raising of children in our community. Honor your nanny and any other nanny you see on Friday.
What can you do to say THANKS?
---A heart-felt note telling your nanny what you appreciate about the work they do?
---Pick up your nanny's favorite snacks or treats
---Get your nanny a coupon for a mani/pedi (from a place that pays fairly, of course!)
---Treat your nanny to a house-cleaning.
---Pay for your nanny to take a CPR or other education class that will help them down the road
---Give your nanny an extra afternoon off to enjoy a summer day
---Say thank you in a sincere, grateful way.
---More Nanny Gift ideas here
Here's one more way we came up with:
---PHOTOS of your nanny!
Marc Goldberg Photography Mini Studio Session
JJ Byrne and Washington Park
$50 for a 20 minute studio session which includes:
---Pictures with the nanny and kid(s)
---Pictures with the kid(s) by themselves
---Pictures with the nanny alone
(Marc is also willing to have a group shot of nannies who are friends or kids who play together as well.) (NOTE: If you can't make this time Marc will honor this price for a different session)
What you get: Access to an online gallery of full-sized downloadable jpegs to print what you want for your nanny/ yourself.
Regardless of whether you do something eventful this Friday, small acts of kindness throughout the year to show you value the work they do are always appreciated!
As PSP goes through the nanny survey results, we wanted to point out some issues related to pay and expectations that come up this time of year.
1. PAID TIME OFF—If you take off more time than you expected when you hired your nanny (e.g., you agreed on 2 paid time off but end up taking 3 weeks) you should pay your nanny unless you made other arrangements when s/he was hired. You can expect your nanny to come help do things like pet care or home care if it’s part of her job description, but don’t expect him/her to switch/add duties because you want more mileage out of her when you’re gone. Also, more times than not, hiring out your nanny for other jobs so you can get back your ‘investment’ (a term one nanny called, “pimping out your nanny”) is likely to lead to tension.
2. EXTRA DUTIES—sometimes summer can lead to extra work. Picking up extra kids from camp, having more frequent playdates because kids don’t have homework or watching cousins should lead to extra pay (or at least an offer of extra pay—some nannies won’t take it, but offering it is key).
3. REVIEW POLICIES—It’s always a good idea for you to review policies such as TV and computer use since a busy day at summer camp may want to make you want to give more or less downtime. Also review expectations for sunscreen, water intake, check-in policies for any older kids.
4. CAB FARE HOME—If you’re out late it’s standard to pay for a cab for your nanny. Some people will pay only if it’s dark so with summertime and later sunsets this should be an option only if you let your nanny know about it. Changing the cut off time can lead to tension if your nanny is expecting cab fare home when working later.
If you’re planning on saying goodbye to your nanny, check out:
Good luck and stay tuned for more Nanny Survey Results!
- Join us! Parents at Play, A Grown-Up Benefit for JJ Byrne Playground, June 6
- End of the Year Gifts for Nanny, Teacher, and Daycare Providers
- Nanny Survey 2015: Please Help Us!
- Crossing Guard Appreciation Day!
- Stranger Danger: an important message from PSP Founder, Susan Fox
- 2015-6 Public School Calendar
- Hiring a Great Nanny and Building a Positive Working Relationship
- Your FAQs about Kids and Travel