My Good Nanny http://mygoodnanny.com Boldly Christian...Unquestionably Good Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:54:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Trade 4 Cash… http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/trade-4-cash http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/trade-4-cash#respond Sun, 16 Nov 2014 02:54:53 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1681
Attention Moms: Need some extra cash to help with those holiday gifts?

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Moms, do you kids play a lot of video games? What about those Skylanders and Infinity figurines? If they do, I bet they have a bunch that are just taking up space in their room! All those games that they’ve solved already or played with so may times that now they’ve moved on to the next cool thing.

And believe us, we know how expensive those games and toys are! And now the newer versions are being advertised for the holidays and they’re on every kids’ wish list! Well we found a great site that lets you trade in all those old games for cash you can put towards new ones!

Trade4Cash is a great site that lets you look up those old games you want to sell and see how much they can give you for it. They have a great, up-to-date proprietary pricing engine that is constantly looking at the market and adjusting its prices to ensure you get the most for your toys and games!

Not only does Trade4Cash let you earn back some of those dollars you’ve spent over the years on games, but you’re also helping to reduce the amount of waste our landfills!

And if you’re looking to do some good for the world with those used games, Trade4Cash lets you donate the money to charity! They have a list of great charities that include Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and many others! Or if you’re looking to fundraise for a cause of your own like your kids’ school choir or baseball team, they can help you set up fundraising campaigns through their site!

Go check out Trade4Cash today and let them help you get ready for the holidays!

 

Thanks for checking out the MGN blog!

Mariah – My Good Nanny Blogger

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Sweet Sprouts http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/sweet-sprouts http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/sweet-sprouts#respond Mon, 10 Nov 2014 03:11:41 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1675 What to do with your kids’ used clothing…

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“What do I do with all these clothes the kids have outgrown?” asked every mom ever! Kids grow FAST! We all know that! And that means they outgrow their clothes faster than you can keep up sometimes!

 

No one wants those clothes to go to waste (or all that money)! Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to sell your pre-loved kids clothing to other moms whose kids are outgrowing their old clothes too? Sweet Sprouts is just that. It’s a fast, easy way to sell your kids clothes online as well as shop for other high-end, pre-loved kids clothing!

 

Sweet Sprouts was started by two moms, and they’ve made it very easy to use! We all know how busy being a mom is, so anything to make our lives go more swiftly and smoothly is greatly appreciated!

 

Sweet Sprouts has also grown to include lightly used adult clothing as well! So all those clothes you have in your closet that you never wear can turn into extra income rather than taking up extra space in your closet!

 

As if you needed any more incentive to check out Sweet Sprouts, they also have fundraising options through the site! If your kids’ soccer team is trying to buy new equipment, but needs some extra financial help do it, Sweet Sprouts can help you run a clothing drive to earn the extra money. You can also donate your earnings to charity! They have multiple ways to help your family, your community, and other families in need!

 

You can check out Sweet Sprouts at www.sweetsprouts.com to find out more and to start selling!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

Mariah – My Good Nanny Blogger

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Hello everyone! It’s Mariah again, and here at My Good Nanny we recently came upon a really cool product that I wanted to share with you! If you have kids in high school who are getting ready to make that next step to college or kids who are in college currently, you’re going to love this!

I just graduated from college, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that laundry is not a top priority! It can be a very inconvenient task for everyone, but especially kids in college. Most college students have to use coin-operated laundromats, and some of them are not as easily accessible as others. Doing laundry means getting cash out of the atm, and then finding somewhere to exchange it for quarters. Then gathering all your laundry and hauling it to the laundromat. Not to mention, laundromats in college towns are usually pretty pricey! Long story short, college kids do not do laundry very often!

Because simply washing your clothes is a hassle, washing your sheets is most likely even lower on the list of priorities! It’s difficult to get your sheets on and off of those dorm beds, especially when they’re lofted, and you’ll most likely have to wash them in a separate load, which means more quarters!

That’s where Simple Sheets comes in. They’ve come up with a fantastic solution for this laundry dilemma. Simple Sheets is an easily-detachable top layer on a fitted sheet. When you buy a Simple Sheets package for $60, you get a fitted sheet (Twin XL to fit those dorm-sized mattresses), a flat sheet, a pillowcase, a handy storage pocket for your phone, tv remote, etc., and what they call a strip sheet. This strip sheet is attached with velcro to the fitted sheet so that you can easily pull it off and throw it in the wash! This way you don’t have to struggle to get the fitted sheet off of your mattress, and it’s small enough to fit in the load with your clothes!

Even cooler is that Simple Sheets’ fabric is synthetic material made from incredibly fine fibers, making it as soft as 1500 thread count cotton fabric. It’s also Non-Shrink, Hypoallergenic, Wrinkle Free, Quick Dry, Moisture Wicking, and Durable!

Check out their website at www.simple-sheets.com for more information and to order a package! We love this great idea and think it would be great for any college kid!

Mariah – Social Media Assistant

Visit us at www.mygoodnanny.com.

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7 Tips for Working for Divorced Parents http://mygoodnanny.com/interesting-topics/7-tips-for-working-for-divorced-parents http://mygoodnanny.com/interesting-topics/7-tips-for-working-for-divorced-parents#respond Sat, 05 Jul 2014 22:19:53 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1664 Hi It’s Mariah,

We all want to believe that marriage is forever, but with 6,646 divorces per day in the United States, half of all American children are part of divorced families, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With statistics like this, it’s likely that (sooner or later) nannies and babysitters will work for a divorced family.

Here are seven tips for working for divorced parents.

1. Stay neutral. You’re on the child’s side. Taking sides won’t help the child, and you should have their best interests in mind always.

2. Communicate! Know where both parents stand, and make sure the three of you are in communication about schedules, pick up times, etc. This will make things easier for everyone.

3. Be flexible. This is a hard time for everyone involved. The parents are figuring out how to handle everything as well as the children and you, so give everyone time to figure out how this will work.

4. Help the kids understand this change by reassuring them that they are loved. If there is a last minute schedule change, let the children know their parent loves them and just can’t make it at that moment.

5. Maintain two separate households. The kids should feel at home with both parents. It will be easier for them and for you if they have clothes, toothbrush, toothpaste, medications, food, etc. in both homes.

6. Clearly define your role in either home. It may even be helpful to create a new work agreement.

7. Stability is key! Try as hard as you can to maintain a schedule for the kids. They need to feel safe and secure through the divorce.

Are you a nanny or babysitter for a divorced family? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

About Mariah: Mariah Goolsby is a graduate of the University of California: Santa Barbara. She received her degree as an Honors student double majoring in Communication, BA and Theater, Acting BFA and has earned multiple awards and recognitions.  Mariah currently works as a Social Media Assistant for My Good Nanny.

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Make Math Fun with iMathGenius http://mygoodnanny.com/interesting-topics/make-math-fun-with-imathgenius http://mygoodnanny.com/interesting-topics/make-math-fun-with-imathgenius#respond Sat, 26 Apr 2014 16:58:10 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1657 How often you’ve heard our kids are falling behind in Math/Science? Well, not any more if you check out this app and ask your kids to try it…..

Hi It’s Tosi here,

When I first heard about iMathGenius, I was very curious. As a Mom, making sure my kids learn and excel in Math and Science is very important.  iMathGenius is a math test game which aims to improve a player’s math skill by playing an interactive game. The math difficulty levels span from Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, up to Pre-College level. The types of the test include basic number operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division; number comparison; number serial; decimal and fraction operation; unit conversion; geometry; trigonometry; algebra; logarithm; numerical power and root. Advanced tests also include complex number operation; number set theory; statistics theory; linear and quadratic equation; simple derivatives and calculus; and probability theory.

Learning Math can pose some challenges for kids. If your child is strugging or if you want them to continue to excel in Math, I encourage you to download iMathGenius. Now a days, kids are always on their ipads and iphones, why not encourage them to play a fun game that does not feel like a math lessson.

A huge bonus is iMathGenius offers alot of flexibility so teachers can customize the app for their students.

Click HERE to download iMathGenius!

 

 

Share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you.

Blessings,

Tosi

 

 

 

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Find the Perfect Baby Gift: A Helpful Guide http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/find-the-perfect-baby-gift-a-helpful-guide http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/find-the-perfect-baby-gift-a-helpful-guide#respond Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:50:41 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1652 How to Find the Perfect Baby Gifts: A Helpful Guide:  Sponsored Post by:  Personalized Baby Blanket
Looking for the perfect baby gift can feel like a daunting thing. After all, a baby can’t tell you what they want and a gift card just isn’t special enough on this kind of occasion. Here are some things you might want to consider:

1) Get something practical – frivolous things can be great for mom to remind her to have some treats, but they are not good for a baby. Something practical can really be used by the baby and it is so lovely to see them using it time and time again. This is especially true of items such as clothing and blankets which the baby can use continuously.

2) Choose something with longevity – while clothes can be a good purchase they can have an extremely limited life. Most moms will have experienced the same; a sudden growth spurt or change in weather leaves the loveliest items of clothing unworn. Items like a blanket or teddy will not have this and can be used not just for a week, but for years.

3) Pick a personalized item – getting an item personalized can make a nice gift into an amazing gift. A personalized blanket or engraved gift to hold a first curl or first tooth, will be treasured for many years or even a lifetime. These can be personalized with the child’s name and are so special.

4) Avoid the essentials – essentials are exactly that and most moms and dads have already thought of it. You can’t use two wardrobes, two strollers, two car seats or two electric sterilizers! However, clothes, blankets and toiletries while essential, can usually be used and enjoyed.

There are such a variety of gifts you can choose it can sometimes be difficult and hard to figure out what might be best. Consider the parents and the kind of gifts you like to buy. A gift given with a heart is such a gorgeous thing!

Click HERE to view Personalized Baby Blankets & Baby Gifts.

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Tips for Firing a Nanny… http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/tips-for-firing-a-nanny http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/tips-for-firing-a-nanny#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:37:47 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1649 Hi It’s Mariah,

I know I know…this is not a nice topic – however it is one that has to be done and must be done correctly. Being fired does not mean you are a bad nanny or bad person, some situations are just not a good fit.  As a parent and employer, firing a nanny can be hard. With some tact and effort on both the part of the nanny and family, the transistion can work well for everyone involved.

Here we share some family friendly tips for firing a nanny.

1. Refer to your Nanny Agreement/Contract

You should have a written agreement that you created with your nanny when you first hired them outlining what you expect from them for the job. When you are feeling unsatisfied with your nanny, refer them to this agreement and let them know exactly why the relationship is no longer working.

2. “I” Statements

The best way to handle disagreements with your nanny (or any other negative interactions with people) is to use “I” statements. Let your nanny know what you are feeling and why you have let them go without being too accusatory. It can be a hard thing to hear for your nanny, so be compassionate.

3. Give it time

If your nanny is not doing things in a way you like or going against your written agreement, let them know. Refer them back to the agreement or let them know what you’d like them to do differently and give a warning. Then give it time – a grace period or probation period in which your nanny is given a chance to adjust to the critiques you have. If this continues, refer back to your warning and written agreement when letting them go.

4. Do not involve the children

Especially if you are firing your nanny for a lack of adhering to your standards, this can be an emotional conversation, and it is best to have a separate conversation with your children following your dismissal of the nanny.

5. Give notice

Give your nanny enough notice to find a new nanny position. You have probably required a two weeks notice from your nanny in the written agreement, so give them the same courtesy.

6. Be considerate

Maybe you are firing your nanny for reasons that are out of her control such as money issues, the family moving, or the children no longer needing a nanny. Be empathetic and considerate to your nanny. Offer to write them a letter of recommendation to help them find a new position. Maybe even give the nanny a parting gift from the family.

7. Give valid reasons.

Here are some valid reasons to fire your nanny: they have broken the agreement, you are moving, your needs have changed, theft or abuse, they are lying, etc. Some reasons that are not very valid are: jealousy, you are micromanaging, you have not given them enough time to settle in, you have set unrealistic expectations, etc.

8. Trust your gut.

If you feel something is not working with your nanny, and you have given them a trial period for both of you to adjust to each other, then listen to your instincts. You want to work with someone you like and someone who your kids like.

9. Don’t draw it out.

Be compassionate yet firm with your nanny. Let them know exactly why you are letting them go, and keep it short and simple.

10. Keep it professional.

Remember that this is a business interaction. It can be very hard and emotional to let go of a nanny that you have grown close to, but keep in mind that the best thing for both of you is to keep it professional. Your nanny is an employee, so handle it with the same care and professionalism as any other employer/employee relationship.

 

About Mariah: Mariah Goolsby is a graduating senior at the University of California: Santa Barbara. Her four years at UCSB, she has been an Honors student double majoring in Communication, BA and Theater, Acting BFA and has earned multiple awards and recognitions.  Charismatic, kind-hearted, and a perfectionist, Mariah currently works in two departments on her campus along with being a Social Media Assistant for My Good Nanny.

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Stay-at-Home Dads are the New Black… http://mygoodnanny.com/interesting-topics/stay-at-home-dads-are-the-new-black http://mygoodnanny.com/interesting-topics/stay-at-home-dads-are-the-new-black#respond Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:26:01 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1645 Stay-at-Home Dads are the New Black

            My father was a stay-at-home Dad before there was the new hip acronym SAHD. He worked in the evenings, and my mother worked in the day, so the majority of our early days were spent with him. My dad was the one to feed us our first “real” food when we were babies, making sure every bite was small enough so that we didn’t choke (even though my mother was terrified that it was too soon). He was the one that sang us to sleep at naptime and read us stories (no matter how many times we asked for the same one). When we got older, he would take us out on special Daddy-Son or Daddy-Daughter days. He was constantly there for us and continues to be today. And he loved every second of it (even the diaper changes)!

Stay-at-Home Dads are becoming more and more popular. With the job market the way it is, more and more families are breaking those gender barriers, and parents are sharing childcare responsibility more and more. Google “stay at home dads” and tons of articles, self-help sites, and blogs will appear for stay at home dads. GQ Magazine published an article recently that praised stay at home dads, saying, “men are beginning to embrace a more fluid interpretation of success that places a premium on fulfillment, not money and status.”

Stay-at-home fathers that want to share their stories are writing parenting books about being the primary caregiver of the household. One of these books, Captain Dad, was written by a stay-at-home dad who is also a cartoonist for The New Yorker and has a blog about his dad-ventures. Huffington Post published an article about Captain Dad and others like it, saying, “In his book, which is studded with hilarious cartoons, he holds forth on various topics, such as how men don’t have hips to carry children, how men should wear cups around their kids to prevent collisions in sensitive areas, how public men’s rooms do not have changing tables, how hard he tried to keep Disney out his daughters’ lives and how Disney came with a vengeance despite his best efforts.”

How exciting that stay-at-home fathers are now being recognized, and more and more fathers are choosing to put their kids and families first! Here at My Good Nanny, we love our good fathers, and we hope to see more and more of these great dads doing their part to raise their children in the best way they can. So let’s hear it for Stay-at-Home Dads everywhere!

Please share your thoughts and comments below.

Mariah xoxo

About MariahMariah Goolsby is a graduating senior at the University of California: Santa Barbara. Her four years at UCSB, she has been an Honors student double majoring in Communication, BA and Theater, Acting BFA and has earned multiple awards and recognitions.  Charismatic, kind-hearted, and a perfectionist, Mariah currently works in two departments on her campus along with being a Social Media Assistant for My Good Nanny.

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Top 5 Tips for Disciplining Children http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/top-5-tips-for-disciplining-children http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/top-5-tips-for-disciplining-children#respond Sat, 28 Dec 2013 03:11:05 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1631 Hi It’s Tosi here,

As a childcare expert, I always get asked about discipline and children. I believe in the bible, so I am a firm believer in spare the rod, spoil the child. Parents need to learn to discipline their children appropriately. As the children get older, it becomes tougher and it is unfair to the child. Parents do their children a BIG disservice by letting them roam wild.

I remember my childhood days in Lagos, Nigeria at University of Lagos staff school. There was one teacher Mrs. Ugboma. If you acted up in school, you always knew she would discipline you. You were made to carry your chair on your head for hours, knee down in a corner (her version of timeout), or if you were really bad, you would get spanked. While some forms of her punishment maybe viewed as extreme, it made us understand their are rules and ways to behave in school. It also taught us that they are consequences for every action. We were taught to respect authority, respect our elders, our teachers, and most importantly our parents. If your Mom or Dad said sit down, you sat down. No questions asked :-)

Top 5 Tips for Disciplining Children.

1. Be FIRM about Respect. Explain to your children, that when they go out in public and especially at home, they have to be respectful to others and to themselves. They should not interrupt you when you are talking to another adult, they should learn how and why it is important to be respectful.

2. Use Time Out effectively. Explain the reason for the timeout, the duration, and the future behavior expected after the timeout.

3. Consistency is key.  Children are creatures of habit. If you say 9pm is bedtime. Stick to 9pm, not 9:05pm or 9:01pm. Make sure you are consistent in your actions with your children. If you say 9pm and it ends up being 10pm, your words lose value.

4. Praise good behavior. Sing their praises when they behave well. For instance, if you take your child to a restaurant and he behaves well, make sure you reward him by praising his behavior. You can say, “I am so proud of you. You behaved so well in the restaurant. I can’t wait to take you out with me again. You are such a good boy…”

5. Find out the root cause. I always say children act out when they are hurting, or sad, or want to get your attention as a parent. Take the time to talk to your child and understand why he/she feels the need to display inappropriate behavior. Listen without interruption and without judgment.

 Hope this helps,

 Tosi

About Tosi:  Tosi Ufodike is the Founder of My Good Nanny, the leading caregiver placement agency for cultural nannies, babysitters, and elderly care providers. www.mygoodnanny.com. Connect with her on twitter: @mrsufodike.

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Tips for Instilling a Giving Holiday Spirit http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/tips-for-instilling-a-giving-holiday-spirit http://mygoodnanny.com/parenting-tips/tips-for-instilling-a-giving-holiday-spirit#respond Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:04:40 +0000 http://www.mygoodnanny.com/?p=1467 Hi It’s Tosi here!
Happy Holidays! There is so much going on at My Good Nanny (MGN) Headquarters. We are Thankful for a wonderful 2013 and looking forward to accomplish so much more in 2014. As the kids wrap up this school year and start screaming at the top of the lungs…Moooooommmm….I am BORED, we hope these amazing tips will not only keep them busy but will teach them one of life’s most important lessons:  “It is more blessed to give then receive!”
These tips were compiled by our trusted assistant – Mariah.
Tips for Instilling a Giving Holiday Spirit
  • Have your children write Santa letters for others…(their family, those less fortunate in their community, their friends, etc.)
  • Visit VolunteerMatch. It is a site that helps you find things to volunteer for in
  • your community.
  • Have a secret santa party in your family!
  • Read about the history of Hanukkah whether you celebrate it or not.
  • Play a game of Dreidel. Dreidel is a four-sided spinning top, played with during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
  • Light a kinara for Kwanzaa and teach the children the meaning of the holiday.
  • Have everyone make a list of 12 things they’re thankful for: one for each month of the year.
  • Have a movie night with the family where everyone gets to choose their favorite holiday movie!
  • Make a list of all the things you want to Thank God for this year, share the list on Christmas Day.

Most of all, embrace and cherish the time you get to have with your children over this holiday season! And remember to teach them that it is about more than getting gifts. It is about love, hope, and giving.  Please share your favorite holiday activites with the kids on our facebook page.

P.S. Stay tuned for our exclusive MGN Nanny Training Webinar:   How to land and keep your Dream Nanny Job.

 

Stay Blessed,

Tosi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Tosi:  Tosi Ufodike is the Founder of My Good Nanny, the leading caregiver placement agency for cultural nannies, babysitters, and elderly care providers.  www.mygoodnanny.com. Connect with her on twitter: @mrsufodike

 

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