The Library Journal likes The Nanny Manual!

The Library Journal likes The Nanny Manual!

The Library Journal is the go-to publication for librarians when they are searching for the best resource on a particular subject.

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The Nanny Tribe Raves About The Nanny Manual

The Nanny Tribe Raves About The Nanny Manual

The San Francisco East Bay Nanny Placement Service, The Nanny Tribe, posted our blog recently praising The Nanny Manual as “Incredible! …

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Nanny Manual Gets A Great Review from Publishers Weekly

Nanny Manual Gets A Great Review from Publishers Weekly

The Nanny Manual gets ‘Two Thumbs Up’ Approval from Publishers Weekly! Publishers Weekly, familiarly known in the book world as PW and "the bible of the book business," is a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business. It is targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors and the media.

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TIFFAN's Mission

TIFFAN's Mission

TIFFAN’s mission will be accomplished in three phases…


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Why I Started TIFFAN.org

Why I Started TIFFAN.org

After over 20  years working with parents and nannies, with other childcare professionals and keeping informed on research the importance of the early years in a child’s development, I’ve recognized just how important it is for parents and nannies to get the support they need to ensure the children they are caring for receive the best care possible. 

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Dads As Silent “Third” In A Parent/Nanny relationship?

Dads As Silent “Third” In A Parent/Nanny relationship?

This is an interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed in my work with families.  The vast majority of dads  - and here I refer to all couple relationships, including same-sex couples -  are fully invested in the decision about who to hire. At the same time, social dynamics can keep dads a silent ‘third’ in the parent-nanny relationship.

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Finally Leaving Your Children with a Nanny and Trial Periods: The Nanny Manual

Finally Leaving Your Children with a Nanny and Trial Periods: The Nanny Manual

The first days are always hard.  I would say that’s one of the best ways to prepare yourself – giving yourself permission for the first day to be hard.  For some it’s harder than others.  No matter how much you trust your nanny that your child will be well cared for, the realization that you are handing over some of your parenting responsibility to another is clear when you walk out the door, closing it behind you.

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Importance of Pre-Screening and References: The Nanny Manual

Importance of Pre-Screening and References: The Nanny Manual

In The Nanny Manual, I hoped to emphasize just how important trust is in this decision about who to hire.  Trusting what you know, trusting your ‘gut’ emotional response and trusting what others have to say about the caregiver.  Knowing enough about someone and trusting them enough to leave your child in their care doesn’t come from a singular event or singular source.  It comes from several; similar to putting pieces together in a puzzle to then recognize ‘ this is familiar ‘ and this ‘fits together’.

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Creating a Clear Job Description When Hiring a Nanny: The Nanny Manual

Creating a Clear Job Description When Hiring a Nanny: The Nanny Manual

This is a huge, important step parents often overlook in their rush to hire someone.  Knowing what you need informs what to look for.  It directs parents to the segment of the market to recruit from; the skills they need someone to have; the qualities and characteristics of the person that would fit in with their family.  

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10 Common Misconceptions Parents Have in Hiring a Nanny: The Nanny Manual

10 Common Misconceptions Parents Have in Hiring a Nanny: The Nanny Manual

In The Nanny Manual, I identify 10 common misperceptions parents have in hiring a nanny.  In my opinion, it’s always better to know these ahead than to be caught off guard and have to face reality when things go wrong.

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Challenges Parents Face When Hiring A Nanny: The Nanny Manual

Challenges Parents Face When Hiring A Nanny: The Nanny Manual

One of the greatest challenges is that the market for nannies is unlicensed and unregulated.  Literally anyone can say they want to take care of kids and there is no government agency that ensures they have a clear background check or minimal health vaccinations and safety training.

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Why I Wrote "The Nanny Manual"

Why I Wrote "The Nanny Manual"

This is part 1 of an 8-part blog from the perspective of TIFFAN's Founder and "The Nanny Manual" author, Alyce Desrosiers.

There are 3 main reasons why I felt the need to write this book:

  1. I wanted to ensure that kids get the best care possible.  

  2. I wanted parents to get the information and resources they need to make the important decision about who to hire to care for their child.  

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The Nanny Manual

The Nanny Manual will take you on a journey of self-discovery through your heart, soul and mind to help you prepare as you make this most important hiring decision. Whether investigating the viability of choice for working mothers, debunking the myth of perfection that is Mary Poppins, or exploring the minefields of emotions, values and the hiring process, The Nanny Manual prepares you for the day when you leave your child in the care of another. 

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Why Don’t We ‘See’ Nannies? Care by Nanny – The Invisible Professional in the Childcare Industry

Why Don’t We ‘See’ Nannies? Care by Nanny – The Invisible Professional in the Childcare Industry

Every year, Federal and State government agencies allocate millions of taxpayer dollars to support and improve quality of care provided by preschool teachers and family daycare providers - and rightfully so!  For the last three decades, research has shown that the very early years in a child’s life are the foundations for later success in creating healthy relationships and academic learning.

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Nannies, Mothers and Children:  Do Relationships Matter?

Nannies, Mothers and Children: Do Relationships Matter?

As increasing numbers of children are being cared for by someone other than their parents for what can be long hours of everyday, shouldn’t we begin to think with greater complexity about the relationships that develop between mothers, their children and Nannies?

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The Use of Technology in a Child's Life

Chirp Connecting Families and Nannies
Chirp Connecting Families and Nannies

Parents, nannies, teachers and childcare organizations are in a heated discourse trying to understand whether and how to incorporate technology in a child's life. Looking at the use of technology from a relationship perspective helps. Here's a short article on this point of view. http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/2017/02/23/role-relationships-childrens-use-technology/

What Should Our Nanny Do While We’re On Vacation?

Many parents are unsure of how to handle the Nanny situation while the family goes on summer vacation. Here are a few thoughts from Chirp.

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8 Reasons Why Financial Education is Important

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At The Institute for Families and Nannies we want to empower nannies to be in charge of their financial life.  Here's some good reasons to create a financial plan:

1. To See Where Your Money is Going. Do you have a budget? If not, chances are that you have no idea where your hard earned cash goes, and you may find yourself coming up short before your next paycheck arrives. Creating a budget to track your spending will help you end up keeping more dollars in your pocket.

2. To Get out of Debt. If you find yourself mindlessly reaching for a credit card to make purchases, chances are that your credit card debt is higher that you’d like. Did you know that many people end up spending up to twice as much on the original purchase by the time they have paid interest to the credit card company? It’s time to keep that money for yourself.

3. To Save for Retirement. Many people don’t think twice about saving for retirement, especially if you’re young and retirement seems like a blur in the distant future. By ignoring your retirement savings or relying on social security, you will not have enough to retire comfortably. The Financial Planning for Nannies workshop will help you take your retirement into your own hands.

4. To Help You Through Unforeseen Emergencies. What if the car breaks down or your have an expensive medical bill that you didn’t expect? Putting the expense on your credit card will only make your finances worse. But if you had created a space in your budget for an emergency savings account, there would be no need to stress about unexpected expenses.

5. To Make Sure You’re Paying Your Taxes Correctly. There’s nothing worse financially than to be surprised with a hefty tax bill come April 15th. By educating yourself about your financial situation and how much you need to pay the IRS, there will be no surprises, and you’ll be able to save the appropriate amount from each paycheck.

6. To be a Good Example to Your Kids. Whether you have children now, plan to have children in the future, or want to help the family you work for by being a good example, teaching kids about saving and spending while they’re young can make a big impact on their financial situation as adults.

7. To Understand Why and Where You Should be Investing. Investing can be a scary proposition, but the fact is that in order for your savings to keep up with inflation and support you when you retire, investing is a smart move. Learn more about how it works so when the time comes, you’ll be able to make the move with confidence.

8. To Become Financially Independent. Once you have a budget in place, no credit card debt, an emergency savings account and a retirement fund in place, the fear of not being able to pay your bills because you live paycheck to paycheck will diminish and you’ll be able to focus your energy on the things that matter to you the most in life.

Book Review: Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach

“Smart Women Finish Rich” is a motivational financial roadmap giving women nine actionable steps to help them achieve financial security and fund their dreams. Read it, or attend Chirp's upcoming Financial Planning for Nannies workshop on June 26th!

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4 Reasons Why Professional Development Classes for Nannies are Important

Why are professional development classes for nannies important? We've got four great reasons for you.

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