Holidays

Find the Perfect Holiday Gift For Your Nanny-Family

As a nanny, the family you work for is like your second family. You want to find the perfect gifts for the parents and children you adore, but they may be a bit difficult to please. This holiday season, take into consideration the family members’ personality types, brainstorm thoughtful gifts, identify undeniably helpful, practical items and employ efficient and skillful shopping methods. With the right approach, you are sure to find gifts that will wow. Here are some tips and methods that will help you find the perfect gifts for your nanny-family:

Considering Personality

A gift won’t make an impact unless it is something that relates to the giftee’s personality. You want your gift to reflect the child or parent that you give it to. Have a brainstorming session where you write down each family member’s name and explore the most prominent parts of their personality. Identify traits, hobbies, likes and dislikes so you have a thorough list for each individual. Record your list and brainstormed thoughts on a digital or physical notepad so you can use this as a guide when you shop for gifts. If you struggle to come up with ideas on your own, write down some questions you can ask the children or parents to find out more about them. Make sure you do this in a tactful way, so you don’t come off as too intrusive or give away the fact that you’re searching for the perfect gift.

Read more on finding the perfect gift for your nanny family on Regarding Nannies.

Thanksgiving Activities

 

 Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week??  It seems like just yesterday we started school.

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite Holidays.  What’s not to love about a Holiday all about giving thanks to all the great things in our lives.  No stress about buying gifts or having the latest toys.  I love being able to spend time with my family and eat delicious foods.  YUM!

Thanksgiving crafts are so cute.  Do you remember tracing your hands to make turkeys?

If you are looking for something besides turkey hands, I found some cute crafts to share with your kids this Thanksgiving.

Looking for more Thanksgiving ideas?  Visit the TLC  Pinterest Board!

 Gobble Gobble!

 

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.   TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

 

 

Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrating the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. Growing up I enjoyed spending time with my family watching the fireworks.TLC hotel babysitters

As I got older, and had kids of my own, I quickly discovered that not all kids enjoy the fireworks as much as I did. Fireworks can be too loud for some kids. And, being in a large crowd can be too overwhelming for kids who have anxiety. We found it easier to watch the show from a safe distance so that it wasn’t too loud or crowded for my kids.

Another idea is to hire a sitter for the night. The babysitter can stay back and the parents can enjoy the fireworks with siblings or own their own.

If you need a sitter this holiday weekend contact TLC for Kids. We have screened babysitters who can come to the home or to the hotel.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

Happy Halloween!!

 

Halloween is just around the corner!  Are you still  stumped for costume ideas?  TLC is here to help, with our favorite costumes that kids can make themselves with a parent or nanny’s help.

1)      M&Ms/Skittles bag: With some felt, carefully cut out circles of “candy.” Next, sew or glue the candy pieces onto a black (M&M) or red (Skittle) outfit.  Your kids will transform into little packets of their favorite candy!

2)      Bubble bath: Cut the bottom out of an inflatable kiddie pool to go around your child’s waist and attach suspenders so it stays up, then glue on some small balloons to look like bubbles.

3)      Pig in a blanket: All you need to turn your kid into an adorable little piglet are pink clothes and some easy homemade pig ears and nose. Then wrap them up in a blanket and you’re all set!

4)      Raining cats and dogs: Dress your child in rainboots and a raincoat, and attach felt cat and dog shapes to an umbrella. They’ll love that it’s “punny”!

5)      Watercolors: All you need is a kicky felt beret, and a paper or felt poncho with round patches glued on to look like a watercolor palette.

6)      Sailor: Dress them up in stripes and a sailor hat, then fashion a boat out of paper and hang it around your child’s waist like you would with the bubble bath costume mentioned above.

7)      Wind-up doll: Dress your child up like a little doll, and attach a big paper key to their back. You can even try “turning” it and getting them to dance!

8)      Hot-air balloon: A laundry basket with the bottom cut out and a balloon attached should do the trick.

9)   Rain cloud: Dress their torso in white felt or a ton of cotton balls, and attach little blue paper raindrops to their legs. It may seem dreary, but we promise it’ll be cute!

Happy and safe trick or treating!

 

Happy New Year!

 

We just wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Happy 2015! We hope you have a great year with your family and friends. Remember TLC for Kids has babysitters, nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, and night nurses available in South Florida and St. Louis, Missouri.

Holiday Gifts For Your Nanny

It’s not too late to find a great gift for your nanny or babysitter. Your nanny takes care of your precious kids. It’s time to give her something to let her know how much you appreciate her.
1. Holiday Bonus

2. Homemade gifts from the kids

3. Extra paid time off

4. Membership to a gym or club she enjoys

5. Health Insurance

6. Entertainment tickets (movie passes, concert tickets, sporting events)

7. Updated phone, I-pad, computer

8. Reimbursement for continuing education or seminar expenses

9. Items from the Nanny B Goode Boutique (My favorite is the “have your nanny call my nanny shirts!)

10. Gift Cards

 

You can check out our Pinterest boards for cute craft ideas the kids can make too!

 

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 25 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more. Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

 

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Thanksgiving is a great time to do arts-and-crafts with your little ones! Here are a few ideas our TLC for Kids sitters came up with to keep kids busy on the next day you have inside:

1. Build a Thankful Tree. Talk to your child about what they have to be thankful for by putting up a tree of thanks in your house. On each leaf, write down what your child says he/she is thankful for. Each day your family will be reminded of all the good things they have.

2. Make a turkey with your handprints. The age-old craft of making a turkey with your handprint is a classic favorite. Even though it’s been around for many years, it gives your child the opportunity to practice his/her fine motor skills and it’s a good sensory activity if you let your child dip their hand in paint. You can use one handprint for the turkey’s body and one several handprints around the body for the feathers.

3. Create the Mayflower. We spend a lot of time talking about the delicious Thanksgiving food and what we have to be thankful for, but Thanksgiving is also a good time for a mini history lesson with your kiddos. Find a book about how Thanksgiving came to be and then build the Mayflower with your children.  You can use any materials you have on hand to make a boat!

 

 

 

 

 

How to Make Halloween Fun and Safe

Most kids love Halloween.  They look forward to the costumes but most importantly kids love the candy and the treats!

Trick or Treating is fun and should be remembered as a fun activity for kids.  But, there are a few things we as parents and caregivers need to do to keep our kids safe this year.

1. Use the buddy system.  Kids should not be out by themselves trick or treating.  Getting a group together makes the night more fun for everyone.  Just make sure you have a few parents to watch the group.   Older kids who don’t need parent supervision should also go trick or treating with friends.

2. Check to see if your town has an evening curfew.  Make sure everyone in your party is aware of the curfew and knows it’s important to follow the law.

3. Make sure costumes fit properly.  A loose fighting costume or a too big cape can be a safety hazard.  Make sure costumes and shoes fit so that little kids don’t trip while trick or treating.

4.  Instruct the kids not to eat anything until it has been inspected by an adult.

5. Make sure your group is using a flashlight, glow sticks, or reflective tape on their clothes.  You can also add reflective tape to trick or treat bags.  This make it easier for cars to see you while you are out trick or treating.

 

We hope you have a fun Halloween.  Don’t forgot to send us pictures of your little ghosts and goblins!

Fun Fall Crafts

Fall is the perfect time for crafts. The leaves are changing colors, it’s football season, Halloween is approaching, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. These months present lots of opportunities to do seasonal activities.

Here are a few ideas for fall crafts:

1. Lace up a Leaf, Football, or Apple. Before you go to a job, you can create templates from construction paper of either a leaf, football, or an apple (or anything other shape you think would be fun for your kids). With a hole puncher punch holes around the perimeter of your shape, each one centimeter apart. Then, bring a long string. Your kids will be able to pick their shape and then lace their string through the holes This helps with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.


2. Hand Paint a Tree.  Bring washable paint, paper plates, and construction paper to your TLC job. Once you find a safe area to paint, pour your different paint colors onto the paper plates. Then, have your kids dip their forearm and hand into one of the paint colors. They will then place their arm onto a piece of construction paper. This is how they will create the tree trunk and branches. To create the leaves, the kids will use their fingerprints to dip in the paint and place along the branches of their tree.

 

3. Do a Leaf Rubbing. As the trees shed their leaves, we can do lots of activities with the leaves on the ground. The next time you are sitting for a family, the kids and you can take a walk outside to collect different shapes and styles of leaves. Once you come back in, you can do an activity by placing the leaves underneath a white piece of paper and coloring over it. The bumps and ridges on the leaves will create different colors. This is a good sensory activity to talk to the kids about the different way things look and feel.