Raising Children To Be Caring, Compassionate, And Charitable

Raising Children To Be Caring, Compassionate, And Charitable

The news today is filled with terribly tragic stories. It saddens me that it seems like every day the news reports yet another incident of bullying, a school shooting, or of children hurting other people (A game of Knock Out, anyone? Sheesh!). I try to have hope and faith that an upcoming generation of children will be able to turn that all around. In order for them to do so, though, it is up to the parents, mentors, teachers, and caregivers to recognize the potential in children to BE the caring, compassionate, and charitable children that we know they can be! Every day spent with my two-year old charges is a learning experience. I do my best to teach them how small things, such as manners and kind words, can make other people smile. But with each passing day that I turn on the news to hear these awful stories, I yearn to do more with them so that they can be the heroes in the world instead of the villains. There are many simple, obvious things that we can do with our charges to teach them how to care and “give-back,” such as gifting old toys, donating the money from a lemonade stand to charity, or cleaning up garbage at the playground. However, let’s dig deeper to see what we can do to teach kids of ANY age how to be a hero! Starting Small Where can we start? Emily Libby, Communications Coordinator for the non-profit Kids Included Together (KIT), suggests teaching children to, “Smile and say hello. Know that everyone is unique and has a story to... Read More
Nanny 911: Managing Disciplinarian Differences

Nanny 911: Managing Disciplinarian Differences

It’s about time for you to leave for the day. The parents are home from work early. You just got finished quelling a tantrum one of the children had over watching TV. You finally distracted the child with something else, but then the parents walk in and the tantrum for the television starts all over again. The child appeals to Mommy and Daddy for the television time because they know their parents are likely to bend for them more easily. You explain to the parents why the child wasn’t watching television in the first place, but they end up appeasing the child while you are still on the clock. Situations like this happen. Most likely, we have all been in a similar scenario at some point in our career where our rules cross with the parents’ rules. No one is perfect. Even if you work as a team 90% of the time, there may still be that 10% of the time that the parents just don’t feel like battling their child and will give in to them just to make their own lives easier. A situation like this can be extremely frustrating to the nanny. HOW DO YOU COPE? Stewing about it can make the situation worse. The best way to deal with the disciplinary issue is to discuss it with your bosses. Also, by taking the best measures possible ahead of time, you can ensure that these sticky situations are few and far between and so you can try to circumvent any issues before they arise. PREVENTIVE MEASURES It is important, when interviewing for a new family, that... Read More