Ah, the holiday season. While it’s a great opportunity to connect with your family, the holiday season is a notoriously stressful time of year for parents. Young kids tend to get overexcited during the holiday season, which can cause them to act out or simply become hyperactive. At Penelope’s People, we’re in the business of making the lives of NYC parents as easy as possible. That’s why we’re sharing an idea for a fun, not messy, Thanksgiving activity that will help keep your kids entertained (and quiet!) while you’re preparing for the festivities.
Let the little ones make a Thanksgiving mural! All you need is a poster board, some old magazines, safety scissors, glue, and markers, crayons, or colored pencils. Talk to your kids about what it means to be thankful. You can give them some ideas by suggesting food, friends, family, or their favorite toys or books. At the top of the mural, write “We Are Thankful For…” and have them cut out pictures from the magazines or draw pictures of things they’re grateful for. Depending on how many kids are in the family, or how old the kids are, it might be a better idea to have them make their own individual murals instead of one.
If you’re in need of a little extra help with the kids around the house, either for the holiday season or year-round, find out about the childcare options available from our NYC nanny agency at PenelopesPeople.com.
“Helicopter parenting,” also commonly referred to as “over-parenting,” is a parenting style that became popular in the mid-nineties. It is a style of child-rearing that involves being overly attentive to your children by removing obstacles and solving problems for them. The first generation of kids who were over-parented are beginning to enter the adult world, and studies show that the kids have grown into self-obsessed, nervous young adults who have had trouble dealing with any obstacles that come their way.
What’s so wrong about being invested in your children’s lives? Nothing, as long as you set limits for yourself. Teach your kids responsibility by actively deciding when to let your kids solve their own problems rather than intervene. It’s difficult to let your children suffer failure, but it’s necessary for their growth. Children who fail become more competent and develop more age-appropriate skills than those who don’t. Although it might seem helpful to solve your children’s problems for them, it undermines them and prevents them from realizing their full potential.
At Penelope’s People, we take nanny selection very seriously. As a result, our staff is made up of caring, experienced nannies who see childcare as more than a profession. Our main priority is to make the lives of Manhattan parents as easy as possible. This also means ensuring that our nannies are both affordable and trustworthy.
Every single nanny who works for Penelope’s People has to go through a very intense screening process. We do a detailed review of a person’s past experience, phone interviews, a series of face-to-face interviews, thorough background checks, and an in-depth personality assessment before hiring any nanny. This ensures that any and all of our clients will be matched with an exceptional caregiver.
Most of our caregivers are CPR- and first-aid-certified, with years of experience in the field and a wide range of skills. Varied backgrounds, including music and child psychology, provide unique, healthy environments for your children. Whatever your family needs, the staff at Penelope’s People can provide.
To quote the lovable Ned Stark, “Winter is coming.” And that means some days it’s just going to be too cold for kids to play outside. At Penelope’s People, our NYC nannies and babysitters believe that engaging in imaginative play is important for children. When it’s cold outside, your kids don’t have to spend time watching television or playing video or computer games. Below is a list of fun ways kids can spend their time when they’re trapped inside.
- Slow-Motion Tag: This game is best for the younger set. Simply chase your kids around the house in slow motion. Not only is it safe, kids think it’s hilarious.
- Make a Marshmallow Town: All you’ll need are some marshmallows (you don’t need different sizes, but we find it’s more fun with a combination of jumbo marshmallows and mini marshmallows) and either thin pretzels or toothpicks. Your kids can make buildings, tiny people, or anything they can imagine.
- Set Up a Bowling Alley: All you need are empty water bottles and a rubber ball!
- Build a Fort: This is a classic for a reason. Let kids use their imaginations to create a whole new world with pillows, blankets, and chairs.
The NYC babysitters, nannies, and household managers understand that juggling a career with parenting can be difficult, particularly when the kids are trapped indoors. Learn more about our services by visiting us online at www.PenelopesPeople.com.
New York natives are familiar with the outrageous Village Halloween Parade. While it’s super fun, it’s not really the best place for young kids. It’s loud, crowded, and some of the costumes are graphic, to put it lightly. Our NYC nanny agency strives to make the lives of Manhattan parents easy, which is why we’re sharing some of our favorite family-friendly Halloween events.
Hippo Playground Halloween Parade in the Upper West Side: On Halloween from 3:45-5:45, at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument at Riverside Drive on 89th Street, kids can follow bagpipers to Riverside Park’s playground. Free cider and donuts will be available at the playground.
Halloween Kids Parade and Party in DUMBO: This free parade is on 25 Jay Street from 4-5:30. Kids can enjoy free hot chocolate at the Brooklyn Roasting company, listen to scary (but preschool-friendly) stories, and participate in a costume contest. At 4:30, kids can trick-or-treat at participating stores around the neighborhood, like Dewey’s Candy Store.
Prospect Park South Parade: – On Halloween local families come together to share seasonal snacks and parade around the neighborhood. It’s a guaranteed fun and safe way to spend Halloween night in the boroughs.
Recently, bullying has been all over the news. The idea of your child being a bully or being the victim of bullying can be pretty scary. Fortunately, there are steps you can take at home to keep them from becoming bullies or from becoming targets. The childcare experts at NYC nanny agency Penelope’s People have a few tips for taking on bullying.
One of the most important steps to take is to talk about bullying with your children. It’s important to explain what constitutes bullying. Make sure they understand why bullying is wrong and if they’re being bullied, they need to speak up about it. If they come to you about being bullied, be supportive. Contact their school’s administration to see if there’s anything the faculty can do to prevent your child from being verbally or physically hurt.
To help your children prevent being bullied, encourage them to use the buddy system. They’ll be less of a target if they aren’t alone. Also, let them know it’s important to remain calm. Bullies tend to enjoy getting a reaction because it means they hold power over someone. They’ll be less likely to pick on someone who doesn’t seem to be bothered by it.
Raising children has never, at any point in history, been an easy job. Every new generation of parents has a new set of challenges. Modern parents now have to learn how to monitor their children’s online activities to keep them safe.
Nowadays, kids spend a lot of time on social networks like Instagram and Twitter, which didn’t exist until recently. Many parents aren’t familiar with these new networks and might not understand the risks that their children face while using them. Technology can be difficult for parents to monitor and navigate. Below we’ll include a few basic tips that can help to keep children safe when they’re using the Internet.
- Talk to your children about privacy. Explain that the second they post something online, it’s potentially accessible to anyone. Tell them to imagine anything they post on the Internet to be posted on a billboard. If they wouldn’t want it public, they shouldn’t post it.
- Take away your children’s digital devices before bedtime. Many social-media-related problems happen late at night.
- Make sure your children understand how to control privacy settings on their accounts. Although internet privacy is never truly guaranteed, it’s a good idea to tell children to make their profiles as private as possible. This way they won’t have to worry about strangers looking at their pictures or interacting with them.
At Penelope’s People NYC Nanny Agency, we work hard to make the lives of modern Manhattan parents easier. We offer household managers, nannies, and babysitters in New York City. Learn more by visiting us online at www.PenelopesPeople.com!
Cold and flu season is on its way. Here are a few tips to help prevent your kids from getting sick this season.
- Make sure your kids are scrubbing their hands. It’s not enough for your kids to wash their hands for two rounds of the song “Happy Birthday.” Make sure their hands are getting sudsy. Friction is what gets rid of the germs.
- Spot-clean areas where germs linger. Remember, you’re not necessarily looking for dirt here. Pay attention to high-traffic areas like countertops, keyboards, phones, and door knobs. Tell your kids to use their own pens and pencils when they’re at school. If you’re bringing your kids to the doctor’s office, have your kids bring their own toys.
- Eat well. Give your kids foods packed with phytonutrients. The deepest colored fruits and vegetables have the highest level of phytonutrients, so try to find foods like blueberries, spinach, or sweet potatoes. The fruits and vegetables don’t necessarily have to be fresh. Canned tomatoes, for example, have more phytonutrients than fresh ones.
At Penelope’s People, our childcare professionals take child health very seriously. Learn more about our NYC babysitters, nannies, and household managers by visiting us online at www.PenelopesPeople.com.
Kids with special needs need special care. For many parents of a child with special needs, taking care of the child is among the biggest challenges they’ve ever faced in their lifetime. However, with the right information and the right help, it can become inspirational and incredibly rewarding.
Sometimes it can be difficult to accept help, but it’s important to understand that hiring care for your special needs child can not only improve the life of your child, but also for your entire family. A skilled caregiver can take away some of the stress and worry that parents with special needs children can have. The right caregiver can also introduce a special needs child to new exercises and activities that are beneficial to him.
The qualified staff at Penelope’s People NYC nanny agency is proud to include skilled caretakers who are trained to take care of kids with a wide assortment of diseases, disabilities, and disorders. We conduct a thorough interview process between our clients and caregivers that ensures an excellent connection between them. Penelope’s People has a proven ability to make the perfect match between client and caregiver. Visit us online to learn more about out childcare options for kids with special needs in NYC at PenelopesPeople.com.
At Penelope’s People, we understand the pressures inherent in raising a family in a large city. That’s why we take extra care when selecting staff for our NYC nanny agency. Every single person we hire undergoes a thorough screening process that involves nine key steps:
- An in-depth review of experience
- An intensive phone interview
- Extensive face-to-face interviews
- A professional background check
- A complete personality assessment
- Full reference checks
- Trained personal matching
- A driving record check
- A credit check