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Our Summer Solution

Summer vacation for preschool, grade school, or middle school can present challenges for many families.  It can be difficult to decide which activities to participate in and how to piece it all together so that everyone in the family can have a fun, enjoyable and well balanced summer. Last summer, we opted to get a “Summer Nanny” for our children. Our Summer Nanny was on…

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Natural and Non-Toxic Cleaning Alternatives

If you want to be Earth friendly, a great place to start is by making your own cleaners. Many of our Housekeeper candidates are extremely knowledgeable about environmentally safe and green cleaning techniques. Here are a few of their safe and easy ways to make alternatives to common household cleaning products that work just as well as the chemical-filled cleaners. If you would like to…

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Share Care Part III – Some Practical Day-to-Day Issues

My husband and I shared a Nanny with our in-laws for more than a year.  We entered the Share Care with great enthusiasm.  Together, our families would certainly be able to find a great Nanny, and having all the cousins together was the icing on the cake. We approached the Share Care like a small business.  Before we started to look for a Nanny, we…

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Q. As my Nanny’s anniversary date nears, I want to give her an evaluation.

Ask MaryPat Mary Pat doesn’t fly around with a black umbrella, but she does have over 20 years of experience as a Child Development Expert. These post will answer questions about child development concerns & managing your employer/employee relationship. Q. As my Nanny’s anniversary date nears, I want to give her an evaluation. How do I give her appropriate feedback and a fair compensation adjustment?…

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Q. Help! My Nanny is habitually late.

Ask MaryPat Mary Pat doesn’t fly around with a black umbrella, but she does have over 20 years of experience as a Child Development Expert. These post will answer questions about child development concerns & managing your employer/employee relationship. Q. Help! My Nanny is habitually late. She is a terrific Nanny for my son, however, she is typically ten or more minutes late everyday. How…

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Online Public Image

Do your household employees think that their email address or the information on their MySpace or Facebook profile won’t impact their professional image or their ability to keep their job? They need to think again. While having an online profile is all the rage and everyone has an email account, the details of this information could be more important to your employee’s professional image and…

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The Value of Paying – and Being Paid – “On the Books”

One of the important conversations that we have with new clients to Town & Country is whether they have thought about how they will handle payroll for their new nanny, housekeeper or other household employee.  We don’t have reliable data on what portion of household employees in this country are paid “off the books” or “under the table,” but we suspect the percentage is pretty…

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