January 31 is the deadline to provide your employee with their W-2. Now is the time to start preparing your nanny taxes. If you’ve been tracking hours worked, withholding taxes each pay period, and remitting quarterly, congratulations! You’re in good shape this tax season. If not, it isn’t too late. It’ll just take more work … Continue reading 7 Steps to Prepare Your Year-End Nanny Taxes
Parents who work in an office are familiar with the (sometimes dreaded) annual performance review process. But while reviews can cause some grumbling, they do also provide something very important—much needed feedback from your boss and (hopefully) some guidance on what you can do to continue growing in your position. So should you implement a … Continue reading Should You Give Your Sitter a Performance Review?
The first few days with a new nanny can help lay the groundwork for a healthy work environment and make your nanny feel at ease in your home. During this time, she should become acquainted with your household and family environment including schedules, family routines, and more. Spending some extra time with your new nanny … Continue reading 14 Steps to Make Your Nanny’s First Days Go Smoothly
Congrats! You’ve found the perfect nanny for your family, and their start date is coming up quick. But are you as prepared as you think you are? Hiring a nanny contains its fair share of paperwork, which should be completed before your employee’s first day of work. That way you can focus on helping your … Continue reading Checklist for Your Nanny’s First Day
Let’s be honest, when anyone says they are coming over, our first instinct is to clean the house from top to bottom—and that includes when we’re expecting the sitter. Reality check time: No sitter plans on performing a white glove test in our living room. In fact, prepping for the sitter is less about a … Continue reading 5 Ways to Prep Your House for the Sitter
by Lauren B. Stevens Living in the digital age means that you need a social media checklist, in addition to emergency contacts, for your babysitter. Setting social media boundaries for our babysitter is not something that would have normally crossed my mind… until my son talked about a game he’d played on our babysitter’s phone. To be … Continue reading Why Parents Need a Social Media Policy for Babysitters
Headed out for date night? Your sitter has your cell number, so no need to worry… right? Will she remember all the random bits of information you provided as you headed out the door? Maybe not. An actual physical checklist may sound archaic in our digital, mobile-first world, but having a hard copy of contacts, … Continue reading What You Need On Your Sitter Checklist
There are certain circumstances where tipping is traditionally expected. You know to tip your bartenders, servers, hairdressers, and pizza delivery people, but when it comes to babysitters, expectations seem unclear. Should you tip your babysitter? And, if so, how much? While there isn’t a universal tipping standard for sitters, there are some notable trends amongst … Continue reading Should you Tip Your Sitter?
Finding reliable sitters who click with your family can be a challenge — and awesome sitters who fit the bill are usually in high demand. Once you find a great sitter, how do you make sure she wants to keep coming back? By treating her with respect and making sure she has everything she needs … Continue reading 6 Things You Must Do Before (and After) Your Sitter Arrives
Management may or may not be part of your job description at the office, but if you have a nanny, you’re the boss. Complicating this particular employer-employee relationship? She’s in charge of your most precious project — your child. In most cases, parents who hire nannies have done their homework, extensively interviewed candidates, vetted references, … Continue reading How to Handle Tough Conversations with Your Nanny