Naptime Reads

Happy September!!

Our favorite atricles:

  • Reading aloud to a kid who won’t sit still
  • What is a Carreer Nanny vs a Professional Nanny? Is the difference important? Which one are you?
  • Have a newborn you’re taking care of? We love this list of scientifically prove ways to engage with newborns!
  • We love this list of practical ways to introduce life tasks to toddlers! The start of a school year is a GREAT time to introduce new routines!
  • Some kids give up easily and some kids push through. It may be a personailty trait, but a lot of studies say it’s a mindset. Huffington Post has a great article on how and why to encourage a growth mindset over a fixed mindset.
  • Here is a great list of activities you can do/use before TV!


“When children who are adept at occupying themselves seem bored, they are often on the verge of an idea for a new activity. Sometimes they need more of our attention, or a nap.”

Janet Landsbury

Media spotlight:

Do you have a little who LOVES stories? Mackenzie here, I definitely do. I love to use podcasts with my littles. They can listen and play legos or just listen (and I can get a few deep breaths in before the next read aloud book!). We have found ourselves holding our sides at the Story Pirates! They’re engaging, entertaining, and all the stories are written by kids! Talk about inspiring creativity! I highly reccomend a listen! This one is my current personal favorite:

Children’s book of the week:

Little Wolf’s First Howling is a cute book about learning to do new things. I love the daddy wolf’s encouragement through the book, and how he supports little wolf’s decision to howl in his own unique way! Cute read!

Naptime Reads – Special Edition

Dear Friends & Fellow Caregivers,

Today we are posting only one article. This week has weighed heavily on our hearts. We have cared for children and love fellow caregivers of all colors, ethniticies, religons, and opinions. Charlottesville’s tragic and hateful events are heartbreaking.

In solidarity with those hurting we are sharing this article on how to talk to little humans about these big issues. Specifically, how white cargivers and parents can help raise empathetic children who stand up for what is right.

May we be Upstanders and not bystanders. And may we raise up little people who raise up others.

In Love,

Kathryn and Mackenzie

Nap time Reads

Hi Caregivers of all kinds!

Happy Friday. This week we found quite a few articles on self care and emotions. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


We love Britney. She is such an amazing caregiver. We also loved reading her thoughts on Nanny Guilt.

Yes, this article was written for moms. But sometimes Nannies have really similar emotional days. I love how the author takes a moment to say that it’s OK that we have emotions. It is!

It is important to own those feelings, apologize if you do unleash them on others, and take the steps necessary to cope with them…


What is it to be a Nanny? Christine does an amazing job of describing the indescribable. The crazy days, the highest highs, the firsts, and the goodbyes. We love the way she puts it.


Mackenzie is a huge fan of simplicity. She loves simple toys, simple living, and her tiny home. So she was ecstatic to be able to share an article on how simplicity can bring out the extraordinary aspects of childhood. It may also guard against Mackenzie then also ran off to go find a copy of Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne!


YES to this beautiful study on how storytelling is just as complex and involved as music and mathematics. It can help children learn creativity, complexity, and empathy. Teaching storytelling instead of or with grammar is just as compelling! I love this compelling argument to put storytelling into more curriculum material.


So, we hope you enjoy the articles this week!
Enjoy your weekend too!

Mackenzie and Kathryn

Naptime Reads

Hello Friends!


Happy August! Summer is winding down, so enjoy the poolside picnics and playground days as long as you can! We’ll just be soaking up enough Vitamin D to last the winter (yes, we know that isn’t how it works, but we can wish it was!). We hope you enjoy the sunshine and these articles as much as we do!


We love this article on the importance of empathy. When child learns to see through other people’s eyes they are less likely to hurt other feelings. Let’s teach our kids to care about each other.


Speaking of how we raise kids, we’re loving Jenn Hallak’s writings about raising them wild. Mackenzie actually cried a little while reading it.

“So, let’s let our kids get dirt on their fingers and mud on their toes because if they’re able to experience that feeling of pure joy, of pure happiness in literal dirt, then we’ve done well as parents. Let’s let them pick up sticks and play in the mud and touch caterpillars and roll on the grass. Stains on their clothes can wash away but those memories will last a lifetime.” – Jenn Hallak


As a Nanny, we are constantly wondering what the day of other nannies looks like. It’s one of the reasons we love Spotlight Sunday’s so much! We were really excited to see Nanny Counsel write A Day in the Life of A Professional Nanny. Following Allie around was a blast!


Brooke from Nanny Counsel wrote a great article on nanny rights this week. In our ever evolving profession it’s important to know what the laws and standards are. Typically we are our own HR department, so we love that Brooke offers sound council on how we can do that.


Are you a personality test junkie? You’ll love Psychology Junkie’s article on the struggles on being an INFJ child. We’ll be hoping to find a series on each Meyer’s Briggs type for children!


Happy weekend!

Mackenzie and Kathryn

Naptime Reads



Okay friends, first and foremost we have a matter of safety to talk about. We love playgrounds in the summer time! If your little loves to go on the slide with you, this is a great safety read!

Read aloud is so awesome! Boosting vocabulary, critical thinking, and listening skills are just a few of the many benefits. So, how do you read aloud to a really active child? We love these 5 tips on reading to kids who love running around by Janssen Bradshaw!

We love linen fabric, rompers, and polkadots. So obviously we’re swooning over this adorable romper by Naia.

How often do you find yourself yelling, “Be careful!” If you’re like us it’s probably often. How do we as caregivers best manage the risks our charges take? Child & Nature Alliance of Canada says that the best way may be by being more specific. We love their suggestions of specific phrases for things like climbing, running, and being near something dangerous.

What if tantrums don’t exist? Would we view the average day of a toddler differently?


We hope you enjoy the food for thought for your weekend! Thanks for being such a wonderful community!

Mackenzie and Kathryn

Naptime Reads


Teacher Tom on what real learning looks like. We couldn’t agree more.

Jenny from Let the Children Play on how passive toys make active learners.

We’re big fans of recycled crafts over here. Swooning over Jane’s idea for an egg carton flower mobile over at Buzzmills. Just an egg carton, a stick, butcher’s twine, and watercolors. This would be lovely to hang in a charge’s room once they finish it.

Bridgette at Blessings Multiplied posted here about putting lunchbox items in labeled drawers at child level so her kids could make their own lunches. What a great way to inspire independence, and no more complaining about what’s for lunch!

Let’s talk about crossing the midline. It’s one of the most important gross motor skills for growing children to master, especially when it comes to writing skills and hand-dominance. Tracy’s post at OT Mom Learning Activities gives a good overview of why it’s developmentally important and Heather from Growing Hands On Kids has a great list of games and practical activities that encourage the skill here.

Happy weekend!

Mackenzie & Kathryn

Naptime Reads


Amanda at Not Just Cute has a fantastic post on using bubbles to teach lessons in self-control.

I love this idea for a kindness wreath via Rainbows Within Reach. Add a colorful ribbon to a plain wire wreath every time you catch a child being kind. The end result is beautiful.

Another great visual lesson (from The Elementary School Counselor) here, using glitter to explain germs and hand-washing. So smart!

A handy way to help children memorize phone numbers here, from Katie at Preschool Inspirations. You could use the same strategy to teach them to spell their names, too.

Do you have paper grocery bags lying around? Deborah from Art Bar came up with a great solution. Have your charges make these adorable art journals (with handles!) to showcase their work.

Happy weekend, nannies!