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Professional vs. Unprofessional Phone Use by Nannies and Caregivers

As the largest domestic placement agency here in California, we see a lot of what works and what doesn’t work for the families who hire through us. Most of the families we’re working with these days want to be able to communicate easily and effectively with their in-home employees, including through emailing, texting and good old fashioned phone calls. And just like so many of…

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How to Work Collaboratively with Your Nanny

The Nanny you hire plays an important role in the development of your child or children. Your Nanny will want to be sure he or she remains consistent with your approach and preferences, so continued communication while maintaining a team mindset is very important. Here are a few specific items you should address as an employer: Discipline Screen Time Behavior Patterns and Habits Education Health and Diet How…

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Pool Safety

School is back in session … so no doubt parents all across the Bay Area are breathing a sigh of relief. Thankfully, the warm summer weather isn’t quite over yet here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and with Labor Day right around the corner, that means it’s still “swimming season” and kids of all ages will still be in and around pools. A recent…

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Taking Karah Babies – Nap Time

Question: What is the best way to get newborn babies on a nap routine? Karah’s Answer: The key is timing and consistency! During the first six weeks of life, babies are not developmentally ready to be on a routine and often wake, sleep and eat at all different hours of the day and night which is completely normal and healthy. Once babies are closer to…

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Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting: Do You Know the Difference?

As a Housekeeper, keeping living areas clean is the primary responsibility of your job, but did you know there is a difference between cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting? Educating yourself is the best way to help your Clients and limit exposure to chemicals and unwanted germs.    Cleaning:   Cleaning a home and household items involves removing dirt, dust, and grime from various surfaces. This includes vacuuming, dusting,…

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Practice New Skills During Shelter-in-Place

As we are all aware, the world has changed a lot in a very short period of time due to the Coronavirus, and many domestic staffing professionals are unable to work under current “Shelter-in-Place” orders. We recommend using some of this time to invest in your career and your future. When it’s time to return to work, you will be ready and more prepared than…

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How to remove tough spots

Here are some more laundry tips we learned at our recent Housekeeper Training Seminar, “The Keys to Laundry Success.” At the seminar, we learned how important it is to always take care to wash away any spots and stains on your washables. So, our tip today … how to manage and remove some tough, common stains. Identify the spot. The more you know about what…

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