“Our time with Debbie was brief, but positive in every way. We originally sent her email wherein she responded that same day. We then met her at my office for an interview. She made such an impression that we invited her to have a playdate with my children, who are 2 and 6 years old. We have had nannies for our children for over 6 years and have seen the good and the bad. She was actually the first nanny we invited to meet them after having spoken to and met approximately 35 other nannies. When she arrived at our house, she immediately took an interest in the children. She was very attentive and asked questions to see how we would like her to care for our children. Following the playdate, we offered her a full-time nanny position with our family. At her first day and each day thereafter she was punctual, pleasant, couteous, professional and respectful. The children were her priority. Through no fault of her own, our prior nanny (who had been with us for 1 1/2 years) advised that she was no longer relocating (which was the reason we were looking for a nanny). After much consideration, we felt it was best for the children to be with the nanny they had known. During our brief time with Debbie, it was truly a pleasure to have her in our house and as our nanny. Please feel free to contact us with any questions. Sincerely, Stacy”
by Candi Wingate, originally published on babble.com
When dining out, every parent knows it's a tall order to keep kids in their seats, napkins on their laps, utensils in hand, and speaking in an inside voice while behaving politely. In this way, restaurants are like a public stage for your parenting skills. When my son acted up at restaurants, I worried if nearby diners would question my parenting abilities or my wisdom in taking my little one out to eat. Feeling embarrassed, I wondered how I could ensure this wouldn't happen again. Here are 10 simple things (I learned the hard way) that parents can do to help their kids learn table manners.