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7 Gifts for Father’s Day, June 21, 2020

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We hope these past few months have offered some quality family time with memories that will stay with your whole crew! By now, most parents have been some sort of at-home teacher, whether it’s been as a math tutor teaching multiplication charts, backyard soccer coach, or chef de cuisine of daily PB&Js. Us moms and dads are playing more roles than ever, and with it has come both exhaustion (anyone else forget everything from their fourth grade social studies class?) and a newfound appreciation for this time spent so closely with one another.

With summer right around the corner, Father’s Day is coming right along with it on Sunday, June 21st. Here are some great gift ideas for the dad who’s been doing double duty as #1 Dad and baseball coach/Lego master/make-believe tea cup party attendee.

1. The Box That Holds Everything

Gift this indestructible, take-it-anywhere, keep-everything safe container from YETI for the dad who’s got plenty of plans for family hikes, beach outings, road trips, and tree house construction.

2. Re-discover Favorite Throwback Music

This awesome subscription for monthly vinyl records delivered to your home curates his favorite bands and songs to create custom records he’ll love jamming out to.

3. Ultimate Barista

Perfect for anyone who considers themselves a “coffee connoisseur.” This little pot makes the perfect cup of hot or iced coffee. Plus, it’s USB-charger friendly, portable, and he’ll have a new gadget he’ll love trying out (AKA better coffee for you, too).

4. Virtual Hole-in-One

Can’t make it out to the green? This virtual golf course is the perfect thing for the guy who’s wanting to perfect his swing.

5. After-Workout Massage and Muscle Recovery

This massager can be used all over for muscle fatigue, soreness, and trigger points. Whether he’s an avid exerciser or busy at home, trust us: he’s gonna love this.

Children’s Books That Effectively Teach Equality | Ages 4-13

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Recent events this past month have left us at VIP Nannies, along with the rest of the world, feeling very heavy-hearted. The horrific and unjust deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many other African Americans are impossible to understand.

So, how do we teach from pivotal moments like this with our children? We don’t have all the answers, and being faced with this same question for our own kids here at VIP, we wanted to share some impactful books for different age ranges we’ve found that teach about equality. And while the outcomes of these recent tragedies can’t be reversed, we hope these resources can keep an open dialogue between you and your little ones on using our words and actions to create a positive change.

Without a doubt, we have a duty to show, teach, and raise our children—our future generation of leaders—to know that we never, ever judge another individual based on the color of their skin. It starts with us.

Click on each book to learn more about and purchase. If you have any books that you would like to recommend, please let us know.

Ages 4+

Ages 8+

7 At-Home Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Day who knows of quarantine is here, filled with attempting to understand our second grader’s homework, trying all the stay-home activities we can think of, and long wish lists of things to do and people to see once it’s safe to do so. You’ve got a lot on your plate! 

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’re sharing our favorite gift ideas that can give moms a moment to relax, enjoy, and take a break from the day-to-day flurry. 

1. Get Cozy in Comfy PJs

While we’re in a world where we take off our daytime pajamas to put on our night time pajamas, we can’t think of anything better than an extra-fancy set that feels like pure luxury. We love this set from Lunya – and she will, too. 

2. Restaurant a la Home

Finally, a restaurant where you can always get the best seat in the house! Get the kids in on the fun and recreate Mom’s favorite restaurant right at home. Create a menu, set the table, impart a dress code, and have kids play roles of waiter, chef, and busser. Treat her to an unforgettable meal that the whole family will love playing a part in. 

3. Bring Out Her Inner Artist

If mom has been looking for a creative outlet, these adult paint-by-numbers are pretty enough to hang up in the home and show off when finished. 

4. The Perfect Perk-Me-Up

This may feel like a bit of a cliche, but nothing beats a gorgeous fragrance that offers a quick escape. These scents from Maison Margiela were created to invoke memories of favorite pastimes like walks on the beach, heading to the farmer’s market, and even sailing overseas. Dreamy, right? 

5. Endorphins Make Her Happy!

If Mom’s been missing her favorite workout class, almost all gyms are offering some type of online subscription. Places like Peloton, Tracy Anderson Method, CorePower Yoga, and obe Fitness are offering amazing online classes. Pair it with a workout set from her favorite store, and dedicate an hour or your day set aside to let her work out in peace! Best. Gift. Ever. 

6. Caffeine, Stat

Because Mommy needs her coffee, like, all day long (we know we do). This easy-to-use espresso machine makes the perfect cup, complete with a milk frother for that latte she’s been craving for the last couple of months. 

7. Flowers That Last… and Last… and Last

We know, we know… flowers. But hear us out – these incredible bouquet of roses last up to an entire year! We love that they can be an everyday reminder of the love and appreciation your family feels for her. 

Interview Questions for Nannies

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INSIDER shared a great article listing quality questions that parents should be asking when interviewing nannies. The author of the article is a seasoned nanny, who goes in depth about why these 10 questions are helpful for any family.

1. What was your favorite memory with your last family/child?
2. If there was one skill/lesson you could teach our kid, what would it be?
3. Have you ever worked with a family that uses a parenting style you don’t agree with? How did you/would you dealt with it?
4. How would you make homework, meal time, bath time exciting or easier for a child who doesn’t like it?
5. How do you like to balance work and life?
6. What does being a nanny mean to you?
7. Are you comfortable working while I am (or the other parent is) around?
8. What long-term and short-term plans do you have?
9. How do you really feel about doing [this much] housework?
10. Make sure that you ask them to do a trial run.

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