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Traveling with a nanny can enhance any family vacation. For parents traveling with children, an extra set of helping hands can mean more alone time for Mom and Dad, one-on-one Dad and daughter time, or a relaxing nap on the airplane. It is very important, however, that expectations between the family and nanny are clearly defined before the trip to ensure a smooth working relationship and a happy travel experience.

At Adventure Nannies, our families commonly ask what they are expected to provide for their nanny while traveling. While each family’s budget is different, we recommend a basic list of travel accommodations that every family should provide when traveling with a nanny to ensure that the nanny/family relationship is well-defined, easy, and fun.

Transportation Expenses

Families should cover all of the nanny’s transportation costs associated with traveling to and from the vacation destination. If the nanny is traveling with the family and expected to be “on” with the children (which is highly likely if, say, the nanny is sitting next to the children on an airplane) he or she should be paid for travel time. Some families also choose to pay nannies for their travel time, even when not “on the clock,” in consideration for the fact that they are not otherwise available to spend their time freely.

Examples of transportation costs covered by families are: shuttle to the airport, airfare, train tickets or a subway card.

Accommodations

Many families wonder, “Why book a private room for the nanny, when (s)he can simply stay in the same room as the children?” While this may initially seem simpler (and honestly, cheaper) we highly urge our families to book private accommodations for their nanny.

Without clear, tangible boundaries between the nanny and the children, it can be nearly impossible to distinguish between time “on” and “off” the clock, which can result in disputes about overtime pay and a possibly disgruntled nanny.

If it is absolutely essential for the nanny to sleep in the same room as the child (for example, a child who has an illness which requires around-the-clock attention) we recommend clearly outlining exactly what the nanny’s working hours and pay will be for the arrangement, then building in an ample amount of free time for the nanny to rest up--privately.

Overnight Pay and Overtime

If a nanny is expected to be available to the children in the middle of the night, this should be reflected in the nanny’s paycheck. Even if the nanny has a private room, and the children are unlikely to wake, some sort of compensation should be made for the “on call” responsibility.

Some families choose to pay their nanny a flat overnight fee while other families offer a continuous hourly pay, depending on the level of overnight responsibility and number of hours the nanny is expected to be ‘on.’ It is important to note that if a nanny is working overnight, and receives fewer than 5 hours of sleep, the nanny is entitled to continuous overnight pay by law, and minimum wage regulations apply. If a nanny has private accommodations and is not expected to work overnight at all, no overnight compensation is necessary.

Similarly, a nanny is entitled to overtime pay when traveling, but how much is determined by the nanny’s state of residence. We recommend contacting our partners (and nanny tax experts) at Home Pay by Breedlove to help you organize your nanny’s payroll.

No matter how you choose to proceed, you should ensure that your nanny is informed of your compensation plan in writing before the trip. Keep a continuous record of your nanny’s working hours and ask your nanny to do the same. Openly address any discrepancies directly with your nanny as they occur.

Meals

Meals should be provided for the nanny while he or she is on duty. Many families also offer meal stipends or per diems for the nanny’s days off--particularly when the family is traveling to a location with a higher cost of living or a different currency than the nanny’s hometown.

Sometimes our families keep what we refer to as an “open fridge” policy. In this policy, the family offers the nanny access to any food in their refrigerator (usually in a vacation home or villa) at all working and non-working times, only picking up the bill at a restaurant when the nanny is dining with the children. In our experience, this policy plays out very fairly for both nannies and parents.

With whatever meal policy our families choose, we recommend doing extensive currency research beforehand and setting reasonable meal accommodations for the nanny’s days off.

Time Off

Although time off is not technically an expense, it is one of the most important considerations for families to make when planning to bring a nanny on vacation. We encourage our families to factor in ample downtime to their nanny’s schedule, particularly while traveling!

Depending on the length of a trip, a nanny should have 1-2 days off per week, and at least an hour or 2 of “me time” each day. Giving the nanny time to rest, recharge, and enjoy the travel destination will ensure the highest quality of childcare. While nannies are exceptional, talented professionals, they are human and need to recharge their batteries in order to do their best job possible.

We understand, however, that a traveling schedule can be unpredictable and grueling. If for some reason, the nanny is needed to work a rigorous schedule (for example, 10 or more hours per day without days off) we encourage families to offer a few days off (depending on the length of the trip and the nature of the nanny’s long-term employment) once you return home to give the nanny time to catch up on rest.

While these aren’t hard and fast rules, following these guidelines will ensure that any vacation or travel experience with your nanny will be as pleasant as possible. Happy nanny, happy family!

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Baby stuff comes in such cute prints these days. Gone are the days when everything was pink and blue and covered in ducks or teddy bears. Today's baby gear features stylish prints that appeal to mom.

That's why it's totally understandable how a mama could mistake a car seat cover for a cute midi skirt. It happened to Lori Farrell, and when she shared her mishap on Facebook she went viral before she was even home from work. Fellow moms can totally see the humor in Farrell's mishap, and thankfully, so can she.

As for how a car seat cover could be mistaken for a skirt—it's pretty simple, Farrell tells Motherly.

"A friend of mine had given me a huge lot of baby stuff, from clothes to baby carriers to a rocker and blankets and when I pulled it out I was not sure what it was," she explains. "I debated it but washed it anyway then decided because of the way it pulled on the side it must be a maternity skirt."

Farrell still wasn't 100% sure if she was right by the time she headed out the door to work, but she rocked the ambiguous attire anyway.

"When I got to work I googled the brand and realized not only do they not sell clothing but it was a car seat cover."

The brand, Itzy Ritzy, finds the whole thing pretty funny too, sharing Farell's viral moment to its official Instagram.

It may be a car seat cover, but that print looks really good on this mama.

And if you want to copy Farell's style, the Itzy Ritzy 4-in-1 Nursing Cover, Car Seat Cover, Shopping Cart Cover and Infinity Scarf (and skirt!) is available on Amazon for $24.94.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy.You've got this.

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Daycare for infants is expensive across the country, and California has one of the worst states for parents seeking care for a baby. Putting an infant in daycare in California costs $2,914 more than in-state tuition for four years of college, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Paying north of $1,000 for daycare each month is an incredible burden, especially on single-parent families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable childcare as costing no more than 10% of a family's income—by that definition, less than 29% of families in California can afford infant care. Some single parents spend half their income on day care. It is an incredible burden on working parents.

But that burden may soon get lighter. CBS Sacramento reports California may put between $25 and $35 million into child care programs to make day care more affordable for parents with kids under 3 years old.

Assembly Bill 452, introduced this week, could see $10 million dollars funneled into Early Head Start (which currently gets no money from the state but does get federal funding) and tens of millions more would be spent on childcare for kids under three.

The bill seeks to rectify a broken childcare system. Right now, only about 14% of eligible infants and toddlers are enrolled in subsidized programs in California, and in 2017, only 7% of eligible children younger than three years of age accessed Early Head Start.

An influx of between $25 to $35 million dollars could see more spaces open up for kids under three, as Bill 452, if passed, would see the creation of "grants to develop childcare facilities that serve children from birth to three years of age."

This piece of proposed legislation comes weeks after California's governor announced an ambitious plan for paid parental leave, and as another bill, AB 123, seeks to strengthen the state's pre-kindergarten program.

Right now, it is difficult for some working parents to make a life in California, but by investing in families, the state's lawmakers could change that and change California's future for the better.

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When a mama gets married, in most cases she wants her children to be part of her big day. Photographers are used to hearing bride-to-be moms request lots of pictures of their big day, but when wedding photographer Laura Schaefer of Fire and Gold Photography heard her client Dalton Mort planned to wear her 2-year-old daughter Ellora instead of a veil, she was thrilled.

A fellow mama who understands the benefits of baby-wearing, Schaefer was keen to capture the photos Mort requested. "When I asked Dalton about what some of her 'must get' shots would be for her wedding, she specifically asked for ones of her wearing Ellie, kneeling and praying in the church before the tabernacle," Schaefer tells Motherly.

She got those shots and so many more, and now Mort's toddler-wearing wedding day pics are going viral.

"Dalton wore Ellie down the aisle and nursed her to sleep during the readings," Schaefer wrote on her blog, explaining that Ellie then slept through the whole wedding mass.

"As a fellow mother of an active toddler, this is a HUGE win! Dalton told me after that she was SO grateful that Ellie slept the whole time because she was able to focus and really pray through the Mass," Schaefer explains.

Dalton was able to concentrate on her wedding day because she made her baby girl a part of it (and that obviously tired Ellie right out).

Ellie was part of the commitment and family Dalton if forging with her husband, Jimmy Joe. "There is no better behaved toddler than a sleeping toddler, and she was still involved, even though I ended up unwrapping her to nurse her. I held her in my arms while my husband and I said our vows. It was really special for us," Dalton told POPSUGAR.

This is a wedding trend we are totally here for!

Congrats to Dalton and Jimmy Joe (and to Ellie)! 🎉

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The internet is freaking out about how Peppa Pig is changing the way toddlers speak, but parents don't need to be too worried.

As Romper first reported, plenty of American parents have noticed that preschoolers are picking up a bit of a British accent thanks to Peppa. Romper's Janet Manley calls it "the Peppa effect," noting that her daughter started calling her "Mummy" after an in-flight Peppa marathon.


Plenty of other parents report sharing Manley's experience, but the British accent is not likely to stick, experts say.

Toronto-based speech and language pathologist Melissa James says this isn't a new thing—kids have always been testing out the accents they hear on TV and in the real world, long before Peppa oinked her way into our Netflix queues.

"Kids have this amazing ability to pick up language," James told Global News. "Their brains are ripe for the learning of language and it's a special window of opportunity that adults don't possess."

Global News reports that back in the day there were concerns about Dora The Explorer potentially teaching kids Spanish words before the kids had learned the English counterparts, and over in the U.K., parents have noticed British babies picking up American accents from TV, too.

But it's not a bad thing, James explains. When an American adult hears "Mummy" their brain translates it to "Mommy," but little kids don't yet make as concrete a connection. "When a child, two, three or four, is watching a show with a British accent and hears [words] for the first time, they are mapping out the speech and sound for that word in the British way."

So if your baby is oinking at you, calling you "Mummy" or testing out a new pronunciation of "toh-mah-toe," know that this is totally natural, and they're not going to end up with a life-long British pig accent.

As Dr, Susannah Levi, associate professor of communicative sciences and disorders at New York University, tells The Guardian, "it's really unlikely that they'd be acquiring an entire second dialect from just watching a TV show."

It sure is cute though.

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