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10 Safety Tips To Share With Children Who Stay Home Alone

Hello Everyone,

With Summer approaching we are all looking for ways to keep our kids from avoiding the Summer Slide. There are a lot of summer camps being offered in our community that help to keep the kids entertained, as well as giving them enough time to spend their summer learning on what exactly interest them. There are times when we have planned everything down to the minute and then we realize that we have a two to three hours that must be filled, or the kiddos might have to stay home by themselves. In Michigan there is no clear law that states how old a child must be to be left home alone. According to The Michigan Child Protection Law children between the ages of 10 through 12 are looked at on a case by case basis. If you are not sure about the laws in your State then go to  Home Alone Rules by State , for a quick reference. Whether your child is staying home alone after school or requesting the responsibility to stay home alone,  they will need to be prepared and taught impo…

Keeping the Standards High for In Home Childcare

Dear Friends,
I have met a lot of interesting people as the owner of a Nanny Agency. I also have read some disturbing ads online looking for a nanny, or from the nanny looking for a job. If you have decided on In Home Childcare then you have to get in research mode. You will have interviews to do and background checks to perform, etc. There is a lot you must do to make sure you are finding the nanny that your family really needs.
There are many people who would love to be your nanny depending on the money. Do not hire anyone because they are low balling. It is not a good sign of one's knowledge or character when one is low balling at all and plus there are people who are experienced, professional, passionate, have integrity and commitment to quality childcare.  If you can not afford to pay the nanny at least the going hourly rate in your area then do not choose In Home Childcare. I mean do you really want to pay someone who isn't following IRS Guidelines?! This trait is really n…

An Invitation to Invent With LittleBits

We continue to enjoy our Wonder Shelves at the Studio. I recently was able to get my hands on the Gizmos & Gadgets Kits, 2nd Edition from LittleBits , which has been added to our shelves of wonder. This kit is the next best thing to chocolate!



It comes with a guide to inspire you to invent, that is very colorful and well written. The recommended ages is 8-12 years old, but I will assure you that it is very similar to LEGOS. I would describe it as an Electronic LEGO. This kit helps to bring your inventions alive!
The first project in the guide is the SpinMate, which is very clever to put together. I just had to make a circuit that needed a DC motor, a slide dimmer, mounting board, glue dots, a wheel, adhesive shoes, battery, and power. All of this came with the kit, and in the guide there is information about what each Bit actually does. Illustrations are done of the projects are in color which makes it  easy to follow .

I used the SpinMate directions to make a Spinning Sign that invi…

Poetry Activities From Preschool to Highschool

April is here! April is National Poetry Month and the Month of The Young Child. To kick off the celebrations I thought it would be fitting to share some poetry activities for the young children in our lives. 


Sharing poetry is just like introducing a baby to a new food. The earlier that we expose our children to poetry it becomes easier to digest. When we are doing finger plays, reading rhyming books, and listening to music we are setting the foundation that begins the understanding of word play, which leads to naturally being able to identify different forms of poetry. 

Create Poetry Baskets! To create a Poetry Basket you will need a poem of your choice, preferably one about something your child is interested in. You will also need small objects that represent what the poem is about. Place your objects in a basket and the poem next to it, now it's all set for poetry fun.

The Poetry Basket pictured above is the one I made for "Butterfly, Butterfly Fly, Butterfly Fly Away" i…

Behind the Scenes: The Beginnings Of a Classroom

So much goes on behind the scenes here at The Geeked Out Nanny Agency, that it seems impossible to always get around to blog about it, but today I needed to share a huge accomplishment with you all. I also hope this post helps you to get to know us better too.

 In December of 2013 in Michigan we had an Ice Storm. There were lives lost and a lot of residents like myself were without power for days. I was actually displaced for about 4 months afterward and had some unfortunate events happen to me outside of the Ice Storm. I was able to start doing some remodeling in my home, and then life turned even uglier as my mother was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. I was with my mother every step of her journey, with that being said I put aside doing remodeling for a bit. Her journey also led me to start the Nanny Agency, the loss of my mother in September of  2015 allowed me to reinvent myself in many ways that I had never even imagined. I am very passionate about my work with children, I lo…

5 Things To Do On Social Media If Your Looking For a Nanny Job

We have had an overwhelmingly response to our Nanny and Babysitting positions. It is a great feeling to know that there are others who are so interested in this career. It has also been a struggle to hire due to applicants social media presence. I thought it was high time to address this issue. When looking for a nanny position it is really important for you to know and understand that families and the nanny agency will be looking through your social media accounts. Why? Because we are trying to get a better understanding about your character, and professionalism.  Being a Nanny is an important job to say the least, which makes it absolutely necessary to do social media detective work during the hiring process. We want our mistakes to be very limited and sometimes we may prejudge, but yes in this case "It is better to be safe, then to be sorry".  Nevertheless, the viewing of your social media activity weighs in a lot. Here are some tips to do on your social media accounts to…

5 Reasons to Hire an Afterschool Nanny

Having an Afterschool Nanny may be a solution for parents who are still working when the school day ends. With so many childcare options to choose from it can be a difficult task trying to figure out which one is the best option for your family. 

Here are five questions to ask yourself to see if an Afterschool Nanny is a perfect option for your childcare needs.


1.Do your kids participate in afterschool activities? Getting your children to and from these activities may be next to impossible if both parents are working at the same time. Transportation problems can be solved if you hired an Afterschool Nanny. With an Afterschool Nanny there is also peace of mind in knowing that your child is fed well afterschool, and that the children are getting the attention they deserve after a long day of school without the rush-rush mode being placed upon them. While your child is at their afterschool activities perhaps the nanny is doing some household chores for you. Yes! With that said who wouldn&#…

Makey Makey :A MAKER's Tool for all Ages

What is Makey Makey? Makey Makey is a board that is connected to your computer that allows you to turn everyday objects into a keyboard. You can also learn to CODE with Makey Makey using the Scratch platform.


I saw Makey Makey in action on various websites, and knew it was something I really wanted to try out. I was visiting the local Barnes & Noble bookstore and saw it there. After saving for it I then went back and got it! I am very pleased and happy with this purchase. I believe it was $49.99. The joy of being able to see kids create with this will make this investment priceless. 
Before opening the package I perused the Makey Makey website and saw a Gallery of inspiration from other Makey Makers that had shared their inventions. After 20 minutes I was ready to give it a go. I had bananas on hand, because I already knew I wanted to try out the first project that the creators of Makey Makey used as an example to get you started. 


That's me playing the Banana Drum. I couldn'…

Crafternoon STEAM Sessions with The Geeky Nanny: 5 Maker Activities to Get this Party Started

I have really been busy behind the scenes getting our Studio ready for childcare licensing approval. It is such an exciting adventure as we prepare to expand our services. 

The Studio resides in my home that was previously licensed by the State of Michigan for 10 years. It is located in a separate area from living quarters and on a separate floor, with a designated entrance for clients only. In September of 2013 I had decided that I wanted to try working with children outside of my home and decided not to renew my license again. Through this journey I discovered that I loved nannying and started the agency. Our goals for applying for childcare licensing through the State of Michigan is to be able to offer school aged drop-in programs, and a preschool program in my home beyond the calendar days that one may operate such activity without a State of Michigan issued license. We also want our programs to be accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). …