Important Questions to Ask during a Nanny Interview



A service of a Nanny is needed when both parents are working in corporate offices or managing a family business who usually have less time spent during the day in our homes to take care and cater the needs of our young kids. We need somebody whom we can entrust our little ones while we are out of the house. It is very hard to find a good and confident baby sitter nowadays, so it very important for us to pre-screen them very well before availing their services.

Before moving on to the interview portion, take a look on her credentials. For me these three records are very essential to be examined first before I proceed on to the interrogation part.
  • Resume 
  • Recent Police Clearance or NBI Clearance
  • Medical certificate

Here’s a list of important questions we should ask during a nanny interview.
  • When was your last employment on childcare or nanny job?
  • Why did you ended your services with your prior employer? Let her explain the reasons, from there you could already tell if she is truthful to her answers.
  • When was the last time you get sick? What illnesses did you get in the past years?
  • What are your experiences in caring for a child?
  • What would you do, if by chance my child hurt or hit you?
  • For how long are you willing to stay with us?
  • How would you resolve issues with children? What is your opinion about spanking in disciplining a child?
  • Do you own a cell phone? If yes, set your restrictions on cell phone usage during work hours.
  • How do you practice your personal hygiene? Do you take a bath daily? How often do you brush your teeth? – well this might be somewhat a bit offending to ask but it is important as she will be personally handling our kids.  Hygiene is a crucial factor that is needed to be discussed in my opinion.

As much as possible we have to hire a nanny who has experience in taking care of children, not necessarily years of experience but as long as she knows what she would be doing.

Have I missed a question? Feel free to add your additional suggestions in the comment form below.









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Must-have Furniture Pieces for your Bedroom

The part of the house where we retreat to get relaxation and enough needed rest at the end of the day is the bedroom.  A clean, clutter-free and fully equipped sleeping quarter eases and enhances physical and mental health as well. Investing in quality furniture pieces will not only make your sanctuary look fabulous and functional but it can also have a positive effect on your general health. A well rested body and mind can carry out day to day tasks properly.

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It is important to select the right bedroom furniture that suits your individual needs and style.
The following are suggested essential furniture pieces for your bedroom.


A comfortable bed

The bed is the main bedroom furniture that needs more focus and attention. The bed frame must be sturdy to last for years. The size also matters; a queen size is good enough for a couple. A good and comfortable memory foam mattress will help you get a comfortable and rejuvenating slumber. Choosing the right bed and enhancing it with beautiful bed sheets and pillows is the key to making your bedroom look fantastic.


Bedside table

A bedside table holds various purposes. It is where you can keep your nightly essentials like eyeglasses, alarm clock, books and cell phones.  It is also where you can place your bottled water and medicines within reach, thus will help you lessen getting out of the bed more often as things you need are just all next to you.


The dresser

To create a classy look, a dresser is an additional furniture that can add beauty to a bedroom. Most dressers come with mirrors, drawers and side panels where you can place your beauty essentials like powder, perfumes, hair brush, makeup and more.


The armoire or the wardrobe cabinet

If your bedroom has no built-in cabinets an armoire becomes handy and a must-have item. Opt for corner armoires to keep your room neat and orderly. Clothes, extra bed sheets, comforters and other stuffs can be stored in this moveable wardrobe cabinet. They also come in different designs that would match your needs and bedroom design.


A couch

A couch does not only add fashion and accent to a bedroom, it is a comfortable chair to sit on while you read on a good book or watch a good movie before going to bed.


If you are having a hard time finding the right mix and match of furniture pieces for your bedroom. You may ask Furniture stores about bedroom furniture sets that they offer. You may can select on various furniture items sold as a set, thus it will save you time too for acquiring the items you need in one shopping trip.






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How to Handle Entertainment For Your Wedding Reception

Even simple weddings require countless hours of careful planning today. Nobody would call the process itself simple by any means. These days, most couples choose to host a wedding reception after the actual wedding ceremony. Receptions are designed to thank attendees for being at the ceremony. Likewise, married couples are introduced to the public for the first time. Each reception demands tasty food, a beautiful venue, and entertainment. Handling the entertainment aspect isn't always easy.

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For most receptions, the entertainment often amounts to wedding music. Some couples choose to play prerecorded music for the gathering. Such a decision often backfires because guests find it a little boring. Typically, recorded music is the cheapest solution, but it takes away from the magic of the party. Guests might lose interest in the festivities while listening to tracks that aren't live. Certain gatherings might even result in licensing fees for playing the music.


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Simple Steps for Car Clutter Control

Some people treat their cars like a second home which also makes their car cluttered with stuff. When cars get over run with clutter, you are bound to get distracted while driving. The best way to deal with this is to come up with clutter control measures to keep things organized. You have to have a system to help keep your things within easy reach and avoid instances when you have to reach under the seats for something you really need. A car console organizer can keep your family things together. It can carry everything you need in single organized box stuff like cell phone chargers, water bottles, sun glasses, books or magazines which usually end up jumbled in the front seat.

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Another simple clutter control you can apply in your car is to have a sturdy trash container. Avoid mixing your stuff with garbage that accumulates in your car by having a place for them too. You can find trash containers which can be strapped to the back seat or those which can fit between bucket seats. Just be sure to check this container once and a while so that you can dispose your trash properly. Having an assigned space for everything you need in your car can make it easier for you to control and contain clutter.


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