How Local Area Managers are Rapidly Growing Their Businesses with NannyPod Technology

Do you ever wish you had a second set of hands to help run your business? NannyPod software feels like an extension of your team. Childcare professionals across the country are taking advantage of NannyPod software in order to streamline their day-to-day operations, increase their productivity, and grow their business in a more profitable way.

Top Stress-Busting Ideas for Parents

Whichever way you shake it, we live in a “go-go-go” society. Oftentimes we glorify how busy and productive we are, and feel guilty if we spend too much time relaxing. Raising kids is difficult enough on its own, let alone balancing a job, marriage, and some semblance of a social life.

6 Musical Activities for Kids (that Spark Developmental Learning)

Exposing children to music is beneficial in many ways, beyond just having fun or learning an instrument. Musical learning covers a variety of skill sets, from critical thinking to hand-eye coordination. Additionally, it encourages creativity, unique personal expression, and collaborative teamwork!

How Stay-At-Home Parents Supplement Their Income with NannyPod

Being a stay-at-home parent is rewarding and challenging in so many ways. It allows for quality time and closeness during those early years (that you can never get back), as well as a freedom and flexibility that a structured career simply doesn’t allow. Drop-offs and pick-ups, school activities, social events, etc. all become more feasible with one parent at home.

Say Goodbye to "How Was Your Day?" and Start Asking These Questions Instead

When you ask your kids, “how was your day?,” what is their typical response? Probably something along the lines of… ”fine” or “it was okay.” We know how important that time between after school and bedtime is for family bonding and quality time. Those dinner conversations are sometimes the only moment during the day you have to check in and learn about what’s going on in their lives.

5 Ways Running Your Own NannyPod will Supercharge Your Business

The NannyPod mission is to provide Nanny Agencies with a software platform and App to help them run their business efficiently. Through this better business model, you can ensure that families receive safe and reliable childcare and that qualified sitters, nannies, and registered nurses get more opportunities to connect with those families.

Top Tips for Staying in Control Without Raising Your Voice

We know that sometimes it feels like you’re about 3 seconds away from losing your mind. You’re running late, someone is crying, there is a pile of toys that needs to been picked up. It’s easy to let things boil over until your patience is maxed out!

Creative Ways to Keep Kids Active on Rainy Days

When the weather is beautiful, it’s a piece of cake to get the kids out and about, running around until the sun goes down. Beach days and park playdates are a dream for parents and sitters. But do you ever feel like there are just more rainy days than you bargained for? Spring and Summer roll around, and so do those afternoon showers. We know how important it is to keep kids active and moving - not only for their health, but also for developing their imagination, and socialization with other kids.

12 Ways to Thank Your Nanny - National Nanny Recognition Week 2018

Take a few minutes to thank the people who help raise your children. National Nanny Recognition Week is September 23rd - 29th 2018!

  1. Create a thank you message and post it on social media.

  2. Give an unexpected bonus

  3. Make a homemade gift

  4. Surprise your nanny with breakfast when she arrives.

  5. Encourage your nanny to pursue her professional education by paying for nanny certifications.

  6. Pick up her favorite snacks so she can indulge whenever she needs a pick-me-up.

  7. Present her with a gift card based on her likes or interests, to show you pay attention.

  8. Give her an extra paid day where she can catch up on her to-do list.

  9. Show that you value her professionalism and sponsor her membership to the International Nanny Association for $35. 

  10. Send her to the spa with a gift certificate and let her know that since she spends so much time taking care of others, this is her day to care for herself.

  11. Pay for a nice manicure and pedicure if the full spa is too pricey.

  12. Give the nanny an afternoon off, where she gets to finish early.

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NannyPod provides babysitters, nannies, and night nurse infant care on demand, at an affordable price. Our service is convenient, safe and secure for families and our staff. Parents can request childcare instantly by using the NannyPod app. Get started with NannyPod today and find babysitters or nannies for your childcare needs!

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Salty Excursions That Will Delight the Whole Family

With its subtropical climate and coastal location, Charleston is a mecca for water sports enthusiasts, nature lovers and seafaring adventurers. Best of all, you don’t need to venture far from the hustle and bustle of the city to experience the natural surroundings of the Lowcountry.

From dolphin watching to kayaking tours, the entire family is sure to enjoy these salty excursions.

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Paddleboard at Folly Beach

Stand-up paddle boards (SUP) have become one of the more popular ways to experience Charleston’s waterways. In addition to providing a great workout, SUPs are fun for all ages, and it is sure to create lasting family memories.

If you’re staying on Folly Beach, finding a paddle board rental company will be easy. Rent a paddle board for a few hours and hit the water on your own or take lessons from professionally trained guides.

For a family-friendly paddle board company, check out Charleston SUP Safaris. Voted the best paddle board company in Charleston for three years running, the knowledgeable guides at Charleston SUP Safaris will make sure the entire family has a great experience.

Fish on a Charter Boat

Lowcountry freshwater and incoming saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean combine in the Charleston Harbor, creating some of the best saltwater estuaries in the world. The result is fantastic fishing, crabbing and shrimping opportunities that make Charleston’s seafood so irresistibly fresh.

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Why let locals have all the fun? Book a fishing charter boat and experience the thrill of reeling in flounder or redfish as the family cheers you to victory.

If you have little ones, consider booking a special fishing charter that is tailored to young anglers. Otherwise, they might get bored watching you have all the fun.

Kayak Shem Creek

Kayaking is another great way to take in the scenic beauty of the Lowcountry and have a blast out on the water. Although there are many excellent places to kayak around Charleston, historic Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant is the perfect location for first-timers.

One of the most picturesque waterways in the Lowcountry, Shem Creek is teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. Take a kayak tour of Shem Creek in the evening for a stunning sunset, as well as beautiful views of Ravenel bridge, Fort Sumter and downtown Charleston.

Take a Ferry to Bulls Island

Dolphin spotting, beach combing, hiking and shelling — it can all be experienced on a day trip to Bulls Island. If your family enjoys exploring nature and wildlife, this 5,000-acre remote barrier island is a must on your Charleston vacation.

Board a ferry boat and spend the 30-minute ride spotting loggerhead turtles and dolphins along the way. Once you reach Bulls Island, you can explore the island by bike or foot.

The picturesque Boneyard Beach on the north end of the island shouldn’t be missed. The eerie beauty of this skeletonized forest alone is worth the trip to Bulls Island.

Take a Sunset Cruise Around the Harbor

After a long day exploring downtown Charleston, it’s time to put your feet up and relax. Book a private evening boat tour for the family and let the captain do the work as you take in a gorgeous sunset over the Charleston Harbor.

Bring plenty of your favorite snacks and drinks to enjoy as you gaze at the beautiful mansions lining the Battery, along with several other historic sites. Whether you’re traveling with little ones or teenagers, a harbor cruise is a laid-back adventure that is suitable for all ages and interests.

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Go Jet Skiing on Isle of Palms

Families who vacation at Isle of Palms will never be short of recreational activities. This slender barrier island is surrounded by pristine beaches, making it a magnet for water sports enthusiasts.

For a memorable vacation that your kids won’t soon forget, rent a jet ski from Tidal Wave Sports. Their WaveRunners can accommodate three riders at a time, making this water activity an affordable and fun adventure for the whole family.

Crave more than just an hour on a WaveRunner? Consider booking a WaveRunner Safari tour to Capers Island. Suitable for almost all ages, the tour to Capers Island provides excellent shelling and wildlife sightseeing opportunities.

Take a Relaxing Boat Tour to Morris Island Lighthouse

If high-speed jet skis aren’t your thing, then a laid-back boat trip to Morris Island might be a better option for your family. Board a Carolina Skiff bay boat and navigate through unspoiled tidal creeks on your way to Morris Island, watching for native wildlife along the way. The knowledgeable captain will point out dolphins, bald eagles, wading birds and other wildlife that can often be seen from the boat.

Once you arrive at Morris Island, you can explore the beach, including spectacular views of the Morris Island Lighthouse. The kids will have fun combing the beach for sand dollars and cool shells, all while learning about Charleston’s local eco systems.

Final Thoughts

No matter what kind of salty excursion your family seeks, you won’t have trouble finding an aquatic adventure to enjoy in Charleston. With warm weather for most of the year and a diverse coastal landscape, the city and surrounding Lowcountry is a water lover’s paradise.


NannyPod provides babysitters, nannies, and night nurse infant care on demand, at an affordable price. Our service is convenient, safe and secure for families and our staff. Parents can request childcare instantly by using the NannyPod app. Get started with NannyPod today and find babysitters or nannies for your childcare needs!

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Neat & Tidy: Ideas for Motivating Kids to do Their Chores

Now, we're not in the business of bribery... but as parents (and sitters), we know that sometimes bribery and motivation walk a very fine line! We want to encourage our kids to work hard, and understand the value of contributing, as well as the importance of responsibility. And in a perfect world, they would pitch in, no questions asked. But at the end of the day, kids will be kids! We've all been there when a pack of gummies was your only hope for getting them to tie their shoes and get into the car in the next 2 minutes. 

How to Streamline Your Nanny Agency with Software

If you're running your nanny agency without a software system like NannyPod, you're letting opportunity slip through the cracks. Not only will technology streamline your workload and boost efficiency, but it also drives more business and more profitability for you and your agency. The name of the game with software is return on investment (ROI). Instead of buying all of the tools that you need to run a successful agency separately, NannyPod allows you to operate a one-stop-shop. 

How to Encourage Imaginative Play

There is a lot of beauty in technology, and there are a million ways to use it wisely with kids. We certainly don’t believe it should be avoided entirely - however there is such a thing as too much of a good thing! So we’re unplugging, getting our hands dirty, and getting in touch with a little imagination!

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Local Area Manager

NannyPod is making it easier to earn money and grow a small business, without all of the overwhelming costs and insecurity of starting from scratch. Essentially you work as a connector, in a network of babysitters, night-nurses, and parents.

7 Travel Hacks Every Parent Should Know

Any type of travel needs a good plan, but especially travel that includes children. Don’t let the inevitable stress of travel dissuade you from taking that family trip you’ve been wanting to take for years. You deserve it! And with proper planning and few of our tips, you might just have the trip of a lifetime with lasting family memories.

Top 5 Charleston Birthday Party Locations

From mermaids to pirates, painting to rock climbing - you never know what will peak your kid's interest each passing year. Birthday Parties can cost loads of money, and can take weeks of exhaustive planning. Fortunately, Charleston has plenty of affordable options for parties with a variety of fun activities and locations. Let the experts handle the nitty gritty details, so we can just enjoy and watch the kids have a blast. 

1. Teacups and Trucks (Mt. Pleasant) 

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This is truly your one-stop-shop for crafting the perfect birthday party. Teacups and Trucks specializes in children's birthdays, and they've got it down to a science! There are dozens of fun themes to choose from (girls, boys, and co-ed), and you can have the party at their store location (no clean up!), or at a location of your choosing. Teacups and Trucks will make sure your child has the best day ever. 


2. Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park (James Island)

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The perfect birthday party for the adventurous type, Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park is a park with rope courses and obstacles. The park offers birthday party packages, specifically for kids (one for ages 12 and under and one for ages 12 and over), meant to bring out their "inner Tarzan." The package can include pizza, so no need to plan for food at another location. This is a great option to keep the kids active and to give them a new and fun experience, different from the average party! 


3. Charleston RUSH Laser Tag (North Charleston)

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Laser Tag, GoKarts, arcade Games, pizza and cake? This will be a birthday party they'll never forget. Charleston Laser Tag offers different birthday packages that allow you to pick and choose what games and food are included. This place is designed for events for kids, so it's a great less-stress option that allows parents to just hang out and enjoy, while the kids have the time of their lives. 


4. The Art Place Studio (Mt. Pleasant) 

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It's hard to think of a better place for a birthday party than this. A safe and fun environment that kids absolutely love, The Art Place Studio offers a variety of fun birthday party options. Canvas painting, birdhouse painting, pottery painting, and more - there is plenty for your little Picasso to choose from! The packages are super affordable, and you also don't have to worry about goody bags - since the kids will have a fun piece of artwork to take home! 


5. Songs for Seeds (Mt. Pleasant) 

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Songs for Seeds is an interactive music class, that is both fun and educational. This is a great idea for your younger kids, as they specialize in classes and parties for children aged newborn to 6. There is a three-piece band (guitar, drums, keyboard), and the kids can learn how to play instruments, use props, and explore all sorts of fun musical activities. 

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NannyPod provides babysitters, nannies, and night nurse infant care on demand, at an affordable price. Our service is convenient, safe and secure for families and our staff. Parents can request childcare instantly online or by using the MindBody Connect app. Get started with NannyPod today and find babysitters or nannies for your childcare needs!

5 New Years Traditions to Start with Your Kids

Traditions are a special and important part of being a family. The memories you create will stay with your kids long after they grow up or grow out of them. There are so many classic Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions, but not many New Years Traditions that are family-friendly. So we've put together 5 ideas for starting a new "New Years Tradition" with your kids. 

Top Kids Christmas Gifts by Age for 2017

It can be tough keeping up with what kids are interested in playing with from year to year - especially in the younger years from age 3-7 when they change so drastically from one year to the next! Here are a few gift ideas for Christmas 2017 to give you a little head start on the season. 

1. Age 3

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  • LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart
    Age range (2-5 years)
    Price $39.99
    A whimsical ice cream cart that is fun for "make believe" role-play, as well as learning flavors, colors, and numbers.

  • The "Land of Nod's" Wild Animal Sleeping Bags
    Age Range (3+)
    Price $99
    These are the sweetest little sleeping bags that your 3-year-old can use and grow into for several years. You can choose from a zebra, fox, dinosaur, penguin, or puppy. Perfect for overnights at the grandparents, or camping out in the living room.

  • Kardboard Kingdom
    Age Range (3+)
    Price $40
    From Box Creations, the Kardboard Kingdom is an easy to assemble playhouse made of cardboard. Complete with tunnels, a courtyard, and interior play space, this is the perfect gift for a wild imagination.


2. Age 4

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  • Skip Hop Zoo Pack
    Age Range (3+)
    Price $20
    These little backpacks are not only totally adorable, but are a great way to allow your kids to express their individuality. There are dozens of different ones to choose from, and will make packing up for school and car trips a little bit more fun.

  • Eco Dough
    Age Range (4+)
    Price $20
    We all love a good playdough session, and Eco Dough brings all of the fun with less of the chemicals. Made from natural ingredients, which are better for the environment, and better for the kids to be handling!

  • Fingerlings Interactive Baby Monkey
    Age Range (3+)
    Price $17.99 or $90 for all six
    These little monkeys help teach young kids how to care for a pet and be a good friend. They are interactive, and respond to being rocked to sleep, hung upside down, talked to, and pet! Good for little animal lovers.


3. Age 5

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  • Temporary Animal Hand Tattoos
    Price $12
    Including a variety of different animals and monsters, these hand tattoos are a fun twist on the traditional temporary tattoo. Perfect for a sleepover or kid's party. Easy to apply and non-toxic.

  • Build-A-Bear Stuffing Station
    Age Range (4+)
    Price $30
    Bring the fun of Build-A-Bear Workshop home! The kit includes materials for 2 "furry friends" with accessories, t-shirts, birth certificates, and easy instructions.

  • FurReal Friends
    Age Range (4+)
    Price $30-$130
    FurReal pets are one of the biggest trends in kid's toys in 2017! The pets are interactive, and have different sounds as well as sound-motion combinations. These toys are perfect for teaching children how to care for and take care of a pet.


4. Age 6

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  • Hatchimals
    Age Range (3+)
    Price $3-$30
    Hatchimals are "collEGGtible" little critters that hatch from an egg! So it is a fun surprise finding out which hatchimal you get each time. The hatchimal "world" has a lot of additional activities, including coloring book downloads, activity books, and videos and games online.

  • Kiwi Crate
    Age Range (5-8)
    Price - Monthly box subscription ($19 a month, or cheaper if you pay for 3, 6, 12 months)
    We've heard of subscription boxes for adults (Stitch Fix, Birchbox, Le Tote, etc.) but this is a uniquely crafted box for kids! The Kiwi Crate is for ages 5-8 and encourages STEAM (Science, Engineering, Art, Math) learning, creativity, and exploration. Each box comes with a "Maker Project," Creative Learning Materials, an "explore!" Magazine, and Online DIY Ideas.

  • Root Vue Farm
    Age Range (4+)
    Price $40
    This visual garden, let's your little gardner plant root vegetables and watch them grow. Fun and educational, they'll learn how to plant, water, and pick the vegetables!


5. Age 7

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  • VTech Kidizoom Action Cam
    Age Range (4-9)
    Price $40
    Kids love taking photos - we know this from our maxed out storage on our iPhones! - and this vtech camera is made for kids, allowing them to take videos and photos and get creative. It comes with a USB cord, so you can upload and share with family and friends.

  • Rory's Story Cubes
    Age Range 6+
    Price $12-25
    This game will bring out your kids' wildest imagination and creativity - and it's fun for adults too, so it's the perfect game to play during family night. You roll the rice, which have different icons on them, and create imaginative stories based on the characters and things you roll.

  • Selfie Mic Music Set
    Age Range (7+)
    Price $20
    We're in the age of "Selfie's" and we might as well embrace it! This app/music set combo allows the kids to connect a microphone and selfie stick to a phone, and record themselves singing and rocking out! Perfect for the musically-inclined to explore their talents and break out of their shell.

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NannyPod provides babysitters, nannies, and night nurse infant care on demand, at an affordable price. Our service is convenient, safe and secure for families and our staff. Parents can request childcare instantly online or by using the MindBody Connect app. Get started with NannyPod today and find babysitters or nannies for your childcare needs!

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