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I described the person I wanted and that’s what you found for me. Thank you.Penny Featherston, NorAm Energy
I have used two other agencies, both were difficult to work with and did not live up to their promises and Morningside Nannies did.Dr. Susan Streusand
I trust Morningside Nannies & their research into their nannies more than any of the other seven agencies we talked with. The checks are reliable and the quality of nannies was superb. The process of finding a nanny was handled quite professionally.Dr. Kim Burgess, Pediatrician
I had an emergency situation and had a nanny sent over for the following day. I am so pleased with the service provided by Morningside Nannies. My son immediately fell in love with the nanny assigned to us. We couldn’t be happier.A. Porter
Thank you so much. I would recommend your company to absolutely everyone in need of help. You always asked questions to ensure proper performance.Cynthia Cisneros, Television News Personality
Originally, I tried to find a nanny on my own and it took me much, much longer and only half of them spoke English. I had to do my own background checks. Morningside Nannies made it much easier, faster and more efficient.Holly Weinstock, Stay at home mom
Morningside Nannies blew the others away!Myron Morris, O.R. Business Manager and Dr. Audrey Winer, Pediatrician
Objective and professional with an obvious personal touch, small but important comments about each person.Dr. Shari Rochen
In a time crunch you provided me with two excellent applicants within hours!Dr. Anita Tonking
Quality of applicants was way above what we had hoped for. Thoroughly enjoyed working with your agency – we will highly recommend you to friends.Kim McMillan

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Nursing, Nutrition & Nannies

Recently I had a chance to connect with Leah Whitley,  International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and founder of  SOS Lactation here in Houston. I asked her to share some of her best advice for new, nursing moms and the nannies who support them. Here’s her top tips for our nanny network. – Michelle

Top Challenges New Nursing Moms Face

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Frequent feeding and exhaustion.

Many new parents do not fully realize newborn feeding patterns and frequency. Newborns spend the majority of their first days logging around 16-19 hours of sleep each day. I have even had parents say to me “Oh that’s easy! It’s just like my cat!” But what makes it challenging is that they feed very frequently and in an unpredictable pattern in the beginning. A newborn could go 3 hours between feeds. Or they could breastfeed for 45 minutes and need to eat again 10 minutes later.

Getting the right latch.

Getting a good latch is important to prevent nipple pain and ensure that the baby is transferring the right amount of milk. The latch isn’t perfect every single time in the beginning, but with practice you get better. For most new mothers they begin to get comfortable with breastfeeding after the first two weeks. If a new mother is experiencing excessive pain, that is a sign that she needs help with latch and positioning.

Getting help when you need it.

Most expecting mothers have heard of the terms supply and demand in regards to breastfeeding. The more a woman breastfeeds, the more milk her body will make. Conversely, the less she breastfeeds, the less milk her body will make. This is true after the first 2-4 weeks. A woman’s breast are not fully developed at birth. Milk supply is established in the first 2-4 weeks. If a new mother is not breastfeeding frequently and properly in the beginning, then she may have a compromised milk supply leaving her unable to make enough milk for her baby. The hardest time of breastfeeding is the beginning, but the most critical time is the beginning. That is why it is so important for new breastfeeding mothers to seek help early if they need breastfeeding support.


Top Tips for New Nursing Moms


Keep expectations realistic.

It takes time to get adjusted to a new baby in the house. Many women are so accustomed to juggling multiple task at once that they expect to be able to do a lot after the arrival of the baby. Newborns take a lot of time. The transition is smoothest when parents minimize extra obligations. New mothers often tell me that they feel overwhelmed because they should be doing (insert random activity) and I’m like, “Relax! You are doing well!” Any task outside of eating, drinking, resting, comforting, feeding and changing your baby should be considered a bonus in the beginning!

Enjoy the special moments with your baby.

The time passes so quickly and newborns grow at an amazingly fast rate. You blink, and developmentally you have a whole new older baby with different behaviors and patterns. So enjoy those special moments in the beginning, relax, and try not to worry or stress out.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

As women we tend to be polite and do not want to be seen as demanding. Many times we decline when friends and family offer to help out. This is no time for modesty. Take them up on it! If somebody says “Let me know if there is anything I can do to help” for goodness sake, give them something to do! If they didn’t truly mean it they won’t ask anymore. Usually the last thing a new parent needs is another blue or pink onesie, however a home-cooked meal or a trip to the dry cleaners is golden.


Best Resources for Nursing Moms


Short Order Support 

The SOS in SOS Lactation stands for Short Order Support. We pride ourselves in being one of the very best resources for nursing mothers as we see clients within 24 hours of initial contact. Usually we see them that very same day. When new mothers are in need of breastfeeding care it is an urgent case, and waiting to address breastfeeding concerns can exacerbate the underlying issue. We do in-home consultations, as traveling with a new baby can be stressful and cumbersome. This also gives us the opportunity to provide quality care in the comfort of your own home, which is most ideal when practicing latch and positioning techniques. We are also very accessible so new mothers can always call and speak with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and ask questions they need to know.

Mom Meet-Ups

Mom meet-up groups and breastfeeding support groups are wonderful. I went to my first breastfeeding support group when my daughter was 2 weeks old. I met lifelong friends that I still meet with regularly who turned into my Houston family. It has been amazing having the comradery and watching all of our children grow up together. Ask your birthing facility if they offer any breastfeeding or new mom groups postpartum. Many hospitals and Birthing Centers offer such groups for mothers who have been patients/clients. The Birthing Place Birth Center offers Healing Mondays where new mothers meet in different locations every Monday and walk, do yoga, swim or other planned activities. All new mothers are welcome. It is a wonderful way to meet new mothers with shared experiences.

Meal Help 

Nutrition is important for not only the baby but the entire family. Sometimes new mothers are so engulfed in adjusting to the new baby that they forget to eat and drink the appropriate amount of fluids. Mealtrain.com is a website that allows friends and family members to organize meal deliveries for families experiencing life events. It is free, user friendly and helps your supportive inner circle maximize their efforts to help loved ones with new babies.


How Nannies Can Best Support Nursing Moms


Nannies can help make the transition easier and smoother by relieving new parents of much of the day-to-day tasks that take time away from bonding and learning about your baby. If there is a helping hand available, new parents can maintain a sense of normalcy and really enjoy their baby.

I know so much about the behaviors and general care of newborns because as a Lactation Consultant new parents ask all types of questions. Many of their inquiries are not feeding related. Parents wonder if certain appearances and behaviors are normal. Having an experienced nanny in the house can reassure parents when everything is okay, as well as confirm when they may need to seek help. This is preferable to worrying and leaving messages for the pediatrician, or having to google and worrying about the search results.

Nannies can provide parents with a much needed break. Before having children it is so easy to just leave the house and run an errand. Any parent will tell you that having a baby can turn a typical 15 min trip into an hour-long ordeal. Having somebody there who can provide care gives a new parents the freedom and option to run that errand. It may not sound all that appealing, but having just a few moments on your own can help parents recharge.


Leah Whitley is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and the founder of  SOS Lactation. She prides herself in providing quality breastfeeding care within 24 hours of initial contact with mothers. With nearly a decade of experience, Leah has taught classes and facilitated consultations with thousands of new Houston parents. She currently offers private prenatal breastfeeding classes as well as lactation consultations for new parents and babies. If you are in need of breastfeeding support you can reach SOS Lactation at 832-680-0872.

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Party Girl? Responsible Childcare Provider?

Party Girl? Political Junkie? Lover or Hater? Responsible Childcare Provider?

What Does Your Facebook Say About You?

By now it should be no secret; when applying for a job employers will look at your Facebook page. They’ll also often look at your Twitter, Google+ and Instagram profiles and pages in addition to doing an broad based Internet search.

What does your social footprint say about you?

When considering what you share publicly for the world to see, you must ask yourself how others who don’t know you personally will perceive you based on the information you have shared.

When job searching, here are seven examples of things that potential nanny employers won’t be impressed with and may cost you the chance at a job:

  1. Pictures of you partying.
  2. Videos sharing messages of hate.
  3. Profanity in posts.
  4. Nudity or suggestive photos.
  5. Nonstop political jargon.
  6. Extreme religious or cultural views.
  7. Inappropriate public displays of affection.
  8. Any questionable content.

While you certainly have every right to express yourself, your opinions and your views, before exercising that right you should ask yourself who has access to what you are sharing and how what you have shared may be perceived by others.

Job seekers may wish to review their privacy settings to ensure that what they are sharing is only shared with a selected audience and to review their past history for questionable content.


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Introducing New Add-on Services

At Morningside Nannies, our client needs come first. We’re pleased to present additional add on services that clients may purchase when hiring their new full or part-time nanny. Two of our new featured add-on services include our 365 Worry Free Guarantee and our Built-In Back-up care Package.

365 Worry Free Guarantee


With the purchase of our 365 Worry Free Guarantee Policy, you will know that a new search is covered should your nanny leave your employ for any reason within the first year of employment.

For just a dollar a day, you can have the peace of mind of knowing you won’t pay another placement fee to fill the same position. With the

This optional add-on purchase is an extension, and not a replacement of the Morningside Nannies replacement policy as outlined in our client agreement. This policy is available for part-time, and full-time employers, with clients meeting the same requirements as outlined in the replacement policy section of our client services agreement.

Built in Back-up Care Package

Now you can be secure with built in back-up care. We are pleased to offer clients who hire full and part-time nannies discounted rates on our back-up care fees. Upon hire of a full or part-time nanny, clients can purchase 5 back-up care referrals for $100. This is a $25 savings.

Morningside Nannies successfully staffs 95% of our temporary care requests, including same day requests. Once care is requested, a qualified and pre-screened provider is assigned to the job. The caregiver will call to introduce herself upon confirmation. The set rate for caregivers is $15 per hour, which clients pay directly to the nanny at the end of the shift, and there is only a four hour minimum.

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Houston New Moms

Recently we had the chance to catch up with Katernia Manoff, of  Houston New Moms. When Katerina is not working on Houston New Moms, she freelances as an education consultant. She is mom to 1-year-old daughter Lana, Houston New Moms’ chief playground tester. HNM

Why did you start Houston New Moms?

Houston New Moms was inspired by my own painstaking search for resources when my baby girl, Lana, was born last year. As a recent transplant to Houston from NYC, I had so many questions and nowhere to turn to get them answered. I needed to know how to find childcare, how to meet other moms, ideas for stroller-friendly places to go for a walk, baby-friendly play areas, sources for breastfeeding support, a place to weigh my baby, and much more. I ended up Googling like crazy, making dozens of phone calls, and interrogating every mom I happened to meet. It took several months to get all the resources I needed.

I kept coming back to the idea that there simply had to be a better way. What if new moms in Houston had a directory of everything they might need in one place? An up-to-date list of social groups, baby-friendly places and activities, health/safety information, and more? A free site that listed all helpful resources, not just businesses that had paid to be included?

I couldn’t believe that a huge city like ours didn’t have a single site focused on babies and toddlers. So, when Lana and I came out of the newborn haze and settled into a routine, I decided to create this directory to help make new parenthood smoother for other Houston families.

What do you think is the resource new moms in Houston need most?

I believe what new parents need most is the opportunity to meet other new parents. Research shows that strong social ties are by far the main predictor of human happiness. And, when you have a baby, there’s nothing quite like connecting with other women who are also dealing with nap strikes and diapers and work/life balance dilemmas. The first pages I put together for the site were lists of social and support groups for parents around Houston.

Places to get outside is a close second. Being outdoors has so many benefits for both babies and parents, but in a car-centric city like Houston, it can be a little challenging. Finding outdoor places for new parents, from stroller-friendly trails to playgrounds for pre-walkers, is a big focus for me.

What do you offer for new moms?

I am very excited about how much Houston New Moms has expanded its offerings over the past few months since launching. Our directory now has close to 25 categories of listings, from baby classes to doctor recommendations to birthday party venues. We also have a very active Facebook page where I share updates, post new parent events, and run giveaways of some of my favorite products for babies and toddlers.

What is the best thing you have learned from the New Moms community?

The best thing I’ve learned is how incredibly resourceful and capable moms in Houston are. Local moms have created a rich community of active online and in-person social groups, many with hundreds or even thousands of members. They’ve put together a thriving set of trading groups for everything from strollers to birthday outfits. They own photography businesses and sell handmade baby clothes. I love being part of this community and helping new parents discover and connect to it as well!

Visit www.houstonnewmoms.com to connect with Katerina and the Houston New Moms community!

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Neighborhood Notes: Vivaldi Music Academy

Recently I had the opportunity to connect with Zeljko and Uma Pavlovic, founders of Vivaldi Music Academy. The Vivaldi Music Academy offers comprehensive music education to students of all ages and levels. Here’s a little bit from my interview with her, below.

1. What are the benefits of music education?

Music education supports cognitive, social and physical development for children of all ages. Research tells us that children who study music tendunnamed to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills – they score higher on reading, mathematics and spelling tests. As a discipline in itself, the study of music exercises the mind in a unique dimension, brings appreciation for the arts, and provides a solid cultural foundation. The ability to play and perform music brings joy and is a lot of fun!

2. What age should formal music lessons start?

Vivaldi Music Academy provides an option for every age. Developed by our own faculty, our unique early childhood music classes Vivaldi Seasons encompass ages 1-5. The classes are held within a narrow age range to provide the best music education for each child’s developmental stage. By age 5-6, most children are ready to transition to private lessons. We offer private instruction in piano, violin, voice, guitar, cello, flute and more. Group classes such as our Children’s Choir and Vivaldi Strings Ensemble are a wonderful adjunct and fun-filled experiences.

3. What’s the best approach to take to introducing kids to music?

We always strive for an age appropriate approach and one that encourages children to enjoy the music. A learning environment that is positive and fun is the best approach for music education. Vivaldi Music Academy specializes in guiding each family through their musical journey. We are here to help you choose the right class for your child or which instrument to start lessons with as we teach multiple instruments such as piano, guitar, violin, cello, flute and more. We also support kids in exploring different instruments and genres of music from classical to rock – learning the fundamentals while incorporating their favorite music into the music lessons and classes helps to keep our students motivated.

4. Best tips for encouraging the family to make musical moments together?

Musical moments can be created with your family on a daily basis. Listening to music while prepping for dinner, bath time or other activities are great ways to incorporate music into your daily life. Talk to your children about what they are listening to and encourage them to share their thoughts on different types and genres of music. Houston is a great city for the arts and there are many live musical concerts throughout the year – we encourage our families to attend concerts as it reinforces what our students are learning in their lessons and classes. And it’s a great way to spend time with your family!

5. What approach do you take to teaching? Is it performance based? Process based?

Our faculty members are skilled in assessing each child’s method of learning and lessons are tailored to meet every student’s needs. We incorporate a variety of teaching methods for the best and most comprehensive music education. Performances are a great motivational and confidence building experience for our students so we include two recitals per year in our tuition. The recitals in Houston have been held at prestigious venues such as Rice University, the MATCH, and Houston Baptist University’s Belin Chapel. It is amazing to see our students progress and families love to see their children showcase their talent. In addition, our students were so excited this past summer to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City – it was an amazing experience. And this coming June we will be performing in Venice, Italy!

6. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Our goal is to foster confidence and creativity in students of all ages through exceptional musical learning. With our dedicated world-class faculty, state of the art facilities, and innovative programs we hope to transform lives and bolster our community through the joy of music. We encourage you to join us and develop a life-long passion for music!

To learn more about Vivalid Music Academy visit www.VivaldiMusicAcademy.com


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Introducing NannyTraining!

Morningside Nannies is pleased to announce it’s partnership with NannyTraining.com!


Morningside Nannies Executive Director Michelle LaRowe has combined more than 20 years of nanny industry experience as an award-winning nanny, published parenting author, past board member and executive director of the International Nanny Association, managing partner of an award-winning nanny agency and editor in chief of a network of online sites including eNannySource.com to develop a specialized certificate program just for nannies.

With over 13 lessons, 350 topics, 100s of resources, 13 quizzes and a final exam, nannies who complete this training will enhance their knowledge, skill set and marketability. Visit www.NannyTraining.com to learn more.


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The Nanny Time Bomb

Recently I had a chance to catch up with Jacalyn Burke about her new book, The Nanny Time Bomb. Here’s a snip-it into our conversation where you can read what she had to say. – Michelle

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1. Tell us about the blog.. why were you anonymous? What led to its popularity? How did you deal with the things you read?

I wrote anonymously to provide myself with a broad and safe platform to explore issues in childcare. Why is it popular? Time. If you write 3-5 times a week and repost engaging stories about nannies in the media over ten years eventually Google takes notice. I would hashtag every topic. I added keywords everywhere. I engaged top authors and personalities. And people began to respond. I used what I read to create awareness. How did I deal with tough content? I channeled my frustration and at times sadness into my blog.

2. Why did you write the book?

I wanted to take my platform and message to the next level, and to reach more people. I also wanted to create a tool for parents, agencies and nannies to use in child care.

3. What was the biggest thing you learned? What surprised you?

That it’s complex. There are very few black and white issues in child care because it is predominantly a human to human, relational sector. What surprised me? Quite a few things: how hard women actually work, both moms and nannies to keep homes running smoothly; how often a nanny’s work is not respected in our society; how children suffer when their nanny is disengaged; what low rates some nannies are paid; and how mothers separated from their own biological children hundreds of thousands of miles away and even exploited by employers – can devote themselves to other people’s children – they are truly heroic, no, they are majestic human beings.

4. What’s your best advice for someone thinking about being a nanny? 

Get an education first. Attend a good college and take a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development or attend a reputable nanny college. A solid educational background on a nanny’s resume is her best defense against being exploited. My second piece of advice is to find a good, boutique nanny agency that has a solid reputation for excellence.

5. For someone thinking about employing one? 

Find a professional nanny agency. If you cannot afford one then buy my book. It will guide parents through every stage of sourcing, screening, interviewing and hiring a nanny.

6. What is your one hope for the future of the industry?

That we all come together into one powerful movement of workers who advocate for reform. Within reform comes better wages, contracts, paid over-time, immigration reform and recognition for the actual work that women do, and their impact on our economy, and the rights of all children to feel safe and loved in the absence of their parents.

7. What is the biggest myth in the industry?

That a nanny is a member of the family. It sets employers and employees up for all kinds of emotional entanglements. Is a teacher a member of the family? No, she is a professional with her own family but that does not negate her powerful role and influence on a child. It’s the same with a nanny.

8. What is the best kept secret?

Fortunately due to the amount of books and resources available about child care there aren’t too many secrets left. It’s all information and information is useful.

9. What do you think makes the nanny/family relationship successful? 

In a word : professionalism. A nanny should strive to remain a professional who happens to work in a domestic environment. It always helps to start with an agreement or contract. That sets the tone of the relationship.

10. What is the one thing anyone thinking of getting into this field should do or know?

Prospective nannies should understand that this is a calling that requires a genuine love for children. It often calls for personal sacrifices: a missed dinner date, a sleepless night or a gesture or action that can go un-thanked or even acknowledged. The wages are not always high and the hours are long. There is not much glamor or prestige in this vocation. And YET being a nanny is probably (in my humble opinion) the most important service that any human can provide for another human, with the possible exception of end-of-life and elderly care.

Jacalyn S Burke founded the I Saw Your Nanny Blog and is the author of The Nanny Time Bomb: navigating the crisis in child care, has now been released. Get your copy, have your say! To learn more about Jacalyn visit http://jacalynsburke.com. Michelle LaRowe is the Executive Director of Morningside Nannies and was featured in this book.

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Kid Fun’s Top Things to Do in Houston

Houston Kid Fun is here to spread the word about all of the neat things that Houston has to offer. Check out KidFun.us or visit their Facebook page to check out all Houston has to offer!

Top 10 Free Things to Do in Houston

1. Play at free indoor play places such as Frolic’s Castle at the Memorial City Mall and the Sugarcreek Playscape kid fun logo
2. Attend Chick-fil-A Family nights
3. Attend museums on “free Thursdays”
4. Play at a local park or splashpad
5. Take tours of local businesses such as the grocery store, our bank, Pet Smart, KSBJ, fire stations, etc.
6. Attend a show at Miller Outdoor Theater
7. Story time at the Nature Discovery Center
8. Visit and feed the horses at the HPD Mounted Patrol
9. Sam Houston Boat Tour ride down the Ship Channel
10. Attend story time at a library, local book store, etc.

Top 10 Things to Do in Houston

1. Houston Zoo
2. Children’s Museum of Houston
3. Theater shows like Main Street Theater
4. Play at an indoor play place such as Stomping Grounds, Wonderwild, or Pump It Up
5. Enjoy water places such as Splashway Waterpark and Noah’s Ark
6. Downtown Aquarium
7. Participate in a learning activity at places like the Houston Arboretum or the Idea Lab
8. Watching a Houston sports team such as the Rockets, Astros, and Dynamo
9. Houston Museum of Natural Science
10. Try something new – I have a huge list of places that we would like to try one day.

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10 Tips from Houston Pediatrician Dr. Amanda Chan

Wondering what pediatricians really want you to know? Dr. Amanda Chan of Fannin Pediatrics in Houston shares these 10 tips with Morningside Nannies.Dr Chan

1. Know that Tylenol/Motrin/Benadryl are weight based in children and having a chart to hang up at home can help you to be prepared. Please seek medical evaluation for any children under 2 months old of age with fever.

2. Tips to control fever: Give the correct dosing of Tylenol and Motrin (Motrin only given in 6 months and older). Also keep in mind it can take 40 minutes for medicine to kick in so in the mean time parents can give their child a bath or use cool packs in core body points (groin and underarms) to help reduce the body temperature.

3. Once children are on antibiotic, use as prescribed and finish the complete course of antibiotic.

4. Fever on antibiotics can be expected on day 1, 2, and 3. If patient has a true fever (100.4 or greater) on day 4 of antibiotics please call your doctor.

5. If you have contacted your pharmacy and a prescription is not there, please call the office to check on status; never wait until after clinic is closed to call.

6. Know office hours, policy on late arrivals, walk-in policy, after hours notifications and weekend hours.

7. Take pictures of rashes or injuries.

8. Avoid giving aspirin or aspirin containing medicines in children unless instructed to by your doctor.

9. Do not give children under the age of 2 years old cough syrup.

10. Keep poison control number on hand so you can call right away with any ingestion: (800) 222-1222.


Dr. Chan is now accepting new patients. Call 713-790-9220 to ask about insurance and for appointment information.

This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you are concerned about the health and safety of a child in your care, contact the appropriate medical provider immediately.

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Hosting a Holiday Play Date on a Budget

When school gets out for winter break, kids, parents, and caretakers might find themselves with plenty of time to play. And what could be better than hosting a play date with friends as a way to stay in touch over vacation, as well as keep playtime fun! Here’s a 7 tips for hosting a fun holiday play date while staying on a budget:

1. Everyone brings a dish or a snack

One way to save money on food at your holiday play date would be to have everyone bring their favorite snack or dish. Instead of buying food for all attendees, the food that everyone brings can be enjoyed by everyone.

2. Weather permitting…hit the outdoors

Most kids love to play outside, so weather permitting, schedule part of your play date outdoors. Sometimes a game of tag or hide and seek is the perfect way to burn off energy and enjoy playing with friends.

3. Hot chocolate and holiday movies on DVD

Big cups of warm hot chocolate with marshmallows might be the perfect way to watch holiday movies. Curl up with blankets and add some popcorn, and you’ll have happy campers.

4. Making Christmas ornaments or holiday crafts

You can find relatively cheap Christmas crafting supplies at dollar stores, so set up a place where kids can construct their own Christmas ornaments or crafts Make sure there are things like glitter, markers or crayons, glue, and basic crafting materials.

5. Write letters to Santa and make holiday collages

Why not gather all the kids around with special pens and paper, so that they can draft their letters to Santa? Kids can discuss their wishlist, draft it up, decorate it, and then get it ready in an envelope to mail out. Or if wish lists are out, you can always gather up magazines you don’t use anymore, and kids can cut out pictures and make their own collage illustrating winter and the holidays.

6. Hold a coloring book and crayons gift swap

There are so many different kinds of coloring books out during the holidays. It could loads of fun to have each parent draw a name from the attendees and bring a wrapped coloring book with crayons for a gift swap. Each child could leave with a new coloring book and new crayons.

7. Christmas Music Dance Party

If your group likes Christmas music or holiday tunes, why not schedule a dance party? Choose an area of the house with plenty of space, and have the kids dance to Christmas music. They can make up their own routines, and create performances…or they can just dance!

The holidays are always fun, but they can also be a time when staying within a budget is really important. Hopefully these tips will help if you’re looking to hold a holiday play date on a budget.

Paige Estigarribia is a regular contributor to The Dollar Stretcher.com. The site features ways to “Live Better…for Less” and has an active family section.

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I have used two other agencies, both were difficult to work with and did not live up to their promises and Morningside Nannies did.Dr. Susan Streusand
I described the person I wanted and that’s what you found for me. Thank you.Penny Featherston, NorAm Energy
Objective and professional with an obvious personal touch, small but important comments about each person.Dr. Shari Rochen
I trust Morningside Nannies & their research into their nannies more than any of the other seven agencies we talked with. The checks are reliable and the quality of nannies was superb. The process of finding a nanny was handled quite professionally.Dr. Kim Burgess, Pediatrician
We made you work and you did! I was extremely picky! Thanks.Dr. Cheryl Caragnano, Pediatrician
I had an emergency situation and had a nanny sent over for the following day. I am so pleased with the service provided by Morningside Nannies. My son immediately fell in love with the nanny assigned to us. We couldn’t be happier.A. Porter
In a time crunch you provided me with two excellent applicants within hours!Dr. Anita Tonking
Morningside Nannies was far more professional and focused than the other agencies. They listened to my request and responded promptly. I feel very fortunate to have such superb childcare and appreciate the luxury of returning to work with-out worry. Many thanks go to Morningside Nannies for that.Jeremy and Lauren Blachman
Morningside Nannies blew the others away!Myron Morris, O.R. Business Manager and Dr. Audrey Winer, Pediatrician
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