Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Follow me to the new blog!

Hello News for Today's Nanny Followers and readers!

TLC For Kids, St. Louis' nanny and sitter service is pleased to announce its new and improved blog has a new location at! Don't miss tips for both nannies and families on fun things to do with kids, safety, nutrition, building relationships, finding the right nanny match, age appropriate activities, nanny family communication and more! If you are a St. Louis mom, or dad, a nanny, sitter, au pair or governess the TLC blog is a great place to be.

Bloggers, Sharon Graff-Radell, Stephanie Graff, owners of TLC and Kimberly Patterson and Jessica Friedman, professional Nanny Placement Counselors look forward to sharing the ins and outs of in-home child care with you!

Sharon Graff Radell
President, TLC For Kids, Inc.
7301 Tulane, St. Louis MO 63130

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Nannies in Saint Louis know how to stay cool

Hello TLC Nannies!
It seems we are definitely in full swing of summer in St. Louis and boy, it's hot! Now especially, it's important to remember to put on sunscreen, pack the bug spray and watch the weather when you are taking your charges anywhere outdoors in St. Louis.
I recently had a TLC family ask, "what kind of indoor activities are there for my children, if I don't want them only at the pool or outside this summer?"
To this I simply reply that St. Louis has a myriad of activities (INDOOR) that are fun, inexpensive or even free and a great way to beat the heat!
Some of these include the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, both interactive and educational. For a small fee, take children to the Magic House (Kirkwood) or to the top of the St. Louis Arch (Downtown)! Become a tourist in your own city and grab an ice cream cone from Ted Drewes on the way home!
Just a few tips -- nannies, feel free to leave a comment and share some more cool ideas.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

St. Louis Nannies - Celebrate Earth Day this weekend!

St. Louis always has a lot of great activities around town for celebrating Earth Day! If you're free this weekend check it out!

Join your neighbors in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day with two stages of live music, cultural performances, local food and hands-on activities for the whole family!
· Over 275 eco-artists, educational exhibitors, food vendors, businesses and organizations will share how they are living Earth Day Every Day, and how you can too!
· Held at Forest Park. Visit for more info.

Thanks, have a great week(end)!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Heroes of the Profession
By Michelle LaRowe
2004 INA Nanny of the Year, Author of A Mom's Ultimate Book of Lists and Executive Director of INA

For those in-home child care providers who have dedicated a lifetime, a career or even a short season of their lives fighting for respect and recognition for the work they do, the stories of irresponsible caregivers that make the nightly news (and are often given the title of nanny) is at times enough to make them want to give up their fight and wave the white flag of surrender.

Although the negative stories seem to linger in our hearts and minds forever, the good news is that we are seeing more and more heroic nannies, real life everyday nannies, featured on the nightly news. As they share their stories they're capturing America's hearts and impacting the image of who today's professional nanny is.

As in industry we must embrace and support these real life super nannies, because as we know (and as America is quickly finding out) to the children whom today's professional nanny cares for and to the families for whom they work, they are their everyday (and often unsung) heroes.

A professional nanny puts the needs of the children in her care before her own. In fact as a nanny with over 15 years of professional experience who has played an active role on the local, national and international level, I can say with confidence that a nanny who wouldn't risk their own life for the sake of their charges is the exception, not the rule. I can also say with confidence that the nannies whom I consider my colleagues and the agency owners whom I've developed relationships with over the years take their responsibilities extremely seriously and know that caring for a child as a professional nanny is more than a job. It's a calling to care. It's a commitment to excellence. It's a chance to make a difference.

It's for these reasons that for the past 25 years INA has honored one truly amazing real life super nanny with the INA Nanny of the Year Award. It's also for these reasons that in celebration of the dedication and commitment to professional excellence that many individuals have made to our industry INA is pleased to introduce the INA Harriet Grant Service Award Pin and the INA Service Award Pin programs. It will surely be a great time of celebration at the 2010 INA Annual Conference when the award receipients will be presented with their awards.

If you've missed out on the headlines, here's a look at two heroic stores of real life super nannies that have recently been featured in the news.

March 23, 2010 - Nanny Rescues 5 Year old Boy from Fire and Suffers Serious Burns

For information on donating to the Alyson Myatt Special Needs Trust Fund visit

April 8, 2010 - Nanny Saves Infant After Lightning Strikes, Causing House Fire

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hi St. Louis Nannies!

Don't miss the 7th Annual Kids' Night on Broadway on Friday, April 9. Buy an Adult ticket & get a Kid's (17 and under) ticket FREE at the Fox box office only. 6:30 Pre-show activities: dancing, photos, crafts and temporary tattoos. Also Post-show cast Q & A.

The Fabulous Fox - St. Louis - Shows

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Do Nannies Really Turn Boys into Future Adulterers?

Attention Nannies:
This article came from and I think if anything can generate a discussion, this may be it! Already disputed in the article, any thoughts?

Do Nannies Really Turn Boys into Future Adulterers?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Give and Get Program 5% goes directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters!~

Hi Nannies,

I received this in my email this morning and wanted to pass it along to you in case you were going to do some spring shopping this weekend! Hope you are all doing well and thanks for being great nannies

Do you want to update your wardrobe with the latest Spring fashions AND help kids? If so, you are in luck!

The coupon in this email is good for 30% off any in-store purchase at The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic fromThursday, March 18th through Sunday, March 21st.

The best part: 5% of your purchase goes directly back to Big Brothers Big Sisters and the children whose lives we impact!

Click here to access your coupon. (or copy and paste the link below into a new window browser if the link doesn't work)

Please spread the Spring cheer and forward this coupon to your friends, family and co-workers. The coupon works for in-store purchases between March 18th and March 21st.

A special thank you to The Gap, Inc. for inviting Big Brothers Big Sisters - and supporters like you - to take part in their Give and Get campaign!

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Have a great weekend,

Jessica Friedman
Placement Counselor
TLC for Kids, Inc.
314-725-5660 ph
314-725-7689 fax