All posts tagged: nannies

Deceitful, Dark, & Twisted THE NANNY is about villians, the art world, the slippery nature of memory; plus Gilly Macmillan talks about her ideal writing day, her next book, and more

By Leslie Lindsay NYT Bestselling author, Gilly Macmillan is back with this dark, original, and diabolically clever tale of family secrets, set in a U.K. manor home. I’ve read all of Gilly Macmillan’s books and I think THE NANNY (September 10 William Morrow) must be her darkest, most sinister tale yet. Each one just gets better and better. Years ago, in 1988, 7-year old Jo’s (Jocelyn) nanny, Hannah, left without a trace. Jo was devastated. No one spoke of her again. Jo grew up bitter and distanced from her family; there was very little relationship between she and her mother Virginia (Ginny). Eventually, Jo leaves her aristocratic family and home–Lake Hall–behind for California. She marries and works in the art world–until her husband unexpectedly dies. It’s been thirty years, and Jo must return home to Lake Hall. She’s dreading this. She and her mother are estranged and there’s a stuffiness to this upper class life she desperately wishes to avoid. While she and her daughter, Ruby, are kayaking in the lake, they discover a human skull. This couldn’t be her long-lost nanny, could it? And then there’s …

The Teacher is Talking: But Mom’s a Yeller!!

By Leslie Lindsay Welcome to a new “column” of Practical Parenting with a Twist…”The Teacher is Talking.”  Here I hope to share with you some tips on helping your kiddos at home and school…bridging that connection for better, more rounded students.  You’ll find ideas here for how to help your child read smarter, how to talk with  teachers at parent-teacher conferences, the “new math,” (it’s always new to me!!) and more. Today, I would like to kick off the new column with a guest blog post from NannyJobs.org (www.nannyjobs.org).  The article, “Ten Tips for Nannies When Mom is a Yeller,” may speak to you http://www.nannyjobs.org/blog/10-tips-for-nannies-when-the-mom-is-a-yeller/.  While this particular article is geared towards nannies, you may still benefit…after all, how many of us parents have yelled at our kids?  I know I am guilty.  Plus, you may indeed have a nanny who could glean a little something from this. Finally, when we yell at our kids, we are setting a negative example of behavior.  We don’t want our kiddos to think it’s okay to yell when …