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In addition to a contract, the nanny and employers may find it helpful to have an informal suggestion list of activities and preferences. An informational suggestion list can give the nanny ideas on how the family functions and help her have a smooth transition into her position. Some ideas for a suggestion sheet include a list of the child's eating preferences, favorite activities and naptimes. Employers can also list their preferences for handling household duties related to childcare (child's laundry and dishes) and taking phone messages while the parents are at work. The sheet should also include an overview of the employers' parenting philosophy with regards to issues such as discipline, rewards, chores, etc. Since the informational sheet is not a formal document, the parents, or even the nanny, can change it throughout the course of the nanny's employment.