Chronicles of Nannya is a resource podcast meant to help connect and inspire nannies from around the world. Every week we cover a new activity, issue or aspect of nannying in the hopes that you can use the information with your little ones! For more resources, visit the "Episode Resource" Page on the Chronicles of Nannya website for pictures, print outs, links and more. If you have any questions, suggestions, encouragements or stories you'd like to share, please send us an email here. Nannying is hard work, but the rewards are endless! Thank you for all your support!
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Inviting kids to cook alongside us can be a daunting idea. This week I was lucky enough to talk to Leah McDermott, of Your Natural Learner, about ways to begin inviting children to be a part of everything from grocery shopping to food prep to clean up. Cooking with children has so many benefits for both you and the child! I learned so much and I know you will too!
Nannies are often surrounded by processed, snacky foods that can make it difficult to make healthy choices! Brooke Blazevich, of Nanny Harmony, joins us this week to talk us through some strategies for setting yourself up for success when it comes to food choices. Changing habits can be hard, but you deserve to live the life you want to live!
Nannying practices change slightly family to family. So imagine how much they change country to country! Stephanie Ojukwu joins us this week to talk about nannying all over the world! From Japan to Australia to America and a time teaching in China, Stephanie has been all over! The biggest takeaway is to approach each new place with an open heart and a good attitude, but this episode taught me so many things I didn't know about our wonderful world!
It takes so much courage to stand up for yourself, especially when your job is on the line. In nannying, we work so closely with families that sometimes boundaries feel less clear than in other jobs. Pascale Brady is back to talk us through ways to handle potential power struggles with parents. This episode is also great for working to prevent future problems by addressing them before they grow!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! This week Angela Johnson (of Third Parent Academy and Ask the Nanny) talks us through all sorts of Mother's Day gift ideas! We also discuss a nanny's role in planning for Mother's Day! And again, happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
This week is short and sweet with a fun indoor activity I like to call Spy Day! Gather your spy supplies and have a day searching for clues and avoiding laser beams!
Part of a child's job is to push boundaries! It's natural but it can feel frustrating in the moment. Pascale Brady joins us again to talk through tools for preventing and working through power struggles with kids. This information has completely transformed my nanny day and I am excited to share it with all of you!
Trying new things can be scary for adults and children! But, as nannies, we need to lovingly encourage our little ones to face their fears in a safe way and discover all the ways they are brave and strong! In this episode, Cady Leinicke is back to help us talk through tactics for teaching bravery to kids!
Nannying can be an isolating career if you don't have a Nanny Squad to make it through the long days! Nickey Andree from The Nannyhood joins us this week to talk about creating a social network in your area, lovingly known as a Nanny Squad! From how to find your nanny hood to how to include someone new in your squad, Nickey is an expert in creating a supportive network!
RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) is all about respect! Through this method, caregivers offer respect to their children and, in return, children learn to treat those around them with the same respect! Kimberly Roberts Benakovich joins us again to talk through the benefits of raising children through RIE or RIE-ish methods!
Sue Downey of Nannypalooza and the "Practically Perfect Podcast" joins us to talk about International Nanny Training Day (iNNTD). International Nanny Training Day is held to recognize the needs of young children and to raise awareness of the positive correlation between nanny training and quality care. This national initiative is part of Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
On Saturday, April 21st nannies from all over the U.S and the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Australia will gather in their local communities at training events designed to meet their unique needs.
When you're on the hunt for a new family, it can feel difficult to set yourself apart from the other nannies out there! My guest this week, Candice Albert, has just the right thing to make you stand out - an online portfolio! We discuss the benefits of moving your portfolio online and some resources to make it SPARKLE!
Bedtime can be a scary time for children. From bad dreams to monsters to fears based in reality, there's a lot of things that our minds dredge up right before bedtime. In this episode, Cady Leinicke and I discuss several strategies to help little ones drift off to a peaceful sleep. Good night, everyone!
he winter is hard on us all. You're all stuck inside together and energy is often high with few places to get it all out! This cabin fever can be especially challenging when you're inside with an infant! How do you avoid going crazy when the only other person you have can't speak yet? Johanna Dunphy talks us through how to avoid those winter blues with infants! From creating a soundtrack for your day to baby workouts, Johanna has some wonderfully creative ways to keep everything feeling new and fun!
The International Nanny Association is a wonderful resource for nannies all over the world! According to their website, "INA’s mission is to serve as the umbrella association for the in-home, child care industry by providing information, education, and guidance to the public and to industry professionals." This week, Marcia Hall, the President of the INA, joins us to talk about how the International Nanny Association benefits YOU! From town halls to discounts to work agreements to networking, the INA is a wonderful place to become the best nanny you can be!
Sleep training can be tricky but sleep is so important for little ones (and, let's be honest, for us too)! This week my guest, Morgan Massaro, talks us through sleep training with the added layer of working with a nanny share! She is right in the middle of sleep training one of her littles and transitioning her other tiny one! Sweet dreams!
I am honored to have The Challenge Coach, Pascale Brady, on this week to talk about Growth Mindset and helping children develop grit. We discuss everything from the differences between a fixed mindset and growth mindset to how to model imperfection to what to say to a child in the face of disappointment. This episode is a wonderful reminder of the importance one person can have on a kid's outlook on life! For links to all the resources Pascale listed during this episode, please visit www.chroniclesofnannya.com! Also, be sure to visit Pascale's website (https://thechallengecoach.com/) for wonderful articles and other helpful resources!
Libraries are one of the best resources for nannies everywhere! From a free play area to picture books to science experiments, the library has it all! This week a real-life children's librarian joins us! Dannie Levine-Moore even brought books for a little story time at the end! Feed your inner bookworm with this week's episode!
lay dates are an important part of helping our little ones develop social skills! They can also be a highlight in a long week, especially when school is out! Cady Leinicke is back to talk through Play Dates in all their glory! From a child deciding last minute that they would rather stay home to a parent forgetting to tell you about a play date that's happening in 30 minutes, we cover it all!
Cady Leinicke is back to talk about Weekend Sits! There's a lot that goes into taking care of someone else's children for a weekend or beyond. If you've ever felt intimidated by the idea of doing a weekend sit, this episode will help you know that you can do it and help you figure out if you want to do it!
The wonderful Cady Leinicke is back to talk about Nanny Self Care! Nannies have a very difficult and exhausting job. There's no way around it. And those who choose to nanny will often put their nanny family's needs and wants before themselves over and over again. In this episode, we talk through several strategies to take better care of yourself in order to be the best nanny you can be!
Tis the season for end of the year bonuses and the nanny groups are abustle with talk of this emotionally charged topic. So I brought on Nanny Counsel creator and owner, Brooke Weglarz, to talk us through all things bonus! We discuss ways everything from what is standard in our industry to include bonuses in a contract to how to handle it if you don't receive a bonus.
To read Brooke's article, click here: https://www.nannycounsel.com/blog/tis-the-season-to-give-your-nanny-a-holiday-bonus
The holidays often bring more toys than kids know how to handle. But we all know that most of those toys will fall by the wayside pretty quickly. Teaching kids to play games that require no equipment help them learn that they have all the tools they need to have fun already! This week, I am joined once again by the wonderful Sarah George to talk through some great games that only require YOU!
Cortney West joins me this week to talk us through work from home parents and all the joys and obstacles that come with it! When parents work from home, you are sharing a work space but doing vastly different jobs. So navigating that can be tricky, but this episode is full of tips to help!
If your nanny family decided last minute to go on vacation, would you get paid? Guaranteed hours can be a surprisingly tricky concept for nannies to understand, much less explain to nanny families. Jennifer Hilton is back to help us navigate the legal and business aspects of why guaranteed hours matter.
Mary Calderon, a certified doula, came on the show this week to help teach us about what it means to be a doula. A doula (both birth and postpartum) advocates for the parents and helps them navigate the often confusing waters of transitioning into parenthood. I learned so much during this episode and I hope you do too!
Nannying for two under the age of two can be challenging, but can also be full of joy! Sarah George is back with us to talk about her experience nannying for two little ones with an 18-month gap! From how to prepare before the baby comes to your first day solo after maternity leave, Sarah covers it all! Thanks for listening!
We say frequently that it takes a village to raise a child and, as nannies, we know that's true! This week I have guest Kimberley Roberts Benakovich on to discuss Via the Village. Via the Village is a new web platform under design and development that will allow for families to come together to build their own personalized villages within their local community to find safe, reliable childcare services through their trusted connections. To learn more, listen to the episode! I'm so excited to see this platform take off, and you can help!
Nannies often end up working long hours because families need coverage not only for their time at work but for both ends of their commute as well! In this episode, the wonderful Sarah George and I discuss some hints and tips to keep you from going crazy during those 12-16 hours days!
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