Learning how to entertain ourselves is an important life skill! Teaching children how to play by themselves sets them up for success now and later in life. In this episode, Cady Leinicke and I discuss how to encourage individual play with your nanny kids. Kids learn so many skills from some alone play time and you get a brain break! It's a win win all around!
Did you know that when a child first begins to lie it's actually a developmental milestone? From little fibs to invisible friends to be huge lies, this episode will help you navigate all the different ways we interact with lies as a nanny. Cady Leinicke is my guest and, as always, she brings a wealth of knowledge and book recommendations to this episode! If lying is something you're struggling with in your nanny family, this episode is sure to help!
Summer is starting to wind down and that means our kiddos are getting a little antsy. Lately, my guest, Leah Frires and I have been hearing choruses of "I'm bored" coming from our charges. Teaching kids how to handle being bored is such an important lesson and this episode is full of ways to combat boredom! From making a Boredom Jar to teaching them chores to having them create a play, this episode covers so many boredom busters, you'll never get bored again!
Every nanny has those days where literally everything that could go wrong, seems to go wrong. So I invited my friend and world class sommelier, Dan Kroes, on to pair some drinks with stories from the nanny community of no good, very bad days! This episode is fun, but please enjoy these recommendations responsibly! Enjoy!
ouble your trouble, double your fun! Nannying for twins may be twice the challenged, but it's also twice the love! Annie Lynch is my guest this week and we not only discuss strategies for nannying twins, but we also discuss our favorite movie twins! This is a fun episode that was a blast to record!
For many parents and nannies, mealtime can be one of the most difficult times of the day. Cady Leinicke is back again to talk us through ways to end mealtime power struggles once and for all! From picky eaters to slow eaters to messy eaters, this episode covers it all! Thanks for listening!
Cady Leinicke is BACK and she's here to offer some alternatives to timeouts. Though discipline styles differ from nanny to nanny and even from child to child, these are some strategies to try when timeouts aren't working! Check it out! And thanks for listening!
My guest this week is dear friend and summer activity genius, Carleigh Obrochta! Carleigh spent last summer eating her way around the world with her kiddos! They would pick a different country every week and make food from that country and plan an activity from the area too! What I love about this activity is that you can tailor it to be as involved or low key as you like!
This week's episode is very special because I have the two ladies from the Practically Perfect Podcast on in a crossover extravaganza! We are discussing online nanny websites and problems with the rating system on said websites. It's a hot topic and all three of us see it slightly differently! If you haven't listened to part one of this episode, go download it by searching "Practically Perfect Podcast" wherever you get your podcasts! And thanks for listening!!!
Transitions from parent to nanny and then back again are some of the trickiest times of day! Leah Frires is back to talk us through transition times and how to make beginning and end of day smoother for all parties involved!
Bullying is a complicated and difficult topic. As nannies, we are often the first to see signs of bullying in our nanny kids and, sometimes, the first person a child tells when they are being bullied. My guest this week, Katherine Siegel, is currently directing a play (Gideon's Knot) that really digs into these issues and came on to talk about ways we, as nannies, can help set our nanny kids up to not be bullied and also not become the bully!
Photo Scavenger Hunts are one of my absolute favorite activities to do with my kiddos. They are engaged with the world around them in such a fun and intense way! And we always find new ways to look at common objects in the world. And this is an activity that can grow with kids! If you've never tried one with your nanny kids, I highly recommend it!
This week is all about moving with or for your nanny family! Andrea Murphy is an amazing guest who has moved so many times over the past 8 years! She is also recorded this episode while traveling across the country for a nanny family! Even if you're not moving with or for a nanny family, this episode has some great tips for general moving! Check it out!
This week's episode comes to you by request! A wonderful listener asked us to cover micromanaging parents and boy did Brittany Vogel deliver! Always a wonderful guest, Brittany has some wonderful ideas about how to make it work when it comes to dealing with micromanaging parents and when to walk away! If you have ever felt put under a microscope as a nanny, this episode is for you!
After spending four years in the army, Andrea Murphy knows a thing or two about discipline! Andrea stopped by Chicago on her cross country road trip and I am so glad she did! We got to sit down and talk about our personal discipline philosophies and methods of discipline that have been successful for us!
This week Kirk Osgood is back to tell us all about nannying for boys! With game ideas and methods for helping boys develop deeper emotional lives, this episode is full of wonderful advice for interacting with young men in a respectful and fun way!
Sugar and spice and everything nice? Any nanny who has nannied for two or more girls knows that little ladies bring an energy that's all their own! Taryn Pryor is back to talk about ways to tailor your nannying for girls! From fun science experiments to book recommendations to how to build self confidence, Taryn covers it all!