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!
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!
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!
In our continued effort to help you be a better nanny for all children, this week we're discussing nannying for children with type 1 diabetes. My guest, Andy Rogers, has devoted his life to studying and working with kids who have type 1. I adored getting to sit down and talk our way through the medical aspects, the everyday life changes and the emotional life of this disease. We also talk about ways to help spot diabetes in kids. Andy is one of the kindest people I know and I also love the joy he brings to this episode! This is a great episode for anyone to listen to!
If you've never visited Danny Joe's Tree House, you are in for a treat! This week I have the creator and star of a wonderful up and coming children's show, Danny LaBrecque, to discuss methods of communicating to children through play. Often, a child may not have the words to tell us exactly how they are feeling or what is wrong. But through active listening and observing their play, we can discover ways into their inner life and guide them to healthier emotional choices!
Children often spend their days being told exactly what to do and when to do it. If you truly put yourself in the shoes of a child and think through their day, it becomes clear that they are often not given the opportunity to make choices which leads to self-doubt within the child and power struggles between you and the child. In this episode, recorded LIVE at Nannypalooza, Cady Leinicke and I discuss ways to hold space for your nanny kids to make decisions throughout their day!