Chronicles of Nannya

Episode 92 - The Newborn Baby Blueprint

Episode 92 - The Newborn Baby Blueprint

Newborn babies are a lot of change in a short amount of time. Often, as nannies, we're helping with a second or third child as they make their way into the world. Dr. Casares is our guest this week and she is an amazing resource for nannies and moms alike! From ideas for how to help set up for a new baby to ways you can help make a new mom's life a little easier, Dr. Casares covers it all in her book, The Newborn Baby Blueprint!

Episode 91 - Nanny Transitions

Episode 91 - Nanny Transitions

To be a nanny is to know that one day you will have to move on. Nanny transitions are one of the most difficult parts of our job. Luckily, we have Glenda Propst here to talk us through this difficult process. In the words of Nanny McPhee: "There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It's rather sad, really, but there it is."

Episode 90 - The Foundations of Feeding

Episode 90 - The Foundations of Feeding

Mealtimes are one of the best times to really connect with kids. But so often we get caught up in the "battle" over food that we forget what a gift meal and snack times can be! This week, Angelina Pizzi, of onetwothrive.com joins us to talk about the first 1,000 days of feeding and beyond! We discuss the importance of building a foundation of good food habits with kids early on that will pay off for the rest of their lives! She also has some ideas to better yourself as a nanny along the way!

Episode 88 - Social-Emotional Learning

Episode 88 - Social-Emotional Learning

Summer is a time of opportunities for all kinds of learning! And just because kids aren't in school doesn't mean they can't learn a lot to build their emotional intelligence. We're joined this week by Sofia Dickens, host and founder of Q Wunder, as she talks us through some ways to weave learning into your nanny kids' day!

Episode 87 - Inviting Kids into the Kitchen

Episode 87 - Inviting Kids into the Kitchen

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!

Episode 86 - Nutrition for Nannies

Episode 86 - Nutrition for Nannies

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!

Episode 85 - Nannying in Different Cultures

Episode 85 - Nannying in Different Cultures

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!

Episode 84 - Power Struggles with Parents

Episode 84 - Power Struggles with Parents

‚ÄčIt 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!

Episode 83 - Mother's Day

Episode 83 - Mother's Day

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!

Episode 80 - Power Struggles with Kids

Episode 80 - Power Struggles with Kids

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!

Episode 79 - Tactics for Teaching Bravery

Episode 79 - Tactics for Teaching Bravery

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!

Episode 78 - Nanny Squads

Episode 78 - Nanny Squads

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!

Episode 77 - RIE for Caretakers

Episode 77 - RIE for Caretakers

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!

Episode 76 - International Nanny Training Day

Episode 76 - International Nanny Training Day

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.

Episode 75 - Online Portfolios

Episode 75 - Online Portfolios

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!

Episode 74 - Bedtime Fears: Fighting Big Fears with Big Imaginations

Episode 74 - Bedtime Fears: Fighting Big Fears with Big Imaginations

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!

Episode 73 - Avoiding Cabin Fever with an Infant

Episode 73 - Avoiding Cabin Fever with an Infant

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!