Did you know that babies begin to notice race at 6 months old? Talking with your nanny kids about race and racism is so important but it can feel like an overwhelming topic for some of us. Dr. Camp from Northeastern Illinois University joins us to discuss how we, as nannies, can approach this important topic. Kids are naturally curious. Let's help teach them to be respectfully curious! This episode also features a story from Patsy Andall! Thank you, Patsy!
Whether you know it or not, Maria Montessori's life work has had an impact on your nannying. Tiffany Otwell, of the Montessori Children's House, joins us to discuss the ways we can incorporate Montessori teachings into our days as nannies! She makes the excellent point that, as nannies, we can allow children the time to learn a new skill or try something that may be hard for them over and over. As Maria Montessori said, "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
As our industry continues to grow and change new methods of finding families pop up all the time. Tori Clodfelter joins us this week to talk through the app Chime and the ups and downs of being a freelance babysitter. Much like Uber for babysitting, Chime promises quality care at the touch of the button. But can it really deliver on that promise? Listen this week to find out!
Dental health is extremely important but I know I have never learned about dental health for children until I did this interview! We have Jim Ratcliff, from the Closys company, as a guest to teach us all about dental hygiene and how to set kids up for oral health!
Politics can be an emotional subject at times. But it's also important to teach kids the importance of voting from an early age! In the book Voting with a Porpoise my guest, Sean Callahan, and his writing partner, Russell Glass make the discussion of politics and particularly voting very accessible and fun! Sean came on the show to help talk us through some activities and ways to get the conversation started in a healthy and educational way!
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!