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National Nanny Recognition Week

Dear Nannies, this week is National Nanny Recognition Week.   Lt. Governor Calley declared this Friday, September 27, as Nanny Appreciation Day in Michigan!  Here is the proclamation:

WHEREAS, for decades the work of nannies has made it possible for countless numbers of children to receive individualized and compassionate care, helping children to grow and mature while surrounded by dedicated individuals; and

WHEREAS, nannies work tirelessly to abide by a professional standard of excellence in caring for children, and are diligent in their adherence to the federal, state and local laws related to their profession in order to ensure the safety of the children they care for; and

WHEREAS, these caregivers foster a learning atmosphere that is constructive to emotional growth and tailored to the specific needs of each child they care for; and

WHEREAS, on this day we recognize the many nannies that devote their skills and resources to the betterment of a child’s intellectual and emotional faculties and the overall strength of family bonds through partnership with parents; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the devotion, generosity and assistance nannies provide to the children they care for:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brian Calley, lieutenant governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 27, 2013 as Nanny Appreciation Day in Michigan.

Nannies, we at Nanny Anytime want you to know that we appreciate you for your hard work, dedication, and nurturing that you give to our families and their children. You do not go unnoticed. From us to you: Happy Nanny Appreciation Day!

Apps for the Busy Nanny

Top 5 Apps Recommended For Nannies
By Kellie Geres via Nanny Classified

As nannies, we are constantly on the go – we are going to the store, carpool, school, after-school events – the list is endless. These five apps, however, can help every busy nanny stay on top of her game! Note that all of these are free, though some do offer a paid version that offers additional features.

Key Ring

Tired of carrying around dozens of those little plastic store loyalty cards? Run into CVS, only to realize you forgot your card at home or forgot which number the card is associated with? Key Ring lets you scan all those loyalty cards into one easy app. It also allows you to sign up from the app to additional loyalty programs and sends coupons directly to your phone.

Red Laser

If you’re thrifty and love to price shop, Red Laser is the app for you. The app allows you to scan bar codes while it finds the best prices, as well as where it’s located. Once located, you can decide if getting a cheaper price is worth the drive.

ColorNote

ColorNote is essentially like having post-it notes for your phone. You can make lists, jot down notes from a meeting or phone call and save it all to your phone. You can even color code for work, personal things, school and more.

Baby Connect

If you have infants or toddlers, Baby Connect is the one app you should have. You can share info with the parents by adding log feedings, naps, important notes and observations. All of this information is easily added  while baby is napping or you’re waiting in carpool for the older kids.

Flashlight

You arrive home with the kids and the light over the door has gone out. On top of that, you end up dropping your keys and you’re trying to juggle an infant and a toddler. Need a solution? Pull out your phone and turn on your flashlight.  The flashlight app is a great app for those quick needs and can be a lifesaver when the power is out or you find yourself in a dark place.

What app would you recommend to nannies as a must-have on the job?

 

©2013 Kellie Geres via Nanny Classified
Top 5 Apps Recommended for Nannies

 

Being A Great Nanny

Do you see yourself as a great nanny? Do you aspire to be better? Here is an article taken from Nanny Jobs (NannyJobs.org) that may help you:

 

Being a great nanny is a combination of many things. Here are the top ten things great nannies tend to have in common. Do you see traits of yourself on this list?

  • Great nannies genuinely love spending their days with kids. There’s a difference between enjoying kids in a casual way and enjoying being with them for 10 to 12 hours each day, 5 days a week. To be a great nanny, you truly have to love working with kids and feel excitement and passion for your job each and every day. That doesn’t mean great nannies don’t have their off days. Or even weeks. But at their core, their love of working with kids always gets them through.
  • Great nannies still have a sense of curiosity and wonder. Kids are magical. To be able to see the world through their eyes and connect with them around the things that are important to them, great nannies have to have a real sense of curiosity and wonder. Most people lose those things as they get older. Great nannies find a way to hold onto those elements and bring them to life in their jobs.
  • Great nannies can find the humor in tough situations. Nannies are faced with lots of tough situations. Some caregivers let the tough times wear them down. Great nannies find the humor in whatever’s happening and use that to move through the difficult situations.
  • Great nannies are willing to get messy. Working as a nanny is anything but a clean and neat job. In any given day a nanny can find herself covered in baby spit up, pureed peas, finger paints or mud.  Great nannies aren’t phased by any of this. They’re prepared to spot shampoo their hair, scrub things off their clothes and dig things out from under their fingernails. They know that getting dirty is part of the fun of getting to play and explore all day.
  • Great nannies know how to say “no.” Nannies don’t have a supervisor or principal to be the middle man between them and their employers, so they have to advocate for themselves on the job. That means knowing when to say yes and, more importantly, when to say no. Maintaining a healthy life/work balance is one of the biggest challenges of working as a nanny. Great nannies have mastered saying no to excessive hours, out of bounds tasks and other things that hurt the employment relationship.
  • Great nannies have a positive and respectful discipline philosophy. Great nannies know how to get the best behavior from kids. They have a natural positive and respectful approach, and kids happily respond to this. That’s not to say that great nannies don’t face discipline challenges on the job. They definitely do. However, they have a full bag of tried and true tricks that they can use in a wide variety of situations.
  • Great nannies are self-directed. Working as a nanny means planning a well-rounded day for your charge, discovering great community resources and getting a variety of tasks done in a timely way, all without a lot of direction. Great nannies take the initiative and effortlessly keep lots of balls in the air while also providing great care. But they’re also great team players. They work well with Mom and Dad and the other professionals in the home.
  • Great nannies are passionate about raising the next generation. Great nannies view their job as a calling, not simply a way to earn a paycheck. They’re excited about all the teachable moments presented to them each day. They see the big picture, knowing that the work they do every day is shaping their charges’ in very important ways.
  • Great nannies are a Jill of All Trades. Great nannies do a lot more than just providing high quality childcare. They take on the roles of teacher, art director, cook, sleep trainer, tutor and more. They love the diversity the job offers, and wearing different hats keeps them challenged. This also means great nannies are always learning new skills and honing their current ones. This keeps them ready to tackle whatever comes up.
  • Great nannies enjoy working in a private home. There are lots of great caregivers out there, but that doesn’t mean they’re all great nannies. Being a great nanny means being comfortable working by yourself and enjoying working in a private home rather than a center or school. Great nannies take a lot of pride in creating a warm caregiving environment in the home for the kids they care for.

© 2013 via nannyjobs.com

10 Things Childcare Providers Won’t Tell You

There’s a lot more you should know before leaving your precious little ones with the caregiver. Take a look at these tips from Parenting on Shine.

10 things childcare providers won’t tell you

By Mother Nature Network
More from Guest Bloggers blog

You leave your child with them day in and day out, and you trust them completely. But there are some things even your childcare provider won’t tell you — about your child, your peers, and maybe even yourself. 

The following are 10 things your baby-sitter, nanny, and day-care operator won’t tell you. (To protect their anonymity, some of the childcare providers interviewed asked that we identify them only by first name.)

1. The way you treat your childcare provider matters

You might be in a rush to drop off your child at daycare or pick them up on your way home, but that’s no reason to not take a moment to be kind to your childcare provider. “The parent should speak to the childcare provider in the way they want their child to act: Courteous, use pleases and thank-you’s,” said Mathilda Williams, who runs an in-home childcare facility in New Jersey. “Yes, the childcare provider works for you, but that doesn’t mean they can be treated without respect. If the child sees his mom or dad speaking to the provider without respect, this is what he will learn.”

2. Timing is important

Being on time to pick up your child matters not only to your daycare provider, but also to your children. “The child may think that he doesn’t matter, because his mom or dad makes no effort to pick him up on time,” says Williams. “Children learn very soon that their friends are picked up early or on time, and they are only picked up after everyone else has gone home already. They will resent that. ”

3. Nannies are not maids

Lisa, a nanny in Greenville, S.C., said she was fired when she refused do housework. “Because I didn’t feel like cleaning the bathroom, they decided to put [the child] in daycare,” she said. Nonetheless, families can confuse the role of a nanny. For her part, Tina Carey, a full-time nanny in the Boston area, once quit a job because she didn’t want to polish the family’s silver. “I said, ‘No, ma’am. If you’re looking for a housekeeper, that’s not me.’”

“Nannies don’t mind cleaning up the house,” said Candi Wingate, president of Nannies4Hire, “But it’s discouraging when another mess is waiting for them when they report to work the next morning. It is reasonable to expect a nanny to clean up after the children, but it is not customary to expect nannies to be responsible for all housecleaning tasks.”

4. They see other nannies yelling at — or ignoring — other children

For every childcare provider who engages her charges at the park, there are countless others chatting on their cell phones or talking with friends. Carey said she once witnessed a little boy nearly get hit by a car while his nanny napped on a blanket at the park. “There used to be a caregiver I would see at the school … who would constantly scream at and berate the child she looked after,” said a nanny named Jennifer. “I wondered how the child’s parents could have hired a woman like that.”

5. A little thanks goes a long way

Don’t skimp on the person who ties your children’s shoelaces, fixes them a snack, and wipes their tears. “I spend five to seven days a week helping her raise her kids and for Christmas, I got a re-gifted mud mask,” said Lisa. “I totally cried,” she said. “I didn’t even write a thank-you note.”

Speaking of thank-you notes, you might want to send one from time to time. “When the nanny goes above and beyond, a thank-you note or little perk is a nice touch,” said Wingate. “Nannies, like everyone else, need to feel that their good work does not go unnoticed.”

6. You need to discipline your children

“Some parents don’t believe in discipline,” said Carey. But giving in to temper tantrums essentially tells kids that yelling and screaming will get them what they want. “Kids are smart,” Carey said.

Of course, your kids might be better behaved when you’re not around. “Why does your kid listen to me and not to you? Because I set firm rules and stick by them,” said certified preschool teacher Dionne Obeso. “You’re a softie, and your kids know it.”

7. Your child might be a bully

“If your children are getting into fights regularly, they are probably starting them,” said Obeso. If you see bites or bruises on your child, ask your childcare provider who is actually hitting whom. They might be afraid to tell you on their own.

8. Your kids need more attention … from you

Lisa works for a family where both parents travel often. “The kids do miss them,” she said. But parents also need to be present when they are home. The 10-year-old boy she babysits was trying to read his father a story he wrote recently. “The dad had his face in his Blackberry and was like, ‘Uh huh, uh huh.’” Lisa said the boy acts out when he’s missing his parents. “He wakes up every night, at least twice in the night and asks for his mom. He starts to cry,” she said.

9. Your kid has a developmental problem

No parent wants to hear that something is wrong with her kid, but caring for Little Johnny for 10 hours a day makes a babysitter pretty observant. “Being a parent myself, it’s a sensitive subject,” said Carey. “You want the best for your child, but you don’t want to hear that.”

10. You get what you pay for, and what you seek

Childcare providers might not be willing to market themselves based on price alone, but “you most certainly get what you pay for in terms of childcare,” says Melody Rubie, owner and president of Smart Start Sitters and Nannies in New York City. “I recommend parents cut back on less crucial items, such as pricey enhancement classes, rather than paying less for a less qualified caregiver who could significantly impact your child’s budding self-esteem and restrict their experiential learning for many hours each week.”

If you’re expecting someone who will teach your young child, make sure they’re qualified, or that they’re actually going to provide the services you assume they are going to provide. Children’s book author Jennifer Lynn Pereyra found that out when she put her oldest daughter into childcare. “We were expecting that when she was three that they would start to teach her letters and numbers. Well, we came to find out that this particular center believed strictly in learning through play and not doing any type of structured learning.”

With her second daughter, Pereyra observed two things about the center they had chosen: The employees had all been there more than 10 years, which showed her they were happy in their jobs. “I chalk this up to solid management practices,” she said. “I firmly believe that good management equals happy, tenured teachers, and happy teachers produce happy children.”

  International Nanny Association


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