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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

Reading Treats

Is it reading time and your child is resisting? Try these reading treats! Do you have any tips to share on how you encourage your children to enjoy reading?

(Taken from Serendipity from Jewels and Company)

 

 

Your Child’s Special Place

As a child whether you made a tree-house, tent, or fort out of pillows, we all had a moment where we made a creative space to get away or just to play. Kids deserve a chance to make that special place where they can create memories that you can remind them out as they get older.

Take a look at this website that shows you how to help your kids make Tents, Forts, and Hideouts. You will be surprised at all the creative games and scenarios that your children can come up with.

Tents, Forts, and Hideouts: Special Spaces for Kids

Do you have a memory to share about a special space you made as a child or a memory from a special space that your own child has made? Share with us in the comments below!

INA Urges Nannies, Parents, and Placement Agencies to Follow Water Safety Guidelines

Since the 2010 tragic drowning incident in Long Island, New York, that involved a nanny and the toddler in her care, INA has committed to sending an annual reminder to nannies, parents and agencies that only child care providers who have the proper training should take children swimming or near large bodies of water like a pool, lake or ocean.

INA recommends that children are only to be taken swimming by a nanny if she is a lifeguard, if she has successfully completed a credible water safety and rescue course, or if there is a lifeguard present.

INA recommends that any child care provider who works in a home where there is a large body of water present be properly trained in water safety and rescue.

To find an American Red Cross Water Safety and Rescue course in your area, visithttp://www.redcross.org.

(Taken from www.nanny.org)

 

 

  International Nanny Association


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