Holiday Help is Here!

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The holidays are a busy and exciting time for families full of the magic of Santa, festivities, parties, and of course lots to get done! We are here to help. Your Happy Nest has nannies on hand that can help out with more than just childcare. They can run errands, wrap gifts, help with party decorations or even come to your party and help with childcare or serving food and drinks. We would love to help take some of the stress of the holidays off of your back so you can enjoy more time with your little ones making memories!

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Families: Suggestions on What to Give Your Nanny for a Holiday Bonus

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Parents, are you wondering what is a typical holiday bonus for your nanny? The holidays are a great way to show your nanny some appreciation for a job well done this year. We always tell families that when nannies feel appreciated, they are more willing to go the extra mile and also stay with your family long term!

Here is what we suggest as far as monetary compensation:

  • If your nanny has been with you for a year or less, it is customary to give her 1 week of pay

  • If your nanny has been with you for 1-2 years, 2 weeks of pay is customary 

  • 3+ years, 3 weeks of pay is customary

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It is also nice to do something a little more personal for your nanny at the holidays along with her bonus such as have your child(ren) make her a holiday ornament or card, or get her a small more personal gift to go along with her bonus. Whatever you end up doing, your nanny will be happy you thought of them during the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Happy holidays to all of our clients and nannies!

Your Happy Nanny Atlanta October -- Faith Mbisa

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Your Happy Nest Atlanta is happy to introduce Faith Mbisa as our Your Happy Nanny for the month of October. Faith has previously been placed into two longterm positions through Your Happy Nest and has also done extensive fill-in nanny and babysitting work through the agency. She has excellent experience as a nanny to infants and also has worked as a household manager. She is calm, organized, and an excellent communicator! Contact Your Happy Nest today to schedule an interview with Faith! 

What part of Atlanta do you live in? Sandy springs

Where are you from originally?  Malawi (South Eastern Africa)

What language(s) do you speak? English & Chewa (Malawian Language)

How long have you been a nanny? 13 years

Do you have a favorite age and why? Don’t have a preference, each age is intriguing. I believe each age group is great and has their own little benefits. Newborns are gorgeous for cuddling and gazing at. Toddlers are amazing to watch as they discover the wide world around them and ALL their new skills. Preschoolers are still learning so much about the world around them, it's just so amazing to watch and be a part of this. School-aged children are awesome to work with because they have so much knowledge and you can share so much with them.

Funniest nanny moment: The kids I was taking care of a few years ago decided to play a prank on me. They locked me outside the house while plying hide & go seek. Unbeknownst to them, I always have a key on me in case something like this ever happened. I played along like I didn’t have a key. I even pretended to cry, then the boys felt sorry for me and opened the door.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  As a nanny you become someone else: an adventurer, an explorer, a comedian, or even a play toy. Whether it's dressing up as a princess or pretending to be a monster, you always know how to make your little person laugh and giggle with delight. Being a nanny also gives you valuable experience for the day you yourself become a mom. You will always remember the bedtime rituals, favorite foods, and continually replayed cartoons when you have a little one of your own.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  I make a commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of the children in my care. I am proactive, creative, enthusiastic, reliable & responsible.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  Zoo Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, Children’s Museum of Atlanta

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  LEGO-LAND Discovery Center, Library, Sky zone

What is your educational background? Associate Degree in Sociology (working on my Bachelors online)

What do you like to do in your free time? I love soccer or anything sports related. I enjoy volunteering and giving back to the community, also traveling and exploring the world.

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? I am CPR & First Aid Certified. I have a basic understanding of child development and a reserve of patience. I am safety conscious, a great communicator, flexible & have a nurturing spirit.

When are you available to start a new position? Immediately

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Nannies: How to Make Social Media Work for You

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Hi Nannies!

The team at Your Happy Nest is excited to share some tips on how to manage your social media accounts to help present yourself in the *best* light to your current and future employers.

Your presence on social media is very important because it is a representation of who you are as a professional. Not only does it represent yourself, it also represents your employers and Your Happy Nest (if you are one of our registered nannies or sitters.)

One of the first things a new employer or nanny agency will do is search for you on social media.
What they see can directly affect whether you will get your dream job or not.

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Many of us see social media as an outlet, and a way to tell the world who we are personally ... but there is a danger in sharing TOO much.  
Because of that, we want to offer you some advice on how to get your social media accounts to work FOR you, not against you.

Start With These Tips:

A. Have a polished, professional looking photo as your main picture.  
B. Share uplifting, positive, cute/funny posts.
C. Share photos of your volunteer work, outdoor adventures, and other positive life stories.

Things to Avoid:

A. Strong political statements or rants.
B. Photos of partying, showing alcohol or other excessive behaviors.
C. "Sexy" photos
D. Excessive selfies
E. Foul language

And MOST importantly: Never post photos of your charges without permission from the parents, and never share your location while you are working.  If you have any questions about this always talk to your current employer about their wishes concerning photos of their children.

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Follow these tips to maintain a positive social media presence and you are certain to be on your way to success!

How to Nail Your Nanny Resume

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Writing a killer resume can be a daunting task...
but don't worry! We are here to help!

At Your Happy Nest we meet with hundreds of nannies each year and help them find great jobs.
Our clients entrust us to provide the best caregivers available, so we know
what an awesome nanny resume and portfolio look like.

Let's take it step by step …

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Step 1: Keep your resume on one page, if possible. Easy, neat and clean.

Your name, phone number, address and email address should be placed at the top of the page. *TIP: You should have a professional email address for your job search. (sweetandsassy@aol.com is an example of an unprofessional email address)

Step 2: Your mission statement should come next.

This statement should be 1 to 3 sentences and state who you are and what you are looking for. Example: "Professional nanny with 6 years of experience in search of a full-time nanny position. Available to start August 2017. Willing to relocate."

Step 3: List your nanny positions in chronological order.

Starting with your most recent position, list several of your nanny or babysitting positions.  Use the same format for listing each position. Include the family's last name, dates worked for the family, ages of the children when you started with the family, if any new children were born while you were with the family, household responsibilities, activities you did with children and any other relevant information such as overnight care, travel, and if you transported children in your own vehicle.

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If you don't have a lot of nanny experience, you can also list other childcare related positions such as families you have babysat for long term, volunteer work you have done with children, working in church nursery programs, etc.

Step 4: List education, degrees, and certifications.

Use this section of your resume to show all of your certifications (CPR, First Aid, National Nanny Training Day attendee, INA credentials, etc.)  If you would like more information on how to obtain certifications that will look great on your resume, contact your YHN placement provider.

Step 5: "References available upon request."

This is the sentence you want to place at the bottom of your resume. Your references could get tired of being called too often, so only give out their information to families or agencies you are actively interested in and interviewing with.

Step 6: Proofread, proofread, proofread.

Make sure your final resume draft does not have any typos or grammatical errors, then have one or two friends or a nanny agency look over it to catch any mistakes you may have missed.  And always, ALWAYS use spell check!  

 

Your Happy Nanny Atlanta August -- Jeanette Luna

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Your Happy Nest Atlanta is so happy to introduce Jeanette Luna as our Your Happy Nanny for the month of August. The Columbus State University graduate has 3 years of professional nanny experience under her belt working with infants and toddlers. She loves incorporating her creativity and musical talent into her daily plans with her nanny kids. If you are looking for loving, laid back, and professional full-time nanny, than look no further than Jeanette! She is ready to begin her next longterm position at the end of the month! Contact us today if you'd like to schedule an interview!

What part of Atlanta do you live in? I live in Sandy Springs.

Where are you from originally?  I was born in California, but raised in and around Atlanta.

What language(s) do you speak? I speak English, Spanish and a little Italian.

How long have you been a nanny? I’ve been a nanny for three years.

Do you have a favorite age and why? This is a tough question, but I think infants to early toddlerhood are my favorite age. There’s something about the wonder in their eyes that just melts my heart.

Funniest nanny moment: One moment I can think of was when a little girl, maybe about 22months, discovered different voices. We’d play with her babies and she’d suddenly make her baby have a “deep voice.” Cracked me up!

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  My favorite thing about being a nanny is the relationship I create with children and their families. I am honored to be a part of the children’s lives and their upbringing.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  I think my strongest quality is creativity. I like planning outings that involve something fun and educational, whether it’s going to the library, storytime, a music class, or just going to the park! On a rainy day, I love improvising on the spot and coming up with fun arts and crafts to keep busy and have something special to show mommy and daddy when they come home.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  My favorite place has been Piedmont Park, especially if we have access to the Botanical Gardens. There are playgrounds, large grassy areas to have picnics, and being surrounded by trees and flowers is so calming to everyone. There’s so much to see, experience and appreciate.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  I like painting, coloring, turning up the music and being totally silly, playing with instruments or creating our own out of plastic containers and rice.

What is your educational background? I have a bachelor's degree in Music Performance from Columbus State University and did some graduate coursework at UNCG before completely pursuing nannying.  

What do you like to do in your free time? I like keeping busy. I’m no pro, but I love painting with acrylics. Lately, I’ve been teaching myself to crochet and play the ukulele. I also have a big interest in permaculture and self-sustainable gardening, because, well, save the world! I love being outdoors and taking hikes on the many trails in and around Atlanta.

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? I bring care and compassion, an understanding of the importance of early childhood education, a knack for finding fun things to do, and reliability.

When are you available to start a new position? I am available beginning August 23rd.

Your Happy Nanny August - Andrea Turpin

 
 

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Your Happy Nanny is

Andrea Turpin!

Andrea resides in Augusta, and is actively seeking a full time position with a great family.

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What part of Augusta do you live in?  Richmond County, close to Doctor's Hospital.

Where are you from originally?   I am a hometown girl, Augusta, Ga!

Tell us about your childcare experience.  I have 20 yrs. experience as a Preschool Teacher. I have also worked in a daycare setting, and nannied for a great family for over two years.

Do you have a favorite age to work with, and why?  I love all ages, but I enjoy the 6 to 9 month olds the best. They are just forming their personalities, and are learning many new things. I love their expressions at this age.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:   I love the one-on -one attention that I can give each child., and I love the bond that can be formed with the entire family.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  My experience as a preschool teacher allows me to teach your child as I love and nurture them in a home setting.

Favorite places to take children on an outing in Augusta:  I enjoy several of the playgrounds around town, and also the Columbia County Library.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:   Arts and Crafts are my specialty.

What is your educational background?  I received my high school diploma. I married and had three children of my own. I graduated from the CDA program, and am first Aid and CPR certified.

What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy spending time with my children, doing arts and crafts and decorating.

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny?  I bring my many years of experience in childcare and teaching. I am a loving and nurturing person who enjoys getting on the floor and playing, reading, and making your child feel safe, secure, and loved.

When are you available to start a new position? Immediately

Your Happy Nest Turns FIVE!

 

We are celebrating with cake, confetti and DISCOUNTS for our clients because

Your Happy Nest Nanny & Babysitting Agency is turning FIVE this week!

 
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To celebrate, we are offering a $100 discount
off all permanent nanny placements for families
who sign on with our agency in the month of August!

* Use coupon code: happy5th for your discount

So what are you waiting for?  

Click below on YOUR city and let our experts help you
find the perfect caregiver for your family.  

We can't wait to meet you!

 

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Your Happy Nanny Atlanta July --Tawniah Beard

July is here and gone already! I'm sure all of you parents have been seeing notebooks, backpacks, and school buses in your dreams at night. That also means it is time to start thinking about what you're going to do for childcare at the end of the school day and how you're going to get dinner on the table each night! Well look no further than this month's Your Happy Nanny, Tawniah Beard! Tawniah is a Georgia Licensed Educator who started her childcare journey with Teach for America. She has worked with children from 3 to 18 years of age. The UGA graduate has taught an array of subjects such as AP Human Geography, English Language & Grammar Skills, Elementary Reading, Writing, Science and Mathematics. Tawniah loves to take learning outside of the classroom and explore Atlanta's many attractions and museums. She absolutely loves grocery shopping and cooking, and would be happy to help a family in the kitchen! Parents, look no further for your Nanny/Household Manager! Get to know Tawniah better in our interview below, and contact Your Happy Nest Atlanta to schedule an interview with Tawniah right away!

What part of Atlanta do you live in?  East Atlanta Village

Where are you from originally?  Augusta, Ga

What language(s) do you speak? English

How long have you been a nanny?  I have 4 years of experience as a certified educator.

Do you have a favorite age and why?  My favorite age is 4 yrs old. I love the inquisitive mind and spirit of children that are this age.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  I love the personal connections that I make with the children and families. I enjoy sharing my gifts with others and being apart of a loving unit.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  My background in education, learning does not have to stop once the children are home from school.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  Piedmont Park

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  Cooking /baking lessons! I truly love creating meals!

What is your educational background?  I have my Bachelors degree in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!!!

What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy museums, festivals, reading, playing with my dogs, and cooking for my friends and loved ones.

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny?  I believe that my educational background is an asset, and I have a strong compassion for the youth. I truly enjoy cooking, and I find grocery shopping therapeutic, so I would not have any issue completing that task for my new family.

When are you available to start a new position? Immediately

Your Happy Nanny March Atlanta -- Latonjia Smith

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Your Happy Nest is pleased to announce that our Your Happy Nanny for the month of March is Latonjia Smith.  Latonjia has over 20 years of experience working as a professional nanny (including long term work with two sets of twins!) and has also worked as a nurse, infant care specialist, and home health care provider.   She loves working with children of all ages and is currently looking for a new family to work with long term in the Atlanta area.  Contact us today to set up an interview with Latonjia!

What part of Atlanta do you live in?

Marietta Georgia with my wonderful family.

‪Where are you from originally? 

I'm from Northwest Atlanta. I was born and raised here so I'm an original.

How long have you been a nanny?

I have been a professional nanny for over 20 years.  I have worked for 6 families who I have left a really positive impact on.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

I can't say that I have a favorite age. I have raised children from newborns to teens. Three of the children that I raised have now graduated from college.

Funniest nanny moment:

One of my funny and memorable moments happened when one of my families got pregnant with a set of twins.  The parents sat me and their little girl down to give us the awesome news.  The then-5-year-old looked at her parents and said: " That's awesome! Because Shasha(me) and you will have your babies at the same time. Both of you ladies have humpie tummies." Soooo funny!

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

I love being a nanny, because I love children. I also enjoy watching them grow and being a part of the reason they blossom. Plus the strong connection and bonds I build with my families are forever.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

I am a very organized person who believes in good communication. I also provide the children with bottomless love.

‪Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:

There are so many things I love to do.  Some of my favorites are: the children's museum, picnics in the park, aquarium. Anything that would make the children happy.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Sing, dance, arts and crafts. I have played with dolls and doll houses. Race cars and race tracks. I always give the children options.

What is your educational background?

I am a CNA. Graduated from Rutledge  College School of Nursing.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy being outside in nature. I'm an organizer for a girls leisure group and we enjoy getting together to try new restaurants.

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny?

Organization, safety, love, education, and great communication.

When are you available to start a new position?

I am available to start in the month of April 2017 with a wonderful family.

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Your Happy Nanny Atlanta February 2017 - Kathleen Burke

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Our Your Happy Nanny for the month of February is Kathleen (Katy) Burke.  Katy recently moved to Atlanta from North Carolina and is seeking a full-time nanny position to begin as soon as the right family is found.  Katy has worked as a full-time live in nanny and has extensive experience working with both children and adults who have special needs.  Her most recent nanny position involved working with a child who has autism, and she wrote a children's book about her experience.  Katy is bright, happy, and ready for a new family to work with!  Check out Katy below, and let us know if you'd like to schedule an interview with her.

What part of Atlanta do you live in? 

I just got an apartment in walking distance from downtown Decatur. 

Where are you from originally?  

I was born in Denver, Colorado and lived there until I went to Emerson College in Boston.

What language(s) do you speak?

I took a few years of French in high school and wish I could have taken more!  Sometimes I play French games on my phone to practice. 

How long have you been a nanny? 

I’ve been a babysitter and mother’s helper since I was ten years old. At one point, my sister and I were the primary babysitters for at least eight different families in the neighborhood!  I began working as a live in nanny three and a half years ago.

Do you have a favorite age and why?  

I love people of all ages but babies and toddlers have a special place in my heart. I feel really lucky when I can watch those years of development first hand.

Funniest nanny moment:

In my most recent job, I watched a 5 year old with autism. He absolutely loved cats - he would meow sometimes instead of answering questions. We used to ask him all the time “Are you a cat?” and of course he would reply, “Yes.” For Halloween that year, I asked his mom if he and I could dress up together as cats and go trick or treating. We made a big show of putting on the ears, drawing whiskers and a pink nose and even putting on mittens that looked like paws. When he was finally ready we all stepped back and said, “Look, now you’re a cat!” to which he immediately replied, “Woof.” 

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  

I feel that nannying, that being a part of helping a child learn, grow and think is a very important job and I feel proud to go to work. But as much as I can give kids, they always have so much to give back to me too. Whether it be a reminder that there is nothing in the world that could beat a chocolate chip cookie or how amazing it is that the sky is blue every single day, working with kids helps me stay grounded and thankful for ordinary miracles.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  

I have been babysitting for about twelve years and in that time I have worked for many different families, each with their own unique lifestyles. I have come to appreciate a variety of parenting styles habits, and traditions. I think this makes me flexible in new jobs. I can easily adapt my work to fit the needs of different parents and children. 

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  

I recently visited the Atlanta Aquarium for the first time and WOW- what a fun and beautiful place! I also love walks around the neighborhood and taking kids to playgrounds and libraries. My parents took me camping in the Rocky Mountains all the time, and I treasure my memories out in the sunshine. I love when I can go out to play with kids so they can run free,  breathefresh air and to explore the natural world around them.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  

I am a passionate crafter. Anywhere with paints, glue, glitter or ribbon is where I want to be. I also love to bake, and on rainy days there’s nothing better than warming up the house with fresh bread or muffins.

What is your educational background? 

I attended an arts middle and high school from 2006 to 2012 where I majored in theater. I then attended Emerson College in Boston, MA. for Theater Education. My major taught me how to teach children a variety of different subjects while getting kids out of their seats and emotionally involved in the material. I feel lucky that I’ve had such a strong presence of arts in my life because school did not always come easy to me and finding creative ways to learn the material was essential to my learning process. I love that now I have the tools to help kids achieve the same success. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I love to craft- most recently I’ve been working on flower garlands to decorate my new apartment. I also love exploring the city and trying new restaurants. I have friends who are starting a production company here in Atlanta- so helping with their projects (by acting, cooking, running errands, etc) has been an awesome way to meet people andhave fun since I’ve been here. 

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny?

I am patient and creative when dealing with difficult situations. 

What's something that a family might be interested to know about you?

Last Spring I self published a children’s book titled Z is for Zip. It is a learning tool for children who have questions about their peers and siblings with autism. The illustrator and I met while volunteering at Rocky Mountain Village (an Easter Seals camp for people with disabilities in Colorado). We both volunteered several years in a row and fell in love with the campers - and in awe of all they had to teach us. The book is meant to show children that different does not mean wrong, and to treasure the wisdom of people who think differently.

When are you available to start a new position?

I’m ready and excited to start work now! 

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We are now members of the INA!

Your Happy Nest is proud to announce that we are members of the INA (International Nanny Association). We are also excited to attend the INA conference for the first time which will be in Chicago, May 2017! This will be a great opportunity for our staff to learn, network and bring back useful information to help better serve the families and nannies we work with!

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The International Nanny Association (INA), a nonprofit organization, serves as the umbrella organization for the in-home child care industry. INA members include nannies, nanny employers, nanny agencies, educators and industry service providers. Since 1985, INA has worked to professionalize the industry by setting high standards for industry professionals and nanny agencies. INA leverages the expertise of industry professionals from around the globe to help increase awareness about the industry, to develop the professional skills of nannies, and to educate parents about the benefits of hiring a qualified nanny to care for their children.

Holiday Promotion!

Looking for some extra help around the holidays? We've got you covered! And for the rest of November and for December 2016, if you book 3 days of daytime fill in help, we will give you one night time babysitter booking free! Just fill out this short BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM so we have all of your info and we will get you set up! Use PROMO CODE: HOLIDAY HELP on your contact form to get your free babysitting booking!need-an-extra

Your Happy Nanny Cincinnati November 2016- Christiane Sears

We have a fantastic new candidate for November's nanny of the month!  Christiane is a seasoned nanny who has experience caring for children of all ages.  She enjoys spending quality time with children, doing arts & crafts, creative play, reading books, trips to museums, parks and the library.  Christiane is a humanitarian at heart.  She has a passion for helping the less fortunate and assisting with nonprofit organizations.  Christiane resides in the Cincinnati area and is a seeking a long term full time or part time position.  Schedule an interview with her asap through Your Happy Nest before another family snatches her up!

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Where are you from originally? 

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, although I haven’t lived in Cincinnati my whole life. As an adult, I’ve had the opportunity to live in several states around the country, as well as, overseas in Africa and Europe.

How long have you been a nanny?

I have been a nanny for eighteen years.

When did you know that working with children was your calling?

As a teenager, I volunteered at the YMCA. Several of us were there looking after the children, although most of the kids wanted to play with me. That’s when I realized kids were drawn to me and it was something I was naturally good at. Also during that time I realized how rewarding and fun it was to work with kids.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

I love four year olds! They love learning and have lots of curiosity! It’s exciting to see them grow in independence and I appreciate their excitement in trying new things.

Funniest nanny moment:

I’m not sure if it was the funniest or the most embarrassing moment. A parent came home unexpectedly to find me and the kids dressed up in costume, dancing and singing to music. We had the music up pretty loud so I didn’t hear them come in. I was completely startled when I noticed them and screamed out loud, then, of course, laughed at the fact that they caught me acting so silly.

Favorite thing about being a nanny: 

I enjoy spending quality time with children: doing arts & crafts, creative play, dancing, giving hugs and high-fives, telling stories, reading books, riding bikes, skating, swimming, hiking, taking trips to museums, parks and the library. None of that sounds like work, does it?

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

Some of my strengths would be that I am patient, kind, calm and consistent. I believe it's important to instill morals and good values into a child's life. I do my best to help them learn to make good choices, treat others with respect, and be compassionate. Also I would say that I am very responsible and can be counted on. I follow through and stay true to my word. I am dependable.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing: 

There are so many fun places around our city. It’s hard to pick a favorite! I love taking the kids to Union Terminal. The Natural History & Science Museum, Cincinnati History Museum and the Children’s Museum are all located there. There are unlimited options for educational activities to do and the kids love going. Hiking at any of our Cincinnati Parks and going to the Ohio Renaissance Festival are great outings too!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a humanitarian at heart and have spent most of my life volunteering my time to help the less fortunate and assist nonprofits. I’ve spent time overseas as an International Humanitarian Aid Worker. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the country and around the world. I also enjoy the arts, adventure, and accomplishments. I was a supernumerary for the Cincinnati Opera. I once was a competitive bodyboarder and played a semi-professional sport for the Cincinnati Rollergirls. I am a photographer, avid ballroom dancer, artist and entrepreneur. I like to be creative and enjoy interior design. I love organization, cleaning out people's closets and making their home more functional. Animals and children have always been a big part of my life. I read daily and enjoy being outdoors.

Who is your hero?

First and foremost Jesus Christ is my hero and then I’d have to say Corrie Ten Boom.

If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?

A dry aged NY strip; lobster mac-n-cheese; salad with Asian pears, spiced walnuts, and gorgonzola; and cheesecake for dessert from the Capital Grille.

When are you available to start a new position?

Next week!

 

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Your Happy Nanny October 2016- Kristin Dube

Our Your Happy Nanny for October 2016 is Kristin Dube who lives in Charleston, SC. Kristin just recently relocated to the Charleston area from New Hampshire and is looking for a long term full time nanny position. Kristin has also become one of our go-to fill in nannies for daytime and night time babysitting and we always receive very positive feedback on her! Please read her bio below and let us know if you'd like to schedule an interview with Kristin or to book her as a sitter! 13737605_10154394461838552_411643541701943073_o

 

What part of Charleston do you live in?

I recently moved to the Ladson area.

Where are you from originally?

I’m a New Hampshire native. I grew up about an hour outside of Boston. So I’m a New England sports fan to the core.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, and only a minimal amount of French..but I do speak fluent “toddler.”

How long have you been a nanny?

I’ve been nannying for 6 years, and I’ve been babysitting for many more years than that.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

I really enjoy 9-18 months old. I’ve had such great experiences witnessing the growth and development in those months. There are so many connections being made as a baby begins to really engage with their environment on a new level. I feel like the pride and happiness a child shows as they learn to master new tasks is an amazing thing to be a part of.

Funniest nanny moment:

One time I showed up on a Monday morning and let myself in(as usual). After a few minutes with no kids or parents in sight, I realized that something didn’t seem right. Within ten minutes I realized that it was Memorial Day and not only did I have the day off, but it was a paid holiday too. I awkwardly let the family know about my mistake and we had a good laugh over it.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

I’d say my favorite part of being a nanny is the purpose that it gives me. I gain so much from being able to help support and love someone’s little one as they grow and learn about the world around them.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

I think that life should be full of activities and opportunities to learn whether it’s through singing, dancing, activities, or trial and error. I pride myself on finding new ways to teach and encourage children to be creative and curious about how and why things work the way they do. Encouraging that sort of growth and development is something I think I am naturally good at.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston: 

Since I just moved here, I don’t have much experience going on outings here, but back in New Hampshire we always enjoyed going to the beach and doing anything outdoors.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Rainy days can be perfect for baking or lots of messy arts and crafts. They’re also a great excuse to get some new library books and build “reading nest” to snuggle up inside of. All you need is some sheets to hang up, and plenty of stuffed animals and pillows.

What is your educational background?

I’ve attended a Christian University in Illinois, but transferred back east to take night classes while I nannied full time. I plan on transferring my credits to a school down here so I can finish my degree while I continue working with kids.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Lately I’ve been trying to perfect the art of baking home made bread. Though I’ll never be as good as my mom, I’m loving the challenge. I also love to take out my DSLR to find something new and interesting to take a photo of. I’ve always enjoyed the art of capturing an image in a way that speaks for itself. I especially love taking children’s portraits and engagement photos.

When are you available to start a new position?

I’m working as a fill in nanny or a date night sitter while I wait for the right full time position, so my availability is very open and flexible. I just really want to find a family I can connect to and develop a great relationship with.

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Atlanta Picnic & Playdate to celebrate Nanny Recognition Week!

picnic-playdateDid you know that September 18 through 24 is National Nanny Recognition Week?  Your Happy Nest is thrilled to celebrate the nannies that we work with and the fabulous work that they do for families by hosting a Nanny Picnic & Playdate.  Atlanta area nannies are invited to join us at the Mayor's Grove Playground in Piedmont Park on Friday, September 23 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  Please bring a picnic blanket and picnic.  Children of all ages are invited to attend (along with their nannies).  We will have sweet treats, bubbles, and stickers for the children.  We hope to see you there!  (Cancelled in the event of rain.)

Going to Charleston Restaurant or Beer Week?

Charleston families! Are you going to Charleston Restaurant or Charleston Beer Week this week? We have fully screened sitters available and ready for you! All sitters have had an agency interview, background check, references checked and are CPR/First Aid Certified. We have an Annual Babysitting Membership available for unlimited nights/weekend babysitting placements or you can pay per use. We can get you started today! BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM

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2016 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Awards Finalist

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We are so excited to announce that Your Happy Nest Atlanta is a finalist in the Most Helpful Childcare Resources category in Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards. Woo Hoo!  Voting runs until September 30th and the Finalist with the most votes will be the winner. If you love Your Happy Nest, we need your votes!

VOTE HERE!!!!

Fam Jam- A Free Family Festival in Marion Square

WHY PLAY?

FAM JAM 2016 celebrates the power of PLAY and shows children and their grown-ups that being active can be fun. This year, Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (in collaboration with the Charleston Farmer’s Market) is gearing up for an exciting event in Marion Square and is planning an action-packed day of fun and PLAY! In addition, CML collaborates with more than 25 community partners who will participate in the event, providing a host of playful crafts and activities to engage children of all ages. AND, all FAM JAM attendants receive FREE admission to the Children’s Museum that day! You don’t want to miss out on this day of fun!

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Date:
September 17
Time:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Marion Square
329 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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Your Happy Newborn Care Specialist Atlanta- Vinnette Richardson

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In what part of Atlanta do you live?
I currently reside in Lithonia, Dekalb County.
Where are you from originally?
I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. I Migrated to New York City August 2002.  Lived in  Bronx, New York for 6 years, then relocated to Georgia in 2008.
How many years of experience do you have working with children?
Well, I'm a mother to a 24 old son and I started working professionally with children in November of 2002, fourteen years ago.
What made you want to get into newborn care? 
 I have always loved children especially newborns.. I had my son at a very young age, when I was 19 years and I held him so much as if he was a doll. I remembered when he would just  look at me, his sweetness and gentleness just melted my heart. After I migrated to America,  I realized that there were a need for  my passion, regarding newborns. I did the certification course, got referred to one client  and the rest is history.
Favorite thing about being a newborn care specialist?: 
Being a newborn care specialist, I get to empower new parents on how to care for their newborns and after my time with the family has ended, I leave with confidence knowing that I've imparted the necessary skills and knowledge to the parents, so that they can transition into wonderful moms and dads.
What is your strongest quality working with children? 
In my profession caring for newborns up to infancy,  one has to have many strong qualities. To name a few I possess: patience, enthusiasm, communication. So far my strongest quality is that I have a very calm disposition. My clients always ask me how I get the baby to be so calm and I often reply "I'm very calm, so in turn that calmness is passed on to the newborn".
Do you have any special certifications or education working with children?
I have a four year degree in business studies,  a certified Newborn Care specialist certification, Pediatric CPR and First Aid, I did multiple advanced newborn care seminars in New York City. I also did a lactation seminar on how to support new mothers, with CAPPA doula trainer/lactation consultant  Gwynne Knapp.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love hanging out with my now 24 year old son and my fiancé. I always love going to the movies, but unfortunately, I usually fall asleep within the first 10 minutes of the movie!
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