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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Atlanta Area Holiday Activities

cropped-Untitled-22.jpg Atlanta Area Holiday Activities 

We have created a list of child friendly activities to participate in this holiday season.

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santaAdventure to Santa.  North Point Mall and Dream Works Animation take guests on a never-before-seen, magical experience.  Once your journey is complete pose for a keepsake photo of your unforgettable experience.  Open now through December 24th.

snow showAvalon Alpharetta.  Discover the perfect holiday this season, with a variety of events to inspire and delight your holiday spirit.  From Santa Claus’ arrival to outdoor skating, experience family fun in a winter wonderland all season long.

teaTeddy Bear Tea at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.  On Sunday December 7th and 14th guest will enjoy tea, hot cocoa, sandwiches, and charming desserts.  Santa will be there to deliver gift bags to all the children.

skate 3.11.26 PMCentennial Olympic Park’s Ice Rink.  Enjoy a 90-minute skate session with the Atlanta skyline as your background setting.  Open now through January 19th.

paradeChildren’s Christmas Parade.  Beginning at 10:30am on Saturday, December 6th the Children’s Christmas Parade will step off at Peachtree St. and 16th St. and end at Peachtree St. and 5th St.  Watch as Midtown Atlanta transforms into Santa Claus Lane with the sights and sounds of the season.

fantasyFantasy In Lights.  Callaway Gardens’ is not only the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler.

HolidaySEAsonHeader442x198Festival of the SEAson.  A month-long celebration of the holidays, transforms the Georgia Aquarium galleries and exhibits into a winter wonderland- incorporating a spectacular light and music show, appearances by Santa and Scuba Claus, the return of the Weeki Wachee Mermaids and a holiday edition of their live entertainment experience.  Open now through December 25th.

DSC_8424Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  The fourth annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden.  Favorties such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains  continue to make the exhibitions a must-see holiday tradition.  Open now through January 3rd.

coke Holiday Festivities at the World of Coke.  This holiday season, the World of Coca-Cola is proud to showcase examples of how their product has been a special part of Christmas celebrations around the world and through the years.  Open now through January 4th.

parkHoliday in Lights.  Centennial Olympic Park transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights that make up the sparkling display.   Open now through January 19th.

park 6Holiday in the Park.  Six Flags Over Georgia turns into a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights.  Go big on your favorite thrill rides and be sure to visit the one and only Santa Claus.

lake2Lanier Islands Christmas.  Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights!  Enjoy skating, a live nativity, shopping, carnival rides and more!  Open now through December 31st.

deerReindeer Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center.  Live reindeer join the other animals to help you get in the holiday spirit.  Bring a picnic and plan to enjoy a full day of fun activities.  Open December 14th, 1pm-4pm.

rudolph_CPARudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Center For Puppetry Arts.  Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation of the wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfits in all of us. Based on the beloved 1964 animated special, Rudolph and his friends take the stage.  Open now through December 28th.

skateSkate Atlantic Station.  Skate the 10,000 square-foot, open-air ice-skating rink.  Dazzling lights and holiday décor will have skaters dreaming of a white Christmas.  Open now through February 15th.

ChristmasLightsVillagesmp07003Stone Mountain.  Have a Holly Jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park, where the true magic of the season is in the air.  Enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters.  Open now through January 4th (select dates).

snowSnow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park.  Spend a fun-filled day playing across five football fields of  frosty joy.  Zoom down 400-foot hill all together in family sized tubes, or go down alone in a single rider.

UnknownThe Pink Pig.  Over fifty years ago, a beloved tradition was born in Atlanta- the Pink Pig.  Hop on board and ride Priscilla the Pink Pig on top of the Lenox Square Mall.  A portion of the proceeds benefits Children’s Health Care of Atlanta.  Open now through January 4th.

 

2014 Fall and Halloween Festivals in Atlanta

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Fall is just around the corner and there are so many fun things to do with the family this time of year in Atlanta!  We have compiled a list of activities by county from visiting the pumpkin patch, hay rides, halloween festivals and Georgia's apple festival for a fun quick day trip out of the city!

Cherokee County:

Berry Patch Farms: Open October 14-30.  Weekend hours are 10am-7pm. Weekday hours are 3:30pm-7pm. Parking on the weekends is $2.00.  Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch, pick your pumpkins and take the hayride back to the farm. The kids can enjoy the playground and baby farm animals.  Snacks and treats are provided for an additional charge.

Big Springs Farms: Open October weekends (Friday-Sunday). 10am-6pm. Free parking.  Check out Big Springs Farms new Corn Maze!  Enjoy 15-20 minute hayrides ($4.00 per person), Bounce House ($3.00 per child).  A variety of pumpkins will be available. The Snack Shack sells treats for an additional charge.

Cagle’s Family Farm: Fall season is August 29-November 14 (Friday-Sunday).  Hours vary depending on the activity.  Open Fridays 5pm-11pm, Saturdays and Sundays 10am-11pm.  Enjoy their amazing Corn Maze with 3 miles of paths ($10+tax), Bonfire Hayride ($7+tax), Haunted Barn ($12+tax), Farm Tour ($7+tax).  A concession stand will be open.

Cobb County:

Kennesaw State University Sport & Rec Park: Owl-O-Ween Hot Air Balloon Festival. October 25 (4pm-10pm) October 26 (3pm-9pm).  The festival features amazing balloon glows, trick-or-treating, tethered balloon rides, interactive kids area, food trucks, etc.

Town Center at Cobb: Kidgits Boo Bash & Mall-Wide Trick-or-Treating.  October 25. 6pm-8pm.  Trick-or-treating is a free event.  Look for signs in participating store windows.  The Center Court is hosting a Boo Bash from 6pm-8pm. Free for Kidgits members.  Nonmembers can join for $5.00.  Boo Bash activities include: giveaways, a bounce house, crafts, games and more.  Halloween photos will also be available for purchase.

Dekalb County:

Chamblee Halloween Spooktacular: Keswick Park.  October 25.  11am-3pm.  Activities include: 5K costume race and fun run, pumpkin painting, spooky fun house, corn hole game, concessions, costume contest, pony rides, hay ride, face painting, cupcake walk, moonwalks.

Stone Mountain Park: Pumpkin Festival.  September 26- October 26 (Friday-Sunday).  Open Saturdays 10:30am-7pm, Sundays 10:30am-5pm.  The Pumpkin Festival features a costume dance party, family shows, adventure maze, trick or treat scavenger hunt, storytelling, kids crafts, and a pie eating contest!  Purchase tickets online to save $5.00!

Fernbank Museum: BOO-seum Trick-or-Treat.  October 25. 10am-2pm.  Free for members or included with museum admission.  Boo-seum features Halloween themed games, music, and treats for children in costume.

Fulton County:

Atlanta Zoo: Boo at the Zoo. October 18-19 & 25-26.  9:30am-3pm.  Free for members or included with zoo admission.  Children under 3 are free! Live DJ, Halloween themed crafts and games, costume contest, and trick-or-treating.

Archibald Smith Plantation Home: Fall Farm Day.  October 11. 11am-3pm.  Free.  Fall Farm Day features a petting zoo, wagon rides, 19 century inspired children’s activities and crafts, farm chores, gold and gem panning ($5.00).

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra: Halloween Spooktacular. October 25. 11am. $20.00-$40.00.  A performance by the Atlanta Symphany will feature music for all ages!  Be sure to wear your Halloween costume!  There will be a costume contest located in the lobby prior to the show.

Chattahoochee Nature Center: Halloween Hikes. October 17-18 ($8.00 per person. 2 and under are free) and October 24-25 ($9.00 per person. 2 and under are free). 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Halloween Hikes features a guided hike through lighted trails.  Meet nature-costumed characters during your 45 minute hike.  Face painting and creepy crafts will be available after your hike.  Be sure to bring cash as there is no ATM on site.

Legoland Discovery Center in Atlanta: Brick-or-Treat. October 1-31st (weekends only).  Open Saturdays 10am-9pm and Sundays 10am-7pm.  Legoland is getting spooky for Halloween! Throughout the month of October Legoland will have pumpkin building, scavenger hunts and more fun activities!

Gilmer County:

Georgia Apple Festival: October 11-12 and 18-19.  Saturdays 9am-6pm.  Sundays 9am-5pm. $5.00 per adult.  Children 10 and under are free. Check out Georgia’s Apple Capital!  Enjoy the wide variety of apples that grow in North Georgia, and the apple orchards and apple houses throughout the property.  Hundreds of vendors will be selling food, art, crafts, and more.

YHN coming to Augusta, GA this holiday season!

Your Happy Nest is excited to announce we will be now serving Augusta, GA and the CSRA starting December 2014!  Meet Britt Jackson, our Augusta placement provider.  Britt was placed as a nanny by us over two years ago and we enjoyed working with her so much and knew she would be awesome as a placement provider, we decided to add her to our team.  Take a look at Britt's bio below and tell any families or nannies you know in the greater Augusta area about Your Happy Nest! Britt Website

I am excited to join Your Happy Nest as a placement provider because I have a great understanding of family dynamics and what it takes to match each individual family with the very best nanny to fit all of their needs. I was introduced to Your Happy Nest when I was placed with my most recent family and I enjoyed working with the agency so much I knew I wanted to be a part of it! I have served as a professional nanny and care giver in the Atlanta area for the last eight years and I have a total of thirteen years of experience as a nanny. As a new mom, I know that motherhood will help me even more to understand the relationship between families and nannies. I am in transition to move from Atlanta back to my home town of Augusta, GA and service Augusta and the greater CSRA with the best nannies and babysitters the CSRA has to offer. I am so happy to be bringing the trusted and professional services of Your Happy Nest to Augusta. Look for our grand opening and special offers coming to Augusta this holiday season!

Your Happy Nanny- Molly Hamilton

Molly Hamilton Meet Molly Hamilton, our Your Happy Nanny for the month of August!  Molly is a college educated nanny who just moved to Atlanta from Oklahoma and is looking for a full or part time position.  Molly has a degree in graphic design/illustration and loves doing arts and crafts with the kids she cares for!  She is available asap to start a position!

What part of Atlanta do you live in? Vinings

Where are you from originally? Oklahoma

How long have you been a nanny? My first nanny job was in 2009

Do you have a favorite age and why? Toddlers. I love how curious they are about the world and how much they love creating and exploring

Funniest nanny moment: An 18 motnth old girl I used to watch started calling me MEH because she couldn’t say Molly. When I would come to the door she would run up and yell MEH! Little did she know those are actually my initials. From then on even her parents would sometimes refer to me as MEH and it always makes me laugh.

Favorite thing about being a nanny: Seeing kids grow and learn new things, especially if it’s something I’ve been able to help teach.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? I am a very patient and thoughtful person. I believe that helps me think through what I should do and say to influence kids in the most positive way I can.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: While in Oklahoma I loved taking kids to the park and the science museum if we were going on a special trip! Since I am new to Atlanta I am looking forward to seeing what fun things this city has to offer!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: Construct blanket forts, read books, and make crafts.

What is your educational background? I have Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design/Illustration

What do you like to do in your free time? I love drawing, crocheting, hiking, hanging out with friends and my dog.

When are you available to start a new position? I’m available now!

Nanny Playdate- Playable Art Park in Sandy Springs

We had an awesome playgroup at the new Playable Art Park in Sandy Springs!  If you haven't checked it out yet, it is definitely worth a visit.  Here is the website for more information and directions: http://www.playableartpark.org/ It was great catching up with some of our amazing nannies and the little ones they watch!  Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed this beautiful day at the park with us.

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Your Happy Nanny- Morgan Wilson

For the month of June we are featuring Morgan Wilson as Your Happy Nanny!  Morgan is looking for a full time nanny position and can begin immediately.  She has been a nanny for six years and is looking for a family she can work with long term.  Morgan has several certifications in newborn care but also loves working with toddlers and preschool age.  Morgan was one of our nannies who was an instrumental part in planning our National Nanny Training Day event this past April.  She is very dedicated to her profession as a nanny.  Take a look at Morgan's profile and let us know if you would like to interview Morgan!Screenshot_2014-06-29-12-53-51-1 What part of Atlanta do you live?

I am living in Cumming at the moment, but I am actively looking to relocate!

Where are you from originally? 

Being from a military family I have moved around quite a bit! I was born in North Carolina and have lived in Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC,  Maryland, California, and Georgia. However, most of my extended family lives in Georgia so I have always considered Georgia home.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, some French and know some basic sign language. I am still studying and perfecting my French, and have plans to learn Spanish and German in the near future!

How long have you been a nanny?

6 years and counting!

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

2-4. This has been the age I have the most experience with. I love it because you get to see the child's true personality really come in. This age is full of wonder and curiosity. As a nanny, I like to encourage that curiosity and aide the child in exploring the world around them.

Funniest nanny moment:

I recently had a 7 yr old charge who did not believe in "Elvis, the magical banjo player". She informed me that people who believed in Elvis were insane!

Favorite thing about being a nanny: 

I love my job. I really look forward to going to work every day. I come home and research new projects to do with the kids and have fun doing it! I am able to make an impact on a child's life and help teach them that they can do anything in life that they want to do. Every charge I've worked with has taught me something in return whether it be patience or how to do a new dance. I've grown as a person because of these kids!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

From a child's perspective, I would have to say creativity! I am not at all a boring nanny. I always find new activities that are fun, educational, and engaging.

From a parent's perspective,  I would have to say consistency.  I believe the nanny/child relationship is so much better when we know what to expect from each other. I'm also a very schedule/detail oriented person and I am great at helping children get into a routine (morning, homework, potty training, etc).

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: 

So far, Morgan Falls Park has been my favorite place. There is a very nice and unique playground, hiking trails, there is a river, and an excellent picnic area!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

I'm a big arts and crafts person to begin with, so rainy days are still so much fun to me! I might have my charges make some puppets and put on a puppet show, or read a book together and try to craft a character from the book. When the rain stops, it's always fun to throw on some rainboots and go splash in some puddles, or look for worms (if the child is into that!).

What is your educational background?

I am a Certified Nurse Assistant, Newborn Care Specialist, and Child Development Associate. I have also been trained in CPR, First Aid, AEO, and AED.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to read, draw, knit, spend time with family and friends, travel, stargaze, play card games, swim, and play softball. I hope to start archery and martial arts lessons soon as well!

When are you available to start a new position?

Second week of July!

What is a night nurse and do I need one?

infantA night nurse (also called a night nanny, infant care specialist and similar to a postpartum doula) is someone who comes to your home around your infants bedtime and will stay overnight caring for your baby to let mom and dad get some much needed sleep! A good night nurse's goal is to not only get you sleep, but to also help your baby to start sleeping through the night.  They can also help you with other baby related tasks such as helping you work out a daily feeding and sleep schedule, baby's laundry, teaching you about general infant care, and assisting mom with breastfeeding.

A night nurse can be especially helpful for new parents.  The first few weeks after you bring the baby home from the hospital can be overwhelming (to say the least!).  It is nice to have an "expert" on hand who can answer all of your questions and offer suggestions and advice.

If you are expecting multiples, have an older child that you are caring for during the day as well and need to be rested for, are a first time parent, or are going back to work quickly after having a baby and need rest, a night nurse may be a good option for you and your family!

Some families will just use a night nurse for a week or two and others will use one for several months until the baby is sleeping through the night.  You can have them come during any time frame but most will work from around 7pm-7am.  They can work one night a week or seven nights per week.  The great thing about having a night nurse is you can really tailor it to your family's individual needs!

Your Happy Nest  can help you find an amazing night nurse to help you after your baby is born.  We suggest contacting us two months prior to needing a night nurse to guarantee we have someone available during the time frame you need.

Your Happy Nest at the Peachtree Rd Farmers Market

Your Happy Nest Nanny and Babysitting Agency is excited to participate in the Peachtree Road Farmers Market 2014 season!  We will be at the market once per month doing FREE kids crafts/activities centered around healthy eating, eating locally, recycling, and related themes. JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES AT THE PRFM:

April 5- OPENING DAY!

May 3

June 7

July 19

August  23- (Kids Heathly Eating Day)

September 20

October 25

November 15

Here are some pictures of previous Farmers Market activities!

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Your Happy Nanny- Sheena Roetman

Meet Sheena Roetman, Your Happy Nanny for May!  We have placed Sheena with two families previously and she is now looking for a new full time position to begin May 12.  Sheena has eight years of professional nanny experience and is looking for a great family she can stay with long term.  Sheena has a bachelors degree in Journalism from Georgia State and does freelance writing on the side.  If you are interested in meeting Sheena for an interview, contact us right away before Sheena gets snatched up by another family!

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What part of Atlanta do you live?

Currently Decatur, but I’ll be moving to the midtown area in June.

Where are you from originally?

I grew up in Sharpsburg, Georgia and also a bit in Wyoming!

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English fluently, have a two-year-old level vocabulary in Hindi and speak my tribal language, Lakota, fluently!

How long have you been a nanny?

Since 2006, so eight years.

Do you have a favorite age and why?

All kids are fun, but I really love the time between age two and age 10, because those ages seem to be the most active and the most curious. I love teaching and helping kids discover new things, and also sharing my favorite books and experiences from when I was that age.

Funniest nanny moment:

It’s really hard to pick just one! I think my favorite memory so far was last summer when one of the boys I watched had a tennis tournament that was about an hour and a half away. One of his teammates’ parents brought him, but his younger brother and I drove up to pick him up. We all went out for lunch and then drove home. The entire drive home we listened to The Muppets soundtrack and sang along with the windows down while the two boys played air guitar and air drums in the backseat. It was so silly and fun!

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

Again, I love seeing kids learn and grow, so my favorite thing would be anything that involves teaching them. I love reading new books to them or taking them to new places or to museums with new exhibits. And also just playing sports and telling jokes and stories.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

I think I’m really good at getting on the same level as kids. I can communicate with them easily because I remember what it was like to be that age and not understand what adults were talking about. I always try to use words and ideas that they’ll understand in order to teach them newer words and ideas. And I try to talk to them like they’re adults and always try to explain things to them, even if it’s just something simple and seemingly obvious, like “you can’t touch the stove top” or “ you can’t eat bugs.”

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:

It depends on the age, but either the Children’s Museum for younger kids or Fernbank for older ones.  I also really like taking them to the Old Fourth Ward skate park to watch skateboarders or the water playground to run through the fountains. Riding bikes on the Beltline and getting King of Pops afterward is also really fun!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

If there’s a movie of a book we’ve been reading, I like to let them watch the movie (parent-approved, of course), but first we make a blanket fort and cook a special snack. Cooking is an especially great thing to do when it rains – kids love to dump all the ingredients in and/or mix things with their hands!

What is your educational background?

I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and am working on a graduate certificate in geographic information systems.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to play with my dog, go on hikes, do yoga, go to festivals in the spring and fall and just generally enjoy being outdoors. I also dance at pow wows on the weekends and do some freelance journalism work on the side. I especially love to go home to Wyoming and visit my family!

When are you available to start a new position?

Monday, May 12!

2014 National Nanny Training Day Atlanta!

Your Happy Nest Nanny and Babysitting Agency, along with some very dedicated nannies in our network, are excited to bring you National Nanny Training Day Atlanta 2014!  This event is open to any nannies in the Atlanta area who are interested in hearing from fantastic speakers and networking with other nannies and agencies in the area.  NNTD was created by Lora Brawley of Nanny Biz Reviews, National Nanny Training Day allows nannies from across the country to attend local one day educational conferences that present "learn today, use tomorrow" childcare and professional development sessions. National Nanny Training Day Atlanta is being held on April 12, 2014 at the Keswick Park Clubhouse in Chamblee, GA.  Tickets are just $25 for a full day of speakers and networking and each participant will get a fun swag bag filled with fun giveaways from local businesses and we will also have a raffle with some fabulous prizes as well!  Breakfast, snacks and drinks will be included.    Tickets can be purchased HERE!  Get your ticket now before they run out!

Meet our 2014 speakers:

Taylor Galen, Health Coach: Learn about how to teach and encourage children to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Learn about important nutrition for children but also how to take care of yourself.  Nannies (like moms) often put everyone elses needs before their own.  Learn how to take better care of yourself and be a positive role model for children.

Julie Trotter, Doula and infant care specialist: One of the most exciting and challenging times for a nanny is when a new baby is brought home from the hospital!  Learn all about how you can best support mom after a new baby comes home and also general infant care.

Dr. Cassie Brown, Sensory Play!  How to work with children exporing the 5 senses through play.  This workshop will cover all ages of children.

Cheri Augustine Flake, Feeling Nanny-ed Out, Exhausted and Overwhelmed? Learn How to Easily Create Motivation-All On Your Own, and Whenever You Need It!

April Groom, The Learning Groove "Nurturing the Love of Music"  Importance of Music in Early Childhood Education / Hands-on Music Class

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1st Annual Buckhead/Brookhaven Parent Exchange Event

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Join Your Happy Nest this Sunday 3/16 from 2-5 at the Ashford Park Club House for the 1st Annual Buckhead/Brookhaven Parent Exchange Open House.  This will be a fun event to meet small business owners from the Buckhead/Brookhaven areas such as jewelry makers, real estate agents, monogramming services, photographers, beauty services and products and much more!

The Ashford Park Club House is located at 2980 Redding Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319.

Your Happy Nanny- Lulu Mwila

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Our Your Happy Nanny for the month of March is Lulu Mwila.  We have placed Lulu with two different families through our agency and everyone loves Lulu!  Lulu has over 10 years of nanny experience and looking for a new full time position where she can stay with the family long term.  Lulu really cares to follow along with the parents wishes as to how they would like their children raised but can also offer her knowledgeable expertise in the childcare field to give parents suggestions.  She has a very calm, sweet personality that children respond well to.  Lulu is available to start a new full time position at the beginning of April!

What part of Atlanta do you live in? Gwinnett County

Where are you from originally? Zambia

What language(s) do you speak? English is my first language. I also speak beginners French and four Zambian dialects.

How long have you been a nanny? 15 years

Do you have a favorite age and why? It's hard to pick a favorite age because every stage in a child's growth and development is so unique and comes with such pleasant surprises and benefits. Newborns are so precious though!

Funniest nanny moment: I was in the process of potty training and also teaching a then 2 year old about taking turns/ sharing toys with her friends when she very confidently went potty (like a big girl, yay!) and insisted it was "Lulu's turn go potty".

Favorite thing about being a nanny: A huge part of my work requires me to be fun and creative!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? My competence and patience

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: Children's Museum or Botanical Gardens

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: Arts and crafts, baking for older kids, fun animated story time, puzzles, and board games.

What is your educational background? Bachelor of Arts in Business

What do you like to do in your free time?  Volunteer at homeless shelters, music festivals, visit flea markets, movies, shopping, cooking and baking.

When are you available to start a new position?  04/01/2014

Your Happy Nanny- Lauren Shelton

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For the month of February we are highlighting Lauren Shelton as Your Happy Nanny!  Lauren is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in Consumer Economics and Spanish.  She is looking for either a full time or part time position and is available immediately!  Read more about Lauren and her experience below...

What part of Atlanta do you live in? Buckhead

Where are you from originally? Athens, GA

What language(s) do you speak? English & Spanish

How many years of childcare experience do you have? 11 years

Do you have a favorite age and why? Every age is so different – hard to pick a favorite!

Funniest nanny moment: Visiting a petting zoo with the children for another child’s birthday. It was very funny and adorable to watch them interact with the baby animals for the first time.

Favorite thing about being a nanny: Watching children learn & discover new things each day.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? Patience – a must-have when working with children.

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

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: Playing games and preparing fun & healthy snacks

What is your educational background? Graduated from UGA with a degree in Consumer Economics & Spanish.

Any other specific skills you have that are an asset as a nanny?  I used to be a lifeguard and am a strong swimmer.

What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy reading, exercising, baking & learning foreign language.

When are you available to start a new position? ASAP

Creating a professional nanny portfolio

When interviewing for a nanny position, one of the best ways to stand apart from other nannies is to provide potential employers with a professional nanny portfolio.  This adds a personal touch to any interview and allows you to showcase your experience and education.  Additionally, a nanny portfolio is a demonstration of organization, dedication, and professionalism.  When interviewing, plan on leaving a copy of the nanny portfolio with the family.  

What to include:

Letter of introduction

A letter of introduction is your opportunity to tell families in your own voice what you have to offer as a nanny.  Do you love arts and crafts?  Are you skilled in providing newborn care?  Do you have experience with multiples?  This is the place to write about those things!  Give the family a personal window into who you are as a person and as a nanny

Resume

A professional resume is an essential part of any nanny portfolio.  Your resume should include your contact information (name, address, phone number, email address), objective, previous work experience as a nanny (as well as work in other childcare-related jobs), and your education.  You might also choose to include a list of qualifications and hobbies.

Certifications and certificates

Copies of all relevant certifications and certificates should be included in your Nanny Portfolio.  This might include copies of your CPR and First Aid certification, Water Safety Certification, Infant Care Certification, or certifications in positive discipline courses.  Include information on any training you have attended that relates to child care.

Letters of recommendation

If you have any letters of recommendation from families you have worked with previously they should be included in the nanny portfolio.

Sample daily log/schedule

A sample daily log shows organization, attention to detail, and can allow the family a glimpse into the type of day you might plan for their child/children.  Include a sample daily log or schedule for various ages (infant, toddler, preschool, etc.) to show flexibility in planning.

References

A list of current references is an important inclusion.  Ensure that phone numbers and email addresses are current, and notify any references that you might be listing so they’re not caught unprepared.

Photos

Including photos of yourself adds a personal touch and allows the family you’re interviewing with to view you in various scenarios.  Be sure to ask permission from parents before including any pictures of children you’ve worked with in the past.

 

A professional nanny portfolio should be well-organized, neat, and easy to navigate.   Keeping several updated copies on hand ensures that you’ll be ready for your next interview and will have a better shot at landing the job!

Babies R Us Great Trade in Event!

great-trade-in-event-toys-r-us-e1390489774646 Don’t miss the GREAT TRADE-IN EVENT at Babies R Us through 2/17. Take your old baby gear to Babies R Us or Toys R Us today through February 17 and enjoy25% savings on the purchase of a new item from one of participating brands.

 

Items accepted include used cribs, car seats, bassinets, strollers, travel systems, play yards and much more, plus those who donate will also receive a coupon booklet with over $100 in extra savings.

 

You will need to purchase your new items the same day as you trade in your old to get 25% off, and you will get (1) coupon per trade in. This event only happens twice a year, so go ahead and donate. Not only is this a great way to save on baby, but to clean out the house too!

 

The "How" and "Why" of Nanny Trial Days

Are you in the final stages of hiring a nanny?  You’ve interviewed several nannies, and found someone you absolutely love!  She has tons of experience, great references, and you immediately hit it off.  Now what?  A trial day (or two) is typically the final step before offering the nanny a position with your family. What is a nanny trial day?

A nanny trial day is the final check of a nanny’s compatibility with your family before offering her the position.  This is a time when parents, children, and the nanny can all spend time together, get to know one another better, and answer any final questions before extending the official offer.  The trial day should be held just before the offer is extended (assuming all goes well).  If possible, every member of the family that will interact with the nanny should be present.

What do we do while the nanny is there?

While the main purpose of a trial day is to make sure you’ve found the right fit, you can also use it as a training day for the nanny.  This is a great opportunity to show her around your house, go over the children’s typical schedule, and discuss any household responsibilities that are part of the position.  If she will be transporting your children this is a great time to drive around the neighborhood and point out the children’s school, location of after school events, or places where she may run errands (dry cleaner, grocery store, post office, etc.). If you find yourself at a loss for what to do after covering the suggestions above, head to the park!  Allowing your children time to interact with the nanny in a fun environment is a great way to begin building their relationship.

 

A few additional tips for nanny trial days:

  • Set a reasonable time period for the trial day.  Most trial days are 4 - 6 hours long, shorter than the standard work day for a nanny.  Since the parents will be present for all or most of the day it’s generally unnecessary for the nanny to be present for an entire day.  Most families have 1 - 2 trial days before offering the position.
  • Try not to hover.  Even the best nanny can feel put on the spot if a parent is scrutinizing every move she makes.  While it’s important to be present for the trial day, try to give the nanny a little breathing room.  Time alone with the kids can give the nanny and children a chance to get to know one another and begin the process of bonding.  Knowing you’re just a room away may give your kids the security they need while getting to know the nanny.
  • Keep expectations reasonable.  Incorporating a nanny into your family’s routine takes time, and she will probably make mistakes along the way.  A trial day is great for ensuring that you’ve found someone who is compatible with your family and will work to become the perfect fit, but it takes time!
  • Pay the nanny.  A trial day is typically paid at the hourly rate you will be offering the nanny for the position.  Remember, this is work for her, even if you’re around!

A trial day is a great final check before hiring a nanny.  Spending time with her after the interview may bring up new questions and help you feel more comfortable leaving your children in the nanny’s care when her first day rolls around.

Your Happy Nanny- Eli Schell

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Meet our featured nanny/newborn care specialist Eli Schell!  Eli is a nanny during the day and also does work at night as a night nurse.  She is incredibly knowledgeable about getting newborns on a daily schedule, sleeping through the night, eating schedule and soothing them.  She has experience with multiples including even a family with quadruplets!  Eli has a very calm personality which is perfect for overwhelmed new parents needing help with their infant.  She is available for a full or part time position to start in March and is currently available as a night nurse.

What part of Atlanta do you live in? Loganville, GA

Where are you from originally?  I'm from Ecuador

What language(s) do you speak? Spanish, English, Portuguese

How long have you been a nanny? I've been a nanny for 9 years.

Do you have a favorite age and why?  Newborns babies. I love to hug them and kiss them all the time and they are just so sweet and lovable.   I love being able to help parents get their newborn on a schedule, sleeping through the night, help with feedings and soothing.

Funniest nanny moment: I think every day at work I have funny moments!  That is what I love about being a nanny.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  I get to spend my day playing with and loving little babies.  I have the best job ever!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  Playful, affectionate , kind and caring.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  Botanical gardens, zoo and parks especially to the park so we can go treasure hunting!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  Art projects, hide and seek.

What is your educational background? 4 years of child psychology, Certified sleep trainer. Certified Newborn Care Specialist.

What do you like to do in your free time? Read, working out and spending time with my family.

When are you available to start a new position?

March 2014

Start the year off right with a Family Assistant!

Happy new year from Your Happy Nest!  If you're anything like us, you've probably made a list of resolutions to help improve and simplify your life.  Have you considered hiring a Family Assistant to help you meet your new years goals? A Family Assistant is part nanny, part household manager.  Skilled in both child care and household management; a Family Assistant works to support your family's lifestyle, giving you more time to do the things you want to do.  A Family Assistant is flexible and can work with a family to create a unique position that adapts over time to meet the family's ever-changing needs.

Between work, managing a household, social obligations, and keeping up with family events, many parents find that the time they have available to spend with their children is rushed and overshadowed by a lengthy to-do list.  A Family Assistant can ease that pressure by taking care of day-to-day household maintenance.  

A Family Assistant can help with:

  • Running errands, grocery shopping, shopping for household goods
  • Laundry
  • Menu planning, cooking
  • Keeping the house tidy/organized
  • Scheduling appointments (plumber, pediatrician, vet, etc.)
  • Providing care for pets
  • Organizing photos, music, and other media
  • Maintaining a family calendar
  • Transporting children
  • Providing elder care
  • Organizing events

Additionally, a Family Assistant is skilled in providing top-quality child care.  Many families with a Family Assistant have school-age children or younger children who attend preschool for a portion of the day.  During school hours the Family Assistant works on household projects, then picks up the children and cares for them until the parent(s) return home.

Is a Family Assistant something that might improve your family's time together? If so, please give us a call!  We would love to find a great Family Assistant that can work to support your family's lifestyle and help you meet your goals for the new year!

Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

GrantParkTour13 Join Your Happy Nest this Saturday or Sunday night (December 14 and 15, 2013) for the 33rd Annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes!  We will be supervising childcare for the kids while their parents tour the homes.  The event goes from 6-10 PM and tickets are $15 per person.  For more information or to purchase tickets go to http://candlelighttourofhomes.com/.

 

Make sure to also check out these activities for kids that are part of the event:

Winter Wonderland—Activities, Crafts, And Visits With Santa - Saturday 5-7 p.m. Caroling by Candlelight- Saturday 5-7 p.m. & Sunday 6-8 p.m Artists’ Market & Bake Sale - Saturday 4-9 p.m & Sunday 6-9 p.m. Candlelight Christmas Concert by St. Paul UMC’s Choir - Sunday 5 p.m. All above activities take place at St. Paul UMC, located at the corner of Grant and Sydney Streets.

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