Get to know our team! Kasie Bennett, Atlanta Family Consultant

Get to know our team! Kasie Bennett, Atlanta Family Consultant

Meet Kasie Bennett, who has been part of the Your Happy Nest team since we started in 2012! Kasie is so good at her job and we are very fortunate to have her. She puts so much attention and care into each family and nanny she works with!

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Your Happy Nanny Atlanta January -- Elizabeth W.

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Meet Elizabeth W., our Your Happy Nanny for the month of January! If you’re seeking someone intelligent, bubbly, organized, and loving to join your family, then she’s your girl! Elizabeth has been working in childcare for 10+ years, has incredible references, and is actively seeking a new nanny/household management position. Contact us today to schedule an interview with Elizabeth!

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What part of Atlanta do you live in? North Decatur, GA near Emory University.

Where are you from originally? Atlanta, GA – Born and raised.

What language(s) do you speak? English

How long have you been a nanny? I’ve been working with children now for over 15 years, but a nanny for probably about 10 years!

Do you have a favorite age and why? Yes! 3-5 years old because they’re so cute and like little sponges where they are so excited to learn about everything and take it in. I love that they are a little bit more independent at this age so they can engage more in talks, art, and fun activities. I also love that their personalities begin to show more here.

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Funniest nanny moment: The kids and I made a video of us singing along and dancing silly to a song, and then we watched it a million times laughing so hard in tears! So much fun!

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  Being a part of a family and having mini best friends!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  I have a great balance of being fun, but firm. The children see me as their friend, but also as an authority figure that they must respect.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: Botanical Gardens! It involves exercise, education, nature, play, beauty, imagination, and areas to rest. We can also eat lunch there which is nice!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: ART! I love doing art activities with the kids.

What is your educational background? Marketing Degree, Early Childhood Education Certification, Small Business Certification, and Marketing Management Certification

What do you like to do in your free time? Go hiking, spend time with my dogs, create healthy, plant based meals.

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? The biggest blessing that I have been told by several families is that what I bring them the most is PEACE OF MIND! They can freely work or go out and not have to worry about their kids but rather know that they’re in great care and having a great time. Also great communication, creativity, and trustworthiness.

When are you available to start a new position? ASAP!

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Your Happy Nanny Atlanta May--Tiffani B.

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Say "hello" to our Your Happy Nanny Atlanta for the month of May, Tiffani B! She holds two Bachelors degrees and thrives on learning the latest and greatest techniques for raising happy, healthy children. Her Nanny Portfolio is filled with numerous certifications, engaging activities, and sweet memories from former families. You won't want to miss out on her positive energy and enthusiasm! Contact us today to schedule your interview with Tiffani.

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What part of Atlanta do you live in? I am moving to the Gwinnett County area in the next few weeks! 

Where are you from originally? I was born in Trinidad W.I., but I've been living in Boston, MA recently.

What language(s) do you speak? I only speak English at this time. 

How long have you been a nanny? I have been a nanny and working with children for over 20 years.

Do you have a favorite age and why? I don't have a favorite age. I've worked with children from birth to college. Every child brings you joy, when you love your job. 

What's your funniest nanny moment? I currently work for two amazing little girls Agatha and Veronica, We have tried to ease them into the transition of me leaving. One day I just started crying while we snuggled on the sofa. Agatha said, "Tiff, why are you crying like a baby?" I said, "Agatha I will miss you and your sister because I am leaving in a few weeks." Agatha said, "Well Tiff you don’t need to cry! We can FaceTime when you get sad." I started to cry/laugh!

What's your favorite thing about being a nanny? I LOVE the one on one care with each family, the bond I have with each child, and learning different family dynamics. 

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? I am organized, caring, patient, loving, prompt, ambitious, self sufficient, and able to work with minimal direction. 

What is your favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta?  I looked up several fun places. I'm excited to visit the Children’s Museum, Georgia Aquarium, local parks, trampoline parks, and indoor amusement activities. 

What are your favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day? Arts and crafts, dress up, baking, making ice pops, play dates, and anything safe indoors. 

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What is your educational background? I have a degree in Psychology and a degree in Early Education. I have many child care as well as nanny certifications. I have my Family Child Care License in the state of Georgia, and I am apart of Matahari, a National Nanny Organization for Domestic Workers. 

What do you like to do in your free time? Create and build on my child care learning academy. 

What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? I am self directed, pride myself on cleanliness, and am always very safety conscious.

When are you available to start a new position? ASAP! I arrive in June!

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Your Happy Nanny Cincinnati April--Kelly M.

Meet Kelly M., our Your Happy Nanny for the month of April!  

Kelly is seeking a full time nanny position for this summer!  She is available to start on May 28th and commit until August 3rd.  Kelly has her bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a 4th/5th grade reading endorsement and is a first grade teacher.  Your Happy Nest has worked with Kelly in the past and has a full background report on file.  Kelly is CPR and First Aid certified and available to interview immediately! 

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What part of Cincinnati do you live in?  I currently live in Mount Lookout, but I am moving to West Chester in the beginning of May.

Where are you from originally?  I am originally from Minster, Ohio which is a really small town about 2 hours north of Cincinnati.

What language(s) do you speak?  I speak English.

How long have you been a nanny?  I have over nine years of experience in childcare including being a nanny and working in various school settings as well.  I was a nanny throughout high school and college and I now nanny during the summers.

Do you have a favorite age and why?  I have experience working with children from newborns to teenagers, so it is difficult for me to have a favorite age!  I would say I have a favorite age range from 2-3 years old. Children at this age start to show their personality and are exploring, becoming more independent, and being social and curious.  I love to introduce children of all ages to new challenges and watch them grow!

Funniest nanny moment:  I like to ask kids I nanny for how old they think I am.  Most of the time the kids are way off and I get some pretty funny guesses!  I was nannying for a family with two kids and one of them guessed that I was 7 years old and the other one guessed 75 years old.  I am 24 years old, so they were a little off!

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  My favorite thing about being a nanny is being part of a child’s development. It is very rewarding watching a child face challenges and be successful.  I love to watch children grow and know that I can be a positive impact in their life!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  My strongest quality as a nanny is my experience in early childhood education.  I know about the different stages of childhood development as far as where kids should be at and how I can help them explore their curiosities. I have a passion for bringing creativity to kids and helping them learn!

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Cincinnati:  I love to taking children of all ages to the various beautiful parks in Cincinnati. I also love to take kids to the pool, zoo, and aquarium.

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Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  On a rainy day, I love to do arts and crafts and play board games!

What is your educational background?  I graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a 4th/5th grade and reading endorsement. I am currently a first grade teacher at Monroe Primary School.  I have experience student teaching in a daycare, preschool, 1st grade, and 2nd grade classroom.

What do you like to do in your free time?  I love to cook, paint, listen to music, and explore the city of Cincinnati! I love to be outdoors when the weather is nice, and I also love to stay in on a rainy day to read books and watch movies.

When are you available to start a new position?  I am available to start on May 28th!

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 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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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.