How a Household Manager Can Work for your Family!

How a Household Manager Can Work for your Family!

Do you have difficulty accomplishing all of the necessary household tasks in your home each week? If you need assistance handling the many household tasks necessary to keep your household running smoothly, a family assistant or household manager might be a good option for your family! Families who hire a full time nanny may feel like they want to transition to a part time after school nanny after their child starts school, but there are many benefits to keeping a full time person with your family.

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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 February -- Jessica M.

We are proud to introduce Jessica M. as our Your Happy Nanny for the month of February! Jessica is an absolute delight to be around! She holds her Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and has obtained her Newborn Care Specialist certificate. She has experience working with newborns to school-age children, enjoys cooking, loves animals, and is an excellent swimmer. All of Jessica's references agree that her next family will be so lucky to work with her! Don't miss your chance interview Jessica, contact YHN today!

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What part of Atlanta do you live in? My husband and I bought a house in Dunwoody and have been there for a little over a year and half. We love it!


Where are you from originally? I am the oldest out of four children, was born in Columbia, South Carolina, and have lived in several different states growing up before my family moved to Georgia. I have lived in Georgia now for 19 years.


What language(s) do you speak? English and elementary Spanish.

How long have you been a nanny? I have been a professional nanny for seven years, during that time I was promoted to household manager/lead nanny. I have worked with children since I was a teenager, which encouraged my love for taking care of children. During my teen years I enjoyed babysitting and volunteering in the church infant/toddler nursery, and then in college I volunteered at a non-profit organization called Awana where I worked with the toddler group. My internship was with Power House for Kids, which is a child advocacy center that helped children who had been abused. This further opened my eyes to how important it is for all children to be raised where they are loved, where they laugh, and where they play in a healthy structured environment.

Do you have a favorite age and why? I love all children, but if I had to pick it would be newborns and toddlers because they are learning, growing, and taking everything in with excitement. I love being able to help in that
process and encouraging them. I know this time in their life is extremely important and they can be influenced greatly, so I love to see that their needs are met physically, psychologically, and emotionally, which helps set them up for success.


Funniest nanny moment: There are so many funny moments I have experienced while being a nanny, which makes it hard to choose just one and is one of the reasons why I love being around children! One of my most recent funny moments was when a 3 year old girl told me that she loved a boy in her class and that she was going to tell him she loved him. I asked her what she would say if he said he didn’t love her back. And she smiled and said cheerfully, “I will go find another boy to love!”

Favorite thing about being a nanny: I love being a nanny not only because I get to love and look after children, but I also invest in the entire family and ensure a happy household; so that the parents are able to have more time to spend with each other and their children. This is why I decided to pursue being a professional nanny.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? It’s that I genuinely love the children I take care of, which gives me patience for them, joy to be in their company, and the ability to get on the child’s level and take in what they are communicating in order to help them express themselves and work through their feelings. Through all this, I respect the parents’ wishes for their children. I value open and honest communication with the parents and can be counted on to be reliable, trustworthy, and loving towards the family.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: One of my favorite playgrounds/parks to take children is Mason Mill. It has two play areas (one for younger children and one for older children), it has a wide open area to run around, and it has walking paths leading to a river and a bridge to see trains. I also enjoy taking children to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta because it is great for a wide range of ages and is a place where they can learn in a fun and stimulating way.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: I love rainy days because it gives the children and me a chance to be creative and come up with fun and new activities to do indoors. I like to incorporate fun and silly games into natural learning. Some examples are: Finding a new craft to make or painting. Playing with rainbow rice and using bowls, cups, and spoons to mix, measure, and pour. Exploring imaginative play through building tents or grocery store play. Making exciting science experiments involving colors, bubbles, and fizzy magic.

What is your educational background? I graduated from Toccoa Falls College with my B. A. in Psychology and then recently I furthered my knowledge in childcare by becoming certified with the International Nanny Association and completed the training for newborn care specialist.


What do you like to do in your free time? For a little insight into who I am in addition to my love for children: I love animals and have grown up with them all my life, enjoy horseback riding, arts and crafts for all ages, cooking and baking, I am passionate about reading and writing, singing, swimming, being outside, and much
more.


What special skills do you bring to a family as their nanny? I have extensive experience in caring for newborns and toddlers and have successfully taught: baby sign language, elementary Spanish to toddlers (examples: colors, numbers, animals), ABCs, mathematical concepts, spelling, shapes, sounds, colors, weather, and encouraged cooking and baking skills by helping to mix and measure. Examples: making up songs, playing matching games to learn ABCs, and using art to learn colors. I am also knowledgeable in sleep training, potty training, I am able to be firm and I effectively use positive reinforcement to encourage the desired behaviors. I am organized and a self-starter. I plan well so I am able to plan weekly meal calendars and I take the initiative to help out the entire family.


When are you available to start a new position? I would love to be able to find something starting mid-March.

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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!

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!

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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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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