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 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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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

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!!!!

Wedding sitters available

We have sitters available to come to your wedding and help out with kids so parents are able to relax, or we can have a sitter come to your hotel room to watch your kids while you enjoy a kid-free night out! All of our sitters are fully vetted by our agency including an agency interview, background check, references called, CPR/First Aid Certified and they must have a minimum of 3 years of childcare experience. BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM

Wedding sitters available

Mothers Day 2016

Dad's...this post is for you, wink wink! Contact us today to get a gift certificate for an Annual Babysitting Membership or you can also do a gift certificate towards babysitting placements in any amount. Fill out this short CONTACT FORM and an agency representative will contact you shortly to get your gift certificate emailed to you!

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Let's Get Moving, Baby!

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Spring has officially sprung, and it is time to shake off the winter blues!

April is a great time to get everyone out of the house and start moving in the great outdoors.

Instead of just driving to the closest playground and standing around while your children play, lets get creative this spring and try some new activities!

We have compiled a great Pinterest board "Let's Get Moving, Baby!"  with tons of ideas on how to get your little ones outside and moving through nature.

Click here to check it out, and have a great spring!

Time to find a summer nanny!

Summer is quickly approaching! Do you have a plan for your kids for summer while school is out? A summer nanny is a great option for families. Avoid the hassle of keeping up with lots of different summer camps, we can find you a great nanny to do all of the fun things your kids will do at camp such as arts and crafts, pool  time, music, dancing and playing outside! We have great summer nannies available such as teachers who have the summers off and college students. Contact us today to start your summer nanny search! Summer Nanny

Annual Babysitting Membership- Use at any location!

ABM Four locationsNow that we have expanded and service four cities (Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston and Cincinnati), we are allowing existing and new Annual Babysitting Membership families to utilize their membership at any of our locations for no extra cost! You will register with the placement provider in your area but if you travel to any of our other cities, you can get a sitter while on vacation. Click HERE to sign up for an Annual Babysitting Membership today!

Annual Babysitting Membership Gift Certificate

ABM gift certificate NEW Contact us today if you would like to purchase an Annual Babysitting Membership gift certificate! This is a great gift for any parent (or dad's you will get major points if you buy this for your wife!) This Annual Babysitting Membership is good for a full year of unlimited nights and weekend babysitting placements.

All sitters are fully screened by our agency including interviews, background checks, reference checks and they all must have at least 3 years of childcare experience.

Mention promo code: HolidayABM and get $25 off of your yearly membership for the months of November and December 2015.

To purchase email info@yourhappynest.com and a placement provider will reach out to you will all the details you need to know to get registered!

CPR & First Aid Workshop

Your Happy Nest is hosting a CPR & First Aid Workshop! 
Our CPR & First Aid workshop will be held on August 29th from 9am-2:30pm/3pm.  The location is below.  The certification is for adult and pediatric CPR and First Aid.  Your certificate will be valid for two years.  Please bring a packed lunch, snacks, water, etc. as food will not be provided.  Space is limited, so please RSVP ASAP.  The price is $35.00 per person.  You will need to pay in advance in order to RSVP.
Cobb Co fire station #5, located in downtown Vinings.  The address is 4336 Paces Ferry Rd, SE, Atlanta, GA, 30339
Contact kristina@yourhappynest.com if you would like to RSVP to this event
 

Your Happy Nanny May 2015- Jessica Driskell

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Meet Jessica Driskell, our featured nanny for the month of May 2015! Jessica is a teacher during the school year and is looking for a summer nanny position or fill in nanny jobs over the summer. Jessica teaches Technology at Frey Elementary School grades K-5. Previously to being a teacher, Jessica was a full time nanny through our agency. 

 

What part of Atlanta do you live in?

I am currently living in the Smyrna/Vinings area

Where are you from originally?

I am originally from Marietta, GA

How long have you been a nanny?

I began nannying in 2003 and have been fortunate enough to maintain great relationships with the families I’ve worked with.

What is your educational background?

I have my bachelor’s degree in Public Speaking from Georgia State University and I am pursuing my master’s degree in Special Education there as well.

Do you have a favorite age and why? I really enjoy working with elementary aged children. I love seeing them discover all there is to growing, learning and life. That, coupled with the hilarious things children say during those years are the most exciting thing to witness.

Funniest nanny moment:

The funniest moment I’ve had as a nanny was when I was playing Britney Spears on my phone while out on a walk with a little boy and he stopped and said emphatically “Enough! Cut it! I can’t take this girl anymore. We need a break.” I, of course, turned the song off and couldn’t help but laugh at my having been scolded for my taste in music by a five year old!

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

The best part about being a nanny is the bond that is built not only between the children and me but, also with the parents. They truly become family.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

My strongest quality as a nanny is definitely my humor. I tend to bring humor into most situations.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

I love going out and playing with the kids in the puddles. It’s typically something that is discouraged, but letting out that energy is fun and with the appropriate attire (rain coat, goulashes, etc.) it’s quite enjoyable!

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I love going out to Mexican restaurants with my friends. It’s my absolute favorite cuisine!

When are you available to start a new position?

I will be available to start a summer position on June 1 or to do fill in work during that time.

National Nanny Training Day Atlanta 2015

Check out the slideshow we made from National Nanny Training Day Atlanta 2015! We were happy to be a sponsor again this year and meet some new wonderful, dedicated nannies and see some familiar faces as well!

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Your Happy Nanny- Ashley Alves

Ashley Alves- Your Happy Nanny for April 2015! Meet Ashley Alves, Your Happy Nanny for April 2015! Ashley has multiple degrees in Fashion and Design from Savannah College of Art and Design and Georgia Southern. She currently has a job in design early in the day and is looking for an after school position. She is hoping to find a family centrally located in the Buckhead or surrounding areas. Ashley is available starting at 2pm every day. Please take a look at Ashley's profile and let us know if you'd like to schedule an interview with her. She is available to start a new position ASAP!

What part of Atlanta do you live in?

Ansley Park, Midtown Atlanta Area

Where are you from originally?

East Providence, Rhode Island

What language(s) do you speak?

English | Family Speaks Portuguese & French

How long have you been a nanny?

5 Years Not On a consistent basis

Do you have a favorite age and why?

Toddlers 3 Years Of Age : A child’s personality is usually fully developed by three. In fact, that is when the are at their rarest form of exploration and self identity. It is truly an eventful time to be a part of.

Funniest nanny moment:

On a day trip, I stopped at a upscale lunch for a quick lunch time bite with my assigned child. During the usually bathroom visit, he noticed that the toilet was black as is most modern upscale restaurants are doing as a trend. To sum it up, he was completely horrified! He thought it was one big black hole and absolutely refused to go potty. It was completely overwhelmed with laughs while reassuring him of his safety while going to the bathroom.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

My favorite thing about being a nanny is the hearing the originality and humor of the child’s day to day activities. I am all about the laughs!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

My strongest quality as a nanny is being able to keep children inspired yet motivated to maintain and conduct themselves in a proper manner while having a ball! Its all about making every activity fun yet productive.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:

I love to accompany children to the aquarium. I myself am very interested in marine life; in fact I majored in Oceanography for a short time during undergrad.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

The best activity on a rainy day is a creative project. Painting is one of my favorites. I allows the children to embrace feeling, mood, and creativity all at the same time.

What is your educational background?

B.S. in Apparel Design & merchandising | Georgia Southern University

M.F.A. in Fashion | Savannah College of Art and Design

M.A. in Illustration | Savannah College of Art and Design

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a artist of all trades. I am a designer, painter, illustrator, and entrepreneur. I enjoy building my brand Ashley Alves Collection | BOLSA VERDE, an innovative green living reusable bag line. I am the sole owner all duties such as sketching, sewing, merchandising, and sales and events. Also, on the weekends, I instruct art courses, art camp for children ages 5-9, and special Girl Scout Art events. When I am not creating, I enjoy yoga, hiking, and playing outdoors. As a former athlete I find intramural sports such as football, soccer, kickball, and softball to be my go-to activity to recharge.

When are you available to start a new position?

I am actually currently looking for an after-school position 2pm-7pm.

Here is Ashley with one of her nanny kids!

Nanny Playdates!

Hi Atlanta nannies! Please join us for one of our fun spring/summer playdates! This is a great way to allow your nanny kids to socialize with other kids and for you to connect with other nannies. All nannies and their kids are welcome so bring a nanny friend! Nanny playdate

Your Happy Nanny- Lindsay Faulkner

Your Happy Nanny for March 2015- Lindsay Faulkner Meet Lindsay Faulkner, our March 2015 Your Happy Nanny of the month! Lindsay is a career nanny with over 20 years of experience in childcare. She majored in Fine Art at the University of GA and loves to share her artistic talent with children.  She also majored in Early Childhood Education at GA State and has her Montessori Teachers Certificate.  Lindsay lives in Woodstock and is looking for a full time position to begin on March 30 or later. Contact us today if you are interested in scheduling an interview with Lindsay!

What part of Atlanta do you live in?

I live in the city of Woodstock, just north of Atlanta.

Where are you from originally? 

I was born in Oklahoma, but moved at an early age to Maryland and then at the age of 10 we moved to Atlanta where I have lived most of my life, except for a few years on St. Simons Island and then in California. I consider Atlanta my home.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English and Baby Sign.

How long have you been a nanny?

I have been a professional career Nanny for over 20 years.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

Oh! Gosh! I can’t say that I have a favorite age. There is something very special and unique at every age, from the warmth and sweet smell of a newborn, to the curiosity and thrills of discovery as a toddler conquers each new milestone, to the preschooler and school aged child as they begin to explore their newfound independence all the way to the challenges of adolescence. There is something to be enjoyed at each and every age and stage of development! Choosing a favorite age would be like choosing a favorite child!

Funniest nanny moment:

I love Elmo! And I love reading to children. One of this little girl’s favorite books was Elmo Loves You. I had read it to her too many times to count. One day as I was changing her diaper and we were chattering back and forth I asked, “Who loves you?” (I expected her answer to be Lindsay.) However with absolutely no hesitation at all she answered, “Elmo!” Well of course!

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

I would have to say patience. Some things just can’t be rushed! Especially when dealing with children.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: 

There are so many wonderful places to visit in and around Atlanta it’s hard to choose. But if you’re looking for something indoors I would have to say The Center for Puppetry Arts. And if you’re looking for something outdoors I love packing lunch and just going to a park. Atlanta is full of wonderful parks.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

I was an Art Major, so of course Arts and Crafts. But I also love to do cool science experiments!

What is your educational background?

I first attended University of Georgia as a Fine Arts Major. After working as a teacher’s assistant at a Montessori school I went on to get my Montessori Teacher Certification at The Montessori Institute of Atlanta. After teaching several years and I attended Georgia State University majoring in Early Childhood Education. I completed all of my course work and my first quarter of practice teaching and due to work was unable to finish the last 2 quarters of practice teaching. I did continue part time at Georgia State once again majoring in Art. Since then I have continued my education taking classes and workshops relative to childcare. I recently completed Newborn Specialist Training.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to spend my free time with family and friends. I am always working on some project, whether it be refinishing furniture, sewing or planting flowers in my yard. I also love a good book…both fiction and

non-fiction.

When are you available to start a new position?

Bright and early Monday morning! (March 30th)

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