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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Holiday Help is Here!

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

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Your Happy Nanny March Atlanta -- Latonjia Smith

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

What part of Atlanta do you live in?

Marietta Georgia with my wonderful family.

‪Where are you from originally? 

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

How long have you been a nanny?

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

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

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

Funniest nanny moment:

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

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

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

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

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

‪Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:

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

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

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

What is your educational background?

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

What do you like to do in your free time?

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

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

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

When are you available to start a new position?

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

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Your Happy Nanny Atlanta February 2017 - Kathleen Burke

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

What part of Atlanta do you live in? 

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

Where are you from originally?  

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

What language(s) do you speak?

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

How long have you been a nanny? 

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

Do you have a favorite age and why?  

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

Funniest nanny moment:

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

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  

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

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  

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

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  

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

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  

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

What is your educational background? 

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

What do you like to do in your free time?

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

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

I am patient and creative when dealing with difficult situations. 

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

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

When are you available to start a new position?

I’m ready and excited to start work now! 

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We are now members of the INA!

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

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

Holiday Promotion!

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

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!

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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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Your Happy Nanny Atlanta - Lesley Kalvelage-Thomas

Meet our Your Happy Nanny Atlanta for June, Lesley Kalvelage-Thomas!  Lesley was previously placed in a nanny position by Your Happy Nest, but she is now seeking a new full-time nanny position to begin this summer.  Lesley has experience working with children of all ages, including experience working with twins and infant triplets!  She loves building lasting relationships with the families when works with and is looking for a great new family to work with longterm.  Take a look at her profile below and if she seems like the perfect nanny for your family, contact us to set up an interview to meet Lesley! Meet Lesley! What part of Atlanta do you live in?

Technically my neighborhood is called Summerhill but not many people know where that is. So I typically say I live between Turner Field and Grant Park.

Where are you from originally? 

I was born in Lynchburg Virginia. It is a small college city very close to the Blue Ridge Parkway. My parents raised me and my four siblings there and then we all relocated to Atlanta upon my high school graduation. My parents grew up in Atlanta.

What language(s) do you speak?

I am currently only fluent in English, however took several years of French in high school and have been listening to discs on how to learn French in your car. I love the French language and have a strong desire to eventually both master the language and live in France someday. I also would love to learn Italian because my grandmother originated there. Both languages, in my opinion, are magnifique!

How long have you been a nanny?

My very first nanny position was in 1998, although I began taking care of children at a Gold’s Gym in Virginia in 1995. I have had the honor and privilege of being a childcare professional for almost 22 years. From 1998 to now I have primarily been a long-term, full time nanny. Besides nanny positions I have worked at 2 health clubs, a Montessori school and a Country Day School. I have had 3 nanny positions for families with twins and 1 position for a family with triplets. I have watched some of my earliest children start college educations and had my first set of twins I ever cared for as junior bridesmaids in my wedding several years ago.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

Honestly I believe there is something remarkable and beautiful about every age group. Each stage of a child’s existence, from infants to school age and beyond, there are aspects of development and growth that occur and are such an honor to witness and contribute to. I have learned as much about myself and how to be a childcare professional from some of my infant experiences as much as my toddler and school age positions. I guess if I had to specifically state a favorite it would be the toddler to preschool age group. There is just so much curiosity and intrigue at learning the simplest things during this stage of development.

Funniest nanny moment:

That is tough…. probably an experience with the triplets I cared for. They had the most energy of any group of children I had ever witnessed. Shortly after I stopped being their nanny I was over on a weekend night to babysit so their mom and dad could have a well-deserved date night. We were out in their front yard enjoying a warm summer evening of games and exerting energy before bath and bed time and they were having a blast! The next thing I know the boys have decided they needed to go potty and that doing so in their front yard was a brilliant idea. As I am hurrying over to assist in pulling up their pants and telling them that perhaps going potty inside was a better idea in the future I turn around to check on the little girl triplet. She wanted to be included in the fun and be “one of the boys” so decided to pull down her pants and stand up like her brothers and go potty. I was both surprised and entertained. I laughed so hard, tears came running down my face. It was such a shining example of one of those unpredictable and hilarious times in the life of a nanny and I still smirk when I think of how innocent the whole thing was.

Favorite thing about being a nanny: 

Building unconditionally loving, strong bonds with the children and parents. I adore the fact that my field enables me to become like part of the family. This bond, in my experience, continues beyond the actual position and has taught me a tremendous amount about being a respectable, dependable individual and how to be a loving, patient, calm, fun parent to my own child.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

I would say my ability to be patient and accepting. I have worked with children with varying personalities, physical and emotional adversity/challenges and a multitude of different back grounds and upbringings. Each of my past experiences as a nanny has taught me how to be more patient, tolerant, accepting and loving towards children wherever they are in age or development. I have applied the qualities I’ve gained to nearly every relationship in my life and been more content and happy as a result.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: 

I really like all of the parks and playgrounds in Atlanta. I have utilized parks throughout Atlanta and its surrounding neighborhoods and enjoyed each of them for different reasons. I suppose my all-time favorite park is Piedmont Park. You can walk, ride bikes or scooters, feed the ducks, learn about different plants and trees, play on two very different playgrounds, watch dogs play in the dog park and sit on a blanket in a grassy field and relax and read stories. It is enjoyable all 4 seasons and inevitably allows children and adults the chance to be entertained and worn out…and all without costing a dime!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Arts and crafts, reading, making up stories, board games, building forts, watching a show, science projects and little cooking projects. I also enjoy doing music and dance time during rainy days so that children can exert energy and have fun even when trapped inside.

What is your educational background?

I have been in college at several different times in my adult life and am currently on a brief hiatus from completing my degree while my husband attends Georgia Tech. I have primarily attended Georgia Perimeter College. I also attended The Art Institute of Atlanta for over a year and was going for a Graphic Design degree. I have yet to obtain a degree but have certainly learned a great deal and ultimately grown closer to knowing what it is I want to major in once it is possible for me to complete my college education. I want to be a speech therapist once I do go back to school.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Spend time with my husband, 2-and-a-half-year-old son and our 2 dogs Archie and Lyndsey. I love to read, draw, paint and listen to music. I enjoy running and doing yoga and going on hikes. I also love movies and going to concerts. I love being outside so whether at a pool or a neighborhood park, being outdoors is what makes me most content. I also enjoy going to art museums and attending local festivals and markets around Atlanta. One of my greatest passions is helping with dog rescues. I own 2 rescues and have been networking via flyers for several years to help find forever homes for dogs desperately in need. I love to write too and one day would love to get a children’s book published.

When are you available to start a new position?

I am available to begin a new position around the end of June. Ideally around June 27th but could also possibly start as soon as June 20th.

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10 Ways to Keep Your Nanny Happy!

10 Ways to Keep Your Nanny Happy! NEW If you have found the holy grail of nannies, you want to hold on to her with everything you have!

Having a great nanny/family relationship is a give and take. Nannies that know their family values and respects them are more likely going to go the extra mile!

Here are some tips we have found from working with hundreds of nannies over the years and also from our own personal experiences in the past as nannies:

1. Guaranteed Hours Your nanny is relying on certain pay each week for expenses, even if it isn't a full time position. If you go out of town for a week or grandma comes in town and you give your nanny the day off, you should still pay your nanny for her normal working hours. Just like in daycare, you pay a set price each week to reserve your spot at the school. If your nanny has inconsistent pay, it becomes stressful for her and she might start looking for a position with more stability.

2. Be respectful of your nanny’s working space.  Don’t leave a sink full of dirty dishes, toys everywhere and overflowing laundry when your nanny arrives Monday morning.  Most nannies are willing to do light housekeeping pertaining to the child(ren) but if they have too much housework, then the focus is off of your children.  A nanny’s #1 job is to care for children. Housework should be left for when children are napping or if the nanny arrives at your house while children are still in school.  This allows her to have a specific time when she can focus on just housework and not have it distract from her job caring for your kids.

3. Communication Keep communication open! We recommend having regular time (once per month or every other month) where you can sit down and talk with your nanny. Talk about what is working and what might need some tweaking...for both sides! We also recommend doing a performance review at the 6 month or 1 year mark and give your nanny the opportunity to earn a raise or bonus for doing a great job.

4. Be respectful of your nanny’s time.  We all have things that come up or we get stuck in traffic from time to time, but do your best to be home when you tell your nanny you will be home.  If you are running late, give your nanny as much head’s up as possible in case she has other plans and needs to make arrangements. Just as you would like the same respect in the mornings when you are leaving for work.

5. Give Thanks  There are many ways to show your appreciation for your nanny. It can simply be by saying thank you when you notice your nanny went above and beyond one week. Many families will get their nanny a gift for her birthday and bonus during the holidays.  A typical holiday bonus is one week of pay and often families will have their child or children make something special for their nanny.

6. Taxes A nanny is considered a household employee and as their employer, you are required to pay taxes. It is illegal to pay your nanny "under the table" or as an independent contractor. A professional nanny will want to be paid legally.

7. Trust You hired your nanny because she probably has a lot of wonderful qualities and experience to where you felt comfortable leaving your precious children with her. Trust must be earned over time and while it is good to look out for red flags, once you establish trust with your nanny, give her freedom to do her job. While she should follow your lead and wishes for your child, no one likes to be micromanaged!

8. Back Her Up When your nanny is on duty, she should be the authority figure for your children. Unless she does something completely out of line with your parenting philosophy, it is best to back her up to follow through with discipline. If you undermine her in front of your children, your children aren't going to respect her when it comes to discipline.

9. Part of the Family Being a nanny is one of the most personal jobs you can have. You are in someones home and spending a good amount of time with their children. It goes a long way with your nanny when you make them feel included in your child's life. Little things like inviting them to your child's birthday party or recital means the world to your nanny because it shows them that you believe they are an important part of your child's life.

10. Be a team When you and your nanny work together as a team and both have the same end goal of keeping a safe, positive and loving environment for your children, everything runs smoother. When hiccups arise along the way, you should both go into the situation from a positive place and with the attitude of "How can we work together to find a solution to this".

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

Atlanta Holiday Happenings!

Happy Holidays from Your Happy Nest!  We've rounded up the best family friendly happenings around Atlanta for the 2015 season!   We wish you and yours happy holidays as we celebrate the end of a wonderful year. Holiday1Adventure 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 November 6 through December 24th.

http://www.northpointmall.com/events/adventure-to-santa

 

 

Holiday2Avalon Alpharetta. Discover the perfect holiday this season, with a variety of event to inspire and delight your holiday spirit. From Santa Claus’ arrival to outdoor skating, experience family fun in a winter wonderland all season long.

http://experienceavalon.com

 

Holiday3Teddy Bear Tea at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. On Sunday December 6th and 13th Guests will enjoy tea, hot cocoa, tea sandwiches, charming desserts, and holiday sing-a-longs. Santa will make a special visit to deliver special  Legoland Discovery Center gift bags to all the children http://callanwolde.org/event/teddy-bear-tea-3/

 

 

Holiday4Centennial Olympic Park’s Ice Rink. Enjoy a 90-minute skate session with the Atlanta skyline as your background setting. Open November 21 through January 10th.

http://www.centennialpark.com/index.php/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/winter-events/ice-rink

 

 

Holiay5Fantasy 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. Runs from November 13 to January 2. http://www.callawaygardens.com/events/signature/fantasy-in-lights

Holiday6Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The annual electrical extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden. In 2015, explore new features like the massive Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest, and Model Trains that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition. Open November 14 through January 9.

http://atlantabg.org/events-classes/events/garden-lights

 

Holiday7Holiday in Lights. Centennial Olympic Park’s annual Holiday in Lights is an Atlanta tradition. In November, the Park transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights that make up the sparkling display.

Open November 21 through January 10th.

http://www.centennialpark.com/index.php/plan-your-visit/event-calendar/winter-events/hil

 

 

 

 

Holiday8Holiday in the Park. Six Flags Over Georgia is continuing its new holiday tradition as it extends its season with the addition of Six Flags Entertainment’s annual holiday festival — Holiday in the Park. More than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees will create the perfect magical atmosphere this holiday season from November 21 through January 3. - See more at:

https://www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia/special-events/festival/holiday-park

Holiday9Lanier Islands Christmas. Drive across the Lanier Islands bridge and into a world of lights! Magical Nights of Lights, our Christmas classic, continues when the sun sets on Lanier Islands this holiday season. Twinkling lights come to life, transforming the landscape with pictures of Christmas wishes, millions of twinkling lights color the Islands throughout the holidays at our Magical Nights of Lights. Journey to Santa’s Holiday Village, where kids can share their Christmas wishes with the big man himself, and grab a photo memory of their special meeting. While you’re here, shop for that special Christmas gift for someone in your circle of friends and family. November 20 through January 3

http://www.lanierislands.com/magicalnightsoflights?rt=google%7Ccpc%7CLAL02-Winter-Adventure-Brand%7C%2Blanier%20%2Bislands%20%2Bchristmas&gclid=CK69mcvg9sgCFdgJgQodmYkNDA

ReindeerReindeer Day at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Don your holiday hats and get your jingle bells ready! A CNC winter tradition returns for its 5th year. Come out for a day all about winter animals and holiday cheer. Join us for these fun activities; straight from the wintery north (North Cobb that is) meet live reindeer that bring the magic and tradition of the holidays alive for the entire family!

Open December 13th, 1pm-4pm.

http://chattnaturecenter.org/events/event/reindeer-day/

 

RudolphRudolph 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 November 12 through December 27th.

 

http://www.puppet.org/perform/rudolph.shtml

 

 

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. Opens November 21

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Stone1Stone 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 your favorite holiday characters. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you. Open November 7 through January 3 (select dates)

https://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Stone-Mountain-Christmas

 

snowSnow Mountain at Stone Mountain Park. Spend a fun-filled day playing across five football fields of frosty joy. Zoom down the 400-foot hill all together in our family-sized tubes, or go it alone as a single rider. From snowman building to snowball shooting, tubing to togetherness, enjoy all the moments that will make for the perfect snow day. Open November 21 through February 28 (Select dates)

http://www.stonemountainpark.com/events/Snow-Mountain.aspx?cid=ppc_200094

pigThe 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 3rd .

 

http://www.macys.com/cms/ce/sitelets/pink-pig/index?cm_mmc=VanityUrl-_-pinkpig-_-n-_-n

 

nutcrackerAtlanta Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The Fabulous Fox

Always the highlight of the season, Atlanta's very own staging of the Nutcracker ballet returns this year for its 20th Anniversary! Scored by the iconic music of Tchaikovsky, The Nutcracker is a wondrous adventure that has thrilled audiences the world over for over one hundred years -

www.atlantaballet.com

SCUBA Claus (1)-2Georgia Aquarium's Festival of the SEAson has all the things families love about the holidays with fun twists. Annual standards like seeing Santa are transformed with appearances from SCUBA Claus and the spectacular Holidazzle light show, Symphony of Snow musical performances and fantastical 3D-mapped, 60-foot-high atrium nature shows are perfect for creating unforgettable memories.

http://news.georgiaaquarium.org/news/ditch-tradition-and-dive-in-to-new-experiences-at-georgia-aquarium

 

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!

Your Happy Nanny- Joleigh Sonnenberg

Joleigh Your Happy Nanny pic Meet our Your Happy Nanny for October 2015, Joleigh Sonnenberg! Joleigh was previously placed with a family by our agency but is now available and looking for her next nanny family! Joleigh loves exploring all Atlanta has to offer and bringing her creative nature to her positions as a nanny. Take a look at her profile below and if she seems like the perfect nanny for your family, contact us to set up an interview to meet Joleigh!

What part of Atlanta do you live in?
I currently own a home right on the Atlanta Beltline in Reynoldstown with my awesome husband and 5 year old daughter. I've lived in  several intown neighborhoods since moving from San Francisco to Atlanta in 2007. Reynoldstown (tided with  Cabbagetown, since I technically live a block away) is by far my favorite neighborhood. It's a really great community rich in Art, history and some of the best neighbors and people I've had the pleasure of meeting. Not to mention I recently found out Elle from Your Happy Nest is my across the street neighbor! Small world right?
Where are you from originally?  
I was born in Nürnburg, Germany. I deeply identify with my European roots and sensibility when it comes to day to day life, family and children. As a military brat my family moved a lot. Most of my younger years outside of living in Germany have been spent in Texas, Florida and California.
What language(s) do you speak?
I'm only fluent in English currently. I do know some basic German and Spanish words, phrases and songs I like to share with kids. I also have learned a few Hebrew words from my husband and his family as they are Israeli. I am super interested in learning other languages and am actively learning German. I hope to one day be conversational and return to Germany for a long over due visit.
How long have you been a nanny? 
I've been a professional nanny since 2009 but have 20 years in total experience. From babysitting to my most invaluable and hands on experience as a mother and parent. My experience goes way back as many of the women in my family are natural born caregivers and care professionals. I grew up with their great example, sage advice and resounding passion for children. My mother has hands down been my biggest  influence. My childhood was filled with her love and nurturing ways. My mother's loving example extended to include her "other babies". She ran a daycare from our home while growing up and has been a teacher, teacher's aid, preschool teacher, nanny and foster parent. It's only natural I would fall in love with and become a career nanny!
Do you have a favorite age and why?  
Oh man that's a tough one. I can honestly say there is something about every age and stage that I truly love. I am however a total sucker and ball of goo for newborns and infants. It's such a magical and surreal time in a family's life. Caring for an infant is such a honor. You really get to experience the wonder of life through their eyes over and over again. It never gets old. It's also bittersweet as it's the shortest stage. In a blink your squishy newborn is all of a sudden a mobile, world and milestone mastering little person.
Funniest nanny moment:
One of my funniest nanny moments actually happened with my most recent charge. It's kinda a double whammy as the grossest too. Being a nanny your days can be filled with equal parts magic, funny and gross. My charge Z and I had just returned home from our adventuring for the day. We were both "pooped". Being a kid of routine and I, a nanny who's a firm believer in one too, we naturally went into our nap time routine. While I settled in putting our bags away Z went about her merry way getting ready while I followed behind to snuggle, sing our sleepy song and tuck her in. Not 2 minutes later Z screams with great fright "Nannnnnnnnyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!". My heart racing I instantly think... snake?Intruder?Boogieman? Ready to karate chop someone or something I ran into her room. Flipping the light switch on I find Z pointing in terror to a large coil of something now illuminated and clearly doggy doo on her toddler bed! Z and I simultaneously erupt in "EEEWWWW"s. Jumping up and down and totally grossed out. We found ourselves in full gleeful giggle mode, with tears in our eyes from our belly laughs. The surprise compliments of Z's big teddy bear of a dog, who unbeknownst to us had sneaked the kitty cats food earlier that morning. Poor pup. Imagine my relief that I didn't have to get all Chuck Norris! POOP!! That I can handle. I still giggle thinking of the two of us jumping up and down, loosing it over poop.
Favorite thing about being a nanny:  
I whole heartedly love developing deep and meaningful bonds with all my charges. Being welcomed into a family as a trusted care giver, co-parent and honorary family member is tremendously fulfilling. One of my favorite quotes that really embodies for me the joy of being a nanny is;
"When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments — tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become."— Louis Pasteur, French chemist and microbiologist
What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  
I believe my strongest quality as a nanny is my mindfulness. I make myself very aware of my nanny family's needs, lifestyle, philosophy and home all while paying close attention to detail. But beyond this I am extremely mindful of my connectedness to my nanny kiddos. Their personalities, emotional and physical needs. Natural rhythm. Likes/dislikes and interests. Engaging them in daily activities that foster cognitive skills and inspire creativity, independence, confidence, manners and awareness of others. My goal always is to help my nanny family have the happiest, healthiest, well adjusted and mindful child so it starts with my own approach and what I bring to the table.
Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  
Atlanta is a city full of amazing kid friendly parks, hiking trails,museums and hidden gems. One of my favorite year round places to take children on an outing to is Historic Fourth Ward Park located right off the Atlanta Beltline. It has an awesome mulch free play park featuring 2 playgrounds for  big and little kids. A large splash pad perfect for cooling down on a Hotlanta summer day. My favorite part of the park is the often over looked portion across from the playground. With its amphitheater perfect for counting and climbing stairs, fountain, waterfalls, walking trails, ducks, turtles and fish to feed its the perfect city oasis making for endless dialog with kids.
Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  
On a rainy day I love nothing more than a visit to the High Museum of Art or the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. I also enjoy curating hands on art projects and educational activities perfect for indoor play on a rainy day.
What is your educational background? 
Although I currently do not hold a college degree I consider myself highly competent, educated through self study and hands on experience. I am an avid book worm. Being very passionate about early childhood education, different cultural norms regarding child rearing and general caregiving I tend to read all I can get my hands on. As a current and proud member of the International Nanny Association I am interested in becoming an INA Credentialed Nanny. I am always looking for training opportunities to continue to expand upon my nanny knowledge.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love spending time with my little family exploring Atlanta and all it has to offer. We are a very musical minded family. I enjoy seeing live music and listening to records at home from our large record collection. I am a super creative person and enjoy all things esthetic. I love seeing art, making art and talking art. Often my favorite "me" time is getting lost in a good book. Nothing like being cuddled in bed with my fur baby Chicken (my BoShih rescue pup) at my side, a quiet house and book in hand.
When are you available to start a new position?
I am available to start immediately and as soon as I find my perfect nanny family fit. From experience I have found this to be crucial in achieving a happy charge, happy nanny family and being the best nanny possible! I'm very hopeful with the help of Your Happy Nest that  I will find my next nanny family and I can't wait to start!

 

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What About Taxes?

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Now that you have found the perfect nanny for your family, you might be coming to the realization that you are officially an "employer."   So where do you start?  What are the employment laws in your state?  How will you know how much to deduct from your nanny's salary? How often are you supposed to report her earnings to the IRS? Is there a way to do direct deposits for your nanny? What if you are audited by the IRS? How can you know you did everything correctly?

All of these questions can be daunting, and managing nanny and household help taxes can be time consuming.  Your Happy Nest encourages all of our clients to consider the trusted services of HomePay by Breedlove.  The professionals at HomePay have taken all of the guesswork out of household employer tax requirements.  Not only will they help you navigate your IRS obligations, they offer many services that greatly simplify the process.  Along with expert guidance and support, they offer many services such as payroll management and tax filing.  Download their free e-book and check out the video below to learn more about their services, or simply give them a call for a free consultation. (888-273-3356)  We have a great relationship with this company, so don't forget to tell them that Your Happy Nest sent you!

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