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!

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Your Happy Nanny October 2016- Kristin Dube

Our Your Happy Nanny for October 2016 is Kristin Dube who lives in Charleston, SC. Kristin just recently relocated to the Charleston area from New Hampshire and is looking for a long term full time nanny position. Kristin has also become one of our go-to fill in nannies for daytime and night time babysitting and we always receive very positive feedback on her! Please read her bio below and let us know if you'd like to schedule an interview with Kristin or to book her as a sitter! 13737605_10154394461838552_411643541701943073_o

 

What part of Charleston do you live in?

I recently moved to the Ladson area.

Where are you from originally?

I’m a New Hampshire native. I grew up about an hour outside of Boston. So I’m a New England sports fan to the core.

What language(s) do you speak?

I speak English, and only a minimal amount of French..but I do speak fluent “toddler.”

How long have you been a nanny?

I’ve been nannying for 6 years, and I’ve been babysitting for many more years than that.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

I really enjoy 9-18 months old. I’ve had such great experiences witnessing the growth and development in those months. There are so many connections being made as a baby begins to really engage with their environment on a new level. I feel like the pride and happiness a child shows as they learn to master new tasks is an amazing thing to be a part of.

Funniest nanny moment:

One time I showed up on a Monday morning and let myself in(as usual). After a few minutes with no kids or parents in sight, I realized that something didn’t seem right. Within ten minutes I realized that it was Memorial Day and not only did I have the day off, but it was a paid holiday too. I awkwardly let the family know about my mistake and we had a good laugh over it.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

I’d say my favorite part of being a nanny is the purpose that it gives me. I gain so much from being able to help support and love someone’s little one as they grow and learn about the world around them.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

I think that life should be full of activities and opportunities to learn whether it’s through singing, dancing, activities, or trial and error. I pride myself on finding new ways to teach and encourage children to be creative and curious about how and why things work the way they do. Encouraging that sort of growth and development is something I think I am naturally good at.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston: 

Since I just moved here, I don’t have much experience going on outings here, but back in New Hampshire we always enjoyed going to the beach and doing anything outdoors.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Rainy days can be perfect for baking or lots of messy arts and crafts. They’re also a great excuse to get some new library books and build “reading nest” to snuggle up inside of. All you need is some sheets to hang up, and plenty of stuffed animals and pillows.

What is your educational background?

I’ve attended a Christian University in Illinois, but transferred back east to take night classes while I nannied full time. I plan on transferring my credits to a school down here so I can finish my degree while I continue working with kids.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Lately I’ve been trying to perfect the art of baking home made bread. Though I’ll never be as good as my mom, I’m loving the challenge. I also love to take out my DSLR to find something new and interesting to take a photo of. I’ve always enjoyed the art of capturing an image in a way that speaks for itself. I especially love taking children’s portraits and engagement photos.

When are you available to start a new position?

I’m working as a fill in nanny or a date night sitter while I wait for the right full time position, so my availability is very open and flexible. I just really want to find a family I can connect to and develop a great relationship with.

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Going to Charleston Restaurant or Beer Week?

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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

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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!

Mothers Day Babysitters

Sitter Spotlight Charleston- Casey Long

Casey Long Meet Casey Long! Our Spotlight Sitter featured this month in Charleston. Casey is one of our go-to sitters we us for nights and weekend babysitting jobs. Casey is a Junior at the College of Charleston and is also pursuing a degree in nursing and plans to go to PA school. We always get great feedback from families who use Casey and we are happy she is part of the Your Happy Nest Charleston babysitting team!

Where are you from originally? 

I was raised in Catawba, SC, a small town just outside of Charlotte, NC.

Do you speak any other languages besides English?

I am partially fluent in French and know a little bit of American Sign Language!

How long have you been working with children?

Honestly… as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I rode to school with my

neighbor. Every morning, I walked over to my neighbor’s house to helped get the younger child ready for

daycare (changed out of pajamas, changed diaper, fed breakfast, etc.) while the mother helped get her

daughter ready for school.

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

I absolutely love babies! Honestly, who doesn’t? They are so interesting to watch because they are

experimenting with their senses and learning about everything they come into contact with. In college, I

took at Motor Learning and Development course, and I learned all about the progression of gross and

fine motor development in babies. For me, it has been amazing to learn so much about babies and then

be able to actually apply my knowledge when caring for children.

Funniest babysitting moment:

Last summer, I worked at a sleep-away camp for kids in California. Many of the campers were from all

over the world. During one particular session, I had 3 young girls from China. None of the girls spoke

English and they were sent to our camp in order to be fully immersed in American culture. One evening

at Dinner, I was sitting beside one of the girls and she began frantically waving her hands and squealing

in Chinese! I had absolutely no idea what was going on! She was pointing to her mouth with one hand

and was holding something with a closed first in her other hand. She grabbed my hand and dropped a

wad chewed up food into the palm of my hand and opened her mouth to show me that she had lost a

tooth! I immediately shot up from my seat and grabbed her hand to rush her to a nearby bathroom. We

ran into the bathroom (while I still had this wad of food in my hand), and I cupped my other hand

underneath the sink faucet to demonstrate her how to rinse some of the blood out of her mouth. Now

imagine: this child does not speak English and this was one of the first teeth she had ever lost, so she was

just as shocked by the situation as I was. I cupped my hand underneath the faucet to catch a handful of

water to show her how to rinse her mouth out… but for whatever reason, she insisted upon sipping the

water from my hand instead of her own! At this point, I finally decided to take a look at this wad of food

that I had been holding for a few minutes now. In the center of the wad, I found a small tooth! When we

left the bathroom, I found a zip lock bag to put her tooth in to take home and later that night, I snuck a

small prize underneath her pillow.

Favorite thing about working with kids:

They are so imaginative, creative, and curious! They want to try everything! They are eager and do

everything so wholeheartedly.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston: 

I love the outdoors, and especially the water; so naturally, I picked a destination that encompasses both

of those! There is a beautiful little waterfront park off of Harbor View Road, called Demetre Park,

formally known as “Sunrise Park”. There are tons of neat things to see/do there – everything from

collecting shells to watching tiny fiddler crabs. It’s also a great picnic spot and admission is free!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

I live downtown, so I absolutely love bringing children to the SC aquarium! If you have not been, I highly

recommend going! There are great exhibits, hourly shows, and a touch tank!

What is your educational background?

I am currently a junior at the College of Charleston. I am an Exercise Science major and Public Health

minor. After graduating from CofC, I am looking to apply to PA school.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to cook, to spend time at the beach, and attempt crafts/d.i.y. projects off of Pinterest.

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

Your Happy Nanny Charleston- Berkeley Fisher

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Meet Berkeley Fisher, our Your Happy Nanny in Charleston for December! Berkeley is a current Junior at the College of Charleston and is looking for a part time afterschool position and babysitting jobs!

What part of Charleston do you live in?

Downtown Charleston

Where are you from originally? 

Spindale, North Carolina

What language(s) do you speak?

English, limited Spanish

How long have you been a nanny?

I have been working with children for five years between being a nanny, babysitter, camp counselor, and most recently I worked at a non profit afterschool program called WINGS for underprivileged children which I absolutely loved!

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

Ages 5-10. They are so creative!

Funniest nanny moment:

The mother came home from a function and went to the children’s room to give them a kiss. The mother

said “Goodnight sweet girl,” and the daughter, half asleep, said “Goodnight my sweet babysitter.” Cutest

moment ever!

Favorite thing about being a nanny: 

I love helping kids use their imagination and creativity! Playtime is my favorite time of the day.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

Keeping it fun! I am energetic and just like to play and keep kids busy.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston: 

Waterfront Park

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Board games, dress-up, movies, and reading.

What is your educational background?

Currently a junior at the College of Charleston as a Communication Major and Leadership Minor

What do you like to do in your free time?

Hiking, reading, exploring town, and playing board games.

When are you available to start a new position?

As soon as possible!

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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!

Conquering the Nanny Tax

Untitled designJust in time for summer, senior accountant Diana Spatoulas answers important questions about handling the tax implications of household employees.  via Accounting Today

Now that the school year has ended, it is time to consider child care during the summer months.Instead of sending children to day care or summer day camp, many parents consider hiring a nanny or frequent baby sitter to watch their children. As if balancing work and childrearing is not challenging enough, if parents get outside help to care for their children at home, they will also need to understand the tax implications. Unless they are tax experts, they probably have a few questions about how to do things correctly.

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If parents have a nanny or frequent babysitter watching their children at home, that person is considered a household employee if she is in charge of what work is done and how it is done (which is usually the case). It does not matter whether the person works full time or part time, or that the person was hired through an agency or from a list provided by an agency or association. It also does not matter whether the person is paid for the job or on an hourly, daily or weekly basis. READ MORE

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!