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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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 Nest Turns FIVE!

 

We are celebrating with cake, confetti and DISCOUNTS for our clients because

Your Happy Nest Nanny & Babysitting Agency is turning FIVE this week!

 
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To celebrate, we are offering a $100 discount
off all permanent nanny placements for families
who sign on with our agency in the month of August!

* Use coupon code: happy5th for your discount

So what are you waiting for?  

Click below on YOUR city and let our experts help you
find the perfect caregiver for your family.  

We can't wait to meet you!

 

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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.

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?

Charleston families! Are you going to Charleston Restaurant or Charleston Beer Week this week? We have fully screened sitters available and ready for you! All sitters have had an agency interview, background check, references checked and are CPR/First Aid Certified. We have an Annual Babysitting Membership available for unlimited nights/weekend babysitting placements or you can pay per use. We can get you started today! BABYSITTING SERVICES FORM

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Fam Jam- A Free Family Festival in Marion Square

WHY PLAY?

FAM JAM 2016 celebrates the power of PLAY and shows children and their grown-ups that being active can be fun. This year, Children's Museum of the Lowcountry (in collaboration with the Charleston Farmer’s Market) is gearing up for an exciting event in Marion Square and is planning an action-packed day of fun and PLAY! In addition, CML collaborates with more than 25 community partners who will participate in the event, providing a host of playful crafts and activities to engage children of all ages. AND, all FAM JAM attendants receive FREE admission to the Children’s Museum that day! You don’t want to miss out on this day of fun!

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September 17
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10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Marion Square
329 Meeting St Charleston, SC 29403 United States
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Your Happy Newborn Care Specialist Charleston- Maria Fanning

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In what part of Charleston do you live?

I live in Mt. Pleasant

Where are you from originally?

I was born and raised here and grew up on Sullivan's Island

How many years of experience do you have working with children?

I have 10+ years of experience working with newborns up to school aged children.

What made you want to get into newborn care? 

I was ready for another challenge in my career and found my niche working with newborns.

Favorite thing about being a newborn care specialist?:

My favorite thing is working solely with newborns and giving the parents a piece of mind and support. 

What is your strongest quality working with children? 

Patience and determination

Do you have any special certifications or education working with children? 

I just finished the Foundational Newborn Care Specialist training by Newborn Care Solutions and am hoping to finish the Advanced class by the end of the year.

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I enjoy cooking and gardening in my time off.

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Your Happy Nanny- Charleston

Meet Laura Schroeder, Your Happy Nanny Charleston for the month of June!

Laura is a parent of three and full time nanny who has been credentialed by the International Nanny Association. She is Positive Discipline certified, First Aid/ CPR certified and has 25+ years child care experience.  She has a BS degree in developmental psychology, and many hours of masters work and continuing education in early childhood topics.  She is trained and experienced with newborns through teens including special needs and autism.  She has just recently been certified as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator, and has presented a local, regional and national nanny conferences on several topics including Positive Discipline, Working with Families affected by ASD, and preparing developmentally appropriate curriculum. Laura is looking for a new full time family to begin with mid August. Schedule an interview with her asap through Your Happy Nest before another family snatches her up!

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What part of Charleston do you live in?

I've lived with my husband and 3 children on James Island since 2003 and absolutely love it!

Where are you from originally?  

I was born in Huntingdon, PA, grew up in Glen Ridge, NJ, attended college in Collegeville, PA, and have also lived in Jeffersonville, PA, Collingswood, NJ, and Flower Mound, TX.

What language(s) do you speak?

I've studied French, a little Spanish, and American Sign Language, but am only fluent in English and baby sign language.

How long have you been a nanny?

I've been working with children either in social work or childcare for more than 25 years.  I've been a nanny for 14 years, and have been with my current family for 5.5 years.

Do you have a favorite age and why?

I honestly love children of all ages.  From the youngest infant cuddles all the way to high school, I love helping children learn and grow.

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  

I love working together with parents as a team in the children's best interests.  I adore having fun with children, laughing, being silly, and learning through play.  My favorite thing of all is the loving bond I enjoy with my nanny families.

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

Aside from a genuine love of children, my greatest nanny qualities are my patience (nothing rattles me), my love of teaching, and my willingness to continue to learn and add to my knowledge of the very best childcare practices.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston:

There are so many great places to go in Charleston and I think I've brought my nanny children to all of them!  We always have a great time at Charlestowne Landing.  We start with the zoo for science, the village for history, and the boat for imaginary play.  The open fields are great for gross motor practice, and the museum has opportunities for writing and fine motor skills.  The perfect mix of learning and fun!

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

Rainy days are great days for cooking, crafts, board games, puzzles, and of course dance parties!  Creativity rules!

What is your educational background?

I've received my BS degree in developmental psychology, and have taken masters level classes in social work.  I studied to become an ABA therapist, and have kept up with my CPR and First Aid Certifications.  I am  certified in Child Centered Discipline, and am also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.  I attend local, regional and national conferences regularly and have been a recent presenter on topics including Positive Discipline, Autism, and Nanny Shares.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I'm active in my church including running the nursery every Sunday.  I also love the beach, especially swimming in the ocean.  Our family is active with the music scene in Charleston, and are often found at the new Gaillard Auditorium . If there is any time left I enjoy the gym and long walks with my dog Grace.

When are you available to start a new position?

I'm available to start with a new family anytime after August 15th and am interviewing now.

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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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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!

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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