Your Happy Nanny Atlanta February 2017 - Kathleen Burke

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

What part of Atlanta do you live in? 

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

Where are you from originally?  

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

What language(s) do you speak?

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

How long have you been a nanny? 

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

Do you have a favorite age and why?  

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

Funniest nanny moment:

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

Favorite thing about being a nanny:  

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

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?  

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

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:  

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

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:  

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

What is your educational background? 

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

What do you like to do in your free time?

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

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

I am patient and creative when dealing with difficult situations. 

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

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

When are you available to start a new position?

I’m ready and excited to start work now! 

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Your Happy 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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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.

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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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 May 2015- Jessica Driskell

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

 

What part of Atlanta do you live in?

I am currently living in the Smyrna/Vinings area

Where are you from originally?

I am originally from Marietta, GA

How long have you been a nanny?

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

What is your educational background?

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

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

Funniest nanny moment:

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

Favorite thing about being a nanny:

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

What is your strongest quality as a nanny?

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

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta:

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:

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

What do you like to do in your free time?

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

When are you available to start a new position?

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

Nanny Playdates!

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

See Your Happy Nest at the CSRA Baby Expo in Augusta, Ga.

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Simple Bliss Events is hosting the 2015 CSRA Baby Expo!

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at The Legends Club of Augusta.

Doors open at 9am!

Stop by our booth to receive a free "Happy Nest" charm (while supplies last) and register to win a free Annual Babysitting Membership (a $200 value!)

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Admission is FREE!  Click here to register and receive your free tickets.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your Happy Nanny: Breiane Jackson

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Meet Breiane Jackson, our featured nanny for the month of January! Breiane just finished a position with a family and is seeking a new full time or possibly part time position and can begin asap! Breiane is also a mother herself so she understands the importance of leaving your precious children with someone new. Breiane has an upbeat, positive personality that we feel children would respond well to! Take a look at her profile and if you would like to schedule an interview with Breiane, contact us today!

 

 

Where are you from originally?

Milwaukee, WI- I’m a cheese head!

What language(s) do you speak?

English and toddler (toddlers have their own way to communicate!)

How long have you been a nanny?

About 9 years

Do you have a favorite age and why? 

My favorite age to interact with varies depending on the season I’m in in my life but right now newborn to toddler. I love to cuddle and swaddle newborns but absolutely love watching how toddlers explore and discover things. Their facial expressions, tone, and verbal communication is always fun.

Funniest nanny moment:

I had a little girl I was keeping (toddler) from the time I began with the family I required the kids to wear socks in the house because the floors were so cold. I started with her when she was 1 and a half now that she’s a solid 2 she asked me if she could take her shoes off after returning home from an outing. I told her it was fine but she instantly assured me it was her shoes not her socks. By waving her finger side to side so I wouldn’t get it confused. She kept this going for about 30 seconds reassuring me that she will happily keep her socks on, she JUST wanted to remove her shoes!

Favorite thing about being a nanny: 

I love love love the children!!! But being able to see a parent after a long day of work come straight home to happy, content, safe children is extremely rewarding. The parents are happier and have time to relax and spend time with their children

What is your strongest quality as a nanny? 

I am extremely energetic. I like to dance around and sing and keep the little ones going. I’m also attentive to the needs of the children.

Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Atlanta: 

The Zoo!!! The children have so much fun looking at the animals up close.

Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day: 

Crafts, coloring, games, singing and dancing even The Children’s Museum

What do you like to do in your free time?

I’m a mom with lots of family here in Atlanta so spend as much time as I can with them. I have a son who is involved in several sports outside of school so we ( my husband and I ) stay busy with him (chess, basketball, baseball are some of his favorites).

When are you available to start a new position?

I have just ended my time with my current family and am now looking for something full time, part time if necessary with the right schedule.