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!


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

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.