Chronicles of Nannya is a resource podcast meant to help connect and inspire nannies from around the world. Every week we cover a new activity, issue or aspect of nannying in the hopes that you can use the information with your little ones! For more resources, visit the "Episode Resource" Page on the Chronicles of Nannya website for pictures, print outs, links and more. If you have any questions, suggestions, encouragements or stories you'd like to share, please send us an email here. Nannying is hard work, but the rewards are endless! Thank you for all your support!
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Did you know that babies begin to notice race at 6 months old? Talking with your nanny kids about race and racism is so important but it can feel like an overwhelming topic for some of us. Dr. Camp from Northeastern Illinois University joins us to discuss how we, as nannies, can approach this important topic. Kids are naturally curious. Let's help teach them to be respectfully curious! This episode also features a story from Patsy Andall! Thank you, Patsy!
Whether you know it or not, Maria Montessori's life work has had an impact on your nannying. Tiffany Otwell, of the Montessori Children's House, joins us to discuss the ways we can incorporate Montessori teachings into our days as nannies! She makes the excellent point that, as nannies, we can allow children the time to learn a new skill or try something that may be hard for them over and over. As Maria Montessori said, "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
As our industry continues to grow and change new methods of finding families pop up all the time. Tori Clodfelter joins us this week to talk through the app Chime and the ups and downs of being a freelance babysitter. Much like Uber for babysitting, Chime promises quality care at the touch of the button. But can it really deliver on that promise? Listen this week to find out!
Dental health is extremely important but I know I have never learned about dental health for children until I did this interview! We have Jim Ratcliff, from the Closys company, as a guest to teach us all about dental hygiene and how to set kids up for oral health!
Politics can be an emotional subject at times. But it's also important to teach kids the importance of voting from an early age! In the book Voting with a Porpoise my guest, Sean Callahan, and his writing partner, Russell Glass make the discussion of politics and particularly voting very accessible and fun! Sean came on the show to help talk us through some activities and ways to get the conversation started in a healthy and educational way!
Nannying for families going through a divorce can be so difficult. We always want to do our best to help kids feel safe and nurtured. In this episode, Parker Guidry returns to talk us through some ideas for helping kids whose parents are divorced or are getting divorced. Parker also talks from personal experience about ways to help yourself create boundaries and self-care needed during the process of supporting a family unit through a divorce. Even if you're nanny family isn't divorced, this episode has some great ideas for helping children work through emotions in general!
Attachment Theory is fascinating and certainly shapes how I nanny! Cady Leinicke and I sat down to talk through the different attachment styles. One secure attachment can make a huge difference in a person's life, especially a young person! So come on, nerd out with us!
Our number one job as nannies is to keep kids safe. This week Elizabeth Henschen, a pediatrician hospitalist and mom, joins us to talk about gun safety. We discuss ways to start the conversation and how to talk to kids about gun violence. Simply asking about guns in a house before a play date can make a big difference in the safety of your nanny kids' lives. For more resources, click the links below.
Teaching kids about financial responsibility is important! Chores around the house are often their first "job" and they can learn so much from earning their allowance. Greg Murset sits down with me to tell us about the app he created called BusyKid! We discuss ways to help set kids up for financial success and how to start handing chores off to your nanny kids! Thanks for listening!
In celebration of 100 episodes, this week's episode features nannying from the kids' point of view! I sat down and chatted with some of my former nanny kids and got their take on what makes or breaks their experience with a nanny! We get pretty silly and had a lot of fun recording! Thanks for 100 great episodes!
Recorded LIVE from the Chicago Podcast Festival 2018, this week's episode is all about Children's TV! Thanks to Brittany Vogel, Julie Merica, and Casey Coppess for joining me to talk about our favorite and least favorite kids' TV shows! This episode was so much fun to record and I hope you enjoy listening! Thank you to the Chicago Podcast Festival for having us!
This week is all about a new and wonderful nanny resource book called Nanny Basics and Beyond. If you're looking for a holiday gift for your favorite nanny, I cannot recommend this book enough! Marcia Hall (Nanny Coaching Team founder and Executive Director of the INA) joins us to tell us all about her book and how to get your hands on it! Seriously, this book has so many wise words and offers help for some of the toughest parts of our job. Enjoy reading!
What happens when nannies start having their own families. Can you have your own kids and continue to be a nanny? There are lots of ways to approach this, but taking your kids to work with you is definitely a great one! Erin Loudoun joins us this week to talk about being both a nanny and a mom and navigating how to bring your child with you to your nanny job. I really enjoyed recording this episode and it answered a lot of questions about how this arrangement could work! I hope you enjoy it as well!
Kids love magic. Every kid I've ever nannied for has gone through a period of obsession with magic tricks! This week we have a professional magician, Jordan Olguin, on to talk about all the different ways nannies can incorporate magic into their day! We discuss so many things - from how to lay a sleeping baby down in their crib without waking them up, to a fun and easy magic trick to do with your nanny kiddos! This episode was a lot of fun to record and I hope you have as much fun using these tricks with your kiddos!
Have you ever thought about getting your degree in nannying? Colleges and Universities don't offer a degree specifically geared towards nannying which left a need and the Amslee Institute is here to fill it! Amslee Institute is the only online training program in the US with a college-level curriculum specifically designed for Nannies and Sitters that is licensed by the Department of Education. I got to talk to the founder of the Amslee Institute, Elizabeth Malson and ask her all about what makes Amslee so different. I highly suggest visiting their website and seeing if the Amslee Institute is right for you!
Have you ever wondered about the process of publishing your own children's book? Join us this week as we talk to Vicki Crain and Christoper Scott Bell about their journey to publish The Furry Princess! This book teaches wonderful lessons about trying new things and getting back up once you've fallen down! I highly recommend checking out this book! Also, if you end up drawing with your littles and you'd like to share some artwork, please email into firstname.lastname@example.org!
I've often spoken of how much I loved my experience at Nannypalooza last year. And this year there are TWO! Sue Downey joins us to talk about the wonderful nanny professional development opportunity that is Nannypalooza. I HIGHLY recommend going! It will completely change your nanny game!
Newborn babies are a lot of change in a short amount of time. Often, as nannies, we're helping with a second or third child as they make their way into the world. Dr. Casares is our guest this week and she is an amazing resource for nannies and moms alike! From ideas for how to help set up for a new baby to ways you can help make a new mom's life a little easier, Dr. Casares covers it all in her book, The Newborn Baby Blueprint!
To be a nanny is to know that one day you will have to move on. Nanny transitions are one of the most difficult parts of our job. Luckily, we have Glenda Propst here to talk us through this difficult process. In the words of Nanny McPhee: "There is something you should understand about the way I work. When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It's rather sad, really, but there it is."
Mealtimes are one of the best times to really connect with kids. But so often we get caught up in the "battle" over food that we forget what a gift meal and snack times can be! This week, Angelina Pizzi, of onetwothrive.com joins us to talk about the first 1,000 days of feeding and beyond! We discuss the importance of building a foundation of good food habits with kids early on that will pay off for the rest of their lives! She also has some ideas to better yourself as a nanny along the way!
Every human has a temperament style and every temperament style has positives and negatives! In this episode, Cady Leinicke and I discuss all the different ways to help identify and support the three temperament styles! Check it out!
Summer is a time of opportunities for all kinds of learning! And just because kids aren't in school doesn't mean they can't learn a lot to build their emotional intelligence. We're joined this week by Sofia Dickens, host and founder of Q Wunder, as she talks us through some ways to weave learning into your nanny kids' day!
Inviting kids to cook alongside us can be a daunting idea. This week I was lucky enough to talk to Leah McDermott, of Your Natural Learner, about ways to begin inviting children to be a part of everything from grocery shopping to food prep to clean up. Cooking with children has so many benefits for both you and the child! I learned so much and I know you will too!
Nannies are often surrounded by processed, snacky foods that can make it difficult to make healthy choices! Brooke Blazevich, of Nanny Harmony, joins us this week to talk us through some strategies for setting yourself up for success when it comes to food choices. Changing habits can be hard, but you deserve to live the life you want to live!
Nannying practices change slightly family to family. So imagine how much they change country to country! Stephanie Ojukwu joins us this week to talk about nannying all over the world! From Japan to Australia to America and a time teaching in China, Stephanie has been all over! The biggest takeaway is to approach each new place with an open heart and a good attitude, but this episode taught me so many things I didn't know about our wonderful world!
It takes so much courage to stand up for yourself, especially when your job is on the line. In nannying, we work so closely with families that sometimes boundaries feel less clear than in other jobs. Pascale Brady is back to talk us through ways to handle potential power struggles with parents. This episode is also great for working to prevent future problems by addressing them before they grow!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there! This week Angela Johnson (of Third Parent Academy and Ask the Nanny) talks us through all sorts of Mother's Day gift ideas! We also discuss a nanny's role in planning for Mother's Day! And again, happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
This week is short and sweet with a fun indoor activity I like to call Spy Day! Gather your spy supplies and have a day searching for clues and avoiding laser beams!
Part of a child's job is to push boundaries! It's natural but it can feel frustrating in the moment. Pascale Brady joins us again to talk through tools for preventing and working through power struggles with kids. This information has completely transformed my nanny day and I am excited to share it with all of you!
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