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Banking Hours—Why it doesn’t pay off

We often hear complaints from nannies or families about banking hours.  Usually we hear from the nanny or family after the hours have been banked and the phone call is never a positive one.  Breedlove & Associates tackles this topic in their most recent Legal Review.

The Lawson family wanted to take an impromptu vacation after Mr. Lawson received a promotion. The family scrambled plans together and organized a five day reprieve from work and responsibility. The best part of the trip for Mr. and Mrs. Lawson would be the opportunity to take their first vacation with their two-year-old son who was usually supervised during the day by the family’s nanny. Read more »

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CPR/First Aid Training – September 6th Class

First Aid & CPR Certification Class

Our next highly-regarded First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class is scheduled for September 6th!  

Here’s what you need to know:

  • What:  Nanny only First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class, with extra focus on Infant/Child CPR
  • When: Saturday, September 6th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center Room #6, Seattle
  • Cost: $35 per person, snacks will be included!
  • Details: 2 year certification in First Aid, CPR, HIV & Blood-born Pathogens
  • Register: Click the Sign Up Now button below!

This isn’t only for ANI Nannies, pass this on to any of your nanny friends!

We’re excited to see you there on Saturday September 6th!

 

Annie’s Nannies: June Nanny of the Month

Nicole HillWe are so excited to announce our first summer Nanny of the Month (June) for 2014….Nicole Hill!

Nicole has been active in our On-Call pool since the beginning of 2012 and has also been placed in numerous part-time positions. One family Nicole has worked consistently with says, “Nicole is absolutely wonderful. She has such a positive personality and attitude about everything. The kids absolutely enjoy her and can’t wait until she returns. We feel very lucky to have Nicole in our lives.” Read more »

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Summer and Fall Classes – Bellevue College

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SUMMER and FALL Quarter registration has begun at Bellevue College!  It’s time to consider college options for Summer (begins 7/1) and Fall Quarters (begins 9/22).

SUMMER QUARTER CLASSES (begin 7/1) – all Online:

ECED107 Health, Safety, and Nutrition  5 cr
ECED190 Observation and Assessment  3 cr
EDUC115 Child Development  5 cr
ECED100 Child Care Basics 3 cr  (basic 30 hrs course for MERIT system)

FALL QUARTER CLASSES (begin 9/22)

See here for more information and the schedule, and STARS Seminar Flyer

ECED100  Child Care Basics
ECED105  Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECED120  Practicum – Nurturing Relationships
ECED132  Nurturing Care – Infants and Toddlers
ECED170  Environments for Young Children
EDUC204  The Exceptional Child
EDUC115  Child Development
EDUC205  Introduction to Education
ECED198  Special Seminar:  Creativity and Invention for Young Children
ECED199  Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education
ECED299  Independent Studies in Early Childhood Education

Often previous college credits can be transferred toward a certificate or degree – Contact Stephanie Sloan stephanie.sloan@bellevuecollege.edu for an advising appointment, and possible advising by email.

BELLEVUE COLLEGE OFFERS:

  • Flexible schedule to balance work and family
  • Academic support and tutoring, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Work in an Early Achievers Program Level 2 and above? Ask about FREE TUITION and BOOKS!
  • STARS-MERIT: class credits can be used for STARS training hours
  • Faculty are experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated to support your learning

 FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit our website www.bellevuecollege.edu/teachered or email for information teachered@bellevuecollege.edu  or call 425-564-2674 “Like” us on FACEBOOK:  www.facebook.com/bcelte

View the class schedule for the academic year: Click on “See Projected Annual Course Offerings”: http://www.bellevuecollege.edu/teachered/academic-options/course-offerings/

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Your Face Really Can Freeze That Way…. guest post by Sarah Hornsby

P1000907 - CopyFor years I rolled my eyes when my grandmother said, “If you keep making that face it will freeze that way” after she caught me crossing my eyes, crinkling my nose, or saw me sticking out my tongue. My sister and I would giggle at the thought of a man with his face frozen in a puckered grimace that he made as a child, or some poor girl trying to speak with a tongue that was permanently protruded as the result of a silly face she once made.

While my grandmother’s theory of faces becoming “frozen” was laughable in my childhood years, I have recently come to the conclusion that at least part of this old wives tale may be accurate.

In my career as a myofunctional therapist, I work with children, and my focus is essentially on their faces. It is my job to help them learn to use the muscles of their mouth and face “correctly” in order to improve an array of troubles centering on speech, dental health, orthodontic treatment and facial growth and development.

Most of the children I see have experienced breathing problems. They have learned to breathe through their mouth, rather than their nose from an early age. This is usually caused by conditions such as enlarged tonsils, chronic nasal congestion, allergies, or even food sensitivities. The only option for these suffering children to get enough oxygen into their bodies is to breathe through the mouth.

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First Aid & CPR Certification Class – July 2014

First Aid & CPR Certification Class

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Start the Summer off by getting qualified and confident in life-saving skills. 

Our next highly-regarded First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class is scheduled for July 19th!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • What:  Nanny only First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class, with extra focus on Infant/Child CPR
  • When: Saturday, July 19th from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center Room #6, Seattle
  • Cost: $35 per person, snacks will be included!
  • Details: 2 year certification in First Aid, CPR, HIV & Blood-born Pathogens
  • Register: Click the Sign Up Now button below!

This isn’t only for ANI Nannies, pass this link on to any of your nanny friends!

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We’re excited to see you there on

Saturday July 19th!

 

“I completed my CPR class this weekend. The instructor was great! […] Very passionate and thorough, and he advised us to “practice” or at least to go over it all in our heads until it’s IN THERE… Very good advice. I’m glad I went to that particular class and wanted to say, “Thanks for choosing such an awesome instructor.”” – Nanny Kimber

What a great CPR class! The teacher made a suggestion that I’ve never heard in my 20 years of taking CPR classes, PRACTICE! He was great!” - Nanny Nicole 

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Annie’s Nannies: May Nanny of the Month

ShannonPShannon Peters is our May Nanny of the Month! Shannon has been working with Annie’s Nannies for a little over nine years and is one of our most beloved On-Call nannies. Many families comment on her kindness and warmth, as well as the feeling of ease they feel whenever Shannon watches their children. One family commented the first time they had Shannon, “She was great. She was calm, let us know when she had questions, and managed our kids’ varied needs beautifully.”

When asked to recall a funny encounter with a child, Shannon remembered the following conversation with a young girl:

Girl: “When are you coming to play again?”

Shannon: “Maybe the next time your parents go out to dinner.”

Girl: “Ok, I will tell them to go to dinner tomorrow.”

We don’t know what we’d do without you, Shannon!

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Labor Doulas: Part Three-How to Hire a Doula

Part 3: How to Hire a Doula

The first hurdle in hiring the right doula is finding doulas!  Thankfully there are resources that make it much easier to find a skilled doula.  First, ask your friends and family.  Word of mouth is usually the best resource.  Your healthcare provider’s office would be a good place to ask too.  Midwifery practices usually have doulas they recommend or work with.

There is a wonderful search website www.doulamatch.net that matches you up with a doula according to your location and due date. On Doula Match you can search through doula’s profiles which contain information about their services and fees, availability and testimonials from clients.  Most doulas have a website and offer additional services like photography, childbirth classes, breastfeeding support and baby wearing education.

Here at Annie’s Nannies we can place a wonderful postpartum doula for your needs after the birth of baby.  A postpartum doula helps with newborn care, breastfeeding, night time coverage, cooking and chores during the first weeks after the birth or whenever you chose to hire her.  You can inquire with us for more information on postpartum doulas. 

We recommend contacting at least 3 to 5 doulas to make initial contact with.  Email is fine but, talking with a doula over the phone is better because it’s a great way to find out if you would like to set up an interview with her.  Interview a few doulas so that you can maximize your chances of finding somebody you are comfortable with and click with.

Most doulas will bring information about their services to the interview but, it’s always a good idea to bring notes from your conversation with her over the phone or printed from her website.  Here are some topics you can ask her about during the interview:

  • Training, certification and experience (don’t discount doulas who are not certified, there are a lot of very talented doulas out there who chose not to become certified)
  • Fees and contract, availability and meetings
  • Birth philosophy and personal convictions about being a doula
  • Amount of births attended and the variety of births attended
  • Support of husband/partner and roles
  • Postpartum availability
  • Additional services she provides like photography, belly casting, childbirth classes

You should have a good idea of the doula you want to go with after the interviews are over.  Sometimes you find the right doula on the first interview.  Sometimes it might take a while to find the right doula.  Get a start in your 2nd trimester and you will be sure to find the right match!

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Annie’s Nannies April Nanny of the Month

IMG_9272Congratulations to Kristine Bragg, Annie’s Nannies April Nanny of the Month!  Kristine joined Annie’s Nannies temp team in February. Kristine Bragg is a nanny with varied experience and has a history of teaching and working with kids of all ages.  She earned her BS in Sport Science at WWU.  She enjoys the outdoors, hiking and photography. More recently Kristine spent a year in Argentina teaching English.

Recently Kristine had this funny interaction with a 6 year old girl: “This doll is Princess Aurora and this one is Prince Phillip.  It’s time for them to get married, but I can’t watch them kissing so you can do the ceremony while I close my eyes!”

Congrats to Kristine and thanks for all you do!!

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Labor Doulas: Part Two-The Benefits of Using a Doula

Part Two- The Benefits of Using a Doula

Most benefits of using a doula are pretty well known but some are less obvious.  Those of us who have used a doula would say we couldn’t have done it without her.  Clinical studies and research have given us a lot of information about the benefits of using a professional doula.  Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Can reduce labor duration and complications
  • Reduces interventions like Pitocin and cesarean section
  • Reduces the requests of pain medication
  • Reduces negative feelings about the birth

Even more rewarding are some of the emotional benefits of using a labor doula and postpartum doula.  A mother tends to feel more confident and secure, has more success with breastfeeding and tends to adapt better to the new family dynamic.  Finally, there are less incidences of postpartum depression.

Some people ask how a doula can benefit a woman choosing an epidural or cesarean section.  It’s a misconception that doulas are only for women choosing to go the natural birth route.  No matter what kind of birth you are going for, there will always be a need for comfort, support and assistance.  Not everything goes as planned during labor.  Having a knowledgeable and comforting professional there to support you will be very helpful.  Check with your provider to see if your doula will be allowed in the operating room.

When a long labor is over and the baby is safely born and everybody is exhausted and happy, it’s usually the new father/partner who is the first one to reach out and thank the doula by giving her a big hug.  We asked a new father about his personal benefit.  He said, “When considering a doula it is natural for the couple to think of how she would help the mom but, the benefits for the father are just as immense.  For example, our doula took turns with me applying pressure to my wife’s back and comforting her.  This allowed me to rest.  She also ensured we were all eating and drinking plenty, which I wouldn’t have been so good at.  Finally, at the hospital she is the couples advocate and helped us focus on a healthy delivery, translated hospital speak and totally looked out for me and my wife’s wellbeing.”

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