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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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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: A Three Part Series

Part One- What Labor Doulas Do and Don’t Do

In the past few years doula has become a household word synonymous with birth and breastfeeding.   Many of us have heard about how beneficial and invaluable a labor doula can be.  In this three part series we will look at what labor doulas do, the benefits of a using a doula and how to hire the best doula for your family.

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Positive Discipline Classes at Bellevue College

Bellevue College is now offering a series of Positive Discipline Classes, both for parents of children 12 and under and for parents of teens. Positive Parenting is the parenting approach recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and one way to learn about this style of parenting is through Positive Discipline. In this series, parents will learn what positive parenting is and how to use this approach with their child or teen. All classes are two hours long and take place on Saturdays in April and May.

Choose from the following classes depending on your need:
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series II
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Teens – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Teens – Series II

Register Here!

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Annie’s Nannies February Nanny of the Month

Genessa CAttention, nanny community! We are tickled pink to announce our February Nanny of the Month, Genessa Cielo! Genessa is currently placed with an ANI family and does occasional On-Call work as well.

Her regular family had these kind words to say: “Genessa is a wonderful nanny.  All of Genessa’s actions with our child are done with love, patience, and understanding. She is conscientious, trustworthy, and responsible.  Our daughter looks forward to her arrival each day.”

Our On-Call families don’t hesitate to share her praises either! One family commented, “Genessa has worked out really well. She is very competent, knowledgeable (how to handle a 3 year old and expectations for a 3 year old), confident, and outgoing. [Our son] has really taken to her.”

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National Nanny Training Day 2014–Sponsored by Annie’s Nannies

nntd2014We are very excited as it’s almost time for National Nanny Training Day (NNTD) again!  Can you believe it’s been a year already?  Northwest Nanny Association has put together another incredible lineup!  At NNTD 2013 we had 50 attendees in Seattle, and enjoyed learning together, networking, and sharing (see some pictures below).

NNTD 2014 registration is now open!

When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)

Where: Renton Technical College
3000 Northeast 4th Street Renton, WA 98056
Room C101

Cost: $30/person (includes continental breakfast and lunch!!)
–Have you considered asking your employer to help you pay for NNTD? Here is a flyer from Nanny Biz Reviews that can help start the conversation.

**Stay tuned as we will be raffling off a free ticket on our Facebook page!!

Details: This training is designed to help nannies address the unique challenges of working in a private home, to improve and expand their childcare skills, to stay current on new trends and resources within the field, and to connect and share with colleagues.   Our National Nanny Training Day event offers a unique mix of education, resources and networking in an informal, welcoming atmosphere.   Registration includes 5 “learn today, use tomorrow” workshops, continental breakfast, boxed lunch,  networking and of course, FUN.   You will receive a certificate of participation. There will also be an optional social event following the close of the training.

Topics: Baby Go Green, Nutrition for Kids, crafting, basic sign language, and a session on health care & taxes!  (for more details on the speakers, see the eventbrite for more details)

REGISTER NOW!

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NNTD 2013 group shot

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Jennie Jex-Landoe receiving her SPARK Award for Excellence in Nanny Care “Enthusiastic Newcomer”. Jennie was picked nationally for this award and definitely deserves it. Congrats Jennie!

 

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Teah, Nanny Jen, and Suzanne (NNTD 2013)

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Suzanne, Catleah, and Christy enjoy lunch (Panelists for NNTD 2013)

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NNTD 2013 learning session

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Annie’s Nannies 2013 Nanny of the Year!

Amity May 2Our 2013 Nanny of the Year is Amity May! Amity has been a nanny with ANI since 2009 and was our February 2013 Nanny of the Month. She continues to be one of our most popular On-Call nannies (even our own Placement Director Teah requests Amity for her daughter).

When families are emailed a confirmation that Amity will be their nanny, it isn’t uncommon to hear responses like “Awesome, she’s great!” or “That is terrific news!” We at Annie’s Nannies love Amity for her dependability and good humor. We know we can count on her for On-Call jobs, hotel jobs, and events with children of all ages (and personalities)! It’s a privilege to work with a nanny who consistently displays her  dedication to childcare in unique and creative ways. We adore you Amity May!

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Spring Classes at Bellevue College

Teacher-helps-pupil-with--006Nannies, get ready to register for Spring Quarter Early Childhood Education Classes at Bellevue College!  All courses can count for STARS training.  The Spring Quarter Seminar is titled “Adapting the Learning Environment for Young Children with Special Needs,” and will take place on May 3rd and May 17th from 9AM to 3:30PM (both Saturdays).  In this seminar, you will learn strategies to create an environment that facilitates successful learning for a wide range of children with special needs.  “Emphasis will be on how to meet the developmental needs of each child in a very specific way while developing an environment of joy and discovery.”

Register Now!

(use the link above to apply to the college for a student ID and PIN number; Click on Spring Credit Classes)

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