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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

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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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Nannies, Families and Lice!

Lice have been plaguing human kind since the dawn of civilization.  This unfortunate fact still exists today and can affect any family, any time. We recently heard from a nanny that was drawn into the battle on behalf of her family. She turned to us for some advice, and we decided to put a bunch of resources together in one place!

For a funny movie view, check out Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Kate in the movie I Don’t Know How She Does It:

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Annie’s Nannies–January 2014 Nanny of the Month!

Julie Hales2This month’s winner is a graduate of Northwest Nanny Institute, has 10 years of Nanny experience, and is also an accomplished vocalist! Congratulations to Julie Hales on being chosen this month!  Julie was placed in a long-term job in 2013 with an ANI family.  The family recently had this to say about Julie:

“In her time with us, Julie has been incredibly dedicated to taking care of our daughter, Rose.  She approaches every day with a plan for activities and learning opportunities, whether it is reading together, singing songs, attending story time, making art, doing mat / tummy time etc.  Julie also keeps us updated on how the day went through a journal and pictures and it helps us feel connected even when we can’t be there.  Julie exudes positivity and just loves being around children – she connected instantly with our daughter and they have the most amazing time together.  I feel really secure and happy knowing that Rose is with her every day.    We feel so lucky to have her as our nanny and as a part of our family!  We don’t know what we would do without her!”

When asked about a funny thing a child has said to her recently, she responded, “Remy told me he want to take an airplane to preschool in France every day, because that is where his grandparents live!”

Congrats Julie! Thank you for all you do every day!

 

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A Seattle original: Annie’s Nannies

Ever wonder how Annie’s Nannies got started? Or how we choose our nannies? City Living reporter Jessica Davis recently wrote an article on all things Annie’s Nannies: our beginnings, who our clients are, who we are, and our process. Read the article here.

If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

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Seattle: Top 10 Best Places To Nanny!

best-places-to-be-a-nanny-city-seattleNational Nanny Recognition Week (September 22-28) is fast approaching, and the Annie’s Nannies team is super excited to share why Seattle Nannies are so fabulous!

Our President/Placement Director extraordinaire Suzanne was recently interviewed by Care.com and asked “Why it’s Great to Be a Seattle Nanny” – Read the article here.

Why do you think Seattle is a great place to be a nanny? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

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Thoughtful Answers from Nannies

As part of the process to be represented by Annie’s Nannies, we ask that all of our Nanny candidates answer twenty essay questions. The questions are designed to gain a deeper sense of a candidate’s childcare philosophy and personal experience working with children and supporting families. It’s an opportunity for the candidate to speak in her own voice and the answers often become a dynamic narrative that augment the linear format of a typical resume.

We look for heartfelt and thoughtful answers that convey wisdom and a genuine love of children.

We’d like to share answers we think particularly exemplify this!

Nanny Andrea H. answered the following two questions:

Describe a specific time when you positively affected the life of a child.

Kindergarten Obst“At the time, I was the part time nanny to a little boy who had just started Kindergarten. He was struggling greatly with the first homework assignment which was to memorize and be able to write his first and last name, home phone number, and address. He had struggled with ADHD, and the parents and I were trying alternatives to medication because he was so young. Sitting down and writing/studying after school was difficult for him, so I devised an alternative plan. I made an obstacle course around the living room and family room with physical movements (running, jumping, somersaults, etc) mixed with stations where he said his phone number, wrote his address on a chalkboard, and spelled his name. We spent the afternoon going around and around the course with me as his coach reminding him of the next step and cheering him on.

When we finished we were jumping up and down and cheering together, and he gave me a double high five and a hug. He told me I was even cooler than his teacher. After a couple days using our new study-course, he was able to say and write his information on his own at school, and was so proud of his achievement!”

Describe a specific difficult situation that you have had with a child and how you handled it.

“The most difficult situation I have had with a child occurred at the park with the 3 year old boy I cared for at the time. He was shy with other children, and usually needed encouragement to play, but that day a little girl really wanted his attention. He was making faces at her and saying “go away.” When the little girl was far enough away I asked him why he didn’t want to play, and emphasized speaking to others with kindness. He told me he didn’t want to play with her because of the color of her skin. Having never heard this kind of talk from him or other children before, I immediately removed both of us from the situation so that the girl and her mother wouldn’t hear or be hurt by what he may say. 

kids playingWhen we got home, we talked about how people’s color of skin, hair, and other physical traits do not determine the kind of a person they are, and that our differences are what make the world interesting and beautiful. I provided some examples and talked about how the sun changes his skin in the summer time. When his mother got home at the end of the day, we had him play while we discussed the day. I let her know gently what had happened, and that I knew his words were not a reflection of anything that they had taught him. It was an emotional and difficult conversation, but a very important one. We then discussed how to move forward together to teach tolerance and appreciation for everyone. 

I planned the rest of the week with a multi-cultural theme, and went to the library to find books for children about acceptance of others, as well as books for me about teaching tolerance to pre-school aged children. We were consistent in talking more about the subject as the months went on, and I am happy to say this was never a problem again.”

Thank you for sharing these with us Andrea. Well done!

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Annie’s Nannies: March Nanny of the Month!

Congratulations to Dahlia Winans on being chosen as Annie’s Nannies March Nanny of the Month! Dahlia has been described as a 21st century Mary Poppins! One family recently told us, “We LOVE Dahlia!”

Dahlia Winans

When asked to share a funny story about a child, Dahlia told us the following story: “One time a child told me ‘Dahlia, I ran to the bathroom as fast as I could but the poo ran faster than me!’”

Dahlia is creative, compassionate, and brings an excellent sense of humor and fun to her work.

Congratulations Dahlia and thank you for your exceptional work as a Nanny!

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Nannies, Take Good Care!

We know that our Nannies often put the needs of others before their own needs. After all, a Nanny’s profession is centered around the care of others, the children they love, and the family they support. This is good and meaningful work! It is often loads of fun but it can also wear you out! In order to stay strong and happy (and engaged in your job), it’s important to also take the same care for yourself.

The following “55 Gentle Ways To Take Care of Yourself When You’re BUSY BUSY BUSY” is a nice list of practices. My favorites include anything to do with getting enough sleep or rest, exercise and eating well, pursuing creative endeavors, meditating, and being goofy!

This article differentiates between Self-Care, Self-Pampering (Ok!) and Self-Indulgence. Something to think about!

Take what you like and discard won’t doesn’t work for you. Make your own self-care list, do what you can, and don’t beat yourself up for not doing everything on your list.  Lastly, talk to yourself with kindness and care for your own needs the way you would the children you care for!

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