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Watch Me Work…..#WatchMeNanny

View More: http://orangeanchor.pass.us/denning2The ANI team believes what Nannies do every day is some of the most important work on the planet. Seriously.

We want to show everyone how hard you work and how amazing you are!

We’ve launched our new Instagram page and want you to help us fill it with awesome pictures and videos of you doing what you all rock at….Nannying!

Want to Join us? Here’s what to do:

1. Get permission to post pictures/videos of you with your nanny kids first! If you can’t include kiddos, just send us a picture of you!

2. Post on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter and tag Annie’s Nannies and include the hashtag #watchmenanny.

3. You can also email us your pictures/videos and we will post for you!

FIND US and FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

Instagram: anniesnanniesinc

Facebook: Annie’s Nannies, Inc.

Twitter: @AnniesNannies

Now let’s blow up social media with #watchmenanny!!

Also, check out ANI work in our video mashup we posted yesterday!

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WIN a Family Photo Session from Annie’s Nannies!

familyeditsmallAnnie’s Nannies loves to feature real Annie’s Nannies families and nannies on our website and marketing material. We are looking for a few families and nannies to update our photo pool and we need your help!

We are giving away 3 full sessions with our favorite local photographer Denise Danzer ($200 value per session).  All winners will have to sign a waiver allowing ANI rights to use your photos on our website and in future marketing material.

HOW TO ENTER:

Send us a family photo (any photo will do!) by APRIL 30th.  Email a JPG to: teah AT aniseattle.com. Please include your contact information.

DETAILS:

  • 3 winning families will be chosen at random to receive a FREE photo session! We will contact the winners by MAY 4th. We will send you information on location, dress code, plans for rain, etc.
  • We would LOVE to see your nanny (for families) or your family (for nannies) joining in on these sessions!
  • The photo sessions will take place on Saturday, May 14th OR Sunday, May 15th (please make sure these dates work for you!) at Lincoln Park or Alki in West Seattle.The sessions will be 1 to 1.5 hours long.
  • The session will include walking around the park, so be prepared for potentially muddy paths. Umbrellas, rain boots and jackets/hats encouraged for that true Seattle look!
  • After the photos have been edited you will receive up to 35 photos on a disc (or uploaded to OneDrive) for your use!

 **No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.  If chosen, you must be available on the date/time ANI sets up the photo shoots. You must also sign a waiver to permit ANI to use the photos on our website and in promotional material.   

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When You (Or your Nanny Boss) Works From Home

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By: Jenny Williams, Temporary Director

In this day and age, with increasing technology and flexibility from employers available to working parents, more and more moms and dads find themselves working from home while still needing a nanny to help take care of the children. Some parents prefer to shut themselves in their home office and ask not to be interrupted. Others will come in and out or set up a work station in an area that they can still interact with their child/children. Regardless of the setup, we know that this scenario is one we will see with increasing frequency in the years to come.

We have heard from numerous families and nannies of “parent-at-home” arrangements that have both flourished and tanked. What are some ways that you can work with the nanny at home to maximize success for both parties?

  1. Strive for clear roles and expectations from the beginning. As soon as the parent and nanny are on the same page as to who will take care of what (and when), if/when the parent should be interrupted while working, and who has authority on which situations, things will start to naturally settle into place. Don’t expect this process to be easy and bump-free. Again, flexibility is huge as the two of you work out the best arrangement for the situation.
  2. Do consider setting up a separate work space away from the nanny and children. This is by far the most successful setup we have seen of parents working from home. Inevitably, children rarely want to stay with a nanny when they know mom or dad are in the next room. In addition, setting up a separate work space will prevent you from constantly wanting to check in or “see how things are going.” Unplanned interruptions can throw off the best routines, leaving the nanny feeling frustrated and unable to make progress with her own relationship with the children.
  3. Understand that nannies want to feel useful in their job. If you are doing everything for your child that you would normally do when the nanny isn’t there, she will start to feel unnecessary and wonder why she is even there.
  4. Schedule a regular check-in (once a month ideally to start) with the nanny to see if things are going well for both parties. Both parties should have the expectation that this meeting is a good time to bring up both things that are working well and things that need to be addressed/tweaked.
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Annie’s Nannies Sponsors National Nanny Training Day 2016!

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For the 5th year in a row Annie’s Nannies is working with the Northwest Nanny Association to bring you an amazing day of training!  National Nanny Training Day 2016 is a nationwide day of training for nannies, being sponsored by various nanny groups and agencies across the country.  Why is training so important for nannies?  Because keeping current on all the latest in child development and safety is the most important indicator of quality child care!

WHEN: Saturday, April 16th 2016 from 8:30am-4:30pm

WHAT: A full days line-up of speakers and workshops–more details to come soon! Lunch included. Raffles and networking with fellow nannies!

PRICE: GET EARLY BIRD FEES if you sign up by February 29th!  $31.74 for NWNA members and $36.87 for non-members.

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Parenting Corner: How to Deal with Homework

backtoschool2The school year in Seattle is starting in less than 3 weeks!  As we enjoy these last days of summer, our minds turn to the upcoming year and the potentially dreaded battle of homework.  Many experts are now agreeing that forcing and battling with kids over homework is not helpful.  Here is a great article roundup of ideas on strategies to help our kids, making homework fun, and remembering that children’s job is school and how stressful that can be!

1. ParentMap: Whose Homework Is it Anyway?

2. Red Tricycle: 7 Ways to Make Homework Fun!

3. The Atlantic: Don’t Help Your Kids with Their Homework

4. Parent Further: 6 Tips for Supporting Kids When They Change Schools

6. ParentMap: 7 Tips From The Secret Society of Kindergarten

6. Momastery: The Kids are Fine!

We wish everyone a wonderful year!

 

 

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The #1 Most Requested Nanny Job Description

familyassistantDo you know the #1 most requested type of nanny we hear about day in and day out? It’s the Family Assistant. What is a Family Assistant you ask?  A Family Assistant is a nanny who is also an assistant to the parent/s or household manager.   She provides another pair of hands to assist busy parents with creating a safe and nurturing environment for their children and the management of the household.  Why is this so popular? The more both parents work, and the busier our lives get, the more help a family needs.  This job is typically with school age children (but can include younger children), and is usually about a 60/40 balance of household duties and childcare.  Theses jobs usually range between 30-40 hours/week.

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February Nanny of the Month – Shoshana Matteson

IMG956428We first met Shoshana in September last year, though she had been working as a nanny in Seattle for over 10 years. Boy, were we excited when she walked through our door!

Growing up as the second eldest of ten children, working with kids has been part and parcel of Shoshana’s whole life. Part of what makes her so special is the dedication she shows to her charges and the way she treats them as if they were part of her own family.

This has not gone unnoticed by the family we placed Shoshana with in November 2014; they recently sent us an email out of the blue telling us how much they love her!

“When we found out that our twins were due to be delivered very early and would have some complex medical needs (home oxygen and feeding issues) we were very anxious about how we were going to find someone to care for them when I returned to work.  Shoshana and your agency have been an absolute blessing. 

Shoshana is one of the most remarkable people I have ever met.  Not only has she expertly managed our girls’ medical needs, which in my mind is above and beyond the standard nanny job description, she has been incredibly flexible and has stepped in on several scheduling emergencies.  On one occasion she stepped in and was at our house at 5:45am on only 10 hours’ notice.  This was on a day that she is not usually scheduled to work but I was called in for a shift in the ICU and my husband was out of town. 

When I returned from work 14 hours later, the girls were sleeping soundly, the house was immaculate, all of the cooking and laundry was completed and these were not even tasks that were in the job description that we had agreed upon!  She replied simply that she wanted me to be able to have a restful night before going to work the next day.  This is only one small example of how extraordinarily kind and hardworking Shoshana is.  Every week she finds some new way to make our lives easier in addition to caring for and loving our little girls.  I always feel a sense of pride when I am meeting with my friends and discussing work life balance/child care because we truly have found a gem.”

With this commendation, we couldn’t not make Shoshana our February Nanny of the Month! Congratulations!

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Sign Up Now for our April 25th CPR/First Aid Class!

Our next highly-regarded First Aid, CPR, HIV and Blood-born Pathogens Class is scheduled for Saturday April 25th! 

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, April 25th 9:00AM to Noon
  • Where: Phinney Neighborhood Center Room #6, Seattle
  • Cost: $35 per person
  • 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 April 25th!

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The Affordable Care Act: Potential changes to Nanny Health Insurance

ACA_logoThere is LOTS of conflicting information out there at the moment regarding the way that nanny health insurance can be handled with the changes brought by the Affordable Care Act.  We are keeping in close contact with Breedlove & Associates to figure out how to advise our clients and nannies.  Unfortunately, as of today we are in limbo on how the new Affordable Care Act will affect the way families have been handling helping their nanny with health insurance. Read more »

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Annie’s Nannies Holiday Open House and our Donation Drive for WestSide Baby!

happy_holidays_599ANNIE’S NANNIES HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE!

Come join ANI as we celebrate the holidays and spread some cheer.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 17th from 2:30-4:30pm

WHAT: Hot cocoa & cookies! Socializing & cheer!

WHO: Our nannies & their charges, our families & their children!

DONATE: Please bring an item(s) to donate to our WestSide Baby donation drive (see details below)


 

2014 westside baby holidayAnnie’s Nannies Hosts WestSide BabyHoliday Donation Drive!

 

 

Annie’s Nannies feels strongly about supporting the community we live in.  This December we will be collecting items for WestSide Baby.  WestSide Baby is a nonprofit organization that collects previously owned items for children and babies and distributes them free of charge to King County families in need.  The item most needed is diapers, but they collect everything children and babies may need.  If you would like to help us with our drive here are the details:

WHAT: (most needed) 

  • Strollers
  • Portable Cribs
  • Car Seats (Please review requirements here)
  • Pajamas (Especially larger sizes, up to age 12)
  • Pants (Especially larger sizes, up to age 12)
  • Winter Coats-all sizes
  • New Socks and Underwear
  • Diapers (Newborn, size 5 and size 6)
  • Hygiene Items (wipes, shampoo, wash, diaper cream)

WHERE: Please bring items to Annie’s Nannies’ office in West Seattle any time or during our Holiday Open House on 12/17  (6041 California AVE SW Suite 105, Seattle 98136)

OR   click here for a list of drop-off sites near you. Let us know if you take items directly to WestSide Baby!

WHEN: Please donate items by December 17th, for distribution by the holidays.

Thank you from the Annie’s Nannies Team!
-Annie, Suzanne, Teah, Jenny, Fleur, Stacey, and Autumn

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Annie's Nannies, Inc. / 6041 California AVE SW Suite 105 / Seattle, WA 98136 / PHONE: (206) 784 - 8462 / FAX: (206) 789 - 1921