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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 is Moving to West Seattle!

By: Diane Duthweiler

(September, 2014) –– Seattle’s pioneering household-staffing agency Annie’s Nannies will open its new office on West Seattle’s California Avenue October 6th. The 30-year-old company needs room to grow. “We’ve been ‘space-challenged’ for a while now,” laughs COO Teah Achman. “West Seattle is a good fit for the business and our staff. We’re all excited about the new office and new neighborhood.”

“I started this business in my bedroom with $1,500 and a phone. Since then, we’ve found top jobs for thousands of people, but it’s been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs with the economy,” recalls founder Annie Davis who runs the company with daughter Suzanne Royer-McCone. Royer-McCone adds, “A business like ours must change constantly to keep up with the marketplace. We’re incredibly proud of our longevity―30 years of our wonderful staff making Seattle area families’ lives easier and finding the perfect jobs for our nannies!”

Annie’s Nannies is moving from its current office in Ballard where it has been for the past 14 years. But Davis’ ties to the community are deep, and she plans to remain active with the Ballard Chamber of Commerce where she is currently a board member and program chair.

New Location:
6041 California Ave. SW, Suite 105
Seattle, WA 98136
Ph:  206-784-8462

 Founded in 1984 and the Northwest’s longest-serving household staffing agency, Annie’s Nannies, Incorporated (ANI) provides child care/family assistants, elder companions and other personal employees. ANI is a 2009 Mayor’s Small Business Award winner and the first Seattle small business to pay a $15 minimum wage. Davis is past-president of the National Association of Premier Nanny Agencies, A Household Staffing Alliance (APNA) – a non-profit that helps set industry standards across the nation.

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So my Nanny is on Facebook…

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Social Media Series, Part 1:

The line between professional and private life has been blurred with the introduction (and mass-usage) of Social Media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sharing information has become the norm, but when the topic is your family and children, where should you draw the line?

A quick search of #nannying on Twitter brings up lots of photos of nannies with children. Worryingly, many have identifying information about the location and even the names and schools of the children.  Others state the family’s location, have photos of their house, the nanny’s wage, and descriptions of their brand new home theatre system! These details could be putting your children in danger, not to mention making your house a target for burglars!  Most nannies are not being malicious or doing anything intentionally, most of us frankly just don’t think about how social media can pose problems.

So what do you do about it? Setting the boundaries early prevents any miscommunication. Companies have Social Media agreements, and so can families! A blanket ban is the solution for many families, but there are other options. If you are okay with your nanny posting online, have them agree (at the minimum) to locking down their profile, turning off location services, refrain from posting where they are located and to avoid using the children’s full names.

For more information on this topic, see the following links:

 

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Back to School Blues

back-school-03-afWith school starting up again, there are a few simple yet significant tips to help ease children out of summer mode and into school mode.Whether they are starting school for the first time or returning, these suggestions will enable parents, teachers, and caregivers to have an easier transition. Read more »

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Annie’s Nannies December Nanny of the Month

Congratulations to Dolores Schuh, our December Nanny of the Month! Dolores has been a nanny for over 14 years! Her special talents include: astounding toilet trainer,

Dolores on the left!

Dolores on the left!

turn a chore into a game-maker, advanced puzzle putter-togetherer, board game losing skills developer, extraordinary Cinderella, award winning Tin Man, homework enthusiast and motivator, and lover of children of all ages. We placed Dolores this fall and her nanny family loves her.  Way to go Dolores!

When asked what her favorite holiday activity with children is, Dolores responded:

“My favorite holiday activity to do with children is to explore downtown Seattle. We take the Metro bus downtown and ride the carousel. When we’ve exhausted all the animals on the carousel, we take the monorail to Seattle Center and sit in the food court, eat our sack lunch and enjoy the entertainment. While we’re there, we also check out the giant model train display.  Seattle center is nicely decorated for the holidays and there’s so much to see, explore and discuss. When we’re finished exploring, we return home on the bus.”

Congrats again!

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