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Top 10 Do’s & Don’ts of Nanny Social Media

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As a nanny your reputation is EXTREMELY important and online posts and images live forever. Annie’s Nannies (and our families) often turn down candidates for placement when a Google or Facebook search reveals behavior unbecoming to the nanny profession. It’s okay to have a personal life, but be VERY careful what you choose to show the world!

DO: Make sure you like and follow ANI on Facebook!

DO: Spiff up your profiles

DO: Take some time to check and clean up your online presence

DO: Be mindful of security settings

DO: Make sure location is turned off when working

DO: Always remember… there is no privacy on the internet

DON’T: Be overly political or religious online

DON’T: Post photos of kids without parent’s permission

DON’T: Post the names of the families you work with

DON’T: Friend request your boss

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So Your Boss “Friended” you on Facebook..

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Most nannies out there have been in this situation…..the friend request from an employer. What to do?

Combining a personal social media tool with your professional life is not always the wisest decision, but there’s the chance that feelings will be hurt if you refuse. Sources online are unanimous in saying that accepting a friend request from your boss is not a good idea. They suggest the safe alternative is to send a message saying “Hi Boss, I prefer to keep my Facebook for my personal life. Would you like to connect on Linked In?”

If you do want to accept the request, see here for guidelines to making your Facebook and online presence “Boss Friendly.”

Other Helpful links:

To Friend or Not to Friend?

Nanny Support Group-Facebook?

5 Reasons Not to Friend your Nanny

 

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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 30th Anniversary Picnic!

Our first 30th anniversary celebration was last week! We held our annual summer picnic, but took it up a notch with catering from Chipolte, a performance by Goofy Gideon the Magician, personalized cupcakes from Cupcake Royal, and prize bags.  We had a wonderful time getting to chat with nannies, their charges, and some special guests(and the Seattle weather cooperated!)  Thank you to all who attended!
Photos by Denise Danzer-copyrighted 2014

 

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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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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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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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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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