Chronicles of Nannya is a resource podcast meant to help connect and inspire nannies from around the world. Every week we cover a new activity, issue or aspect of nannying in the hopes that you can use the information with your little ones. Nannying is hard work, but the rewards are endless.
Play dates are an important part of helping our little ones develop social skills! They can also be a highlight in a long week, especially when school is out! Cady Leinicke is back to talk through Play Dates in all their glory! From a child deciding last minute that they would rather stay home to a parent forgetting to tell you about a play date that's happening in 30 minutes, we cover it all!
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Many occupations have a break (or several) built right into the day. Nannying doesn't come with built in breaks. Even when your nanny kids still nap, that time is so often dedicated to getting tasks done that it's rarely used to recharge. Mackenzie Bancroft, of Not Quite Mary Poppins, joins us this week to discuss the importance of taking a break and how to find the time in your day for it!
Whether you know it or not, Maria Montessori's life work has had an impact on your nannying. Tiffany Otwell, of the Montessori Children's House, joins us to discuss the ways we can incorporate Montessori teachings into our days as nannies! She makes the excellent point that, as nannies, we can allow children the time to learn a new skill or try something that may be hard for them over and over. As Maria Montessori said, "Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."
Baby Sign Language is a wonderful tool to help your little ones communicate before they are developmentally able to speak. Angela Johnson Sutherland joins us this week to answer questions about how to introduce and the benefits of Baby Sign Language. And be sure to watch the video version on https://www.facebook.com/chroniclesofnannya/
As our industry continues to grow and change new methods of finding families pop up all the time. Tori Clodfelter joins us this week to talk through the app Chime and the ups and downs of being a freelance babysitter. Much like Uber for babysitting, Chime promises quality care at the touch of the button. But can it really deliver on that promise? Listen this week to find out!
Dental health is extremely important but I know I have never learned about dental health for children until I did this interview! We have Jim Ratcliff, from the Closys company, as a guest to teach us all about dental hygiene and how to set kids up for oral health!
Laughter is so important in building human connection. So it's no wonder that humor is developmentally important for kids! This week, we welcome back Leah Frires to talk about humor and kids! From potty humor to knock knock jokes to breaking down the different types of humor, we cover it all!
Politics can be an emotional subject at times. But it's also important to teach kids the importance of voting from an early age! In the book Voting with a Porpoise my guest, Sean Callahan, and his writing partner, Russell Glass make the discussion of politics and particularly voting very accessible and fun! Sean came on the show to help talk us through some activities and ways to get the conversation started in a healthy and educational way!
It's never fun when a child gets hurt and it's especially not fun when there's a long recovery period. Going to physical therapy can be scary, but it doesn't have to be! Dr. Charate wrote an amazing kid's book called Benji Bounces Back that helps to demystify the physical therapy process. In this episode, we talk about how nannies can help their nanny kids to make a speedy recovery and be back to their best self as soon as possible!
Nannying for families going through a divorce can be so difficult. We always want to do our best to help kids feel safe and nurtured. In this episode, Parker Guidry returns to talk us through some ideas for helping kids whose parents are divorced or are getting divorced. Parker also talks from personal experience about ways to help yourself create boundaries and self-care needed during the process of supporting a family unit through a divorce. Even if you're nanny family isn't divorced, this episode has some great ideas for helping children work through emotions in general!