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Treat Your Nanny This Holiday Season!

Treat Your Nanny This Holiday Season!

This holiday season, show your nanny you appreciate them in ways that show how much you value the work they do for your family. From thoughtful gifts to practical needs and everything in between, here are a few gift ideas for the incredible nannies that make our lives whole!

BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Is your nanny always wrapped up in a blanket during story-times with your children? Gift them a luxuriously soft blanket, slippers, or boots from Ugg. Maybe they’d prefer a nice jacket from NorthFace or a warm, stylish beanie from Carhartt, or a gift card to Starbucks to warm them up from the inside out!

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Does your nanny have to travel to get home for the holidays? Buy their airfare to get home to their family. Are they driving to get home for the holidays? Pay for their gas and make them a road trip basket, full of their favorite snacks. This is sure to warm their heart!

THE GIFT OF TIME OFF

Even though our nannies have paid vacation for most holidays, treat them to an extra day or two to spend with their loved ones. Your nanny will be incredibly thankful for the extra time they are able to share with their family and will come back refreshed and ready to bring in a new year with your little ones!

DINNER FOR TWO

Treat your nanny to a nice dinner with their significant other or best friend! You can make a reservation for your nanny to a restaurant they’ve been wanting to try or treat them to a day of nails or massages with their partner or friend!

FAMILY PHOTO SESSION

As we approach family photo season, consider inviting your nanny along to have them join in a photo session with your family and your littles. It will be a gift all of you can treasure for many years to come and the invitation will make your nanny feel like a million bucks!

HOLIDAY BONUS

One of the best ways to thank your nanny for the amazing work they do for your family and your children is simple–a holiday bonus! Even better, pair this bonus with a simple, meaningful card or a framed picture of your children and nanny together.

USE YOUR WORDS 

Write your nanny a heartfelt note, card, or letter building them up for all the incredible work they do. Have your family, including your children, sign it, or include drawings from your children to include with it. Consider filling out a grateful book to with your family to gift to your incredible nanny.

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS A CLEAN CAR

Does your nanny use their car to transport your children to and from school, activities, and other adventures? Treat your nanny to a car detailing service. They will love opening up their doors to a fresh and clean vehicle to start the new year with!

APPRECIATION IN MANY FORMS

Is your nanny looking for a new car? Are they getting married, preparing for a baby, or continuing their education in school or courses? Show your support and appreciation for all they do for you and your family. Give your time to help your nanny find something they need or want, gift them a course they’ve dreamed of taking, wedding day makeup, or a new baby essential that got you through your beginning days as a parent. Thoughtfulness can go a long way–give your nanny your favorite book or a book about something they’re interested in!

NEW YEAR, NEW NANNY

What are your nanny’s goals for the new year? Do they hope to get into shape, learn a new skill, or read more books? Consider gifting your nanny a gym membership, a FitBit, or an audiobook subscription to Audible. Is your nanny is just dying for a new hair cut and color to rock in the new year? Give them a gift card to their favorite salon!

Have a wonderful holiday season celebrating your nanny, your family, and the time with those you love!

Top Tips for Landing Your High-Profile Dream Job!

Top Tips for Landing Your High-Profile Dream Job!

Are you dreaming of working with a high-profile family and not sure what to do to stand out among the crowd? Here are a few of our top tips for working with high-profile families–how to stand out, what to expect, and how to show up as your best self each and every day! 

Be Open and Flexible for Schedule Changes

Make flexibility your middle name. Working for high-profile families may entail being flexible and willing to be the person your nanny family counts on when they have unexpected schedule changes. Being proactive and having a go-getter attitude will set you up for success in your career and your nanny family will appreciate your willingness to go above and beyond for them!

Be Discreet

Keep it in the vault! Privacy is essential when working for high-profile families. Many families will request their nannies, assistants, and other members of their team to sign NDAs. Keep this in mind before you share details about your day on social media when filling out paperwork about your employer, or adding your position to your resume.

Perfect Your Resume 

Before you are submitted to these highly sought after positions, make sure you have a detailed, polished resume that showcases your incredible experience. Include reference names and numbers of the families you’ve worked with who know you and your work ethic best–let your references speak on your behalf to give outstanding recommendations of you. Being communicative with your previous employers throughout your career and maintaining their approval to be used as a reference is extremely important in your search for a new position. Pro-tip! If you do work for a high-profile family and you have signed an NDA, we better see “Confidential Family” on that resume without any names listed 🙂

Respect Boundaries

Boundaries are of the utmost importance in high-profile homes. Knowing when to step in and when to give space is a gift only the highest rockstar nannies possess, and this is what high-profile families are looking for!

Be a Team Player 

Many high-profile households have a whole team to make their lives run smoother. Being a proactive, team player is at the top of the list of priorities! The ability to work well with others, stay organized, and plan together for the best interests of the children and household will not go unnoticed by your employer or your coworkers. Act as if everything you do and say will get back to your employers; do not join in gossip with other employees of the household or ask inappropriate questions about the principles.

We hope these tips help you book the job of your dreams! 

Make A Difference Day!

National Make a Difference Day is on October 22nd this year! Celebrate this day with your future world-changers by going the extra mile. Modeling kind, selfless behaviors for the next generation will inspire future leaders who make a difference everyday!

A Little Thank You Goes a Long Way

Bring out the crayons, construction paper, and collection of stickers and write thank you notes with your little ones to the people in your lives! Thank your bus drivers, landscapers, housekeepers, and delivery drivers with this surprise note to show your appreciation and support. Go a step further and surprise them a gift card with their note!

Show Animals the Same Love They Show Us

Call your local animal shelter and ask how you can support them. Have your children gather up the blankets they’ve outgrown, lying around the house, and deliver them to your local shelter. Take a field trip to the pet store and pick up a few bags of food and a pack of tennis balls. Better yet, is your family looking for a new four-legged family member? Put in an application to adopt your children’s new best friend to make a difference in an animal’s life!

Care For Your Community

Take pride in your local school, street, and parks. Go for a walk with your children and pick up trash along the way; rake leaves in front of the elementary school or for your neighbor; pick up branches and sticks on trails surrounding your local park. They will love the fresh air! Make a game out of picking up trash and have a race to see who can pick up the most!

Raise Money For a Cause

Host a bake sale and have your children make delicious treats with you or open a lemonade stand in the front yard and use the proceeds to donate to your favorite charity. Write down you and your families favorite organizations on little pieces of paper and pick out of a hat which one you’ll donate to. Think of things that mean the most to you; the animal shelter, the food bank, or the children’s hospital could be excellent options to give back to.

We hope these ideas help you and your family make a difference today, and everyday! 

Back To School: Sleep Routine

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and it’s already back-to-school season? If so, you’re not alone. Summer has flown by! Let’s discuss how to best prepare our kids for a successful transition into more structured school days after, what we hope was a summer full of adventures and probably a few late nights. In this blog, we will discuss what it looks like to build a sleep routine that supports the adjustment back into school.

Ideal Environment

It’s common knowledge that sleep is essential to growth and cognitive function. Quality sleep influences mood stabilization, focus and is a crucial component to the ability to form memories and retain information. How do we build an environment that encourages quality sleep for our children? Studies suggest that a bedroom should be dark, quiet (or have soothing noise), and cool (approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit ) for optimal sleep conditions. Keeping a fan in your child’s room can double as cooling and soothing noise. Having a sound machine or radio that plays music without words can help encourage feelings of calmness and relaxation as children drift off to sleep. In some circumstances, a night light may be necessary, so having one that can be set to a timer that shuts off after your child falls asleep is ideal for good rest. 

Create a Sleep Schedule

While it varies from child to child, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that children ages 3-5 need around 10-13 hours of sleep; children ages 6-13 need about 9-11 hours of sleep, and teenagers need approximately 8-10 hours of sleep per night. One helpful way to maximize a sleep schedule is to use a ladder system leading into the first week of school. On weeknights, try having the kids go to bed and wake up 15-20 minutes earlier until you arrive at the desired bed/wake time. This gradual progression will help make the adjustment easier as it is a smaller increment of time. This is especially ideal with ages that may be more difficult to get to stick to a sleep schedule throughout the summer (let’s be honest, the FOMO is REAL). And as always, have an open dialogue with your kids about the importance of being well rested in the new year!  

Bedtime Routine

Teaching our kids healthy ways to wind down for bed is the key to training their bodies and minds to produce the hormones necessary for quality sleep. An hour before bedtime, try to restrict or completely eliminate screen time. Many studies have shown that blue light from screens blocks the brain’s ability to produce the “sleep hormone” melatonin, making it harder for our bodies to recognize we’re tired. It is also recommended to not schedule extracurricular activities or exercise at least two hours before bed as well. Instead, try a warm bath, special quiet time (like cuddling and talking about the day together), or having a cozy designated reading area where they can relax before bed.

We hope you find these tips helpful and that they make the transition back to school a dream!

Sproutable & Positive Discipline Education for Nannies and Families

Sproutable & Positive Discipline Education for Nannies and Families

Educated Nannies is so excited to introduce our clients and nannies to our new partnership with Sproutable!  Sproutable provides the tools to help set up your family for success by teaching families and nannies how to discipline in a positive way so that children feel connected and supported to grow and become independent, responsible, resourceful members of their communities. We hope this education will be one more way to provide peace, happiness, and confidence in your home. 

What is Sproutable? 

Sproutable is an educational program created by Julietta Skoog, Alanna Beebe, and Casey O’Roarty to help parents and nannies learn and become certified in the Positive Discipline Method. They have created a very easy-to-follow online course that lays out all the tools and techniques to help navigate these childhood challenges for the children in your life. 

Who created Positive Discipline? 

Positive Discipline is a parenting and discipline style developed by Dr. Jane Nelsen.  This approach is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities. This method is researched and based on both psychology and child development expertise.

What is Positive Discipline? 

Positive Discipline teaches important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.  It is based on Adlerian Theory that focuses on connection before correction that is both connected and firm at the same time for each particular situation.  Positive Discipline Theory believes there are no bad children; only good and bad behavior.  The main idea is to build mutual respect, effective communication and problem solving skills and focus on solutions rather than punishment.       

There are five main criteria to learn in Positive Discipline:

  1.  Disciplining Kind and Firm at the same time.  Being kind is respectful to the child, while being firm is respectful to the needs of the situation.   An example of this is to say to a child, “I hear that you want ice cream and we still need to have dinner first.  Would you like to have grilled chicken or pasta first?  You decide.”   
  2. Creating Feelings of Belonging and Significance.  Belonging means that I matter, I can contribute.  Belonging means that I am connected to others.  Through feelings of belonging and significance, children develop a sense that they are capable and have personal power and can contribute to society.  Some ideas of this include having chores or teaching and allowing a child to dress themselves.  
  3. Using Positive Discipline tools that work long term, rather than punishment that is a short term fix.  This is helping find solutions for misbehavior and empowering children with knowledge and practice.  
  4. Teaching valuable social and life skills to create good character.   Positive Discipline will help teach problem solving, self soothing, thinking, listening and communication skills.  
  5. Focus on encouragement rather than praise.  Encouragement means that you are connected as a parent and value their effort.  Praise has implied judgment of doing something well by your standards.  Positive Discipline teaches children to find intrinsic motivation rather than extrinsic motivation.  An example of teaching encouragement and intrinsic motivation is to tell a child “I have faith in you.  Keep trying.  You’ll get there.”  While praise is extrinsic motivation stating, “You are the best artist.”

While there are a variety of disciplining methods to choose, Sproutable does an amazing job of teaching the Positive Discipline method through education and real life practical videos that are bite sized to go through at your own pace, allowing users to gain understanding quickly and easily so parents and nannies can put the tools into practice right away.  Sproutable also offers support with all of their programs to ask ongoing questions and support with any nanny or parenting situations you may need help with. 

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