Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

The musing of Lora Brawley of and Sue Downey of on all things nanny.

The Podcasts

In this episode we discuss the holiday bonus. Is it a gift or a preformance based bonus? How you apporach this will make a big difference in how you feel about what happens. We discuss what we should or shouldn't expect and how nannies can be their own worst enemy when it comes to the bonus. 

Direct download: bonus2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

In this episode we discuss the recent wage and working conditions survey published by the NDWA- National Domestic Workers Alliance. The survey has sparked many articles and news items across the US. We discuss our opinions as well as some of the reasons this information inpacts all nannies. 

Direct download: 6054754000-909644-2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

A few weeks ago we talked about our hot button issues with kids. Things that drove us crazy for no good reason.  Today we’re chatting about our hot button issues with parents.  Why we have them, how to recognize our own “stuff” and how we can be proactive around them.

Direct download: parent_hot_button_issues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:17am EDT

Last week we discussed the horrific story coming out of the Upper West Side. A nanny took the life of two of her charges and then tried to kill herself as well. We continue the discussion as more details come to light about the situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this family and all affected as we struggle to come to grips with this unpredictable and unpreventable tragedy. 

Direct download: KrimAftermath.mp3
Category:nannies in the news -- posted at: 6:38am EDT

This week we talk about the recent tragedy that happened in NYC.  A nanny, Yoselyn Ortega who worked for the Krim family on the Upper West Side, fatally stabled 2 of the children she cared for.  In this episode, we talk about the shock wave this event has sent through the nation and particularly the nanny community. We also talk about our industry’s response, how mental health screenings fit into the big picture of screening, and how individual nannies can talk to their employers about it.

Direct download: NYC_nanny_tragedy.mp3
Category:nannies in the news -- posted at: 6:12pm EDT

Do you buy into the myth of Mary Poppins?  Do you strive to be the ultimate nanny to the family you work for?  Does the idea of Mary Poppins help or hurt our industry?  Join us as we delve into how the fantasy impacts us in ways we often don’t even see.

Direct download: the_myth_of_mary_poppins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:06pm EDT

Nannies have lots of freedom generally to organize their day. Do you do personal errands while you are on duty? We all might run to the post office sometimes, but where is the line? Can you schedule a doctor appointment? Get a manicure? Hit the mall? If your employer is fine with you taking the kids to do these things - then where is the problem? We discuss this grey area and talk about who defines what is professional when we are talking about persona errands. 

Direct download: Personalerrands.mp3
Category:nanny / family relationship -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT

We all have them; things that kids do that drive us a little crazy.  We know they don’t matter in the long run and we know they shouldn’t bother us but they do.  They’re our hot buttons.  We fess up to ours.  What are yours?

Direct download: kid_hot_button_issues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46am EDT

This past Sunday, actress Julie Bowen thanked her two "sister wives" who watch the kids while her and her husband are working. We all know that she was thanking her nannies. But using the term sister wife?? Was this a good thing or a bad thing. Join us in the discussion with our special guest Keyanna Barr. 

Direct download: Emmywinnerpodcast.mp3
Category:nannies in the news -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT

Today we talk about what we see happening in our industry and how we think things will be changing in the next 5 or 10 years.  We dig into how families are nanny hunting these days, how that changes the way you look for a job, who’s makes up the nanny workforce, how the domestic worker movement impact us all and lots more. 

Direct download: industry_trends.mp3
Category:nannies in the news -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT