Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

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

The Podcasts

Being a nanny during the busy holiday season has special challenges. In this episode we talk about ways to approach this season without losing your sanity. Whether it is visiting family, long to do lists, or crazy schedules, there are ways to be proactive and positive during this time of year. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!! 

Direct download: surviving_the_holidays.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:22pm EDT

We tackle some childcare issues in our new podcast series "What To Do When". These podcasts focus more on specific issues you may be facing on the job with the kids. This episode is all about consequences vs. punishment. How are they different? What role do they play in discipline? How do we distinguish between the two and how can we talk about that with parents? 

Direct download: WDWconsequencesvspunnishments.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44am EDT

In our second annual holiday gift idea show, we share a bunch of ideas of gifts to buy or make for your employers and the kids. There are links on Nannypalooza's pinterest page -

Direct download: Holiday_Gift_Ideas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49pm EDT

In this episode Sue talks candidly about her family back home and how being a nanny affects those relationships. Is it easier or more difficult to give childcare advice because you are a nanny? Can you turn off your nanny instincts? Does your family really understand your professional choices and career path? These questions and more we tackle this week. Also a special round of thankfulness to celebrate the Thanksgiving season. 

Direct download: YOURfamilyandbeingananny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:14pm EDT

In this episode we discuss the live in nanny. There are many things to consider when being a live in nanny and some rules and best practices that are rarely discussed. Do you need to tell a family what time you are coming home at night? Who cleans your room, the housekeeper? How do you balance your privacy with the privacy of the family while all living under the same roof? We discuss and wait for YOU to sound in! 

Direct download: etiqueoflivein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:09am EDT

In this episode, Dr. Lindsay Heller aka "the Nanny Doctor" joins us as we discusss our topic. Can parents hold the nannies to a higher standard then they uphold themselves? Is it ok that the kids spend the weekend in front of the tv but then do not allow the nanny to grant screen time? We touch on manners, cleanliness of home and other issues as we chat. Make sure to check out Lindsay's webpage at 

Direct download: withtheNannyDoctor.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50am EDT

In this episode we discuss spending money on the family. Do you pay for the kids when you go out to eat? What kinds of gifts do you buy for celebrations? Do you buy your own work supplies? This rambling conversation addresses how we choose to spend our own money and our employers. 

Direct download: moneyonthefamily.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40pm EDT

We talk alot about self esteem as nannies but what about our own personal professional esteem? Where do you get your sense of pride in your job? Is it from the work you do? Is it from the title you hold? The workshops you go to? We discuss the issue of professinal esteem in this episode? 

Direct download: professionalesteem.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:43pm EDT

Apprecaition is something we all want for a job well done- but sometimes it comes in many forms. This week Sue shares a story of how she missed the signs of appreciation while she was looking for the "please" and "thank you". We discuss how we share our appreciation and why we all need those pats on the back. Happy National Nanny Recognition Week!! 

Direct download: podcastapprecaition.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

Are there really cardinal rules, things we should always or never ever do, in the nanny biz? We discuss "live" with some friends from the Nanny Care Tribe on Facebook. The audio on this episode is not perfect but we wanted to try the live chat format!! 

Direct download: podcasttribe_chat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:36pm EDT