Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

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

The Podcasts

What can you say about your family without breaking your confidentiality agreement?  If you don’t have a clause in your contract, do you still have a professional obligation to not dish the dirt?   Where’s the line between getting support for work problems and gossip?  Join us and we try to figure it all out.

Direct download: confidenality.mp3
Category:nanny / family relationship -- posted at: 8:51pm EDT

There are many times, especially in the summer, when you are with your employers but not on the clock.  Kid's birthday parties, holidays, when you're traveling or when you're at the summer house.  So how much time is too much time?  Do you have to edit your behavior or can you let loose?  Is there an expectation that you'll still pitch in and help with the kids, dinner and other stuff?  We talk about all these questions and more in this week's podcast.

Direct download: boundaries_in_summer.mp3
Category:nanny / family relationship -- posted at: 5:35pm EDT

Hair streaked pink?  Love tattoos?  What about piercing?  We'll talk about how your personal style affects the interviews you get and the impression you leave on potential employers.

Direct download: what_your_appearence_says_about_you_in_the_interview.mp3
Category:job search -- posted at: 6:15am EDT

Is it OK for a nanny to use social media during working hours?  Where are the boundaries?  Does it impact quality of care?  Will it hurt a future job search?  Listen in and join the conversation!

Direct download: social_media_at_work.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

Being a nanny is often a tough job but it also has a lot of unique payoffs and perks.  Here's a look at some of our favorites.

Direct download: good_things_about_being_a_nanny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:25pm EDT

Sammi Strange, a young Aussie, was just hired on as the Prime Minister's new nanny.  She's been called by many the "smoking, drinking, shoplifting, cursing"  nanny who's a bad choice for the job.  Here's what we think!

Direct download: prime_minister_nanny.mp3
Category:nannies in the news -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

This week we have a special guest! Rachel Lewis, of Kiwi Oz discusses with us some aspects of the nanny world down under. Rachel has experience placing and supporting nannies in Australia and London. She talks about the similarities and the differences that we all share. We have more in common than you might think! Join the Kiwi Oz facebook page for more chat

Direct download: Nannying_Down_Under.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:31pm EDT

In this episode, we discuss the recent International Nanny Association Salary Survey. This survey is relased each year and is the only survey of its kind, but still has some flaws. We take a critical look and ask some tough questions. The survey can be viewed here. 

INA responded with this letter- it explains the survey and details some points about the statistics and other info. We appreciate their response and hope you will take time to read this letter! INA RESPONSE

Direct download: INAsurvey.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

In this episode we will talk about the difficulties of setting and maintaining boundaries as a nanny. How do you keep your life separate and how the lines get blurred. 

Direct download: Boundaries_As_A_Nanny.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:24pm EDT

Today we are talking about labels that parents use when searching for nannies or agencies. Camp counselor? Professional? Athletic? Full service? Are lables really helping us as a profession to define ourselves? And how can you use these labels to your advantage? 

Direct download: 78475003341132-001-1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT