Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

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

The Podcasts

We talk about nannies and free range parenting style. What does that term mean? What is the difference between freedom and lack of safety? 

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In this episode we discuss the philosophy of Reggio Emilia Schools and how nannies can incorporate those ideas into their own practices. This series hopes to help you identify and focus your own childcare philosophy. *-

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In our fifth installment discussing developing your childcare philosophy, we give a brief overview of positive discipline. We discuss how it is different from traditional methods as well as some of the core beliefs. 

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In the fourth part of our series- developing your childcare philosophy- we discuss Waldorf education. What are the core tenets and what ideas make this one of the faster growing preschool trends. 

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In this installment of our ongoing series, we give a brief glimpse into the RIE methodology developed by Magda Gerber. Please listen to parts one and two before diving in here! 

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Nannies need a childcare philosophy! This is the second part of our series on developing yours. We briefly go over the work of Maria Montessori and discuss the parts of the Montessori philosophy that we have adapted into our own work with children. 

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Sue and Lora kick off a new series about developing your childcare philosophy. In this episode, we discuss what it is and why is it important. All nannies should have a definable childcare philosophy. 

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We discuss some problems and possible solutions when it comes to discipline and guidance of older kids (ages 8 plus) and even teens. This age group can be tough for a nanny especially over the summer as you often have more time with them. 

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Communication is the key to the relationship. We outline a few basic techniques that you can use to improve your boundary setting, communication, and help you when communicating with employers. 

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We discuss with our new friend Martha from Chronicles of Nannya the ability of parents to review a nanny online thru sites like Care. Is this good or bad and why. This is the first part of the episode and the other half can be found at

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