Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

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

The Podcasts

Do you consider your nanny family to be clients or customers? Do you approach your job with the ideas of customer service? We talk about how this idea of customer service affects nannies. 

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In this episode, Sue discusses the differences we see in behavior with kids when they are with nanny vs. parent. Why as nannies are we so quick to assume it is because parents are not following thru. Myrna Alphonse, former "know it all nanny" and current parent weighs in on the difference between being the nanny vs. being the mom. 

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Our second profile is Danny Wakefield, who shares thoughts on being a manny and a male in a female dominated profession. A joy!! 

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We discuss the ending of Downton Abbey. SPOILER ALERT!! This show has given us much to think about regarding the world of service. AND it is fun! 

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What manners are important? What is the most effective way to teach them to children? 

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A new feature for our podcast- community profiles. Meet other nannies we know and that we think are awesome! First up- Sue talks with Devon Bushouse from Boston!! 

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Everyone has highs and lows when it comes to how they were raised. Some have more lows than others. In this episode we discuss how your own parents and upbringing can affect your caregiving. We also discuss how to talk about this with potential employers and how to examine and process it yourself. 

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With the rise of online groups in Facebook etc... more and more nannies share their experiences and vent. But this has led to some negative behavior in the way people respond. Should we ever tell someone, "you shouldn't be a nanny" on the internet? How can we respond to posts that we disagree with? Our listener Sarah suggested this topic, and it was a great one for us to discuss.  

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What is your childcare philosophy? How do you develop one and why is it important to know and be able to communicate your thoughts and beliefs? 

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To kick off 2016 we talk about a big benefit for nannies that is often misunderstood- guaranteed hours and how it differs from salary. 

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