Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

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

The Podcasts

Recently announced a partnership with Hand in Hand and the Domestic Workers United movement to promote the Fair Care pledge to domestic employers. What does the pledge say? Will it affect any real change? We discuss!

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In this podcast we discuss the pain of leaving a family. It comes with the territory of being a nanny- but that doesn't make it easier! 

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How do you handle it when you work for parents who want educational goals met that are not developmentally appropriate? Parents who insist on using worksheets and teaching kids to read at early ages or who ask you to provide detailed lesson plans for infants and toddlers? 

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What really separates babysitters from nannies? We go over all the points that make us the same and different. 

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In our 100th show we discuss nanny agencies. Alot has changed over the years but one thing is still true- working effectively with an agency can help you find a great job. We also give a shout out to some of our favorites! 

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Sometimes we do things that are actually NOT in our own best interests without even thinking about it. In this episode, we discuss actions we take that may have consequences we do not intend with our work families. 

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We discuss the recent nanny and babysitter pay averages released by and International Nanny Assocaition. We talk about what problems we have with these findings and the difficulty of creating a real average pay across the country. We also discuss how we as nannies and as a profession should respond to these stories when they hit the national press. 


INA Salary Survey Survey

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Sue has a conversation with author of Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer, Tammy Gold. They discuss her book and the complex communication that exists between nannies and parents.

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In this episode we discuss the benefits to you and the family when you add family manager type duties to your nanny position. What kinds of things can you take on when the kids go to school? Can you get paid more or are there other benefits? We also talk about our online class- Successful Famly Manager.

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In a new segment, we look at common stumbling blocks, things that continually get in our way. We examine common issues that get in your way if you have trouble interviewing. 


Do you have a stumbling block you would like to see us discuss? Email


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