Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

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

The Podcasts

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! 

Direct download: working_with_an_agency.mp3
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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

Direct download: NannyPay.mp3
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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.

Direct download: AddingJobstoNannying.mp3
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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


Direct download: Stumbling_Blocks-_Interviewing_-_22315_6.51_AM.mp3
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What do you do when you disagree with a parenting choice? When philosophical differences happen in otherwise great relationships, it can strain the employer/employee dynamic. These are often disagreements over naptime, food choices or TV time. How can you state your case? What do you do when you can not find middle ground? 

Direct download: Whenyoudisagreewithparents_-_2715_4.01_PM.mp3
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What is independent play? Why is it important and how can we foster it? More importantly, how can we talk to parents about the need for independent play? 

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Do you find yourself "selling" an idea to the kids or parents on the job? We do! In this episode, we discuss some sales techniques that are effective when dealing with parents and kids. 

Direct download: Sales_techniques_for_the_nanny_-_12215_6.31_AM.mp3
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In this episode we discuss things that come with being a nanny that are not great and that we can't change. Working with sick kids, working in someone else's home, and lack of a career ladder all are challenges we deal with- and things we must just accept and move past. 

Direct download: ItComesWithThe_Territory.mp3
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