Practically Perfect Podcast- For Nannies by Nannies!

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

The Podcasts

Sue has a conversation with Beth Smith of GeeWhiz Education about what exactly are we talking about when we talk curriculum? Why is it important? And we learn a bit about GeeWhiz online curriculum.


Direct download: Curriculum.mp3
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How often do you find yourself drawn into a power stuggle over issues like cleaning up, homework or eating? It happens to all of us but here's the thing- you really can't win when you engage in a power stuggle with a kid. We discuss our emotional response and how to avoid these situations. 

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SO if you are in a position where you are paid off the books, how do you approiach the conversation to make a change. We talk about ways to set your mindset and specific language to use for talking to employers about transitioning to being tax compliant.

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Misbehavior is tough to take at any time, but it creates a unique situation when that misbeahvior happens in front of parents during those transition times at beginning and end of day. Do you correct or just leave things be? How much stepping in is appropriate for kids and for the parents? We discuss and offer a few different viewpoints. 

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We discuss the question- if you could have dinner with 5 people that have inflenced you as a caregiver or that you would love to speak with about children, who would it be? 

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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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