Sunday, January 30, 2011

Tips for being a good nanny!

This blog is just some helpful tips for being a good nanny!
When working with children they exhaust you and take out all your energy so if you feel Hungry, Angry, Lost or Tired HALT this can help you:
  • Nanny sometimes needs a timeout
  • If you are starting to get stressed, irritated, or overwhelmed, STOP and take 6 deep breaths.
  • Always have good food on hand, for those incidents when the children are getting on your last nerves.
  • Do quiet time for 10 minutes but NEVER fall asleep.
  • Be willing and open for change in your plans.
  • If the kids are going crazy, take a break and do something else.
  • Have special activities planned that are for the times when the kids are getting on your last nerve.
  • If you get lost for what to do, ask the kids what they want to do.
  • If lost or confused ask the parents for advice, talk to them, always have open communication it is very key to being a professional, know what is important to the parent.
  • Bring indoors out and outdoors in.
Nannies always need self care:
  • Have 8-10hrs of sleep at least 3x a week
  • Eat 3x a day with one hot meal a day
  • You need protein, so always have some vegetables or nuts or some type of protein with you.
  • Take showers
  • Exercise
  • Do something that makes you happy.
  • Remember to laugh!
  • ALWAYS drink water!! 
Have me time: sleep, ignore face book and phone, read, listen to music, watch a special movie, take a bath with scented candles, throw blanket in the dryer, and always be prepared.
These are just some helpful hints in being a good, fun, professional nanny! 


Nanny Melanie!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Helping Children Deal With Their Feelings!

This is taken from my book: How to talk so kids will listen, and listen so kids will talk! By Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish

This is a really great book and anyone that has children or works with children in any capacity, if you work at a day care, or at your church nursery or you have nieces and nephews or you are a Nanny like me! This is a great book for you to read! the first chapter talks about helping children deal with their feelings, which is a huge thing.

Children need to have their feelings accepted and respected
1) You can listen quietly and attentively.
2) You can acknowledge their feelings with a word.
    "Oh...Mmm...i see..."
3) You can give the feeling a name.
    "That sounds frustrating"
4) You can give the child his wishes in fantasy/
   "I wish that i could make a big box of cereal appear for you right now!"

All feelings can be accepted.
Certain actions must be limited.

Recognize that your child has feelings, and MAKE sure that you RESPECT those feelings!
I hope you try these this week!


Nanny Melanie!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A day in the life of a nanny!

You may think that being a nanny is real easy.  Maybe you think that all we do is baby sitting and we are just an over-rated baby sitter.  Well, we are actually trained in many different areas of child care, parenting and child development.

For instance, we learn about how to deal with hyperactive children, children with behavioral problems and many other things.  We learn how to deal with different types of families and the dynamics of a family.  We learn proper etiquette, professional dress and how to behave as a professional nanny.

Most importantly, we learn how to love, respect and care for every child that we come in contact with.  This is what I love to do and am good at.

I have always loved children and am really enjoying the schooling as well as the opportunity to nanny already.

Miss Melanie