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My time in L.A. at the INA Conference was packed with learning, networking and catching up with my nanny friends from around the world. I was so busy that I hardly noticed the earthquake on Friday night. Yikes! I have so much that I want to share with you and formally invite you to our next social on Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Soma Vida. We will enjoy some yummy food as we catch up and plan our National Nanny Training Day event to be held in May. Please let me know if you’ll be there! We value your input and want to cover topics at the training that will best support you in your current job. So…come and be heard!

Dr. KarpThe highlight of my trip was getting to meet well known pediatrician and author Dr. Harvey Karp! There is high demand for his time and we were so fortunate that he supported the nanny industry by leading two sessions at the conference for a deeply discounted speaking fee. And he stayed afterward to meet and talk individually with dozens of nannies and industry business owners. Such a genuinely nice guy! I attended The Happiest Toddler on the Block session and came away feeling empowered and confident in my ability to speak Toddler-ease! Dr. Karp explained the primitive nature of the toddler brain and how they have nothing better to do all day than to learn how to drive us crazy. Anyone relate?! He spoke to the importance of validating our toddlers’ feelings and teaching them they have the right to express emotions to the ones they love. And the best way to diffuse a toddler tantrum? “Join him in the jungle…then guide him to civilization!” Dr. Karp said. Love that!

It was also exciting to meet Nanny Stella, star of the popular Nanny 911 television series. She spoke candidly and honestly about the challenges of being a nanny and to the importance of self-care. She called nannies “domestic engineers” which appropriately sums up all that we may be tasked with in any given day! Next year’s conference will be in Cancun! Start saving now and let’s take a big group of Austin nannies! I hope to see you next Saturday!

March-AccessIf you chose to be a professional nanny you probably know the advantages of hiring a nanny. Check out this article on NannyMag.com. The author (a nanny!) claims that nannies are the best childcare option and outlines the reasons why. There’s obviously some bias behind her claim, but I tend to agree with her and enjoyed reading the article. It was a good reminder of all that nannies provide for families. We are much more than a babysitter! You might find the information helpful when talking to your employer about a raise or during negotiations with a new family. One-on-one attention and family convenience are two of the advantages mentioned in the article. Are there other advantages that you would add? If you have a few extra minutes read I’m a Nanny, Not a Babysitter! And Yes, There’s a Difference.

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