Friday, October 30, 2009

Why Agency Longevity Matters

By Colleen O'Connor

Since Nannies from the Heartland opened in 1990, we have seen 29 other local nanny agencies come and go. Very few agencies last more than a few years before shutting their doors, and even fewer can match Nannies from the Heartland in longevity and experience.

Why does it matter how long your nanny agency has been around?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

International Nanny Association Speaks out Against Video Game

Nannies from the Heartland supports the International Nanny Association's stance against the "Dante's Inferno" video game. This soon-to-be-released game features a trophy entitled "Bad Nanny" that players can earn by killing babies. For more information, please see the INA's statement about the game.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mixed-Age Play

By Kelly Miller

In one of my previous nanny jobs, the girls I cared for played together wonderfully although three years apart in age. They really enjoyed being together. The oldest taught her younger sister a lot, and vice versa. In fact, their mother once remarked to me that she is thankful I taught her girls to be friends.

Children can learn a lot when they play with children of a variety of ages.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Words of Wisdom... from Families

By Kelly Miller

This article is the second of a two part series in which we talked to nannies and parents that have been placed together for over 4 years. We asked, “What advice do you have for other families or nannies to have a successful long-term relationship?” Here is what employers had to say.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Words of Wisdom... from Nannies

By Kelly Miller

This article is the first of a two part series in which we talked to nannies and parents that have been placed together for over 4 years. We asked, “What advice do you have for other families or nannies to have a successful long-term relationship?” Here is what experienced nannies had to say.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

"How Can I Get a Job Through Nannies from the Heartland?"

By Colleen O'Connor

Having been in business since 1990, Nannies from the Heartland has an excellent reputation among nannies and families alike. Many nannies wish to be represented by our agency, and often ask us how they can present themselves as an experienced and well-qualified candidate. We want to help you do this; our goal is to match nannies with rewarding professional jobs.

Teaching Children Responsibility

I don’t know a parent or nanny who doesn’t place a high priority on building responsibility in children, but encouraging skills can be a challenge. Knowing how to incorporate building skills into the daily routine and what to expect from all ages of children are important considerations. We should start by defining responsibility. Responsibility can be thought of as respect for the rights of others and personal accountability for one’s actions.

Responsible children need the opportunity to practice and learn skills from adults who are patient through the process. There are several areas where adults can make an impression in the area of responsibility.

First Aid and CPR Class for Nannies

Twin Cities Professional Nannies is hosting a First Aid and CPR certification class on Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 to 4:00. The training will be targeted at nannies and situations you may encounter on the job. All are welcome, though TCPN members receive a significant discount. For more information please visit here (PDF).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Why?"... the Question that Opens Opportunities

Children are experts on asking “Why” and have a natural curiosity. Although sometimes frustrating, “why” questions are vital for stretching and growing. Encouraging questions is an excellent way to promote exploration and understanding.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall Nature Crafts

Here are some great kids' craft ideas involving leaves, sticks, and other natural objects. Take your children on a nature walk to gather materials, then cozy up inside to work on these art projects!

Pine Cone Critters

Leaf Painting Projects and Matching Game

Campfire Caps

Seed Necklaces and 11 Other Pumpkin Projects

Leaf Suncatcher

Autumn Mobile

Acorn Pumpkins

Smoothing Out Your Day

Transition: “Passing from one condition or place to another.” A day with a child is full of transitions. How are you handling them? Some are manageable, even positive, while others create “bumps” in our day or week. Here are a few helpful hints that can make those transitions work for you, not against you.