Nanny Success Series

Nannies, this is your year to overcome the most common challenges on the job and rock your success. In this one-of-a-kind series, you”ll find:

  • sessions presented by top trainers in the industry.
  • trainings developed from the ground up specifically to meet the unique challenges of nannies.
  • trainings that incorporate progressive skill development; caregivers from entry to advanced level will find new information and develop new tools specific to their level.
  • relevant training topics give nannies the learn today, use tomorrow skills needed to proactively handle issues in the employment relationship.
  • lifetime access to all recorded video sessions and accompanying handouts.

It all starts with an on demand foundational session that’s included in with all communication sessions: Building Your Communication Toolkit.

Then each month, a session will be offered live on the date listed. All sessions will be recorded and available for replay within 4 days of the live event.

The Nanny Success series includes:

How to Talk to Parents When Contract Agreements Aren’t Upheld

Having a comprehensive contract is a must for any nanny care professional.  However, having a contract doesn’t guarantee that everything will always go exactly as outlined.  At some point in almost every job, your employer will fail to keep an agreement made.  It may be too frequent late nights, leaving a mess in the kitchen, or job creep.  In this session, you’ll learn to professionally react in the moment, strategies for uncovering the reason behind the contract fails, and tools to respectfully and effectively address the issue and get back on track. 

Working Effectively with a Stay-at-Home / Work-from-Home Parent

Today, more parents than ever are working from home and it looks like that arrangement will be part of the new normal for many.  Even the best matched nanny / parent pair will run into challenges working together in the same space.  In this session, we’ll unpack those challenges and you’ll learn to better understand your employer’s needs and expectations while sharing your own; work together to set clear, realistic boundaries that create a comfortable work/home space; and develop a communication plan that takes the guess-work out of who’s where and doing what throughout the day.  Whether your goal is to work collaboratively as a nanny/parent team or better understand and follow your employer’s lead, this session will help you destress and improve your work environment.

Setting Healthy Professional Boundaries: Saying No and Being Flexible Can Co-Exist

Setting and keeping healthy boundaries and asking for what you need are essential skills for household staffers who want to be happy and successful in their positions while having a healthy life / work balance.  But they’re not easy tasks.  Unfortunately, many of us have an inner voice that too often tells us that advocating on our own behalf is somehow selfish or wrong or just too scary.  But our silence doesn’t make the issues we’re facing go away, it just creates a chronic feeling of lack – of time, of support, of being respected – and injects a subtle yet destructive mix of anger and resentment into our employment relationships.  But it’s never too late to learn to be a great boundary setter and asker.  I promise. 

How Sensory Issues Can Impact a Child’s Everyday Environment

Some kids are diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder and have a treatment plan developed and supervised by a therapist.  However, often kids don’t have the disorder yet face sensory-related issues on a regular basis.  They are compelled to seek out or avoid sensory input making basic things like eating, dressing, playing with friends, or enjoying outings challenging.  Too often, these challenges are seen as discipline issues making them even harder to effectively deal with.   In this session, Tara will define the sensory system, provide real world examples of common sensory-seeking behaviors in kids, and outline strategies to help your child regulate their sensory input.  Presented by Tara Lindsay.

Walking the Professional / Personal Line in Nanny Work

Working as a nanny is unlike any other job.  It requires you to be professional and personal at the same time, to maintain a work environment in someone else’s home, to be an employee to a parent that often doesn’t understand their role as an employer, and to love a child with your whole heart while knowing one day your role there will end.  Being a nanny means straddling the line between being part of the family – a term that means something different to everyone -and being a paid helper.  In this session, we’ll look at the many roles a nanny takes on within a family, explore the dynamics of the parent / nanny relationship (including the little talked about power dynamic), and share strategies for navigating a nanny’s dual role in a way that is professionally and personally healthy. 

Success Strategies for Working with the Micromanaging Boss

Working for a micromanager creates a stressful and overwhelming daily environment.  It feels like they don’t trust you, your every move is being scrutinized and judged, and you can’t do anything right.  In this session, we’ll look at the motivation behind the micromanaging, you’ll learn to respectfully and firmly set appropriate boundaries so you can take back charge of your work, and you’ll develop strategies to move towards a more collaborative relationship with your boss. 

Healthy Sleep Strategies: Sleep Conditioning for Infants to Big Kid Bed Transition

When a baby’s or toddler’s sleep is off, everything is off.  In this session, Cortney Gibson, the sleep guru of Sleepwonders, will share her expert advice for helping children develop healthy sleep habits and managing the natural stages and transitions of sleep.  Presented by Cortney Gibson.

Feedback: Welcoming It, Understanding It, and Implementing it to Rock Your Job

No one is perfect.  We all know this intellectually, however receiving feedback, even when it’s constructive and offered with good will, is still really hard.  When an employer asks us to improve our performance by doing something new or doing something differently, it often feels like we’ve failed somehow.  In this session, you’ll learn how to move past those defeating feelings, find the value in your employer’s feedback (there’s always value whether you agree with it or not!), and raise your game professionally. 

Problem Solving Using Mediation Negotiating Strategies

Problem solving is built in to every nanny job description.  Being able to respectfully work with parents or other staffers to find a creative solution to whatever problem you’re facing – a boss that’s coming in late 3 nights a week, a co-nanny that has a different caregiving philosophy than yours – is key to being a stand-out employee.  In this session, you’ll learn tried and true negotiation strategies used in mediations to work through conflict and come up with solutions that work for both parties. 

From Headache to Harmony: How to Get Parents on Your Side When Dealing with a Child’s Challenging Behavior

We all know the most effective way to handle a child’s challenging behavior is to have both nanny and parent take the same approach in dealing with the behavior.  But that’s often easier said than done.  This workshop will help you create a collaborative nanny / parent team that benefits you, your employer and the child.  In this session you’ll learn how to decide which issues to take to the parents and which to handle on your own, share your ideas in a non-threatening way, enlist a reluctant parent’s cooperation and support. 

Using Performance Reviews as the Foundation for Your Next Raise Conversation

Often a performance review in the nanny world means a quick and casual conversation around the catch-all question ‘How are things going?”   A structed performance review takes more time and attention however, it gives both the nanny and the family the opportunity to share their views on what’s working, what would be helpful to change, and outline goals for the upcoming year.  It also sets the stage for a conversation on a performance-based raise.  In this session, you’ll learn how to present the idea of a performance review, get fully prepared to share and accept input (you’ll receive 2 templates to walk you through it), and transition from your review to your potential raise in a professional way.  We’ll wrap up with tried and true tips on successfully negotiating your nanny raise.