By Sue Downey, National Association for Nanny Care
Nannypalooza is a nanny conference based on the idea that nannies often have to pay for training themselves, therefore it should be inexpensive. It should be high quality and nanny specific. It should be FUN because you learn more when things are fun. It should be comfortable and inclusive. Everyone should feel welcome.
The thing that is great about Nannypalooza -- and what the name implies -- is that it is a celebration for nannies, by nannies, and all about nannies.
Because we work in private homes so isolated from other adults, it’s nice to be in the company of people who really understand our work. Not all of your personal friends will know the feeling of frustration raising children. It also takes someone special to understand the joy of those small victories; the first time she says please, a fun day at the park, and good grades on a spelling test.
Being a nanny is a unique profession. It is not really like any other job. Therefore, it is essential that you find some support from other nannies who understand.
So you decide you want to give it a try? This is the perfect year as there are events happening all over the country and a few online!
Instead of a large, national conference we are helping to inspire local nanny leaders and reputable nanny placement agencies to host their own mini conference. What a GREAT way to check out this kind of event!
Each event is unique, but some things are universal. Nannies Across America will be held the weekend of September 18th and 19th. At every event there will be at least two workshops on topics ranging from infant and toddler care, to helping with homework, to developing self-esteem, to asking for a raise, to negotiating a contract, to hundreds of other ideas.
There will also be a chance to ask questions, seek out advice, or share your own tips and tricks with others.
Finally, they will all be fun!! There may be a raffle, goody bag, or networking lunch or dinner! You will get a chance to meet some amazing people who really care about being a nanny and helping you to be the best nanny that you can be.
I know it is hard to think of giving up some of your time-off for professional development, but consider it an investment. An investment in the kids you care for, the professional you already are, and the nanny you hope to become.
What types of workshops would you like to take at a nanny conference?