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  • President's Message
  • Change
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • 2013 Annual Conference

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President's Message
Transitions – The Seasons Change
By Becky Kavanagh, INA co-president

While the summer comes to a close and we refocus toward the start of fall. I’m reflecting on the transitions that often come at this time of year. Many families are considering their options as their children start school. Nannies consider if this is the time to move on to new families or to add new duties to their current position to make it work. Agencies are often busiest at this time of year working with both nannies and families in transition. Then we have children who are moving into preschool or kindergarten, which brings lots of change to their lives.

Change can be difficult. It requires us to flex and bend at a time when we may be uncertain about the outcome. Time and experience teaches that these seasons of change are part of our lives. While it can be difficult and sometimes painful, it often broadens our experience and builds skills we never knew we had. Many INA members – nannies, agency owners, support businesses and educators – can attest to this truth.

INA is also having its own season of change. It was hard to say goodbye to Michelle LaRowe as our executive director. Michelle brought us into a more stable footing after it was decided to close the office in Texas. Our membership grew and our financial health strengthened during this time. While we wish her great success in her new endeavors, she will be missed.

Conversely it is exciting to welcome Rachel Lawrence! We know Rachel from her years as an active member both as a nanny and agency owner. Like Michelle, Rachel has been a board member and understands how we work better than most. Rachel is just starting her transition into the rhythm of the INA office.

Want to share your transition story? We’d love to hear about it.

By Rachel Lawrence, INA Operations Manager

Change—to cause to be different. 
I certainly knew that having a baby would change my life.  Having been a nanny, I had a vague notion of what I was getting into, although nothing can really prepare you for being a parent.  But the thing I didn’t think would change was my perspective on nanny agencies. I owned and operated my own agency for over five years, and I really felt that I did a great job serving my clients. Clients even went out of their way to say so…. But now I understand that great service to a client is not the same thing as great service to a parent.

You see, a client has a car that needs repair, or an account that needs managing, but a parent has a need to have someone be as good (or better) to their child as they would be themselves.  This feels like a contradiction at its very heart, and is something I only truly understood after needing to use an agency myself, in order to train for my new position with the INA.

I started as all parents do, thinking that I was the person most capable of filling this astronomically important job.  I soon realized however that I had been out of the business for just enough time to not know a soul who I felt was qualified, and was also available.  After several days, I gave in and called the pros.

I was lucky, because I happen to personally know the best agency owner in the area, but that still didn’t stop me from turning into the crazy client I used to hear on the other end of the phone.  “Hi Lisa, I need someone for a few hours here and a few hours there starting in two days…. They need to have all of the experience in the world… They must be so wonderful that my daughter will never want them to leave…. And oh yes I am on a very strict budget.”

As soon as I hung up the phone it hit me, all of those years in business and I was just now realizing that those parents I worked with were not looking for someone to watch their children, they were looking for someone to shelter and care for their heart.

If I had only realized this then, I would have done things differently.  I would have asked them questions like, what made their child laugh, instead of what activities their child participated in. It may seem like the same question, with regards to job placement, but asking about their child’s feelings rather than their activities would have done something intangible, yet earthshaking… it would have let them know that I understood the true position I was filling… a guardian to their entire world.

Kids in the Kitchen  
By Nikki Gribble, 2012 INA Nanny of the Year

Kids in the kitchen? Some of you may be thinking, You’re crazy! Yes, I may be a little bit “crazy,” but some of the most favorite memories I have made with my charges have been in the kitchen. I too have many fond memories from my own childhood that were made in the kitchen. Those childhood memories are probably part of the reason I love having my charges help me in the kitchen. The kitchen is such a wonderful opportunity for many different kinds of teaching moments.

 My charges have always loved helping me in the kitchen. One of the favorite dinners they liked to make was pizza. Pizza is usually a favorite and because you can make them in individual sizes, everyone can get exactly what they want. Yes, you can survive six kids between the ages of 2-6 making pizzas. It is a great idea to have kid-size tools and utensils in their favorite colors as incentive to get excited about “helping” in the kitchen. I recommend getting 5" pizza screens from any online pizza supplier for making individual pizzas.

One of my favorite snacks to make has been banana bread. ( I have included the recipe at the bottom of this article.) The best part for the kids is putting in the “special ingredients.” I let them choose from chocolate chips, craisins and raisins and give them their own pan to put them in. I have also used themed pans like trains, cars, etc., to make the snacks more interesting.

As I stated earlier, the kitchen is a wonderful place for many different teaching opportunities. So many practical skills are used without their even “knowing” it. Baking and cooking can be used to teach math in a fun and practical way, with fractions, adding, subtraction, and counting for the younger ones. It can also be a great way to teach the origin of where the food they eat comes from. A great opportunity for an outing is to take them to the store or local farmers market and have them help pick out ingredients for things you’re making. It is also fun to grow produce or herbs to put into the dishes you make with your charges as well. Getting your charges involved in the kitchen stimulates all of their senses, challenges their minds, creates good memories, and has great tasty rewards as well. So gather up your charges, put down the drop cloths, and create something special!!

Banana Bread

1 c. Sugar 2 ½ c. Flour
½ c. Butter 1 t. Baking powder
2 Eggs 1 tsp. Baking soda
3 Bananas-mashed 1 c. Chocolate chips (optional) raisins and craisins also optional
½ c. Cold water

Have children cream butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs; blend. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Add chips by hand. Pour into greased bread pans, novelty pans, or small tin cans. Bake at 350 for 20-60 minutes. 


It's Official, INA's 28th Annual Conference is
Off To The Races!

Mark your calendars, INA’s 28th Annual Conference will be held April 12-15, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, in beautiful Louisville, KY.

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Don’t forget, if you joined INA after June 1, 2012, and have never attended a conference, you can receive a 50% discount off of your conference registration.




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