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In This Issue
  • President's Message
  • 2014 Service Pin Applications
  • Effective Communication
  • Calling All Conference Sponsors!
  • Goodbye, Thank You For Your Service

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Moving forward, it should be noted that  INAVision will be released quarterly.  If you would like to submit a piece for September's INAVision, please do so by e-mailing it to no later than August 1, 2013.

President's Message
By Becky Kavanagh, INA co-president

Becky KavanaghINA Members: Social Media Influencers

INA’s growth, quality of benefits and services has a direct correlation to INA members spreading the word. For instance the recently announced webinar series from Dr. G. We have the power to get the word out. Then there is Conference 2014 coming to L.A. in March. All of this excitement is just waiting for you to share it - and that’s exciting!

Social media expands our sphere past our circle of friends or family to friends of friends and beyond. So if you are posting on Facebook why not pop out a post about what’s new with INA or feel free to repost items you’ve seen on INA’s Facebook page or blog. For those of you active with Twitter, tweet out about in-home child care issues and INA or retweet an INA message. Think of the numerous opportunities you have each day to share about your work, your business, your livelihood and all the issues that come with it. You’ll be surprised how many people you can touch. I challenge you to invest a little time in spreading the news about what’s happening with INA, our industry and your role in it.

Your sphere of influence can be dynamic. Whether you share your experiences with one friend or post news on Facebook or tweet or blog . . . you are increasing INA’s reach. Let’s keep it going!

2014 Service Pin Applications Now Being Accepted

The 2014 INA Annual Conference dates have been announced, which means it is time to start applying for your INA Service Pin.  Individuals who have been employed as a nanny, nanny educator or business owner (referral agency or industry service provider) for 5 or more years (working a minimum of 24 hours per week) and are currently an INA
member in good standing may apply for an INA Service Award Pin.

The Harriette Grant Service Award Pin is presented to nannies and specialty nannies.  This caregiver award pin, named in honor of Harriette Grant, reflects Harriette’s dedication to the nanny profession.  Ms. Grant was a founding member of INA, a founding member of the Association of DC Area Nannies (ADCAN) and was selected as INA’s very first Nanny of the Year in 1990. Ms. Grant later went on to be a co-founder of the National Association of
Nannies (NAN).

The INA Service Award Pin is presented to nanny educators, referral agency owners/staff, and business owners/staff who serve the in-home child care industry.

The Service Award Pin program originated within the National Association of Nannies in 1995, but thanks to the dedication and generosity of past NAN members, the Service Award Pin concept continues on within INA,as does its goal of recognizing those within our industry for their hard work, dedication and commitment to professional excellence.

Applicants Must:

o   Be a current INA member to be eligible for an INA Service Award Pin.
o   Must attend the 2014 Annual Conference to receive your INA Service Award Pin.
o   If working in the United States, must be able to accept work legally.
o   Must submit an official application, a one page resume outlining complete work history (for nannies), a one page
educational and/of professional background history (for educators/business owners or staff) and a bio.
o   Must submit a $10 application processing fee. 

We strongly encouraging those planning to attend the 2014 conference to start their pin application today, as this year’s the deadline is January 15th.

No applications will be accepted after this date regardless of circumstances, so we encourage you to get started early!

You can begin your application by visiting INA's service award pin webpage, .  Once started, the application can be saved, so you are able to work on the application a little at a time, and submit it for final review once you are sure you will be able to attend the conference  March27-30, 2014. Once complete, you can simply submit it and pay the $10 processing fee. 

Each year at the INA Annual Conference, Service Award Pins are presented during the INA Service Award Pin Breakfast (March 28, 2014). Recipients must be present at the Annual Conference to receive their award pins.

Effective Communication
By Joanne Barrow, 2013 INA Nanny of the Year

Joanne Barrow
For those of us caring for school age children the early September bedlam of back to school nights, meet the teacher, activity registration and getting back in the swing of homework is starting to settle down and find its groove again. As the families (and your own) routine begin to normalize now’s a great time to suggest a quiet meeting with your employers to plan and review schedules, give and receive feedback, discuss any changes that have taken place over the summer and reassess theirs, and your own needs moving forward.

One of the most important factors in the success and stability of my career has been direct, open and honest communication. Relationships with our families are personal and intimate and like any close connection it requires open, ongoing dialogue. As I read the blogs and group discussions in Nanny world it seems the
number 1 breakdown (in otherwise) great working relationships is the difficulty we have in addressing issues ‘head on’ with our employers. It’s imperative to air thoughts and observations openly and frequently before grievances begin to
fester. It doesn’t have to be daunting and once you get in the swing of things it’ll become second nature and something you may even come to look forward to. 

Here are a few steps that have helped me navigate these conversations.

  • Be professional- Focus on being constructive, not critical and keep emotions to a minimum.
  • Start on a positive note- Perhaps a brief synopsis of the kids latest strides and accomplishments.
  • Come prepared- Write down in advance the points you need to cover in the time frame you have. Know your objectives and direct the pace of the conversation so you don’t run out of time.
  • Bringing up a problem? Bring a solution….or two! Be proactive and offer up solutions or ‘give and take’ ideas that will work for everyone involved.
  • Don’t be intimidated- Some subjects are more difficult to discuss than others; for me money has always been my least favorite topic. Preface difficult issues by saying, ‘I feel a little awkward mentioning/ asking this but…. its important for the children/ its been on my mind / it’s necessary for us to clarify’ etc.… 
  • Don’t be defensive- Do you close up like a clam the second you receive criticism- constructive or otherwise? Take a moment before you respond and attempt to see the issue through their eyes as parents. If you can do that, you’ll likely find a way to adapt that will make them more comfortable. Long term success with our families is all about flexibility and understanding.
  • End the way you began- on a positive note! Thank them for their time and remind them you’re there to
    help and always open to suggestions and constructive advice.

Start this new school year as you mean to go on, talk it out before you walk out. And finally…Don’t wait until there’s a problem, request a monthlymeeting with your employers, the better the lines of communication the stronger your relationship and position will remain.

Good Luck!


Calling All Conference Sponsors!

2014 Annual Conference Sponsorships will go on sale starting at 1:00pm EST, October 1, 2013 in INA’s e-store .   These sponsorship opportunities will be sold on a first come first serve basis, and once purchased will no longer be available.  In order to facilitate ease of purchase, please visit the conference advertising page prior to that date to view all available sponsorships, rules, and regulations.  Please determine your top few choices, as sponsorship opportunities are expected to go extremely quickly, and your first choice may have already been purchased by the time you checkout.  Please note that as in previous years, sponsors may not purchase the sponsorship of the lunch they sponsored the previous year, unless it is still available after October 15, 2013, at which point sponsorship is open to anyone.  Once you have made your purchase successfully, please submit a copy of your confirmation e-mail along with your completed sponsorship form to at your earliest convenience.  For questions, please contact the INA Member Services Office  at 1-888-878-1477 or .



 Goodbye, Thank You For Your Service

The INA has undergone a few changes recently, and we would like to keep our membership informed of those changes.

Alan Friedman recently resigned from the INA board of directors.   Over the 15 years that Alan served on the board he chaired various committees that included legislative and governmental affairs, ethics and legal.  He also served as the second vice president for most of the 15 years. 

Alan was a valued board member, who participated fully and whose goal was always to do what was best for INA.  Alan is intelligent, articulate, has a wonderful sense of humor and contributed greatly to our meetings and process. 

Alan felt that after 15 years of continuous service to INA it was time to step back.  He would also like to spend more time with his family, which includes three adorable grandchildren. 

We wish Alan all the best and we thank him wholeheartedly for everything he has contributed to our association. 

Also after many years of service to INA as a member, Board of Directors member, and finally as INA's Operations Manager, Rachel Lawrence will be leaving the INA office to pursue other opportunities in our Industry.  In light of this transition, INA would like to thank Rachel for her service and wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.

“INA has always filled me with a sense of belonging, and has been a venue for me to connect with other like minded individuals who desire to continually elevate the professional standards of our industry.   Although I am leaving my official INA post, I will remain an active part of our industry, and an active supporter of INA and its mission for many years to come.”

Over the next few months Rachel will be working closely with INA to ensure a smooth transition of office operations, and all INA programs and services will continue uninterrupted.


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