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At Wund3rKID, we value play. Play that comes naturally to children because that’s what they love to do the most. During my experience as a nanny, I learned that young children play best when they are not rushed from one activity to another. They like to take their time, repeat the steps and then do it all over again! It may be frustrating for an adult to see this but not to the child. This experimental process of play leads to learning. An example of this is when I have observed children with a specific toy, a small wooden house with house numbers and metal keys attached to it. When the child is 1 year-old, they only grasp at the house and not much comes of the exposure. Then, when they are about 18-months and shown by an adult how to insert the keys into the house, they will also attempt to copy the adult and do just this! They may be able to get a key into place but have trouble turning it. Once they are closer to 2 years-old, they begin to recognize the numbers on the house and will begin to try to open the doors for an extended period of time. They may be able to open some doors or none at all! And this is quite alright at Wund3rKID! The play experience we strive to provide to young children is just this type of experience!

Children impress us each day with their changing capabilities. The variety of classes we offer at Wund3rKID are offered to support SCEP- social, cognitive, emotional and physical development. Our two types of Art classes target different skills in children. ArtPlay helps children develop their fine-motor skills and Messy Play! allows children to use their sensorial skills. Teacher Robin from Messy Play! brings various activities including her very own Oobleck which is a wet, gooey substance! Not a favorite of mine but the kids sure love it! Teacher Adrienne from Mini Yoga really gets kids moving in the cutest way! Through downward dog, stretching and a little kid-style meditation- children begin to learn the basics of Yoga. I also love to hear the kids chant “Peace Begins with Me” throughout the week! Spanish for Tots is a popular class among children and families. Along with providing various activities for the children which include sorting vegetables, counting animals and art fun; Teacher Silvia also speaks Spanish to the children for the duration of the class. She has raised her three children to be fluent in Spanish so she knows just how to engage and immerse children in the language. Teacher Chaia brings the fun on Thursday mornings with her guitar and other special instruments for the children! Her latest treasure for the children are hand bells. It was clear the children felt really special to each have their very own hand bell for the class! Teacher Emily remains our first music teacher at Wund3rKID and is admired by the children. Her mix of classic and new songs are so fun and hard to get out of our heads! We have members who remember the lyrics by heart and could probably act as substitutes for her! “Hot-cross buns”, anyone? Each of our teachers have unique traits which make them special to the children. I am grateful for them because they complement the team at Wund3rKID! While learning through explorative play is much valued here at Wund3rKID, classes have shown to be equally important for children. For example, members who attend our class on a weekly basis have seen the benefits. These benefits include increased verbal skills in children and the ability to consistently focus on an activity. We often think children have a short-attention span but it may actually be due to their lack of interest in an activity. This type of cognitive development seen from regular class attendance motivates children to communicate and connect with their caretakers in the classes.

Children also like sticking to a routine. Our classes are designed to help children adjust to a social setting and the more children attend them, the more it will help prepare them for a school setting. For example, a parent of a child who has begun preschool after being a member at Wund3rKID has expressed how much our classes has helped our child settle into his new school setting. The weekly occurrence and consistency of the classes have also familiarized children with our teachers and more.

Our membership program is valued by families to Wund3rKID. And we value our members! There are two different tiers of membership to our center. The Basic and Premium membership covers your entire family for unlimited drop-in play, snacks and also includes 4 hours of drop-off supervised play. The difference between them is with the Premium membership, you receive unlimited classes. That means you can take as many classes as you like! With the variety of classes we offer, each child in your family will find a class they enjoy. In addition to all the fun you just read about, we also host birthdays on the weekends. They are so much fun!

We look forward to seeing you at Wund3rKID for play, a class or for your child’s next birthday celebration!

Of Bullies & Bystanders

When I started The Nanny Love Facebook group I didn’t have a clear vision of what it would become. I knew it needed to be a place of community and camaraderie; one that promoted empowerment and being one’s own advocate.  I wanted it to be more than just social networking – instead, one that is full of love and respect, more like a family.  It also needed to be a safe place for thoughts, experiences and professional advice to be shared among co-workers. Better yet, shared among sisters and brothers.  The Nanny Love community grows by hard work and dedication. I pour myself into it – my energy, my love for people and my love for the nanny career. Along with being a stay at home mom, running The Nanny Love community is my full time job, I love doing it. As The Nanny Love began to grow rapidly I saw the need to make some guidelines to ensure that it stayed a positive and welcoming space, and to recruit a team to help manage it. With membership in the thousands, this meant thousands of ideas, perspectives, backgrounds, locations, minds and energies.  The Nanny Love team is tasked with carefully managing how all of that continues to flow, while trying to ensure that everyone remains kind, validating and supportive.  The Nanny Love is FULL of active, passionate and outspoken individuals.  Each and every one I am so thankful for.  Unfortunately, as with any community so large, both within TNL and beyond it within the larger nanny community, there are people who build themselves up by tearing others down.

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Chiropractic and Kids

As parents, we are on a never-ending quest to make our children healthier, stronger, smarter and more indestructible.  From kale-berry smoothies to kid yoga, what haven’t we investigated and tested on them?

For some of you, chiropractic for kids may be your quinoa. You’ve heard about it, but aren’t sure what it entails. Maybe you think it’s only for older people with back and neck pain.  Or maybe you’ve heard that it’s only for your budding athletes, who are getting a little too roughed up and tumbled on the field or court.

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Are You Ever Going To Get A Real Job?

“A Nanny? Why? Are you ever going to get a real job?”

I’m sure those are questions we are all used to hearing. I could go on about how being a Nanny is absolutely a “real job” and how 99% of the people who ask me that question couldn’t last a week doing what I do – but for now, I want to focus on the part that I came to terms with only a fairly recently: Why?

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Nanny Background Checks: Why TrustLine is the Gold Standard for California

Hiring a nanny is a process usually fraught with anxiety. Ideally, you want someone who shares your ideas on child rearing – everything from feeding times, play dates, naps, and discipline. It’s a big decision.

The more information you can gather about a potential nanny, the more educated your hiring decision will be. The final screening step, the background check, shouldn’t be skipped. The protection it brings your child and the peace of mind it will bring you is more than worth the cost.

The question is what company conducts background checks specifically for caregivers? Surely the background check that is conducted for construction workers is not the same as the one used for caregivers. The threshold should be more stringent.

So what are those background checks screening for?

Unfortunately, this is a question that most of us do not want to think about. We want to trust that the nanny is being honest when he/she says that they have a clean record or that the $29 online background check is thorough enough to flag the ‘really bad infractions’.

What if I were to tell you, research indicates that basic online background checks only have access to criminal information for 29/58 counties in California, and not even the Child Abuse Index?

Half of the counties in California, and not even the Child Abuse Index?

Is that what you thought you were getting? There is only one background check that is considered the gold standard for babysitters and nannies in California, and that is the TrustLine background check.

———If it’s not TrustLine, It’s Not the Whole Picture———

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Love, Honor & Nanny

I’ve always prided myself on being the best Military spouse I can be. My husband and I have literally been together since he started his career in the Navy, so I’ve done everything from writing letters daily in boot-camp, to volunteering on his FRG, to losing 50lbs while he was deployed so we could have one of those “HELL YES THAT’S MY WIFE” moments when he got home. I love being a wife and I love being my husband’s wife.

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Sharing (Y)Our Story

My twins start kindergarten next week.

As we engage in the back to school rituals – buying new clothes, finding the right backpack, adjusting to earlier bed times – my mind rewound the tape of my kids short lives and I lovingly lingered at every moment of their existence.

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My Interview with Jackie- www.faithfullnest.com

I was delighted when Jackie, who runs www.faithfullnest.com, reached out asking if she can interview me. Here is the interview! Please check out Jackie’s AMAZING blog- make sure your Nanny Parents check out her resourceful blog too!
XOXO Marie

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Financial Planning: Helping You See the Big Picture

Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a business, or retiring comfortably? These are a few of the financial goals that may be important to you, and each comes with a price tag attached.

That’s where financial planning comes in. Financial planning is a process that can help you target your goals by evaluating your whole financial picture, then outlining strategies that are tailored to your individual needs and available resources.

 

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