The International Nanny Association is offering a year membership for only $35.  Membership is for professional nannies, their employers and nanny agencies.  TLC for Kids are members and owner Sharon Graff-Radell (one of our bloggers) is also the Vice President of this fantastic organization that promotes and establishes guidelines for the nanny industry. 

Some membership benefits for nannies include:

*Nanny Mentor Program

*Discount price for the Nanny Credential Exam

*Members only page

*Discount passes for the INA Annual Conference and other great deals and information! 

For more information and how to sign up today:

Have a great week! Jessica

Taken from this month’s issue of the  International Nanny Association June / July 2010 Newsletter, below are highlights of this year’s Nanny of the Year, Greta Schraer.

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I am so very honored to be the recipient of this award and to have the opportunity to share my heart with you this afternoon.

This past year for me has been a whirlwind. I have seen my career grow and change, largely due to last year’s INA Conference. I barely made it to Dallas. My husband, and I were in the process of buying a house – and it didn’t make sense to come. But at the last minute I decided to, and so glad that I did.

I remember clearly where I was sitting last year at the Nanny of the Year Luncheon … a table of eight, all strangers. I may have seemed calm to those around me but inside I was ECSTATIC to find this “Nanny world.” I remember listening to Donna Robinson’s great storytelling of the places her Nanny of the Year bag had traveled and MaryAnn Meddish’s encouragement to nominate someone we know as the next recipient. It felt like the first day of high school; I was trying to soak it all in.

I’ve felt a calling to children from a young age. I am only child and always wished I had my own siblings. I seemed to gravitate to those younger than me. My mother saw these natural tendencies and enrolled me in a course to become a “Red Cross Certified Babysitter” at age 12. She then found my first infant child care job with her as my mentor. I babysat through high school and took on part-time and full-time nanny positions throughout college. After receiving my theology degrees, I became a youth minister for junior and senior high students, nanny-ing part time on the side for fun and much needed income. Three years ago, I went back to caring for children full time.

This is my first position working with triplets – three boys. Family members of mine were hesitant at the challenge ahead. I kept hearing the phrase, “You don’t know what you are getting into.” Friends are still “wide-eyed” when they see three car seats all lined up in the middle row of my car. There are strange looks, points, comments, and many “bless your hearts” from those observing. I admit we are quite a sight navigating the tight hallway at preschool or climbing the hill at the zoo with our choo-choo wagon. Most don’t get WHY I would choose this job, AND love it. But, you do.

It seems we are definitely in full swing of summer in St. Louis and boy, it’s hot! Now especially, it’s important to remember to put on sunscreen, pack the bug spray and watch the weather when you are taking your charges anywhere outdoors in St. Louis.
I recently had a TLC family ask, “what kind of indoor activities are there for my children, if I don’t want them only at the pool or outside this summer?” 
To this I simply reply that St. Louis has a myriad of activities (INDOOR) that are fun, inexpensive or even free and a great way to beat the heat!
Some of these include the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center, both interactive and educational. For a small fee, take children to the Magic House (Kirkwood) or to the top of the St. Louis Arch (Downtown)! Become a tourist in your own city and grab an ice cream cone from Ted Drewes on the way home! 
Just a few tips — nannies, feel free to leave a comment and share some more cool ideas

By Sharon Graff-Radell, President, TLC For Kids, Inc.

I finally saw Sex and the City last night. I loved the way the Charlotte, a stay-at-home mom and Miranda, the working mom, spilled their guts about how difficult it is to be a mother and how lucky they were to find great nannies! So many mothers today feel ashamed that the challenges of motherhood can be overwhelming. Bravo to the writer’s of Sex in The City for bringing this out in the open. I also want to offer a big thank you to all of the nannies, babysitters, friends, and relatives who help moms by giving them a much needed break!