In February of 2020, Michelle was identified as and added to a list occupation experts for the nanny industry by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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“In the #2 spot is “Nanny to the Rescue!” by Michelle LaRowe. Published in 2006, this book combines wit, wisdom, and tips for parents with young kids. A graduate of Bridgewater State, LaRowe has worked with parents since 1994 to help raise their children, and received the Nanny of the Year award in 2004 in recognition of her work.
LaRowe has published a sequel to her first book, offering more tried and tested tips for parents with children aged six to twelve. Other books from this author include “Working Mom’s 411” and “A Mom’s Ultimate Book of Lists,” both of which help mothers balance parenting and other life demands. To complement her written work, LaRowe has also served as executive director of a nanny referral agency in Houston.”
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Longhorn Leads, LLC announces that it has acquired Nanny Magazine from Jennifer Kuhn, the magazine’s founder. This acquisition will further expand the company’s portfolio of nanny related business including NannyTraining.com, eNannySource.com, and Morningside Nannies, a Houston-based award-winning nanny agency.
“Nanny Magazine is the premiere publication for the nanny industry, offering trusted advice, a community of friends and inspiration for nannies to be the best they can be,” said Michelle LaRowe, award-winning nanny, parenting author, past executive director of the International Nanny Association and advisory board member of Nanny Magazine. “Nannies are continually seeking high quality advice and industry guidance from trusted experts and we are thrilled to continue and expand the Nanny Magazine brand.”
Longhorn Leads, LLC, through its NannyTraining.com platform, is committed to differentiating itself as the global leader in educating nannies. With students in over 30 countries and the only US-based CACHE Customized Qualification for Nannies offered through exclusive partnership with Nanny Stella, Inc., Longhorn Leads, LLC is pleased to offer Nanny Magazine as an additional resource to the international nanny community.
“With their expertise, experience, and strong industry relationships, I am confident that the magazine that I worked so hard to grow will achieve new heights and find new utility as a leading resource in the nanny community,” said Kuhn.
For the past 20 years, I have partnered with parents in raising their children. From working as a nanny to writing parenting books, I have had the opportunity to come alongside families, desperate for change, and help to point them in the right direction. As I consider the questions I am asked most often, the responses can be summed up with these 5 things I wish all parents knew.
Consistency is king. Be consistently wrong but be consistent. Kids thrive on structure and routine. It breeds safety and security. It builds trust, anticipation, cooperation and expectation. While I certainly don’t think kids should be eating dinner at 9pm, if that’s what you do, do it every night. If you allow your kids to eat cereal on the couch (which is a no for me), make it the rule, not the exception. When kids sleep and eat on a predictable schedule and live with consistent expectations, there is a huge decrease in behavioral issues. Well-fed and well-rested kids tend to be well-behaved kids.
What goes in comes out. This is widely accepted when we talk about what we feed our kids, but in this instance, I am not talking about the food we eat but the food we feed our minds and souls. I am always surprised when parents are surprised at what comes out of their children’s mouths. More often than not, it is the same thing as what their children are exposed to in the music they listen to, the shows the watch and from the people who have influence and authority in their lives. Choose carefully what your children see and hear; they absorb it and regurgitate it.
Give choices you can live with. Wondering why your child looks like she’s going to a night club rather than to school? Because you’re giving her inappropriate choices when it comes to attire. The simple solution? Only provide what you want your kids to wear. Sick of fighting with your child over dinner? Instead of asking what they want, ask them if they want their applesauce on the same plate or on a separate plate as their pork. Have major concerns about the friends your kids hang around with? Ask them if they want to invite their friends to your house on Friday or Saturday, rather than allowing them to play unsupervised or at their friends’ home.
Paying attention matters. From eliminating- or at least significantly decreasing- preventable injuries (think not securing a child into a car seat properly) to ensuring that you are truly listening, rather than just hearing what your child has to say, paying attention goes along way in keeping your child physically and emotionally safe and secure. Over the years I have found myself in the position where parents believe I am on the only person that their child listens to. They often believe it is because there is something special about me. They are truly surprised when I break the news to them that I am not as special as they think! The difference is that I notice when their child needs attention and give them the appropriate attention that they seek. When kids feel listened to and heard; the things they share with you are amazing!
Know your world view. Every child wants to know where they came from. When kids begin questioning the meaning of life and how creation came to be, eventually the response of mom and dad will not be enough. Kids have in innate desire to know how the world came to be into existence and will eventually wonder why the world doesn’t bring them the type of life fulfillment that they seek. When they ask these tough questions, what will your response be? As a follower of Jesus, I can certainly say that the answer to these questions and more have been more than satisfied with His name.
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“As a youth coach, creating a safe and positive environment where children can develop character, integrity, sportsmanship and foundational skills is my number one priority” said Michelle.
“Completing the SafeSport Training and obtaining the Level 1 ACE Coaching Certification have increased my skills and knowledge and will help to ensure that I successfully fulfill my duties as a youth coach and make athlete well-being my top priority.”
The mission SafeSport is to make athlete well-being the centerpiece of our nation’s sports culture. Though education and awareness, SafeSport training empowers coaches to create safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment.
The ACE (Aspire, Challenge, Encourage) Coach Education Program is a coaching program, developed and designed to provide softball coaches of all levels – from beginning coaches to experienced veterans – an opportunity to be educated as a coach with a national softball organization.
The guiding principles behind the ACE Coaching Education Program are:
A-spire: to achieve a comprehensive level of knowledge for the game. C-hallenge: your understanding and knowledge through continued education and growth.
E-ncourage: yourself and others to be prepared and knowledgeable as a coach in order to provide your athletes an environment in which they can achieve success.
“If you are involved in youth sports, I encourage you to further your training. Doing so will benefit you and the athletes you coach.”
If you’ve never attended an INA Annual Conference, now is the time. Attending conference provides an opportunity to connect with like-minded industry professionals who are passionate about ensuring children cared for by nannies receive the highest quality childcare.
Being a great nanny requires more than a genuine love of children. Nannies work long hours in private homes and most often work no supervision or daily oversight. Parents depend on their nannies to keep their children safe and well-cared for and to provide the highest level of childcare so that they can fulfill their personal or professional commitments.
If you’re considering hiring a nanny or becoming one, here are 25 characteristics we believe great nannies have in common.
A great nanny genuinely loves the company of children. Nannies spend a majority of their day with little adult interaction and must truly enjoy spending their time with children.
A great nanny has a basic understanding of child development. Nannies are childcare specialists and are responsible for providing the children with developmentally appropriate experiences.
A great nanny advocates for the children in her care. Nannies are willing to speak up if their charges’ well-being is compromised or if something is not in their best interest, while recognizing the parents have final say.
A great nanny has lots of energy. Nannies are responsible for actively engaging the children in their care and must have the energy to do so.
A great nanny has a reserve of patience. Nannies spend countless hours with children and must be able to handle children’s moods and behaviors without losing their temper or becoming outwardly irritated.
A great nanny is safety conscious. Nannies are solely responsible for the children when they are on duty and must consider the children’s safety first and foremost.
A great nanny is a good communicator. Nannies have to effectively relay and receive information from parents and children. Solid communication skills are required.
A great nanny is flexible. Life with children can be unpredictable. Nannies must be able to adapt to the situations they face.
A great nanny is understanding. Nannies are in the business of caring for others. Compassion and understanding are paramount.
A great nanny has a nurturing spirit. Nannies are responsible for supporting and encouraging children and must be able to foster their development.
A great nanny is reliable. Parents rely on nannies so that they can fulfill their obligations. Nannies must be able to be counted on.
A great nanny is responsible. Nannies are accountable for the children in their care. They must be capable of proving quality childcare.
A great nanny is trustworthy. Parents depend on nannies to meet or exceed the terms of their working relationship. Nannies are trusted to do their job well and to provide outstanding care.
A great nanny is respectful. Nannies and parents may not always agree on childrearing practices or decisions. Nannies must be respectful of the parents and their practices and honor the authority they have.
A great nanny has sound judgment. Nannies share responsibility for the children’s health and development and must be able to make choices that are in the children’s best interests.
A great nanny is organized. Nannies have many responsibilities throughout the day and must be organized to ensure that they fulfill their duties and complete their tasks.
A great nanny is self-motivated. Nannies don’t have someone constantly looking over their shoulders offering praise for a job well done. Nannies must be motivated to always do their job to the best of their abilities.
A great nanny is prepared to handle an emergency. Children get hurt and natural disasters and accidents happen. Nannies must know how to handle an emergency if one were to arise.
A great nanny is creative. Nannies must engage the minds of the children in their care. To work as a nanny, imagination is required.
A great nanny is proactive. When it comes to discipline, safety and meeting the children’s needs, nannies must be proactive rather than reactive.
A great nanny has a clean criminal background. Nannies help raise children to become good, law abiding citizens and serve as role models to the children in their care. Because of the intimate nature of the job, nannies should not have a history of criminal activity.
A great nanny has strong morals. Nannies help shape a child’s worldview and set their internal compass. It should be evident nannies know right from wrong and must be of sound moral character.
A great nanny is able to form a connection with children. To develop bonds with the children in their care nannies must be able to connect with children. Nannies naturally make connections with kids.
A great nanny wants to be a nanny. To work as a nanny a caregiver must love the nature of the job. Those who look to nanny because they can’t find other types of employment rarely stay in the field for long.
A great nanny is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the children in her care. Nannies influence the children in their care and must acknowledge the importance of the role they play in the lives of the children. Nannies must commit to making a positive difference in the lives of the children for whom they care.
While of course a nanny, like any parent, will have an occasional day where she’s less energetic or short-tempered, overall these 25 characteristics are clearly evident in a great nanny and should be strongly valued when evaluating a current or potential caregiver. If you’re considering becoming a nanny or already working as one, we encourage you to continue to develop these characteristics so that you can become the best caregiver you can be.
Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the nanny industry as a credentialed and award-winning nanny, non-profit executive director, nanny placement agency owner and parenting author. Michelle enjoys her work in the nanny industry and is passionate about empowering parents and nannies to be the best that they can be and ensuring that children cared for by nannies receive the best care possible.