Friday, May 15, 2009

INA Membership Giveaway: Joint Promotion with Nanny Adventures

Since returning from the INA Conference in Dallas 3 weeks ago, my good friend Alice and I have been brainstorming about how to get the message out to nannies that we can't simply sit around lamenting about the lack of respect our profession gets. We have to be actively working to improve the image of the nanny profession and one of the most important ways to do that is to be actively involved in a professional nanny organization.

We both knew and loved the late Harriette Grant. Harriette was a Co Founder of the first and longest running support group in the United States. Association of DC Area Nannies (ADCAN). She was a founding member of INA, a board member of INA and the first INA Nanny of the Year in 1990 We will be posting her story on her June 3rd Birthday and in honor of her upcoming birthday Alice and I decided we would work in conjunction to give away an INA Membership on our blogs.

Alice has 2 blogs. Her first blog is This is a blog about her adventures as a nanny, helpful tools for parents and nannies as well as other items of interest.
She was also inspired by Dr. Lynne Kenney at the INA Conference to brand herself. She is launching her new blog, The Financial Nanny that is focused on helping nannies (and others) save money and invest wisely with the start of this contest.

My first blog is about nannies in transitition and how to deal with the emotions of leaving a nanny positions and other changes that happen when you stay with a family for a few years. It is called Nanny Transitions. My second blog is just for fun and it highlights my creative side as The Creative Nanny.

Starting on Friday, May 15 and running through Monday June 1, we will offer you the opportunity to win a one year INA Nanny membership (Valued at $95) If you are already an INA member we will pay your membership for the following year.

You can gain entries by doing any or all of the following.

1. Sign up to follow either blog. (Each blog counts for 1 entry so if you sign up for all 4 you will get 4 entries). Please leave a comment at each blog stating that you signed up to follow or already do.

2. Talk about this give away and post a link to our blogs on your blog, post about it to a yahoogroup, or post about it on a message board like Nannynetwork, or Nannyisland
Twitter it, or put it on Facebook.

Send us a copy or a link and each one will count as an entry.
Send it to (put INA Giveaway in subject)

3. In addition to that you will get double entries for posting on any of our blogs :

a. Why you want to be a member of a professional organization, or
b. What it means to you to be a member of a professional nanny group

The winner will be chosen from and announced on all four blogs on Tuesday June 2, 2009. Good luck!

For more information on the INA please visit their website, their blog, their facebook fan page or twitter.


  1. Glenda - Great Idea. I already follow your blog, can't wait to see what else you can share with us.

  2. Hi. Love the blog. I just started following you.


  3. Great blog. I just started following.

  4. I kept meaning to start following the nanny blogs going around..thanks for the push to sign up.

  5. Hi! I've added you to my blogs I follow, and think this is a terrific way to honor Harriette Grant.

  6. Hi Glenda,

    I'm not sure how I missed your blog before, but I'll certainly be adding it to my list to read and sharing it with others on my facebook page too. I also wanted to take a minute and share my thoughts on professional Nanny organizations.
    Being a member of INA shows others that you are serious about what you do and don't just do it for a "paycheck". It shows that you put in more than a "40 hour work week" by spending time "off the clock" collaborating and learning.
    p.s. keep up the great work you do!

  7. I never knew about this blog, what a wonderful ideal Glenda! I'm following you now though!


  8. Hey Glenda, I signed up to follow your blog. It's great by the way.

  9. I've checked in at this blog since you announced it on WorldWideNannies yahoogroup. This is a subject close to my heart, as it is so hard for me personally and hard to see the children in pain at the loss, when a job ends. I'm always interested in learning more ways to ease the transition for me and for them.

    It is so helpful being part of various types of nanny groups: online blogs and yahoogroups and such, local in-person groups, and larger professional organizations. The ability to share experience and advice with the only other people who really understand what we do for a living is vital. Increasing our skills and understanding of the job makes it a profession rather than a babysitting job. And banding together with others to improve the industry as a whole is paying it forward.

  10. Glenda
    Thank you for sharing your expertise to the field in a myriad of ways.

  11. I love you blogs G! Here is to all the wonderful nannies! Lets make a difference! Lets get on the train! Go Nannies!

  12. Hi G. I LOVE your transitions blog. You have helped me before in the past and I know you will be there to help me (and other nannies) with the changes that may take place in our lives!!

    I am following "beware".... Hehehheeee.


  13. I love to learn new things, Thanks

  14. While on my vacation over the long weekend, a friend introduced me to Live Journal. So by joining this morning, I was finally able to leave a comment here!

    Transitioning from a nanny job is a topic dear to my heart, as it always hits me hard when I've had to do it. I've always looked for ways to ease the transition for myself and for the families I work for, especially the kids, and been concerned about other nannies facing the same hazard of the job. This blog is a great idea, since it is accessible and findable by so many nannies who need it.

    Nannies can connect with each other so many different ways now! Online chatlists, boards, blogs, in-person local nanny groups, and national professional groups such as INA and NANC. I think each way that nannies connect is personally and professionally enriching in its own way, although some overlap: online connections for gaining information and exchanging ideas, local get-togethers for conversations and relationships that can only be developed in person, and involvement in professional organizations to be part of a responsible movement to improve the nanny industry.