INA Town Hall

March 1, 2017

International Nanny Association (INA) Annual Conference

February 25, 2017

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Attend INA’s 32nd Annual Conference, May 18-21, 2017 Chicago, Illinois

Exciting locations. Dynamic speakers. Content rich workshops.

The International Nanny Association (INA)Annual Conference offers educational and networking opportunities for business owners and in-home child care providers. The annual conference is held in a different city each year and is typically scheduled for April or May.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Enrich Your Knowledge. The many educational workshops will enhance your professional and personal development.
  • Two tracks of workshops for care professionals: Nannies and Newborn Care Specialists
  • Gain Insider Tips. Industry veterans and educators will share their experience and knowledge.
  • Planned Networking Opportunities. Network with nanny agency owners and staff, professional nannies, Newborn Care Specialists, industry educators and industry service providers, all in one location.
  • Connect with old friends and make new friends. Socializing starts at the welcome reception.
  • Exciting Locations. Every year, the INA Annual Conference is held in a different city within the United States.

How to Maximize Your INA Conference Experience

INA would like to help you make the most of your time at our Annual Conference.

Conference Facebook Group

Over the last few years we have discovered that those that are active in our Conference Facebook group have a richer and more connected experience once they get to conference.  They build connections before they arrive and those connections continue after conference.  This years Facebook group will be open to only those attending conference to provide for a more intimate experience.  A link to the group is provided in your conference registration confirmation email. If you have not, please contact for assistance. Only those with confirmed registrations will receive the link to the private group.

Group Dinners

While dinner is not part of the Conference Program, the INA coordinates several restaurant locations near our Conference Hotel. Sign-ups for these will be available on the first day of conference at the registration table.


The INA wants you to be able to make the most of the your experience at conference in the location we choose. We work to arrange some events either evenings after the conference program is complete or on the Sunday following conference. You can sign up for these excursion when registering for conference.

Is this your first time attending INA’s annual conference?

Conference Guides

One of the services we have found helpful to first time attendees is providing you with a Conference Guide. When matched with a Guide you can utilize their experience at past INA conferences by asking them questions and connecting with them when you first arrive on site.  There is a place to mark that you would like a Conference Guide on your registration form, or email for more information.

Conference Orientation

Another tool for the first time attender to an INA Conference is our Orientation that is held Thursday evening before the Welcome Reception. This is your chance to meet some of the INA Staff and Board of Directors.  They will walk you though the basics of what to expect and answer any further questions you have.

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January 1, 2017


The American Academy of Pediatrics is adjusting its less-is-more approach to screen time for kids. When it comes to screen time for kids, less is more. That’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics has maintained for years, warning that exposing young children to any kind of digital platform, from junk TV to educational apps, could lead to delayed or stunted language development and poorer reading skills. Whether or not people agreed with the AAP guidelines—and many did not—they were nonetheless impactful, driving pediatricians to advise the parents and kids in their care to stay away from screens. Now, however, the AAP is changing its tune. Whereas the old guidelines offered blanket limits—say, no screen time of any kind before age 2—the new ones, released Oct. 21, are far more nuanced. “You’ll notice a move away from the idea that you can lump all screen time together and label it fun or educational or harmful,” says Dr. David Hill, chair of the group’s Council on Communications and Media. “The ways we interact with screens today are so varied that it doesn’t make sense anymore to start a stopwatch and say, ‘At this point you’re done.’ ” At the same time, kids’ having access to so many screens is a relatively new phenomenon, and much of the research surrounding it is in-conclusive. That makes it hard for the AAP to say definitively, for example, that playing smartphone games is badand using educational tablets is good.

What its new guidelines make clear,though, is that there are many ways—beyond strict limits—to help your kids have a happy, healthy relationship with technology. Read More

Source:  Time Magazine, October 27, 2016


How to Raise Successful Kids

December 1, 2016

How to Raise Successful Kids … Without Over -Parenting

“By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping. At least, that’s how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.”

Why you should listen

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. The book emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience. She was also known for her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. Toward the end of her tenure as dean, she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult is being published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to her TED Talk and a sequel which will be out in 2018. In the meantime, Lythcott-Haims’s memoir on race, Real American, will be out in Fall 2017.

Lythcott-Haims is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and California College of the Arts. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over twenty-five years, their two teenagers and her moth

Kid Friendly Restaurants

August 21, 2016

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Not every restaurant has offerings likely to tempt the tots, let alone a whole selection of child-friendly meals.  Here are some of are picks that dazzle adults and kids alike.  Here are favorite picks of kid friendly restaurants in  in New York, LA, Chicago, and London.  Bon Appetite.

New York

179 W. Broadway, Tribeca
10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor, Time Warner Center

Landmarc is a great, casual place for families. Oysters, salads, steaks, and sides with a perfect kids’ menu that includes mini ice cream cones.
Alice’s Tea Cup
102 W. 73rd St., UWS

Friendly atmosphere, delicious lunches, and yummy cakes.

Los Angeles

8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
12851 Riverside Dr., Studio City

Hugo’s is an L.A. staple. A perfect combo of organic, healthy food, an expansive kids’ menu and a relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal family outing. They always bring crayons and paper to the table, too.

John’s Garden
3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu

John’s Garden is a low-key shop that serves delicious sandwiches/veggie burgers/smoothies/fries. You can sit outside on the benches, which are right next to the playground so kids can play while you’re waiting for your food.

11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

This excellent Japanese in the valley deserves its 28 food rating on Zagat. What more can you say except that they have highchairs and mini sushi rolls. Finally!

Giorgio Baldi
114 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica

Giorgio’s is one of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. I swoon over the polenta, the tuna carpaccio, and the fresh handmade ravioli, not to mention the Dover sole and langoustine pasta. It is owned and run by an Italian family, so children are always on the scene. Bring your own crayons.


La Famiglia
7 Langton St.

The quiet, charming street in Chelsea completely belies the feeling inside this joyous, boisterous, family-run restaurant. There’s also a beautiful outside patio where kids can enjoy the trees. The food is simple Italian done just right. Kids love the pasta and fried zucchini and so do I.

The Wolseley
160 Piccadilly

The Wolseley is great to take kids to for brunch, lunch, or tea. The food is Anglo-Euro and fit for a discerning grown-up, but also wonderful for kids. It is housed in an old-fashioned marble-clad car showroom and is cavernous and noisy (you won’t be worried about additional noise emanating from your table). They bake delicious sweets and are welcoming of your beloved wee ones.
The River Café
Rainville Rd.

This place loves children, and on a summer Sunday, children can be seen running around the massive garden and exploring their organic vegetable patch. The food is perfect. This is a flawless day out with the family in London (unless it’s raining).

Tom’s Kitchen
27 Cale St.

Tom’s Kitchen is a great place to take the family for Sunday brunch. They have the best eggs Benedict and the spongiest pancakes.


Blue Door 
52 W. Elm St.

This intimate restaurant is considered a new gem in Chicago. It serves home-cooked food with a Southern bent. Perfect for a family Sunday brunch.

The Athenian Room
807 W. Webster Ave.

The Athenian Room is fantastic, super kid-friendly, and casual. It attracts a nice family crowd and has the most outrageous Greek food—spanakopita, Greek salads, tzatziki, and the best cheeseburger in town. It also has outdoor tables on the street in summer. My friend Julia goes all the time and it is definitely her favorite kid spot.
Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark St.

Situated near Wrigley Field, Uncommon Ground serves mostly organic and local fare. Their other location on West Devon Avenue has a rooftop organic garden where kids can take classes on urban agriculture.

Brasserie Jo
59 W. Hubbard St.

This French restaurant serves delicious food, while remaining unpretentious (often an oxymoron!). Instead of the usual crayons kids are given an Etch A Sketch to play with that has a cute menu attached. They often do crepe-making parties and special desserts for kids.
25 E. Delaware Pl.

With a new Gold Coast location, Feast is the perfect place for a neighborhood lunch. Accommodating of kids and big strollers, this place can turn into an addiction. It opens at 7:30AM so it’s also ideal for breakfast.
800 N. Michigan Ave., Seventh Floor, Park Hyatt Chicago

This restaurant in the Park Hyatt is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It serves delicious Asian-fusion cuisine and the terrace is surprisingly great for families.

Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights

August 15, 2016


Decades after the passage of the 1938 federal Fair Labor Standards Act, which excluded domestic workers and was mimicked by many states, Illinois has become the sixth state to pass a comprehensive Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the seventh state to extend rights to domestic workers, joining Massachusetts, California, New York, Oregon, Hawaii, and Connecticut. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 1288 into law last Friday, and it will take effect Jan. 1, 2017.

“This moment marks a great victory. Most importantly, we now we can come out of the shadows, to end injustice and abuse,” said Isabel Escobar, a housecleaner from Chicago and worker leader from Arise Chicago. “The struggle was long, but we won the most difficult part of the journey!”

“After many trips to Springfield to advocate for the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, I am so happy that domestic workers have been recognized under the law!” said Magdalena Zylinska, a housecleaner from Chicago and worker leader from Arise Chicago.

The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-8th District) in the Senate and Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-24th District) in the House, gives nannies, housecleaners, home care workers, and other domestic workers the same employment protections as workers in other industries by amending four state laws that currently exclude them. This includes the Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Human Rights Act, the One Day of Rest in Seven Act, and the Wages of Women and Minors Act.

The new law will ensure that all domestic workers receive the state minimum wage, protection against sexual harassment, as well as a day of rest for workers employed by one employer for at least 20 hours a week.

The Importance of Play

March 9, 2016











According to Psychology Today, Children who aren’t exposed to free play have a higher levels of depression and anxiety.

Free Play. Everyday. Play Matters. Put down the smart phones. Log off the computers. Get outside and have some good old fashioned fun.     Ask your caregiver how much play and un



June 15, 2015








Dear Nannies and Caregivers,

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  • Teach at preschools, camps, birthday parties, while babysitting, & more.
  • Fit and healthy families will be more likely to hire fit and nannies.
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To learn more or sign-up click here.  
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Enter Win a Family Getaway from Pediped and Disney

March 3, 2015

In celebration of the all new movie “Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”, our friends at pediped Footwear and Disney invites you to enter for a chance to win a Funjet Vacations family trip for four to San Diego.

Enter by visiting between now and March 31, 2015.

The prize from Funjet Vacations includes airfare and a four night stay at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in sunny San Diego plus a $200 Visa gift card!

Our favorite children’s shoe pediped® will celebrate the launch of its Spring/Summer 2015 Collection throughout the promotion that includes the beach-friendly and water-safe Adventure Line. The Adventure Line is available at and retails at $49. Over 20 different styles are offered for both girls and boys in sizes EU 20-36 (US kids 4 – Youth 4.5).

About the promotion
No purchase is required to enter. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. EST on February 15, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2015. For official rules and to enter, go Void where prohibited.










Shop Like A Chef, Launder Like A Laundress

February 23, 2015



New York Nannies, House Managers, Family Assistants and Personal Chefs are always on the look-out for great city resources – here’s a really good one.

Since the opening of its first storefront in the 1980s, Gourmet Garage has allowed New Yorkers to “Shop Like a Chef.” Now in February of 2015, they are inviting customers to launder like a Laundress! The grocer-extrodinares are now offering a curated selection of  The Laundress laundry detergents, fabric care, and home cleaning products at their Soho, Upper East Side, and Greenwich Village locations.

Happy Shopping! Your welcome.