2nd Annual Nannypalooza Milwaukee Recap

The 2nd Annual Nannypalooza Milwaukee at the Urban Ecology Center this past Saturday, September 17th was an unqualified success!  We gathered a great donation for Kids Matter, Inc. and experienced an incredible day of professional nanny development and camaraderie - thank you to all who participated!!

A very special thank you to our 5 amazing speakers:  Deborah McNelis, creator/owner of Braininsights, who gave an amazing presentation on early brain development;  Stephanie Theirl, childbirth educator and owner of Transformative Birth, who taught us how to reduce our (and our children's) exposure to toxic chemicals; Scott Theirl, DC, DACNB, FACFN, a board certified chiropractic neurologist and owner of Functional Restoration in Glendale, who taught us early warning signs to look for in young children; Marcia Hall, CPN (Certified Professional Nanny), INA (International Nanny Association) Nanny of the Year, Family Coach and the owner of Strong Roots Family Parenting who taught us how to decode children's behavior and respond appropriately and Angela Vogds, professional nanny, postpartum doula, newborn care specialist and the owner of Nurturing Newborn Care Solutions, who taught us the Happiest Baby on the Block principles.

Another very special thank you to our donors:  Cedarburg Toy Company, iPic, Schlitz Audubon and Arttrooper - please show your thanks by paying them a visit! 

Just like last year, the conference was a kick off to National Nanny Appreciation Week.  I hope that you all had a great NNRW - here's a special poem to celebrate all that you do!

"Although I'm not their mother, I care for them each day;
I cuddle, sing and read to them and watch them as they play.
I see each new accomplishment, I help them grow and learn.
I understand their language; I listen with concern.
They come to me for comfort and I kiss away their tears.
They proudly show their work to me - I give the loudest cheers!
No, I'm not their mother, but my role is just as strong.
I nurture them and keep them safe, though maybe not for long.
I know someday the time will come when we will have to part,
but I know each child I cared for is forever in my heart."
-Author Unknown

You can mark your calendars now for the 3rd Annual Nannypalooza Milwaukee on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 - we will celebrate at the end of National Nanny Recognition Week instead of kicking it off to avoid conflict with other area events.  Our third year's likely to be a charm - don't miss it!