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Our Nanny Granny is supportive, caring and flexible. We don't have grandparents close, so it's nice to have support nearby to call upon. I also love seeing our daughter interact and care for someone the way she would a grandparent.
Katherine
Brighton | 2 children

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Post-COVID possibilities

How to capitalise on the post-COVID world, with NannyGranny’s resident psychologist. For many, the COVID years may have been synonymous with stress, but if you can take some time to reflect and revaluate, you might craft an even better life than pre-pandemic. As challenging as many of us found the last few years living through a pandemic, psychologists say that in some ways, it actually created the perfect conditions for reflection and re-evaluation of what we want our lives to look like. “Big traumatic events like COVID often present the opportunity and conditions needed for growth and change,” says NannyGranny co-founder Warren Kilburn, a Melbourne psychologist who has spent the past few years on the “mental health frontline” of the pandemic. "As we start to settle into this ‘post-COVID’ era, if we haven’t already, we now have the opportunity to create the time and space for reflection. We have the benefit of some distance and perspective, which enables us to see things more clearly and consider how we can choose to move forward, perhaps differently, to improve our lives.” That was certainly the case for Rachel Broughton, who quit her once-loved secondary school teaching job to launch a business, Baby and Mumma Gifts. “After working from home through all of Victoria’s lockdowns, I had a little taste of what it might be like working from home under different circumstances,” she says. “Upon returning to the classroom, I realised I didn’t want this life anymore, I wanted freedom and flexibility that I just couldn’t get. So I quit my job, started my own business and started working around my children and their schedules.” Similarly, Gippsland photographer Belle Chapman found a new calling during COVID lockdowns – photographing people who have been diagnosed with cancer before they start treatment. “I run a family photography business and when COVID hit, I had to close my business due to lockdowns. I had extra time on my hands and needed something to keep my mind occupied, so I set up my charity where I provide free family photography to families facing a cancer diagnosis,” she says. Now that lockdowns are hopefully behind us, Chapman is more motivated than ever to continue her charity side-hustle. “I learnt how quickly something like cancer can change your life and it’s made me more determined to build my business big so I can help more people,” she says. Warren says that for a lot of people like Rachel and Belle, there’s a sense of newfound optimism. “People are saying, ‘I’m excited about the future – I’ve been locked up and now I’m out to build something or get some more joy or purpose,” he says. But for all of the people charging into 2023 ready to start fresh, Warren says there’s an equal number who are still reeling from the past few years and struggling to adjust to the new normal, whether that’s due to mental health challenges, financial stress or relationship fallout. “Many people are still experiencing the impacts of COVID and may be struggling to effectively transition from ‘pandemic mode’ to ‘post-pandemic mode’,” Warren says. “Protracted traumatic experiences run the risk of creating long-term behavioural change because the person experiencing the ‘trauma’ stays in a high-adrenalin ‘survival’ mode for extended periods, resulting in reinforced habits, which can be challenging to undo.” A time for reflection Whether you’re feeling pumped or fearful about the future, Warren says we’d all benefit from taking time to consider what we want more of in our lives, and what we need less of. He suggests we all grab a pen and paper and ponder: What did I learn? What did I find hardest? What was surprising? What did I do to survive that I no longer need to do? What will I leave behind? What will I take forward to create something new, for myself, my family or my community? Can you take any meaningful insights to set some new goals? “Consider where you want to be or what you might strive towards,” Warren suggests. “Most of our sense of fulfillment comes from the pursuit of meaningful goals and betterment. That sense of striving gives us lots of feel good brain chemicals.” For Rachel, she’s discovered that taking risks can be “amazing”. “Don’t shy away from taking risks,” she says. “The biggest take-away from [these years] is that we should not settle. We should not stay in a job we find stressful or unfulfilling. There are opportunities everywhere and if you are hungry to try something new, just try it!”
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The trouble with being so busy

Economists in the 1930's predicted that with rapidly advancing technology, by now we'd only be working three hour days.In fact, their concern was what we would do with so much idle time on our hands. (Ha!)Well that's certainly not how the history cookie crumbled, and while we statistically have more leisure time than past generations (thanks to things like dishwasher, vacuum cleaners and hire help), many of us still feel like we're drowning in life busy-ness.So how can we stop ourselves being at the mercy of an insurmountale to-do list and better manage our time so we've got more of it, for the things that truly matter?1. Focus on your best 20 percentThe 80/20 philosophy suggest that 20 percent of our work drives 80 percent of our outcomes. It's called the Pareto Principle. So if you're feeling bogged down by the daily grind, can you try identifying - and prioritising - the 20 percenters that yield your greatest results?"It's very easy to confuse activity with productivity", says Tim Ferriss, author of the Four Hour Work Week."We all have the same amount of time... each day, whether you are President Obama or Richard Branson or you yourself. It's how you allocate that time that determines what your life looks like."Taking advantage of modern technology can really help with outsourcing your most loathed and necessary tasks. Whether it's hiring someone on Airtasker to clean out your pantry or laundry, getting a meal-delivery service to take care of dinners, or using NannyGranny to know your kids are well taken care of while you smash out some tasks, there are so many great tools for streamlining your life and freeing up time for things that make you happy (or make you money).2. Buy out of busy-nessWhen asked how we are, most of us can admit to an exascerbated "so busy!" response, but experts say that talking about being busy often perpetuates the problem.What we tell ourselves about our reality can easily become our reality so if we all keep thinking about how busy we are, it's easy to get stuck in a busy 'spin' cycle.So if you're feeling overwhelmed by what you need to get done, take a few deep, centring breaths, then revisit your to-do list with a sense of practicality about the 20 percenters that will truly propel you forward."There's such value in planning and actually knowing that you're able to spend your energy wisely over time and stay focused on the things that are a priority for you, because when we get distracted, we get overwhelmed," says executive coach, Lyndall Mitchell, author of Chaos to Calm: Take Control with Confidence."When you've put some preparation in, you're less likely to feel overwhelmed and start in that frenzied state."3. Do one thing at a timeWhere possible, try to block your time for specific tasks, rather than trying to multi-task emails while your toddler is tugging at your hem."Multi-tasking is what makes us feel pressed for time," says Elizabeth Dunn, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada."No matter what people are doing, people feel better when they are focused on that activity."4. Be realistic (and kind to yourself!)Sure, we'd all love to fit in an hour of exercise, quality time with the kids, a productive day at work and an organic, home-cooked meal each night, but there are only so many hours in the day.Realistically work out what you can pull off in a day and dial your to-do list back to something truly achieveable, leaving you with a sense of control."When you remove what's not essential, you are making time for what really matters," says human behaviour expert Gustavo Razzetti.See if you can shift your productivity approach from doing everything to doing fewer things, better. Being busy is not a badge of honour.
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How to entertain kids at home

Keeping kids occupied, particularly during the cooler months, can be a challenge. It can be tempting to switch on the television or pass them the iPad. But with a bit of creativity and organisation, you can be armed with a range of activities that not only keep them entertained, but help to learn, develop motor skills and improve communication, too. Here are some great tips to entertain kids at home without blowing the budget. Make play-doh This will keep the little ones entertained for ages. First, get them involved in making the play-doh as it will give them an easy introduction to kitchen-based skills. You will need: Two to three drops of food colouring One cup of cold water One cup of salt One tablespoon of oil Two cups of plain flour Get mixing  Place the plain flour and salt in a bowl, mix using hands or a large wooden spoon. Encourage the kids to play their part Stir in the water, oil and food colouring and mix again Take the mixture out of the bowl and knead on a flour-covered bench-top or breadboard Encourage the children to get creative with their play. Use cookie cutters to make shapes or a blunt plastic knife to cut the dough into numbers and letters. When you’re done, be sure to place the play-doh in a sealed plastic container so it’s ready for next time. Mindful glitter jars Playtime is often about using excess energy and imagination, but at other times it’s great to tackle an activity that gives children the opportunity to slow down and practice mindfulness. To make mindful glitter jars, simply source old screw-top jars and help the kids add water and glitter. Once you’ve made them, sit together and explain the ways the glass jar is like our minds. Shake the jar vigorously and show them that this is what our minds are like when we’re busy, active and playing. Then, place the jars on a table and watch the flecks of glitter settle. This shows how our thoughts slow down when we’re still. Once all of the glitter is sitting at the bottom of the jar, the water is clear – just like our minds when we’re at rest. This is a chance to discuss the ways kids can learn to manage thoughts and emotions. Indoor bowling Ask each child to make their own bowling ball by scrunching up a few pieces of newspaper and securing it in a ball with sticky tape. Take 10 plastic cups or containers from the kitchen and set them up as pins at one end of the room or hallway. Each child will take turns rolling their ball down the hall to knock over as many pins as they can. Encourage older children to keep their score and add up their own total. After five rounds, calculate who has knocked over the most pins. The teddy bear number game For this game you’ll need 10 pieces of paper, coloured pencils, scissors, and 10 stuffed toys. First, place a number – from one to 10 – on each piece of paper. Draw the outline in a bubble shape. The children are then encouraged to decorate or colour in each number. Once they’ve completed their numbers, cut them out and stick each one to the stuffed toy’s stomach using sticky tape. Ask the children to close their eyes, count to 30 while you hide each numbered toy in different rooms of the house. When you’re ready, shout: “Go find them!” The kids are encouraged to run around to find all 10 toys and line up each one in a row, from one to 10.
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