Supernanny Icon: Annie Braddock

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Although I made it clear in my inaugural post that this blog “ain’t no Nanny Diaries,” I can’t help but think of that book (by authors, and former NYC nannies, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus), and subsequent film (starring Scarlet Johanssen and Laura Linney) when deciding on my next Supernanny Icon, Annie Braddock. Read the rest of this entry »


One Year Anniversary!!!!!

Welp it’s been a full year of Y’all Behave, y’all! Thank y’all so much for reading, sharing, “liking”, and loving! This blog has been such an amazing creative outlet for me and is a daily affirmation that I absolutely love what I do and the people i do it for.

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Special thanks to the extremely supportive mamas of Boss Lady, Princess & Captain Awesome, El Fuego, Doc & Rebel, and Sassafras, who have been such cheerleaders and avid readers of the blog- your little characters are stars!

Thank you to my pals and kin who have been reading, commenting, taking the time to check out my posts. Very honored to say my folks read it every week!

Big THANK YOU to my Mr. Luke, who is not only a loyal reader but is always encouraging me to grow this blog, and always very supportive of my Supernanny career. I love you!

Last but certainly not least, Texas-sized THANK YOU to my brother, Bud who has been my blogmaster, editor, web designer, and idea soundboard from the very inception of Y’all Behave. You are such a thoughtful, talented, loving, helpful brother and I’m so thankful for all that you do!

Brother Bud: the brains of this operation:)

Brother Bud: the brains of this operation:)

I’ll keep the positivity and creativity coming at y’all! Now 80+ posts under my belt buckle, and the blog read in the Lone Star State and beyond(even internationally!)! Again, Thank y’all so much for reading my tips and tales! I’ll do my best to keep ’em comin’ and keep y’all smilin’!

Y’all Behave Now! Much Lovin’,

Miss Cheryl

Miss Cheryl & El Fuego!

Miss Cheryl & El Fuego!


The Tao of Ferdinand

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Being a Supernanny, it is safe to say that I do a fair amount of reading to the kiddos. Now in my seventh year of career nannying, I have read hundreds upon hundreds of different kiddo literature. Out the many books I have read, I do, in fact, have an absolute favorite: The Story of FERDINAND. Read the rest of this entry »


For My Mama

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When Mother’s Day rolls around I’m always struggling to find just the right card, just the right gift, just the right way to show my mama how much I love her and how much she means to me. This past year I’ve been noting, compiling, and reliving some of the countless ways she has made my life better, lessons she has taught me, and memories she has given me. I was worried about writing a post with such a specific purpose, my usual MO is writing posts as they occur to me. I was surprised and amazed at how, once I started writing about her, how quickly the words came to me. I only hope she loves reading this as much as I loved writing it. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s in My Bag?

Just as any executive has her briefcase, skilled worker has her toolbox, or doctor has her kit, so does every true Supernanny have her ubiquitous “nannying bag”. My “nannying bag” has taken many forms. I usually have to replace it every 8 months, as the weight of its contents destroys even the most heavy-duty satchel. My “nannying bag” is the Robin to my Batman, the Sundance to my Butch, the Louise to my Thelma! Without it I am unprepared, ill-equipped, and naked of necessities. Whether it’s providing personal property, emergency items, or portable entertainment, my “nannying bag” completes me! Besides my personal effects: wallet, sunglasses, etc. here’s what’s in my bag! Read the rest of this entry »


Nanny in Kiddoland

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I recently watched Alice in Wonderland for the millionth time, both the Disney animated version and the 1985 movie (featuring an all-star cast including Ringo Starr, Sammy Davis Jr., Shirley Winters, and Lloyd Bridges). This prompted me to break out the Lewis Carroll tome and delve deep into this most whimsical and wonder-filled tale. It occurred to me while watching both films, and subsequently reading the text, that Alice’s experiences in the strange land of Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass are not so unlike those of a nanny entering the world of kiddos. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Keep Your Supernanny

Ok y’all, so you roped yourself a Supernanny! Congratulations! Your kiddos will be in amazing hands when you can’t be there, they will always cherish their times and memories with her, and will be given more than ample attention and barrels of love. Your Supernanny will keep your kiddos happy, keep your household running smoothly, and be a source of support and love in your family’s life. Now how do you keep her in your kiddo corral? Simple, just treat her with the same respect, professionalism, and care as she gives you.

Here is some darn-tootin’ truth-tellin’ on how to keep your Supernanny! This post is one that I felt very compelled to write having seen so much of the material available all from the client’s point of view. When I was first thinking about writing this blog, several years ago, anytime I googled “nannying,” “appropriate pay for nannies,” “professionalism with nannies,” “how to treat your nanny,”etc. or conducted research about the nanny workplace, most of the information was skewed to a perspective not in the interest of the nannies. One particularly incensing article entitled How to Hire A Nanny Who Won’t Hit on Your Spouse, portrays nannies−not as reliable childcare and an extended family member (which they are)−and more like wanton women hell bent on destroying marriages. Look, it was Jude Law and that was 8 years ago! How long must true Supernannies be subjected to this stereotype? The lack of information available from the Supernanny’s P.O.V. is one of the many reasons I created Y’all Behave. I wanted to sprinkle in real, concrete, important information about how to treat your nanny—both professionally and personally—within all the fun and fancy of nannyhood itself. I think it’s important (and valid) for Supernannies to recognize their worth, and to choose and commit to families who value them as well. Read the rest of this entry »


How to Rope a Supernanny

One of the questions I am almost always asked when people hear what I do for a living is, “How do you find nannying positions? Do you go through a service or advertise?” The answer to both is no. I have met all of the families I have nannied through referrals, through friends and family, or through happenstance. In fact, I once met a future nannying client at the park when I saved her son from falling off a playscape. I know there are websites dedicated to helping place nannies with families (even nanny/mommy mixers!), and in my experience I would encourage meeting potential nannies through friends and family. The best way to snag a Supernanny is to, of course, be up front about hours you’re looking for, your expectations, and offer a competitive wage(Sad to say that in this article it seems Austin, Texas really skimps on its nannies-for shame, y’all!). Do your due diligence when researching appropriate pay for your nannies. Be sure to take education, years of experience, and cost of living in your specific city into account. Read the rest of this entry »


50/50

When it comes to math, Miss Cheryl is about as duped as a kiddo first trying to tie his/her shoes. However, there is one area of math in which I excelled: statistics. I made a good grade in my high school statistics class(due in large part, if not completely to my teacher, Dr. B), and went on to do well in my Psychology major Statistics class at Texas State. I think when math is the means to a cause an effect relationship end—something other than numbers—it’s easier for me to wrap my head around it. Read the rest of this entry »


What Can You Do?

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Kiddos’ bodies are still a mystery to them, capable of many surprises. The discovery and intrigue of their corporal containers leads the kiddos to many a revelation. I encourage them to view their bodies as vessels of endless ability! Read the rest of this entry »