What?!

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Jules Winnfield, Pulp Fiction

I’d like to think of myself as an articulate person. I believe when I speak, my words ring clear as a bell. I use language that is easily comprehended by my charges (except when I slip in fancy words to help them increase their vocabulary). Why then do I spend so much of my day repeating myself, time after time, responding to, “What?” after “What?”? After seven years as a full-time nanny, compounding some seven million or more, “What?”s, I’ve come to the conclusion as to where they come from, and how to tame them. Read the rest of this entry »


Help Me Help Y’all

Respons-ability!

Many times when I’m with the kiddos, my primary concern is caring for them, doing things for them, keeping them distracted and happy. In my frantic frenzy to meet all of their needs, I can sometimes overstep and do too much for them. Most times it’s unintentional, but at times it is deliberate, as I know that I can clear the table/ pick up the living room/ or pick out the day’s outfit much more quickly and efficiently than the kiddos can. However, this doesn’t do the kiddos, their folks, or myself any favors in the long run. The old adage, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime,” holds true for kiddos as well. It is monumentally important for caregivers to pass on knowledge in the form of responsibility to young ones. Read the rest of this entry »


I Think We’re Alone Now

As much of a blessing as siblings are, there are times when children crave individual attention. I remember as a little girl I loved Tuesday and Thursday afternoons the years I was in PreK and Kindergarten. These days were much beloved because my mama would pick me up from school at 11:30 and we would have the afternoon alone, together. (My sister, Laurel was still in school, and my brother, Buddy was at Mother’s Day Out.) We’d go to lunch, then maybe a store or two, whatever I felt like. I loved having my mama all to myself just to talk to her (she is such a good listener), and to have special time that was just for us. Similarly I couldn’t wait for the annual Take Your Daughter To Work Day when I would get the whole day with my dad to myself, asking him questions, helping him with work, and of course lunching out in style, both dressed in our office clothes. I loved hearing about his job as a petroleum geologist. He is so smart and was very good at explaining things to me. Plus, before seismic computers, he filled in the geological maps by hand, shading the various layers in with map pencils, and would let me color some. (When Laurel was asked in a school questionnaire what our father did for a living, she answered, “He colors all day.” When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up on one such quiz I answered “geologist,” mostly because I really liked to color.) I loved the alone time with both of my folks. As the middle child it was a rare and wonderful opportunity to have each of them to myself. Read the rest of this entry »


Just Breathe

This next post includes nannying/parenting advice from a rather unlikely place (airline announcements), delivered however from a not unlikely source, but from a dear pal of mine, Happy, who, for a time was a nanny herself (In fact she cared for Doc and Rebel before they became my charges). 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 »


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 »