The MYNANAI Story
When COVID-19 became a pandemic, many of us found ourselves abruptly transitioned to working remotely. In case that wasn’t complicated enough, those of us with children also found ourselves without childcare juggling the responsibilities of work and family while also trying to make sense of a new normal and the need for a new routine.
The day before our new routine began, my wife and I staggered our schedules; we prepared meals and snacks galore and we laid out what seemed like a lifetime worth of puzzles, books and activities. We would wake up early and stay up late working. We would introduce fun lessons for our son to keep him engaged. Things were going to be okay come Monday.Read More
Tuesday was off to a similar start when, part way through breakfast, something magical happened. My mom FaceTimed and what had been a battle of wills regarding how much maple syrup was required to make oatmeal edible, became a fun chance to show just how much we could eat. Video-conference sessions filled with books being read, puppet shows, concerts and fun experiments suddenly became a go to distraction that bought us priceless pockets of time.
I told a few of my colleagues about the fun my son had been having with his grandparents (one of whom goes by Nanai). We joked about how we could offer it as a service and call it MyNanai. The next day a few people followed up and suggested we actually try to create something to help meet the demand of all of our children and their classmates around the country who were similarly housebound.
This is our effort to give everyone access to their own Nanai and a few brief breaks to handle outstanding tasks and to take a breather to restore energy and sanity – and also to connect our kids with real people on the other end of the screen. We’re throwing this together on the fly, so if you have ideas for things that would make it even better or if you’d like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you!
At the end of the day, we’re all in this together and this is just one small way that we thought we might be able to do our part to help our friends, our family, our colleagues and our customers. Stay safe…and stay sane.
how it works
- Use the form below to schedule time with MyNanai
- One of our team members will contact you to find out more about the activities you’re most interested in and what platform is easiest for you to connect with (e.g., FaceTime, Google Hangouts…)
- We’ll call you at the scheduled time and you can relax and take care of all the other things in life
It’s real, interactive time and it’s really that easy.
Note: All of our Nanais pass a formal background check
A Variety of Fun Activities
MyNanai fills the gap in your childcare schedule!
MyNanai will share games that kids can teach the rest of the family.
MyNanai can share a wide array of information regarding topics from history to math.
Show and Tell Time
MyNanai will put on a mini Show and Tell for your child and a few friends.
Fun Words Time
MyNanai will have poems and rhyming games.
BEYOND TV TIME
MyNanai is more than screen time. It’s a way to connect your child with one of our multi-skilled Nanais. Children are actively engaged and offered opportunities to learn and feel connected. Our goal is to do our part to help. Our team is available before and after every session to answer your questions and collect your feedback. Let’s work together and make the best of things.
MyNanai is just $5 / hour
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