Who is Jessie Buttons?
They call me Jessie Buttons because when I was very young,
on the day of my little sister's christening, I shoved a button
up my nose!
I had to be taken to Accident and Emergency to have
it removed. Yep, I was one of those kids! Always up to
something. I was unpredictable and at times hard to
handle. I dreamed big and never stopped talking. I wanted
to try everything and go everywhere. I started new projects that never got completed and had a new big idea every second day.
Luckily for me, I had parents who understood who I was. I felt valued and safe to be my bubbly, unstructured self, which gave me the self confidence to trust my instincts and follow my dreams.
I was always fascinated by people, and from a young age I knew my career would revolve around children and families.
I have worked with children for over 20 years, both as a registered teacher and a high profile Nanny. I have assisted families in London, New York, Los Angeles, Russia, Indonesia, Sydney, the Gold Coast and of course here in New Zealand. I have also used my knowledge in many educational services worldwide, including the management of a Montessori Preschool in Australia.
Upon returning home to New Zealand I naturally started helping friends and families with their children's behaviour. This came easily to me as I had spent many years with different families observing different ways of parenting, some where the child was supported and some where the child was unintentionally wounded. Word spread quickly that my strategies were effective and it wasn't long before my passion became my profession.
People started calling me the NZ Super Nanny, and that title became a reality.
My mission is to educate parents on who children really are, and why they behave the way they do. I want to pass on the knowledge I have gained through my own experiences, in order to create harmony in the homes of New Zealand and beyond.
Children's behaviour is a reflection of how they feel about themselves and what they need. And, parents have the power to change their behaviour simply by changing their own.
I have created a framework to equip parents with practical solutions to better manage their children's behaviour.
After researching historical theories on why humans behave the way they do, and what children need to thrive, I have created a program to equip parents with practical solutions to better manage their children's behaviour. The program is positive and respectful, reflecting the child's innate tendencies.
Called Harmony in the Home, this program starts by parents discovering the true nature of their child, either Social, Strong, Sensitive or Structured. This can be done by viewing
Harmony in the Home's Nature Profiling Summary and circling which tendencies stand out for each child. Generally speaking, each child leads with one dominant Nature and has a close second which we call their "second Nature". Please request the Summary here.
After finding the dominant nature of your child you will discover through this program that each of the four Natures have different needs. This method allows parents to view any behaviour from the perspective of the child who is trying to get those needs met.
The programme supports parents with different strategies and ideas on how to meet
those needs and respond appropriately to the behaviours they are seeing.
"What parents and educators must understand is that behaviour is need driven,
and recognizing those needs is a game changer when it comes to raising happy children who want to cooperate." - Jessie Buttons, the NZ Super Nanny