Who Am I?
Larissa Neilson holds degrees in Business Administration and Law. She is an author, Infant/Toddler specialist, CEO and founder of Riesers™ Inc.While working as a nanny, she discovered the work of Dr. Emmi Pikler through Magda Gerber’s RIE® (Resources for Infant Educarers) and became an Infant Care Specialist. She began her formal training at the RIE® Center in Los Angeles in 2006. In 2016 she studied the Pikler® Pedagogy under the tutelage of Anna Tardos at the Pikler® House in Budapest, Hungary. Her passion for infants took her to author "The LA Nanny Book", a comprehensive guide that includes practical information from resume writing and interviewing to establishing harmonious relationships with employers and co-workers. The second part of the book presents the Educaring® Approach principles. She has been a presenter at various national conferences, including National Nanny Training Day, International Nanny Association INA as well as at the Annual RIE® Conference. She has traveled to Mexico, Peru and China to introduce the RIE® and Pikler education.
What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most?
Before learning about RIE®, the word “respect” didn’t have the meaning that it has for me today.
Respect has become a way of living for me, sort of my lifestyle. It’s never too early or too late to start treating others with the respect they deserve.
Observation is another great thing that RIE® has taught me, this is a powerful skill! To observe without judgement or assumption. I’ve learned so much about infancy by just watching babies unfold at their own pace.
What are you most grateful for?
In no particular order: my family, my daughter, my friends, my health, the children and parents whom I get to work with and God.
What is one thing you do for yourself? Or, what is one thing you would like to do for yourself?
It’s actually three things: eating healthy, exercising regularly, and keeping a positive mindset at all times.
If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?
“Everything is possible.”
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Little Prince.
What teacher inspired you the most? How?
I would have to say “teachers”: Jesus, my parents, pastors, and friends. All have greatly inspired me. However, on a daily basis, the children whom I care for are my best teachers, for they are kind and pure, and (most importantly) they believe that everything is possible!
What three words best describe you?
Kind, loving, and funny.
What is the best question anyone has asked you?
No one has asked me a question so remarkable yet.