My experience begins with being the eldest of three daughters by four years, transitioned when I was 12 following completion of the Red Cross babysitting course, and evolved into nannying the summer of 2000. Over the years, I’ve been incorporated into the day-to-day lives of 15 lil’ones & kiddos, ranging from 3mo thru 11yrs old, and a few dozen others for random days & date nights. The positions have predominantly been live-out for families of 1-3 children, occasionally including those of family friends. Frequently working a flex schedule that adapts to the families’ needs, spanning 5-45 hrs/wk, I’ve been sourced for day, night & overnight care.
I believe in compassionate communication thru genuine listening, affirmations, guiding questions & honesty; providing enriching & playfully education experiences; respecting the family’s approach to nurturing, scheduling & discipline; and facilitating cultivation of life skills.
There is much chatter exchanged between the children and me about experiences/feelings, hows/whys, and silliness. We flow between freeform/structured play, amplified/mellow energy levels, and social/self-dynamics, in alignment with age & development appropriateness. Accordingly, ABCs, 123s, colors, shapes & textures; learning to draw, write, read & calculate; and middle school level curriculum are woven throughout our moments shared.
Play includes practicing movement skills (sit up, crawl, stand up, walk, coordination, dance/yoga inspired moves, ride a bicycle, etc), story time, singing & musical instruments, crafting, board & card games, science experiments, impromptu performances, nature walks, picnics, and adventures (parks, libraries, museums, etc). Food prep, tidying, baths, nap/bedtime, and negotiable domestic tasks (either eco/conventional approach) are integrated amidst the play.
I am certified in CPR/1st aid (8/10, renewing 5/12), Karma Kids Yoga (1/07) & as a hatha/vinyasa yoga teacher (8/08) and have taught dance classes for all ages.
Although I do not own a car, I am an experienced, safe driver with a valid license & clean record. Personally, I commute by walking, bicycle, or bus and have consistently been able to transport myself on time throughout Jax.