Growing up I lived in a tight community with children growing up in every house. I started watching children as a young child myself around the age of 12, I was always considered mature for my age. At that point I was babysitting a wide age group of children. I would take them to the community pool or park, fix them food, play games, and most likely put them to bed and then return home when the parents came home. When I was 16 I started Lifeguarding, so I have experience in CPR and first aid as well, and with that job babysitting jobs and nanny jobs were brought to my attention more and more as the pool season ended. I picked up two babysitting jobs that year and was able to drive then too. I could pick the kids up from school and drive them to sport practices, and I did the regular things as well. When I was 17, I babysat two little girls for the summer and was asked to go overseas to France with the family so that they could have some days and nights alone. When I was 18, I was a live-in nanny for a man and his ex-wife, I basically was where ever his children were. While at his house I watched over 8, 11, and 14 year old girls and one 15 year old boy. I got everyone up in the morning, made breakfast, drove them to school if they missed the bus, danced in the car and sang music really loud, would go back and clean the house and do laundry, I was also able to work on some online classes for school at this time, I would go get the kids from school take them to friends houses/practices/doctors appt/mall etc., then we'd come home and I would make dinner for the whole family (dad wasn't always there because he travels for work), then we'd play family game/movie/book and we'd go to bed. When I went to the mothers it wasn't as intensive because the mother was home often and wanted to make the dinners and do things with the kids, so I mainly cleaned. I am very organized and like things put away, I tend to be a little OCD about cleanliness, so cleaning wasn't an issue for me. When I was a little over 20 I was a live-in/out nanny for a family of 11, there were 3 teen girls, 2 teen boys, 12 year old girl, and 10, 8, 6 year old boys. That was the most overwhelmed I've been with a job but I managed because the children began to become very helpful. I taught them to put things away, to separate their whites and colors, and to put their dishes in the dish washer. I've dealt with the flu, temper tantrums, homework, and teens sneaking out. I consider myself a nurturing, gracious, protective, reliable, trustworthy, fair, and polite person. I feel like that really shows in my work because all the kids I've ever watched adore me and are usually sad when I leave; and I also love kids in general and can't wait for my own.