My personality: mature, fun-loving, creative, positive, encouraging, balanced individual. I began babysitting in middle school. Then I started "nannying" in high school, once I had a car, for a couple who were both lawyers. I would pick the baby and pre-schooler up from their childcare & school and do whatever tasks were on the refrigerator that day. Ex: take them grocery shopping with a list they had provided, pick up dry cleaning, do some laundry, cook them dinner, play games, sing songs, do crafts, give them a bath, read books, put them to bed, etc. I absolutely loved it. I felt like a little mom. In college I babysat for extra money, one summer I was a summer missionary, and every week was different. I did countless Vacation Bible Schools for various churches, Backyard Bible camps, Creative Ministry camps (taught dance, acting, singing, etc), sports camps, music camps, worked in nurseries at church. I pretty much took care of hundreds of children that summer from the ages of birth-8th grade. My master's degree is in Christian Education. I've been a youth minister for middle- high schoolers and worked with college ministry. Through out graduate school I nannied for about 4 or 5 families regularly. They each had different days/times they needed me. It just worked out. Some days I would go to 3 different houses for the couple of hours they needed me. The ages of the children ranged from a couple months old-8th grade. Sometimes one of the family's parents would take trips and I would stay at their house and take care of the kids for a few days while they were away. My approach is to make everything fun and enjoyable, even if it's teaching them how to pick up their toys or wash a dish they ate on. There should always be time for play and being silly and creativity. But, also teach them that having (age appropriate) responsibilities help them to grow daily. I wouldn't say I'm stern, but children tend to respect me and react well when I need to bring to their attention that something they did wasn't a good decision. I do it with love and with the message that I am very proud of the person they are.