My care giving style involves tailoring my care to fit the unique needs of each child by giving them the help, support and encouragement as I observe they need. I foster confidence and the feeling of accomplishment in children by positive reinforcement of good behavior. Children are comfortable with me and consider me non threatening because I use entertainment and distraction, make them feel appreciated and that I am a friend who can relate to them on their level.
I work to acknowledge each child's feelings, needs and thoughts, treating them with the same respect I would give an adult. I explain what I see and do so they feel included in everyday events: ask their help on tasks and thank them. I don't over use warnings or worried disappointed looks, so when I say something is dangerous or can’t be done, it is accepted as true.
I believe children’s anger or mischievous behavior is not simply “to get attention” but a cry to be understood. A quick “no” will not solve bad behavior with the same effectiveness as an explanation of why it is dangerous or inappropriate.
I consider my time with a family to be a team effort. I will care for the child but keep the parents informed of the activities and techniques that are needed or I have used and are working so that their family life is drama free when they come home to their precious children.
• Love children
• Able to play and interact with several children at once in home and party situations.
• Fit learning into any game, enabling the child to learn without feeling stress or resistance.
• Assist with homework. Use repetition to help the child retain information.
• Direct all attention to the child and make them feel important, cared for and understood.
• Implement parent’s rules and care techniques but am open enough with parents to express if something no longer fits the child's development.
• Act as parent’s eyes for problems that arise.
• Distract, play, and care for the child’s happiness and health, with the awareness that it is the parent whom the child is bravely waiting for to return each day.
• Cleaning as I go, leaving no trail.
• Cooking quickly and efficiently healthy meals for the child, or if needed the whole family.
CHILD CARE WORK
1971-1991 Twelve years older than sister and six years older than my brother, I assisted my mother with caring for them from infancy to college age.
Responsibilities included :
• Baby sitting, playing, feeding, diaper changing, organizing and creating theme parties and games, creating art projects, sewing costumes, writing, directing and performing full length plays for the family . Our playtime lead my siblings to chose to participate in theater as adults.
1991 New born care to twin girls: Aunt’s children: Acted as full time mother’s helper for first four months of their life.
• Diaper changing, play time, feeding, bathing.
2001- 2013 Brother’s son: new born - to current age of twelve
• Responsible for infant care: diaper, feeding, play and interaction toddler care: inventing games and art projects, young adult care following and teaching on out door equipment like swings, slide, first bike, first skateboard and handball.
• 2006-2013 Husband’s niece and nephew from infancy - six years :
preparation of food, inventing games,
creating art projects,
use of every day items to build imagination. .
Parents had English as a second language and I supplied the English speaking and teaching to the children as they reached school age.
Tutored using play to teach preschool education ABC and mathematics, reading, writing and spelling. Four days a week three to four hours a day. I was asked to help, and I made it a regular event
• 2003-2013 Husband’s niece and nephew.
Tutored young girl from age of six to seventeen. The family had English as a second language:
Responsibilities :Helped with home work, assisted with study aids, taught organization skills, helped with writing of school reports, and assisted in writing acceptance essays for colleges one of which the young girl is now attending.
• 2012 Husband’s newborn nephew put in hospital for high fever. Family had English as second language and I was chosen by family to remain with child and mother overnight in hospital because of my child care skills and because I am calm during stressful situations. Responsibilities in the hospital included:
watching the baby and monitoring IV drips, speaking to the nurses regarding care, taking detailed notes of tests done, so there would be no repetitions or error, questioning and communicating with each doctor to insure the child got the best care. Thirty six hour watch of mother and child, caring for child’s needs so mother could sleep.
• 1991-2013 Party planner and organizer of holiday and birthday parties for my large family of over eighty adults and children.
Reponsibilities: Planning, organizing and throwing the parties and cooking all the food. Specialized in preparing games, activities, music, and crafts exclusively for the care, and entertainment of over twenty toddlers to teenagers guests. Directed the group of children into learning songs and performing for the group. Brought age appropriate toys and games to entertain and occupy the children while the parents visited. At each party I had children gathered around me as I entertained and watched over them.
• I also always like to give the children in my family birthday parties with themes created by me including for example: twenty six year old girls on a scavenger hunt though the house: Creating clues for a mystery adventure with secret messages, treasure with gift bags. During parties I stayed with the children, managed and entertained them.