I've been surrounded by infants, toddlers, and young adults for what feels like my entire life. I am the oldest of 5 in my immediate family, so I've helped raise most of my siblings from infant-hood and up.
I've also held positions where I've cared for children ages 8 years old to 18 years old:
1. I worked at an all girls' summer camp in Sweden, Maine for three summers. The summers of 06, 07, and 09. I was a trip leader that led groups of young girls (ages 8-14) on hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and recreational trips around New England. My responsibilities included organizing all aspects of the trips, safety of the campers during the trips (which ranged from 1-7 days), and teaching them wilderness ethics (leave no trace, etc).
2. I have also spent 2 years (2010 and 2011) working in a Therapy program based out of North Georgia. I spent time working with at-risk youth, teaching them the basics of life: respect in themselves and others, how to communicate assertively, how to cope with stress in healthy ways, how to live in the moment, etc. This was a life-changing experience for me, as I witnessed many students make some powerful and positive changes in their lives. The students ranged in ages from 10 to 18 years old. I worked with both boys and girls.
3. I'm also a Mommy. I have a beautiful 2 year old, named Benson, whom I've been raising at home since birth. I've been his primary caregiver since he was born and I truly love being a Mom. As you can imagine, this brings a wealth of experience when it comes to caring for young infants.
4. I have also spent the last year working as a live-in nanny for a great family in Littleton. I cared for their two boys, ages 11 and 13, and took care of everything pertaining to the boys (laundry, tutoring with school, extra-curricular activities, house cleaning, etc).