I attended a Nanny & Governess School. Yes; I chose "Certified Professional Nanny" as my career! I've been working for over ten years for a family here, with whom I was matched through the school.
My first day on the job started at nine in the morning and went something like this: "Hi! This is [boy's name]. I'm sorry, but I'm on my way out the door--I have a golf outing today. Um, here's my cell phone number if you need it... The keys to the minivan, and... I should be home around eight? I think? I'll see you later! HAVE FUN!" We made it. We've been happy together since that fateful July morning!
I am in charge of the boys' (ages five and nine) food (nutritional shopping and cooking), clothes (shopping and donating), appointments (MD, DDS, parent/teacher conferences), extra-curricular activities, discipline, and schedule (daily, and long-term).
I'm not looking to replace this family, or to leave this job. "My" boys are simply growing up and are attending school full time. My pay was recently changed from salary to hourly, and I am now looking for something to supplement my income!
I've been babysitting for 15+ years, and am very good at what I do. I'm capable of handling any situation that might arise, and handling it with tact!
I've been covered in mud in this job (can't be afraid to get dirty--especially when it's fun for the three year old), and I've also traveled the world via private jet. I've made small talk with the captain of an International cruise ship, while my boss' family hosted a dinner for the "Who's Who" in our Penthouse Suite, while discreetly changing a diaper and blocking incoming Matchbox cars! (It sounds almost funny, now!)
The point is: I've done this. I'm comfortable. You aren't going to have to teach me how to pack a diaper bag or schedule a playdate.
I'll be happy to learn your preferences and your schedule, but I can figure it out, if you haven't the time!