I am dedicated caregiver, its something I am passionate about, something that comes naturally to me and gives me joy. After graduating from high school I joined a non profit organization and volunteered abroad working in environmental conservation for four months followed by another two months of backpacking through Central America. I was lucky enough to see all that we take for granted in our daily life and what the most important things in life really are, which is our family in the sense of community, connecting to people and loving them freely. I have experience with caring for infants and children of all ages. I had my first paid babysitting job at the age of 12 and have been babysitting ever since. Last year I worked as a live in nanny for two children, 4 and 6. My job included watching the children for 6+ hours a day, six days a week, taking them to appointments, play dates, sports, and school, cooking, cleaning, and any other requested work. It didn't feel like a job and I was able to adopt them as my family and am still in contact with the them. I also cared for the children during vacation time and while the parents were out of town. My driving record is clean, not even a parking ticket. I worked as a nanny for another family, watching two children (2 and 3) for 7 hours five days a week. I enjoy doing crafts with the children and helping them express their own unique creativity and personalities. I also like getting the children active by getting them outdoors and moving around, learning and using their imaginations. In between nanny jobs I have been a long term babysitter for several children. One young girl for five plus years, also watching for her while parents were on business trips. I am dedicated, responsible and understanding. I have studied child development and have a special interest in cognitive and behavioral studies. I am also interested in holistic living, and creating balance in mind, body, and spirit. Clean, organic, local, seasonal, plant-based foods are my specialty. Cooking healthy food that people enjoy and keeps them able to live a life free of sickness is essential. We cannot thrive without our health. I understand that it is not easy to choose someone to care for your children as there is nothing more precious or valuable. I would be honored to not only care for your children, help them grow, and find comfort, but become part of your extended family.