I was the youngest of seven children. Although I had no youngest siblings, my mother did childcare in our home, giving me the experience of caring for children younger than myself. Most of my childcare experience sprouted from the families that I know from my church. I have cared for families with up to seven children, usually on nights and weekends. I also often watch my four nephews, ranging from age 3 to 7 years old. They can be quite a handful, but we have always worked and played well together. Most of my experience comes from a fantastic family with three children. I did part-time nanny work for a family of three adorable girls ranging from age 1 to 7 about two to three evenings a week. They were often the highlight of my week. Together we would make crafts, go to parks, play outside, sing, dance, and invite neighborhood children over to socialize. We always tried to find something creative and safe to do that didn't have to include electronics. I also worked on homework with two of the girls since one was in first grade and the other was currently enrolled in preschool. Together we worked on math flashcards, read books, completed chores, and had pick-up parties to help keep the house clean. No parent likes to come home to a messy house, which is why I helped prepare dinner, do the dishes, and helped the children clean up the messes we make. While occasional discipline was sometimes needed, I treat all children with respect, and in return I've found children respond with more love if you treat them with pure kindness. Recognizing that children are often most influenced by their peers and those they spend time with, I work to be a good role model for children and teach them good manners and values. I understand the importance of a trustworthy, responsible, and reliable childcare provider and have always worked to be the type of caregiver that I would want for my children.