I have a Master’s Degree in Pediatric Nursing, am CPR certified, and teach nutrition health at Webster University to dance students. I am the eldest of 9 children, have 4 amazing children who are adults (3 of whom have returned to live in St. Louis), and am blessed with 3 grandchildren “one on the way” (due in August).
I am 60 years old and wanting to change gears from being out in the professional world to being at home with children again. I play the drum and enjoy art and singing. I am very flexible, organized and task oriented. I love the outdoors rain, snow, or shine. I am a runner and have a daily yoga practice. One of the greatest blessings in my life is having children and playing, learning, and problem solving with them- watching them unfold and grow into who they are meant to be. Now, I get to do this with my grandchildren. I would like to be able to bring 2 of my grandchildren with me 1 or 2 days per week (toddler and infant) after I establish a relationship and routine with your child/children.
My care style is child directed. I am attentive, playful, stimulating, and calming depending on the child’s needs. Examples of mental and physical stimulation I would provide would be driven by developmental readiness and individual child needs such as the following:
Babies: sensory activities, lots of holding, talking to, singing to, hand and foot play, laughing, smiling, and early reading routines
Toddlers: shapes, colors, gross motor play, fine motor play, word play, early number concepts, reading routines, singing
Preschoolers: shapes, colors, numbers, alphabet, word play, rhyme, gross motor play, fine motor play, reading routines, singing
School Age: games, sports, bike riding, reading, signing, drumming, yoga
I believe that calming activities are a necessary complement to stimulation, therefore, I would consistently provide regular and periodic calming and self-soothing activities such as: quiet reading, holding, lap sitting, soft singing, art play, yoga, and time talking.
Outdoor time is important, and I would provide your child/children with outdoor play, walks, etc rain or shine.
I find it valuable to do activities of daily living with children of all ages such as: making meals, cleaning, laundry, and yard work. This is an important part of a child’s growth as a responsible family and community member and offer many opportunities for teaching/learning. I would be willing to do light housework while watching your child/children.
I support children’s healthy sense of self with re-directing behaviors as needed. I use kind, firm, consistent boundaries. I delight in children of all ages and enjoy reflecting back to them their goodness and the blessing that they are.
My fee is $900/week for 1 child, $1200/week for 2 children. I am capable of caring for a special needs child.