For at least the past six years I have cared for my friend's children who are now ages 15 and 17. These are both wonderful girls. Their parents traveled once each year internationally and their girls were left in my care for the 5 to 7 days they were gone. I cared for them as though they were my own. And through them, I met and cared for three girls, ages 5, 8 and 10 --- now 9, 12 and 14. I cared for these children while their parents traveled. In all three instances, I took care of every aspect of their days. I awakened them, made them breakfast, made sure they were dressed properly for school, drove them to school and/or bus stop, drove them to activities, took them to church, to dinner, to parties of friends and everything else involved in caring for their needs .... Laundry, ironing, meal preparation, grocery shopping, etc.
I also took care of a family of 4 children during the spring and summer of 2006. These are the Irvines. They have three girls and one boy. The girls were ages 5, 10 and 12; the boy was 8. I lived in the house with the children and their divorced mother, Susan Irvine. I awoke with the children, made breakfast, dressed them for school, took them to the bus and drove the youngest to school. I was responsible for almost every aspect of their lives from grocery shopping, preparing meals, doing laundry, taking them to activities, helping with homework and projects and making sure all school work was completed well and on a timely basis. I loved being with them, and I do believe they felt the same way.