Since I was in junior high school, I have been babysitting for neighbors, family friends, and other families I met along the way, some of which were weekly engagements and others that were by an on-call basis. While in high school and college, I spent a majority of my summers babysitting and nannying, often filling my schedule with various childcare engagements five to seven times per week.
I am a very fun-loving and outgoing babysitter, I am a natural with kids, and I have lots of experience. I've always gone with the flow depending on an individual family's needs and I am completely at ease with a spontaneous plan. In my past childcare experiences, I've enjoyed planning different activities, such as arts and crafts projects, playing outdoors, board games, reading stories, baking cookies, swimming, preparing meals, bathing and preparing children for bedtime, or even going on various outings like to the bookstore or hanging out at a neighborhood playground. I have provided transportation for children to and from camps, birthday parties, and nursery schools. Furthermore, I am a trained singer and piano player and love sharing music with kids. I currently have a full private practice of students who I teach private lessons to starting at 3 pm into the later evening on weekdays and on the weekends, but my schedule is very flexible in the mornings and early afternoons Monday through Friday.
I believe it's really great to keep the scenery changing and to constantly provide the opportunity for new experiences or growth. Even so, I try to follow a child's individual rhythm and gauge when more relaxing, downtime is necessary. Furthermore, I am bright, college-educated (I graduated with honors from the University of Southern California), and I come from a wonderfully supportive family. Consequently, I am well acquainted with what is a loving and caring home environment that values a child's ideas, insights, and creativity. And I would be thrilled to share this perspective with the children I care for.