When I was 12 years old I began working as a "mothers helper" with several of the younger neighborhood children. At 13 I began babysitting regularly for a wide variety of ages. When I was 15, I started nannying part time for a family. They had a 2 year old boy at the time and I watched him until he was 8. My responsibilities with this family were to first and foremost make sure the child was safe and all his needs met. I was also responsible for potty training him, keeping the house clean, feeding and walking the dogs, preparing meals, transporting the boy around town to his activities (swimming, tennis, piano, etc.), provide tutoring, accompany the family on vacations and care for the boy for a few consecutive days when the parents had to go out of town. I moved away from this family for college in 2007. In college, I was a full time nanny for a busy couple (trauma surgeon, corporate attorney) who had 2 children. There oldest was 6 when I began and 8 when I left. In December 2010 the couple had a second child. Other than the time the oldest was in school, I had both children, 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. I began watching the newborn for this amount of time when he was 8 weeks old. I was responsible for keeping the baby on a very strict (eat, play, sleep) schedule. Other than the normal things one does when caring for an infant (changing diapers, feeding, bathing, etc.) I was responsible for transitioning the infant onto purred and solid foods, doing the laundry, cleaning the home, caring for the dog, picking up the older child from school, taking him wherever he needed to be as far as after school activities went, helping him with homework, preparing meals, making grocery lists and sometimes going to the grocery store for the family, keeping the house organized and taking the children to the pool during the summer. Before the second child was born, I was also responsible for keeping the older child for up to a few weeks at a time when the parents would go out of town. Although it was not required, I also attended special events the children may have had (baptism, musicals, spelling bees, etc). Along with nannying, I babysit for a few families around town. The ages of these children ranges from 2-11.