Experience 2 years nanny 10+ years babysitting
Skills Drivers License Car Swim
Can care for Twins/Multiples
Availability Start Date Is Flexible
Position duration No Preference, Temporary / Summer
Would prefer to Live-out
Preferred states OK
I’m a nanny because I think nannying is one of the most rewarding jobs out there. I view nannying much like I view teaching, it is so important to invest in the lives of children, as they are the future. I have found that more often than not, I end up learning far more from kids than they learn from me. I think it's completely exciting coming up with different ways to cater to each individual child's needs. In college, I had planned on being a teacher. I ended up getting a degree in history, but what I took away from education classes was invaluable information: No two children are the same. Therefore, no two children behave the same, look the same (unless they are identical twins), speak the same, or learn the same. Over the years, I have loved the challenge of getting to know each child as an individual and learning the best possible ways to communicate and interact with them. I don't think there is such thing as a "bad" child. Sure, I think some children are more challenging than others, but that's just more of a reason to dive in to getting to know them and understanding what fuels their behavior. It is only after that understanding that you are able to come up with the most effective way to engage with the child, and build his or her trust in you to the point that they are receptive to what you have to say. I love the relationship that develops between children and their nanny, as well. Growing up with younger siblings was so fun, and nannying often feels like an older sibling-type relationship, which adds so much value to life. Overall, I think it's safe to say that I would love to nanny again because I don't view it as a "job", I view it as an opportunity and a blessing.
My past childcare experience There are four children in my family, and I'm the oldest by 8 & 12 years, so I have been caring for children since I was about 8 years old. I have had countless babysitting jobs throughout my life. My father is a pastor, so most of the families I babysat for came from the church. I was a sitter mostly on weekends throughout high school, and had jobs at least one weekend day most every weekend. I watched kids who ranged in age from infant to 12 or 13 years old. The most challenging babysitting job I ever took on was for a small group in the church, which consistently had about 20 children for three hours every Thursday night. I recruited help for that one. :) More recently, I nannied for a family for two years in college. I picked their 8 year old up from school every day, and made sure homework was completed and household chores were caught up before his parents got home from work. I enjoyed my time with this family very much, as it taught me a lot about patience and taught me how to effectively communicate and engage with a child with autism. I continue to babysit on occasion, but would like something more consistent, such as a nannying position. I enjoyed my time nannying college so much that I would love to have another opportunity to!
Level of education College Degree