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Nanny Interview Series: Chatting with our #notjustananny, Larissa

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  – Larissa -IMG_2650

 Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?

It was 2000 I had just arrived to Los Angeles, when a family friend was in need of a sitter so I helped them, then that family led me to my first formal job with a family that was following the RIE approach, the rest is history!

What experiences best prepared you for this career?

My background for sure, the way I was raised and the important things I learned from my parents as I was growing up. However I think nothing really prepares you to do the job itself. To enter the heart of a family to care for their most precious gift is incredible. There are challenges like personalities, life styles, moral compasses, relatives, and so on, to be a nanny is to be able to get along and to build a relationship with this family, their children and their relatives.

Going back to the position, I was already a mom when I started my first nanny job, so I guess that helped a little, but I feel that I learned more while doing the job. I was fortunate that the first family I worked for introduced me to Magda Gerber and the RIE approach, in fact because of that I decided to make my living as a nanny alone, not an actress/nanny or dance teacher/nanny or assistant/nanny or housekeeper/nanny, no, a nanny alone; because I understood early the importance of the person who is helping shape the entire life of a human being. It is very well known that the first 5 years will shape the next 80.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The adults that see children as “cute little things” that they can handle the way they please. Or adults that say “It’s just a baby he doesn’t understand yet”, etc. It is a challenge to be gracious enough to try and make these adults understand the opposite.

How would you define success in your current position?

I have always said that a nanny’s success it is not measured by how much money she makes or how much travel she’s done but by the impact she’s made on a child’s life. I can see today the fruits of the eight years dedication to the children I care for, they are the most compassionate, sensitive, thoughtful, giving, selfless human beings always thinking about others and about giving.

How would you explain to a parent that you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

For the last seventeen years in every interview, I had said to parents: “I won’t be here to entertain your child and change his diapers I am here to support a natural and healthy development of your child. I will treat your child with respect and I will let him know everything I am doing unto him before I do it.” Then I will explain to the parents about RIE and its principles, although they didn’t understand fully they did like the ideas, and once I was hired they were able to see the unfolding of their baby and were grateful and amazed.

  •  What are some of your best qualities that make you a great nanny and how does that explain you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

One is experience, two my education, I invested in Early Childhood Education. I have been practicing the Educaring ™ approach (RIE) for the last seventeen years. I have also participated in all kinds of parenting courses, last year I went to Budapest to the Pikler Institute to learn for 2 weeks about how to care for infants 0 to 3 years old. I am also current on the latest research about brain development during the first 5 years of life, through blogs, videos and research institutions. Three, I am patience, compassionate, gentle and I have a servant’s heart, I am passionate about serving and helping others. I am not just a nanny, I am educating the parents and the child while I work. How I treat the child he will later treat the world.

  • Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?

I have gone the extra mile many times when I had to put my family and personal life aside in order to accommodate schedules, trips, holidays for the family I was working for.

Nanny Interview Series: Chatting with our #notjustananny, Leslie

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Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?

When I was a little girl, all I dreamed about was caring for children in many forms as babysitter, auntie, mom and nanny. As time went on and my dreams unfolded into a beautiful story of caring for children I educated myself through many certifications, college psychology classes, early childhood education and many years of experience.

What experiences best prepared you for this career?

I see children and families as a meaningful and expressive masterpiece of mankind. I take it above and beyond to support families to thrive and become all that they desire to be.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

The challenges that present themselves are opportunities for personal growth. The most challenging part of my job is to find balance between work, self-care and family.

How would you define success in your current position?

In my current position success is defined when the children and parents are thriving forward with all they desire and want as a family.

How would you explain to a parent that you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

  •  What are some of your best qualities that make you a great nanny and how does that explain you are “Not Just a Nanny”?

Some of my best qualities are also my weaknesses. I see children as amazing negotiators, problem solvers and an added person to the family as a whole. I like to give children choices among the adult decision. I like to help children achieve a strong voice with utmost respect for individuals.

  • Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?

When I’ve finished a position I help with a smooth transition with the family and the new nanny. I’ve helped in training the new nanny with the same caring style and consistency that fits the individual family.

Not Just a Nanny

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"Not Just a Nanny" LogoFor over 10-years, VIP Nannies and Household Staffing has found over 200 jobs for childcare providers every year. Every day, we are registering women (and men) who have a passion for the positive growth and development of children. These applicants, who have chosen a career as a nanny, newborn care specialist, or a house manager, are the backbone to families all over the world. Unfortunately, they don’t get recognized because they are household staff, rather than being employed in a high-rise building in downtown LA or the like.

I fight for exceptional salaries for the women (and men) I represent. Often times the salaries are double to triple minimum wage.  Just because these women do not sit behind a desk, or wear a suite and heals to work, does not mean they are not active, contributing members of society. They are RAISING our next generation of leaders. This is solely why we are so selective on who we (VIP Nannies Inc.) represenst. Women of all races, ethnicities and nationalities come to us to further their career. We have college educated teachers with Masters degrees, and many women who have made it their lifelong goal to be in the private-service industry.

Next time you think “she’s just a nanny” or “she’s just a babysitter”, think about who is helping take care of that Oscar winning actress’s children, while she shoots her movie in Atlanta, or that amazing Emmy winning actress who is shooting her TV show in Canada that requires a 14 plus hour work-day. If that VP of a major entertainment studio is working 12-hour days with back-to-back meetings, who is taking her children to school, picking them up, helping with dinner, and their homework? All of this so that when they grow up, they can go to an amazing college and become the next rising star in their industry.  A nanny is the heart and soul of children’s lives when moms & dads are busy making a difference in the world.

We need to stop marginalizing our teachers, or childcare providers, and call attention to the impact these women (and men) are making in the lives of our children.  In our industry the are not “just” a nanny, they are so much more!

~Rebecca Stewart

 

Happy 10th Anniversary to VIP Nannies Inc., Household Staffing

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MX160-500-069A-smlI recently read an article that quoted Steve Jobs in a speech he once gave where he said, “People with Passion Can Change the World.”  As I reflect on the 10-Year Anniversary of VIP Nannies Inc., Household Staffing,  his quote really resonated with me.

Ten years ago I took out a small business loan and started VIP Nanny Agency with a “Passion to provide quality nannies to take care of children.”    Did my family wonder what the heck I was about to embark on? Yes.  Were many friends questioning how I was going to make money? Absolutely.  Was my passion to find quality childcare providers contagious? YES, absolutely!  But as the business has grown and I have matured as a business owner, I realize my passion is so much more.

I’m passionate about connecting people!  I’m passionate about every single person who calls VIP Nannies or walks through the door having the same wonderful, loved, hand-held experience!  I’m passionate about every candidate really following THEIR true passion, desires, and dreams.  God bless every actress, singer, song-writer who “needs a job” but please get out of my office because we are PASSIONATE about finding people who truly LOVE working with children and who want to raise the next generation of leaders in our country.  Is that a big statement?  Yes.  Is it my passion? You guessed it.  It’s completely o.k to want a job or need a job but when you combine the desire with true passion- the money will come.

It has been a privledege, an honor, and a Joy serving thousands of VIP families throughout the world for the past 10 years and here’s a toast to 10 more plus!

 

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/248079

 

 

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