– Bree –
Tell us a little bit about how you decided to become a nanny?
Ever since I was a little girl, I have always loved being around children. My mother was a School Psychologist, and then went on to become a Special Education teacher, which I think greatly impacted my love of watching children. When I was 10 years old, I became a mother’s helper for 1-year-old twin boys and watched them on the weekends while their parents did yard work, etc. From then on I have been consistently watching different children of all ages and have transitioned into becoming a full time nanny.
What experiences best prepared you for this career?
All through high school I would assist second graders who needed a little extra reading help after school on Wednesdays. Through this experience I became close with many of the kids I would read with. Watching them progress was so rewarding for me. I realized then how much I loved the one on one connection with kids, and being able to give them each specialized help.
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Moving on when it’s time to find a new family. I become so connected to the kiddos I watch that I have a really hard time letting go.
How would you define success in your current position?
Watching the little dude I watch now meet developmental milestones is a huge definition of success. It may seem corny but watching the smile on his face when I walk in to wake him up in the morning makes me know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be. Another definition of success would be every time his parents thank me and tell me how much they appreciate me. It matters more than they know.
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”?
I love children. I love just getting down on their level and playing with them whether it’s a job or just for fun. I am extremely organized so I often go through and take out all the clothes the children I have worked for have outgrown and separate them into different bags for donation. I love clean eating and I always try to make the kids I work with excited to eat healthy as well. I feel I am kind and have a big heart, and I think that’s something that is really important to teach the kids I work with as well. I love teaching them the importance of patience, compassion, treating everyone how you want to be treated, how to be polite, and the importance of self love. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to be able to do what I love everyday.
- Give us an example of when you feel you went the extra mile for a family/child(ren)?
I think a common trait of nannies is that we are very humble in our work. I think many of us go the extra mile daily, because we love what we do. Whether it be making the child’s parents a birthday card, cleaning up more than we need to, or offering to take the kids on our off days. I think it’s all a part of just really loving what we do for a living.