I’d like to share my story and highlight what the characteristics of being a service-minded, professional, positive attitude, resourceful, and knowledgeable nanny has meant to me
I grew up on a farm with my 7 siblings outside of Markesan, Wisconsin. Go Packers!
My mother went back to school at 50. Being a nurse with 8 children, she knew tons about child development, parenting, health and first aid. Yet, when people sought her advice, she wouldn’t say “well I think”, it was always this doctor or other expert says this or that.
A week after graduating high school, I was hired in a summer childcare position in Metro Chicago chosen over experienced caregivers to watch five boys; 3 14 year olds, 10 yr. old and baby. I stayed with the family for another year while deciding to major in theater instead of going to chef school that autumn.
Supplementing my income at MSU, I taught community youth theater classes and worked in childcare centers in classrooms with more than 20 children. I continued more of that after college. My sister Emily, who earned an associate’s degree as an Infant Child Care Specialist was making more as a live-in nanny watching one school age boy. Thus, I looked at nanny ads in the Chicago Tribune. I interviewed for a job with parents of a six month old girl. We so clicked in spite of them being Bears fans. Thirty minutes after the interview ended the job, they phoned. I was offered the position. I accepted.
While nannying, I continued teaching in community centers on evenings and weekends.