I Thought I’d Be a Better Mom…

“Why is it easier to be kinder to another person’s child than your own?”

When I was 12 years old, I began babysitting for families in my neighborhood. The first family I worked for had SIX children- 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. I was paid $.50 per child per hour (a decent amount of money to a preteen in the early 90’s), and often had all six children on my own. Now that I’m an adult- and a mother- I look back on that situation and think “What the heck were those parents thinking?!?” I was TWELVE. But, as it was pointed out to me many times over my early career in childcare, I was a natural. Word traveled quickly, and by high school I began babysitting regularly and was paid extremely well.

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So You Want To Bring Your Child To Work With You: A Guide for Nannies Who Are Moms

Imagine that you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant with your first child. This is something that you’ve been dreaming of your entire life. You’re elated. Overjoyed. You celebrate the happy news with your partner, your family, and your friends. You’ve always loved children. It is one of the reasons you became a nanny. And now you will have a child of your own! Then, reality sets in and your mood goes from excited to anxious. How are you going to tell your “nanny family” that you’re expecting?

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How To Make Yourself Irreplaceable as a Nanny

Often, when speaking with parents, I will hear the following: “I have a GREAT nanny! She is kind, attentive, polite, punctual, tidy, etc etc etc. We just love her!”. While these qualities are wonderful for *any* employee, they don’t always translate to “great” in the nanny world. So let’s talk about what actually makes a great nanny. What qualities, quirks, and practices make a nanny stand out above others in her field? Even if you already consider yourself a stellar nanny, there are always ways to improve and better yourself!

I recently asked some online mommy-group members to tell me what a great nanny looks like to them.  I was pleasantly surprised at the number of women who truly seem to adore and respect their nannies.

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How To Ace Every Interview: Creating Your Interview Portfolio

  In the early days of my nanny career, I used to bring only one thing to in-person interviews: my resume. For me, this was a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you bring a resume to an interview? However, for several of my interview families, this was a first for them. No other nannies they’d interviewed had brought in a resume. A few times, I would get comments like “Wow, a resume! So professional!”, and then a semi-patronizing look that seemed to convey the question “You know this is JUST a nanny job, right?”.  Mostly, though, families were genuinely impressed and thankful. With that resume in hand, I got more callbacks than rejections.

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Entering the Nanny Profession: Tips and Tricks From the Experts

The Nanny World is quickly and quietly expanding. Ten years ago, the average American may not have even known what a nanny WAS, let alone what a nanny DOES. When I became a nanny in 2001, many people in my town had not heard the term before. Even after I explained it to them, I often hear a lot of “Oh, so you’re a babysitter?” Well, no. A babysitter is usually a teenager with little to no experience who comes occasionally to help a family for a few hours per week. A babysitter’s main objective is to have fun, keep the children alive, and maybe order a pizza and give a bath or two. Although I’m sure they exist, I have yet to meet a “career babysitter”.

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