1) What makes you a nanny extraordinaire?
The wealth of skills and knowledge that I have acquired working in the capacity a “Nanny” for over 10 years has prequalified me to attain this title. Not also withstanding the personal skills which I was forced to adopt and learn, being a single parent of a toddler, teenager and adolescent (girls) in order to not only be a provider but also adequately instill moral values that would positively impact my kids.
2) What is your nanny story?
This job chose me I didn’t, lol. Growing up in a large family, it was almost impossible not to have acquired the parenting/ caregiver skills which I can now say was my first training ground. We were all given responsibilities i.e. chores and my mom would always ensure that it wasn’t just completed but done with integrity. The values that trickled from just observing the manner in which she too cared for her family and home could not have gone unnoticed. Beings raised in such a close-knitted family with love, respect and exceptional moral values it was almost impossible for me not to have acquired the maternal instincts which had afforded me the opportunity of not only becoming a mother but the desire to also offer this to any family who needed an individual to fill in the position of a “nanny”. My career as a nanny started when I was forced to become the sole breadwinner for my kids. I desired a job that would not only pay the bills but also could have afforded me the ability to express love , care and a safe environment for other kids just as I would have wanted for my kids. Through the years of working in this capacity, I was fortunate to meet many families and when their the kids needed to go to school full time they found it almost impossible to part with me.
3) How do you make a difference in the nanny community?
I carry out my role as a nanny with integrity not just in the household that I work but also when I‘m among other persons in the same profession. In cases where they fall short or lack certain skills or attributes, I would be a positive influence that will challenge them also to meet the standards or surpass it.
4) What are your thoughts about the nanny profession?
Being a nanny is a very great and a serious responsibility that should never be taken lightly. One who decides to pursue a career in this field should never approach it as a way to make a quick dollar, but as a threshing floor to acquire a unique set of skills. These skillst can only be obtained by the ability to thrive under pressure and the opportunity to help in the development of the child’s ability to excel by devising mediums to better able them to meet their milestones.
5) What is the most valuable lesson learnt whilst working as a nanny?
Every family needs are different so despite your already acquired skills and experience, always listen carefully to what is required of you. You don’t want to offend any family! Then where necessary you apply your experience. And most importantly the safety of the child is your first priority.
6) What advice do you have for nannies who are new to the profession?
Treat and care for the kid like he/she is your own. Always want the best and safest environment for that child. Remember there’s so much to learn from kids.
7) Tell us the one thing people need to know about nannies?
A profession as a nanny should be highly respected because of the skills and patience required to adequately, and effectively care for a kid. A nanny is one of the most influential persons in the lives of kids apart from their parents because of the length of time spent with them.
8) Once out of the nanny role what activities do you engage in and can’t do without?
The activities that I engage in when away from my nanny role is always centered around my kids and family. I believe that apart from providing for your family, quality time spent with them is very important. I try my best to ensure that there is sufficient time spent engaging my kids with discussions that I’m furnished with the information necessary to guide them on the right paths whether it be with regards to academic or general choices they make.
9) How do you define wholesome living?
Being a decent, moral person, somebody who’s trustworthy and not living a secret life of crime. Also having a great interest in your health.
10) How do you manage stress in life?
If something or someone is bothering me, I communicate my concerns in an open and respectful way because I believe if you don’t voice your feelings, resentment will build and the situation will likely remain. I try my best to manage my time so I plan ahead and make sure that I don’t overextend myself so I can alter the amount of stress I am under. I also ask myself how important it will be in the long run. Will it matter in a month? A year? Is it really worth getting upset over? Then I focus my time and energy elsewhere. I usually take a moment to reflect on all the things I appreciate in my life, including my own positive qualities and gifts.