I met Amanda Gene Rodney at our first Nanny Connect Breakfast gathering in Brooklyn and I knew immediately, there was something very special about her. She exudes confidence yet she has a very humble spirit. Her love for the nanny profession was very evident likewise her passion for motherhood. I spoke with her shortly after when she reached out to me to ask, how she could help the nanny community and also our non-profit organization which benefits children. But what resonated with me the most after our conversation was her spiritual fortitude which causes her to see good in all things. Her love for the kids she care for daily and the respect she has for their family is very inspiring. Join me in congratulating Amanda Gene Rodney- My Nanny Circle “Nanny of the Week”. Here’s Amanda in her own words!
What makes you a “Nanny Extraordinaire”?
I am honored to say that I have been called “Nanny Extraordinaire” once or twice (trying to be humble here!) in my life! I always thank my boss for saying such nice things and ask them why they give me this elite title… here is what they have told me:
- I don’t treat my job as a job – I take care of the children I nanny for as if they were my own.
- I love as hard as I discipline. My children are all very mannered and are taught at a very early age the importance of respect and manners.
- I go that extra mile… always.
What is your Nanny Story?
I came to New York from St. Lucia and knew I wanted to go into the nanny profession. I began working for a family taking care of a newborn and three and a half year old. I then moved on to another family who had two children and there I stayed for three and half years. Then I decided to take on a new challenge of “nannying” twins and became a part of the Frank family where I helped raised Ellie and Jordan for 5 years. Since the twins were going to kindergarten and didn’t need full time help anymore; I went to nanny their baby cousin and that’s where I am currently spending my days!
How do you make a difference in the nanny community?
I work to make a difference in the nanny community by being a leader in the nanny community. I like to lead by example so that others will follow. I am often asked for advice on how to handle tricky nanny/boss situations. And finally, I am constantly networking to help friends who are out of a job find a new one in a timely manner.
What are your thoughts about the nanny profession?
My thoughts on the nanny profession are that if you find the right family it can be the most rewarding job. I get the chance to shape young minds and help create future leaders.
What is the most valuable lesson learned while working as a nanny?
The most valuable lesson I have learned while working as a nanny is the children I care for, are watching my every move and hear everything I say so it’s imperative I set a good example each and every day!
What advice do you have for nannies that are new to the profession?
There are two pieces of advice I can give nannies who are new to the profession.
First, set boundaries right at the beginning of your employment. Make sure you are crystal clear to your employer what you need financially and emotionally to make you happy each day. The happier you are in your job – the better nanny you will be!
Second, have open communication with your employer(s). If something is bothering you – find the appropriate time to have a sit down with your boss(es) and talk. And on the flip side, if your boss does something really nice for you – make sure you thank them and show your gratitude… this goes a long way!
Tell us the one thing that people need to know about nannies?
One thing people need to know about nannies is we have feelings too and lives out of the nanny role. There was one boss I worked for who never asked me to do anything she wouldn’t do herself… this was so greatly appreciated and made me respect her even more because of the amount of respect and consideration she showered me with each day.
Once out of the nanny role what activities do you engage in and can’t do without?
Once I am out of the nanny role, I quickly transition into the mom role for my 14 year-old son who will be entering high school in the fall. I also enjoy spending time with my extended family, doing “retail therapy”, and indulging in a little self-pampering!
How do you define wholesome living?
I define wholesome living as being the best mom I can be, having a relationship with God, attending Church regularly, being there for my extended family, and living life to its fullest.
How do you mange stress in your life?
I manage stress by praying each day, attending church regularly, and making sure to take time for myself!
Congratulations Amanda, we recognize your invaluable service and love for the nanny profession!