Please help me congratulate Jessy Jorquera, who’s our Nanny of the Week. Jessy is one of the kindest individual I’ve ever met. One look at her and you will instantly feel drawn to her because of her huge sincere smile. The love she has for the children in her care is evident and her commitment to family and friends highlights the person that Jessy is- a woman with a huge heart of gold. You are an inspiration and yes, people like you, allow me to aspire to be a better version of myself every day.
1. What makes you a “Nanny Extraordinaire?
A Nanny Extraordinaire is a nanny that does her job with responsibility, patience, respect, love and is totally focused on the children she takes care. A Nanny Extraordinaire must be committed to the work she does with the children she cares for and the best way is to always communicate with the parents to keep them updated on the progress of the children. She’s involved in reading articles, books, taking self-help classes, exchanging ideas and experiences with other caregivers, and attending events like what My Nanny Circle is providing the nannies. Staying abreast with the nanny community is very important and helps a professional caregiver grow in many areas.
2. What is your nanny story?
My nanny story spans over many years. I’m very grateful for each and every story. It involves stories filled with love for children over many years; children that I am still in contact with even if I’m not working with them. With one of these families I had the experience of connection between parents and nanny. It’s been 5 ½ years I have been taking care of two smart and beautiful children, we are buddies-best friends. We have a strong relationship with our mutual magic words: respect and love.
3. How do you make a difference in the nanny community?
I make a difference in my nanny community by being open to all the nannies, trying to bring all of them together, sharing opinions and experiences about the children we care, planning new activities like the one we started developing this year: “The Spanish Playgroup”, in which we teach some Spanish words every Friday to the kids and the nannies, not only Latin nannies but we also teach nannies of other nationalities.
4. What are your thoughts about the nanny profession?
The nanny profession is for women with a great capacity to love and a strong dedication to teach. These women must be very responsible, respectful and love children, and must have a good relationship with the parents for the benefit of the children.
5. What is the most valuable lesson learned while working as a nanny?
The valuable lesson learned while working as a nanny is how you can feel the love of the children you care for, and how that love gets them to trust you, allowing them to feel protected, making a relationship of best friends.
6. What advice do you have nannies that are new to the profession?
My advice to the nannies that are new to the profession is first of all, they have to love children. Love involves respect and patience with the children. A nanny has to be active, proactive, creative and a lot of commitment to the children.
7. Tell us one thing that people need to know about nannies?
People need to know that to be a nanny is a job with a lot of commitment. We take care of children who are not our children but treat them as if they were, we teach them our values, our language, our food, our culture, our way of seeing the world, trying to give them the best, to become good adults, good men and women, thus contributing jointly with parents for these children to become good citizens. And in return for our work we not only receive remuneration but also love. This work is an exchange of feelings.
8. Once out of the nanny role what activities do you engage in and can’t do without?
When I am not at my nanny role, I am learning to be a better human being each day.
9. How do you define wholesome living?
Wholesome living for me is to teach everyday something new to make the children I take care of about how to be a better person, to live better in our society. Teaching them always to be aware of what we are doing, thinking and saying.
10. How do you manage stress in your life?
I manage the stress in my life by keeping my job and my personal life separately. It means when I am in my job I forget about my house and when I am at my house I forget about my job.
I’m thankful every day for the two marvelous daughters that I have and that with my job as a nanny, they themselves are becoming professionals in other arenas and they are continuing to accomplish their unique goals.