Confessions of a Nanny…
So, I have been on the nanny carousel for almost 10 years now and I have to be honest…I truly love it! Being a nanny comes so easily to me; It fits my personality. Not to mention it is a blast! Well at least 90% of the time if we are all being honest, right?
I do think the past year has been a tricky one. Although there are amazing perks to being a nanny (I mean who gets paid to take kids to get ice cream, go to the movies, or a fun trip to the zoo??), there are the days when you have worked your tail off! You are just plain tired. You have an unquenchable craving for any kind of adult conversation during the dreary winter months! Not to mention the rush to complete all of the many tasks we do: changing diapers, switching loads of laundry, organizing the toy room 10 times a day, cleaning up spilled milk, etc. All of this before mom and dad arrive home…and it all has to be done!
Those days…those are the ones when you feel like you have the most unrecognized position on the earth. There have been days where I think I might start applying for office jobs. I could wear cute clothes that I don’t have to think about getting food or dog poo on! It sounds almost glamorous to have to do my hair and makeup every morning.
But I know that wouldn’t make me happy. I literally had a dream the other night that I was offered a great position as an assistant event director at a top company, but I would have to leave my little guy. And you know what? I couldn’t do it! Because I do, I love that kid. All of the stress and frustration melt away with one “thanks Nicole” or a hysterical laugh.
So do I give up a lot to be a nanny? Yes, I think so. After all, my job has an expiration date. I don’t have retirement accumulating, raises are infrequent if at all and awkward to bring up, I don’t have good insurance… but at my current job I do have some pretty sweet time off, a great mom I work for and a little boy I adore.
So I guess what I have learned is that, to be a nanny, you have to know that it is what you love! It comes with the good and the bad and you have to figure it out as you go…just like any other job! Ask for what you need from the family and seek to cultivate a really good relationship with them through great communication! In return, hopefully they will do what they can to make your job enjoyable. The best part of all is that you get to leave work each day, knowing that you are loving a child, teaching them to be a wonderful person who will one day pass this along to others in the world.