Westminster Choir College, Voice Performance
New York, NY, 03/13 - 01/14
Boy, age 7 months - 16 months
Babysitter / Full-time Nanny
Baltimore, MD, 05/07 - 07/12
Two girls, ages 3-8, 1-6; boy 0-2
Baltimore, MD, 05/09 - Present
Two girls, ages 5-8, 3-6; boy, age 0-2
Princeton, NJ, 2009 - 2010
Music & Arts Center Sales Associate
Baltimore, MD, 2006 - 2007
Baltimore, MD, 2005 - 2006
I’m a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College where I was a Voice Performance major. I did a lot of babysitting in high school and throughout college, then became a full-time nanny after I graduated. My philosophy when working with kids is that creativity is always the answer! Take the 5-year-old who hated fruits and veggies. I cut up an apple, gave it to her with some peanut butter, and said, “glue it back together, and you can eat it when you’re done”. She looked at me, then at the apple, gave me her “challenge accepted” face, and went to work. Then there was the 1 year old who desperately wanted to paint like his big sister – a crayon just wasn’t going to cut it. I got out a ziplock bag, squirted a little of each color into the baggie, zipped it up, and taped it to the table. I watched as he excitedly smacked his hands against it and moved the paint around with his fingers, amazed when the paint never left the bag. I bring creativity into problem solving situations such as these, but also in the fun activities I plan during the day, such as imaginative play, arts and crafts, building forts, making up games and songs, having picnics in the park, etc.
We always have fun, but safety is definitely my top priority when taking care of children. I’m very attentive and always ready to jump into action if a situation should arise. On one occasion, a two year old I was watching started choking on a tootsie roll that his mother had left as a reward for him using his potty. He wasn’t coughing or making noise, so I quickly grabbed him and performed the Heimlich to get the candy out of his airway. He and his sister didn’t panic because I didn’t panic, and the situation was quickly forgotten as I found a calming activity for the kids to do while I called their parents to notify them of the situation. While it’s important that the parents know their child is safe, it’s equally important that the child trusts me and feels secure under my care.
Aside from safety, my main goal is for the kids to have a good time and get something out of our time together. Because I was a voice major in college and singing is such a great passion of mine, I love bringing that into nannying by teaching kids fun songs they can learn easily and proudly teach to their family and friends. It also means that implementing a regular nap-time schedule is no problem; I know lots of great lullabies. The kids I nannied for after college always loved singing together in the car as I drove them to school in the morning. I wanted to learn more about children’s music, so I decided to take a Music Together training workshop and become a certified teacher. I took away lots of great kids songs from the program, as well as different dances or activities to go along with them. The kids were so excited to hear new songs and offer their insight as to what would make them even better. When I was in college, I was part of a Disney A Capella group that performed Disney songs at local schools. Now I’m like a walking songbook of children’s music, so it’s safe to say that music would be a part of your child’s daily routine with me.
In addition to planning fun activities for the kids and keeping them safe, I also have experience performing other important household tasks such as laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. While I don’t expect a 2-year-old to clean his room or a 4-year-old to start the laundry, I think it’s fun to make them a part of the process. Sometimes I would take the sheet off the bed before washing it and we’d pretend it was a parachute. Then the kids would stick it in the hamper and come with me into the laundry room. I’d take the kids to the store with me and give them each their own list of items to check off. Kids want to feel a part of things and not ignored, no matter what kind of task list you have planned for the day. It also helps them grow and feel proud that they can help with “adult things,” (even if that just means licking the spoon when I bake a cake for dessert).
My favorite part of nannying though has always been watching kids grow and learn new things over time! I watched one little boy since he was born. I remember singing to him, and all he could do was look up at me and smile. Now, he calls me to sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and tell me all about what he’s doing in preschool. I feel so lucky to work alongside the parents and really get to be a part of their child’s development! I’m so excited to be a part of SmartSitting and look forward to meeting you and your family!
- I have professional childcare experience with…
Infants, Toddlers, Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Multiples
- I will be SmartSitting while…
Performing and further exploring a a career in the music industry.
- In 5 years, I hope to be…
Starting my own record label!
- Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children…
I like to sing, play the ukulele, piano, and guitar a lot when I'm nannying. I took a Music Together training program so learned lots of songs to teach kids! I also love to bake, do arts & crafts, make up stories, play games, and go for walks in the park.