For much of my life, I have supported myself by providing childcare. I’ve been a full-time nanny, an on-call babysitter, an educator at a historical house, a mentor, a summer camp counselor, and a Sunday School teacher. The experience of being in charge of multiple children and working with many different families has greatly diversified my capabilities in leadership as well as communication, organization and self-motivation. It has also helped me gain the confidence I need to be flexible and take charge of whatever needs to be done. I know how important it is for parents to be able to leave home without worrying about their children and I like being able provide peace of mind by being warm and professional.
When I was in college I would babysit for my professor's children. During the summers, I was a camp counselor at a wilderness camp. I was in charge of a tent full of nine campers for 4 days and 5 nights. The youngest tent group I had was comprised of 7 year olds and the oldest group was made up of 16 year olds. We hiked, went swimming, did crafts, and cooked our breakfast over a fire.
After college I started working at a historical house in Philadelphia. It had been built in 1744 and they partnered with nearby elementary schools to teach them the history of their neighborhood. We churned butter, baked bread from scratch, dipped candles, and tended the spacious garden.
Then I moved on to be a full-time nanny for a family who had their first-born girl. I worked 3 days per week doing 10 hour shifts. I was responsible for her full care which included: changing diapers, handling breastmilk, keeping a schedule, updating parents on any changes, introducing new foods, teaching her how to take a bottle, dealing with colic, and helping her adjust. I still write her letters even though the family has moved out of state!
When I’m not working with children, I am a fashion stylist. I enjoy using clothing to help people look and feel great about themselves. If I can help one person be the fullest version of themselves then I’m happy! And I keep that same philosophy with kids. I always try to be present, encouraging, and truly listen to them. I learn so much by spending time with children and seeing things through their eyes, while also teaching them about the world around them.