If you’ve heard of the Kentucky Derby then you know a little about my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Aside from horses, Louisville is also a hub for artists, creatives, and those with imaginations soaring beyond the stars. I fall into each category, thus, my background is in theatre. I attended performing arts schools from middle school through college, but did find myself taking interest in traveling and language. As a result, I studied abroad throughout high school and college, living in both England and France. After college I signed with an agent and moved to Los Angeles. It was in LA that I was able to find community in another way- nannying.
I grew up raising my sister and younger cousins so family has always been very important to me. The saying “it takes a village,” proved itself to be true in my life, but also the lives of those I’ve cared for. My first couple of experiences caring for children not in my family were with younger children , ages 1 and 4. In both cases, I was a part-time recurring nanny, sometimes a date night nanny, and more infrequently I did some overnight jobs. I worked with the one-year-old until he was two. I performed many tasks of care such as both bottle feeding and solid foods, bathing, sensory games, and bedtime duties. My caregiving tasks were similar for the four-year-old, but we had more rigorous and stimulating activities. In LA however, I worked with older children, ages 12 and 14. Much of my work was pickup and drop off, homework assistance, and providing a sense of mentorship. I also did the most important task to a teenager- meal and snack preparation. I pride myself in being versatile enough to work with all ages because I focus on individuals and their needs rather than generalities.
I believe that foundation can be built of many things, but a good foundation provides structure and the ability to grow. Nannying and caring for children is my foundation. It’s crucial that adolescents make and maintain healthy relationships. I seek to be just one small part of the foundation you’re building with your children and family.