I first began babysitting over 15 years ago and have been working with children as a manny or teacher since graduating college in 2009. It is a huge point of pride that I am still very close with the families that I've worked with in the past.
My goal as a manny is whole-child development. I develop children's social skills by having respectful, open-ended conversations. Emotional development comes from listening, naming, and never negating their feelings. Physically: I can run around and play sports at the park all day and I make sure they're eating plenty of healthy food. For mental development, I enjoy reading to kids (especially in my silly voices!), I ensure homework is complete and tutor when necessary, and I love playing all kinds of game. Through my experience and work at the Child Mind Institute, I have strategies and skills to handle any situations that may arise (whether that's hesitance to go down for a nap or squabbles between siblings).
I use my humor to engage and my patience to support. I take my responsibility as a male role-model very seriously so I'm constantly studying and reading how I can best serve a child's needs. Whether I'm helping a toddler learn how to put on his shoes or showing a pre-teen the respectful way to order at a restaurant, I always have a micro and a macro lesson that is aiming to build awareness, confidence, and self-reliance.