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Leslie H.

Education

New York University,
Master of Social Work

University of Michigan,
B.S. in Sociology

Childcare Experience

After-School Babysitter and Personal Assistant
New York, NY, , 07/15 - Present
One boy, age 11

Weekend Babysitter
Dexter, MI, 10/08 - 10/11
Girl, 7, and two boys, ages 5 and 3 (at start)

Summer Nanny and Occasional Babysitter
Canton, MI, 06/08 - 08/10
Two girls, age 5, and two boys, ages 4 and 5

Summer Babysitter
Canton, MI, 06/10 - 08/11
Girl, age 9, and twin boys, age 6

Summer Babysitter and Tutor
Ann Arbor, MI, 06/08 - 08/11
Girl, age 11, and boy, age 8

Professional Experience

Social Work Intern at Public Defender's Office
Brooklyn, NY, , 08/15 - 05/16

Social Work Intern at Elementary School
Brooklyn, NY, 09/14 - 05/15

Pregnancy Counselor and Adoption Specialist
Detroit, MI, 09/11 - 06/14

About me

At the age of 11, I took a babysitting course and learned to change diapers, swaddle, and feed a (plastic) infant. When I turned 12, my first babysitting job was for neighbors with three young children. I was grateful that the six-month-old loved her swing so much! I continued to babysit regularly for several families and was a lifeguard and children’s swim instructor in high school. In college, I volunteered and worked as a tutor for children as young as 5 and as old as 16. After college, I was honored to be a part of families’ lives and difficult decisions when I worked in adoption. While studying for my masters in social work, I spent a year interning at an elementary school and another year advocating for families at the public defender’s office. There hasn’t been a time when I wasn’t working with families and children!

I spent several summers with five-year-old triplets and their younger brother. It was a demanding role, but I function best in challenging environments and found the work exciting. It certainly kept me on my toes! In a moment of bravado, I taught them to make sugar cookies. There was flour everywhere, but we had so much fun! (No worries, I’m also a meticulous cleaner and promise not to leave your home in disarray.) I spent several years as a vegetarian and love to cook healthy meals. My personal diet currently consists of mostly plant-based and homemade meals with a weekly box macaroni splurge. It’s all about balance, right?

I have an active lifestyle and am creative in finding fun things to do with kids, whether it’s imaginative play at home or taking outings to the park, library, or elsewhere. Caring for children is important work, and I provide a safe and stable but stimulating environment for them to grow and thrive. I see positive reinforcement as the best motivator for good behavior and consistency as key. My graduate and professional experience has shown me that if children receive help handling their emotions now, this will benefit them and their relationships long-term.


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-aged (K-5)
  • Preteen
  • Teenagers
  • Twins
  • Multiples

I will be SmartSitting while...

Baking! And eating. I’m food driven, so good thing I also love to swim and run (and do so several times a week)! I recently took a croissant class and am having a lot of fun trying out pastries. I’m also always looking for taste testers. Although you might have to fight my roommates for them. :) I am active in my local community garden and love it. I recently managed to talk them into planting extra beets (my favorite! but very polarizing, I know). We also have chickens, which is a lot of fun. They are very social and great cuddlers! I don't mind the fresh eggs, either.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...

I love anytime I can include kids in cooking and baking! It makes an activity I love even more fun - and challenging. :) I enjoy yoga and have used it to help teach children emotion regulation. I'm often concocting crafts and projects and am a big fan of elaborate LEGO structures. I taught swim lessons for several years and enjoy helping children learn to swim.


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