I'm a recent graduate, having received a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I chose to study the field of Psychology because I'm passionate about people. I find it very rewarding to care for and help others, so you can be secure in the fact that your child(ren) is in good hands. I've been babysitting since I was 16, but have professional experience from age 18 (10 years), when I started college. I have experience with children from age 3 months-13 years. During that time I worked with families that needed assistance with sleep training, potty training, and development of verbal skills.
I believe in giving children the opportunity to explore and learn about their surroundings. As a result, I love to take my charges to the playground, library, museum, etc. The city is perfect for such activities. For example, trips this summer included Dumbo (where we explored the water park and later took a ride on Jane's Carousel), the Mo Willems exhibit at the New York Historical Society, and the MOMA. I've also perfected my arts and crafts skills over the years and love to turn it into teaching moments. For example, saying colors out loud, drawing shapes, counting the number of balloons we've drawn. Other educational activities include fun flash cards that are age appropriate. Finally, I love to read to or with my charges and, if I can bring Mo Willems into the mix, even better. Please note that, while I find it important for children to have fun, I find it just as important that these activities provide children with an opportunity to learn and develop.
Over the years I've found that I truly enjoy being around children because of their creativity and passion to learn. I also love that I'm one, of many, people who are directly involved in the development and growth of that child. It's a responsibility that I am honored to have and take seriously.