I've always loved working with kids, and I have over ten years of experience. It is exciting and important work, and I also think it's good fun.
As a sitter, I do my best to treat children and their families with respect. I try to never talk down to kids, and instead to encourage curiosity and creativity. I enjoy active play; a nature walk in the park, making paper snowflakes, building a pillow fort--these are the types of activities I'm excited to share with kids. I'm also not afraid to be silly. I've worked with all ages of children, from infants to teens, and I do my best to walk the line between firm and playful. I do believe in setting rules and guidelines--and sticking to them--but I also think reason works better than discipline. I'm the type of sitter that's patient enough to wait out a tantrum, and will always do my best to teach respectful behavior.
I've been a pescatarian since I was in fifth grade, so I am willing and able to accommodate dietary restrictions. In my free time I design and sew quilts and clothing, and am always up for a craft project. I love swimming and skiing, and enjoy taking yoga and salsa classes. I’m also fluent in Spanish, and have babysat for two different families where I spoke exclusively in Spanish to the children.
I have spent five years working as a children's bookseller, and three years working in children's publishing, and I love reading and sharing my passion for books with kids. One of the reasons I am passionate about children's literature is I believe it has the power to teach empathy, and to help children become creative and ethical adults. I think a good sitter has that same ability.