Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Once a nanny, always a nanny. Update!

So, it's been a moment since I've posted. It's also been a few since I've nannied. Well, sort of.

Last month, I decided to discontinue my time as a full-time nanny to focus all of my energy and effort on writing. It's been going swell. Writing opportunities are aplenty, and I've been very blessed in that regard. However, it feels as though there is a hole. Something is missing; there's a space in my heart that has since been empty.

Ironically, as soon as I decided to discontinue my full-time nanny job, an opportunity arose with a great agency here in Los Angeles. I've yet to really decide if I want to dabble in the nanny life [not nearly as much as I was], until last Saturday. I accepted a one-time childcare gig for a family coming to LA for the day from northern California.

While the parents had plans to be on a game show, the little man [six months old] didn't quite meet the age requirement of 18+, so they needed someone to care for him. This was the first time having a baby dropped off at my home; I was nervous!


It was a wonderful experience, and I got to spend the day with the little guy [above], which reminded me of how much I love caring for children. It's the very thing that filled that empty space right up. With that, I decided to write up a nanny/sitter flyer [below] to post around my community [tomorrow].


It probably helps tremendously that I nanny for the sweetest, most adorable kids. Perhaps I'm a bit biased, but I really feel that the babes I take care of are the best! With that being said, we shall see what becomes of posting the flyers above. What's meant to be will be, and I truly do feel that "once a nanny, always a nanny" rings true!


All the best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hey nanny friends! Wanna write? Here's your chance!

It may or may not go without saying that my life has been the furthest thing from normal lately. From working the nanny life 60+ hours weekly to trying to maintain several freelance writing gigs, it's not been for the faint of heart, nor the sensitive to caffeine. Sadly, though, I must say I haven't been on top of my nanny-writing game as much as I should, and I feel bad for having neglected it yet again. In fact, I think this makes the third time that I've gone longer than I'd like to without posting.


So, I'm reaching out to my nanny friends. If you feel up to being a guest writer for NYAN, here's your chance! Anyone who feels the urge to share a funny story or a learning experience, please feel free to leave a comment on this post or contact me on Twitter- @AllWriteNannyB or via email, brittneyschering@gmail.com, and we can get this ball rolling!

The truth is, while I can't maintain this one on my own, I really don't want to see it die, and I'd be more than glad to share the NYAN domain with fellow nannies who feel compelled to link up and share experiences with other Mary Poppins souls out there. I feel like we're all a lot alike in many aspects, and it's fun to connect based on that.

Please let me know, and share this post with all of the nannies out there who you think would be interested!

Thanks a bunch, and I look forward to hearing from you. :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny


Friday, June 7, 2013

AH! Not again!

It's two days shy of having almost been an entire month without an entry. My sincerest apologies! In my defense, I have been so busy. From writing for Livestrong.com via Demand Media Studios to working 60+ hours weekly [all seven days], life has been at an all-time fast pace of go go go; no breaks!

Those who know me know I love this, but a break has become much needed, and it couldn't have came at a better time! The new family I'm working for is away for a week, so I have seven glorious days all to myself [well, six remain] to catch up on writing, health, and maybe even my social life, should I be so lucky.

I'll be sure to post hopefully daily until I go back to work next Thursday, because it will soon be another few weeks of crazy hours, but nothing I can't handle. I already miss the little one I'm caring for, and it's only been one day that I've been off work! That's how you know you love your job.

Anyway, it's 5 a.m. on a Friday, why I am even awake right now-- only God knows. I actually popped out of bed at 3:30 to flip my light on and take care of an immense urge to write.


Above is the result; a farewell letter to the first family I worked for here in California-- my Beverly Hills family. They moved to Atlanta last week, and I connected them with a great nanny friend of mine in their new city. While it's bittersweet to see them go, I feel better knowing the baby will be under such love and care as he was for the 11 months that I was his nanny.

That's the hardest part of the job, really-- letting go of families when the time comes to do so. It gets easier, though. Parting ways with my first family-- back in Michigan-- my gosh, that was difficult. This wasn't exactly easy, but it feels more like a new chapter for both of us, and I'll be visiting them as soon as I can. I think they will be lifelong friends-- a perk that not many other jobs may have. :)

Thank you, so much, for bearing with my lack of posts! It only means I've been a busy, busy bee. This is LA, after all. Just trying to steadily make my mark as a writer-nanny-hustLA. ;) Okay, that was cheesy. But hey, I'm a nanny. What do you expect?

Seriously though, thank you for reading. Stay tuned for more to come!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2013 Reflections Post

Ah, the deadline for the Reflections Post is today; I'm 57 minutes shy of midnight, but I made it!

In retrospect, this is how many of the days in the A-to-Z Challenge went. For myself, at least. As a full-time nanny in Beverly Hills, and also the leading lady of an international entertainment company's editorial department, this challenge was exactly that-- challenging!!


The A-to-Z Challenge presented a whole new perspective on time management, as well as taking time to pause and think outside of the box for a moment. Think up a word to fit that day, that letter, and then write on it. Reflect. The challenge in itself was a continuous reflection. A practice on creativity. And while a sense of relief and achievement overcame on that 26th post day, I was sad to see it end, really.

I've never been a fan of endings. Of letting go. Of turning the page of something of which I found joy. But as everything does, there's a time and a place for things to run their course, and if they stay past their welcome, the joy soon turns sour, and it's not a matter of goodness anymore.

Perhaps a practice such as this one wouldn't have such a negative effect to continue-- as a writing exercise, and a creativity outlet, and just a moment to escape the responsibilities of the day.

Although I did see this as a responsibility of the day. A fun one, though. Something to look forward to.

It taught me a lot about myself, and which words my mind turns to at the thought of a letter depending on my mood and the events of the day, or the thoughts in my head at the time of writing. It's truly eye-opening, and often times, enlightening.

Thank you, Arlee Bird, for creating such a fun, interactive writing challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly return again for the following round whenever it should commence!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Z is for Zoo!

Of course, as a nanny, the first word that starts with the letter Z that pops into my head is ZOO. Next would be "zany," followed by "Zane," which is the name of the little guy my nanny friend Stephanie cares for with whom I often have play dates.

ZOO, though, reminds me of the movie, "We Bought a Zoo." It's one I highly recommend watching. For everyone. Despite your age, or movie preference, or relationship situation. Just take an evening to yourself, or with company, and watch it. You will not be disappointed; that is a promise. :)

I can't believe the A-to-Z challenge has come to an end! What a crazy whirlwind it has been. Very interesting, eye-opening, absolutely challenging, and just so fun. I'm truly glad to have participated. Thank you for creating this, Mr. Arlee Bird!!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 29, 2013

Y is for youth

Y is for youth because I think it is endless and boundless.
It's also the key to happiness-- to remaining forever young.

I've learned this little secret from my very own mom, who looks as though she could be my sister, and it's because she feels so young at heart.

Youthfulness is radiance. It's imagination. It's a true yearning for learning and loving and embracing each new experience that comes our way.

For this reason, my hope for you and for I and for everyone else is to remain in a mindset of youth for as long as we shall live, no matter what the years may have to say about it.

I'm 23 going on 7 forever, in fact. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Saturday, April 27, 2013

X is for "X0" because...

...while "X0" is not technically, according to Mr. Webster, a word, I consider it as such. It's more of a.. well, it's my signature. I sign almost every [informal] piece of writing with "X0.Brittney;" always have and always will. It's 'my thing' you know?

And it's tattooed on my collarbone, above my heart.

Not for fun, but for meaning, and to show true significance. A love and devotion to my childhood, my upbringing, my roots-- my family. My mom, particularly. She always listens to country music, and my little brother and I grew up listening to it.

There's one particular song that always rang true by Trisha Yearwood, where the lyrics say, "She ties her hair up in ribbons and bows; signs her letters with x's and o's, got a picture of her momma in heels and curls... she's gonna make it in her daddy's world. She's an American girl."

That's me. Those lyrics are my life. That song is my childhood. X0 is my signature. You'll find it on my personal blog, and if ever I send you a personal [not to be mistaken with "Best," which is what I sign for all things professional, such as this here platform].

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Friday, April 26, 2013

W is of course for Words

Words. Without a doubt, words contain so much more power than we ever dream imaginable. They are the very essence of meaning, of truth, of explanation. Of everything. Words are our foundation for communicating far beyond any and all other species in the world. Without words, we'd still be primates.

Without words, we'd be equals to all other animals.

Think about it. Words provide us with so much more than we could ever dream of, and to ever have to do without them would be absolutely catastrophic.


*For The Love Of Words*

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for vision and values


V is for vision because every dream starts with one. It's the seed of the soon-to-bloom flower, the starting point. The ambition, the motivation, the inspiration. The beginning.


The vision is the start of it all. The foundation to which one may lay the building blocks.

Vision combined with values is an equation for success and greatness.

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

U is for Uniqueness. :)

In a world that is constantly attempting to morph all of society into this mold that is so highly spoken of-- a certain size, a certain style, etc. etc., I believe it is our job, especially as nannies and caregivers of children everywhere, to encourage uniqueness. Encourage individuality.

Speak highly of embracing that which makes us different-- our 'imperfections' are, in fact, the very traits that make us our own version of perfect. There is no one way to be. Everyone is born with the right to follow your heart into the world in any which way-- unique as can be-- as you desire-- that makes you happy.


Perhaps it's important to remind adults of this, as well. Uniqueness is a grand thing; it's what brings life to the world. Variety. Spunk. Excitement. If everyone was the same boring cookie-cutter of a person, what would there ever be to look forward to? The world would be so boring!

Be unique. Embrace your individuality, and encourage others to do the same.

It is the uniqueness, after all, that gets us remembered. Fall into the trap of 'acting as everyone else' and your name will soon be buried under a pile of no-name, 'average-joe' slaves to society.

Free yourself. Unleash your uniqueness. You were born for that very reason. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Trust, love. A-to-Z Challenge Day 20 :)

The singlehandedly most important factor for keeping any relationship alive, afloat, and well is the foundation of Trust, with a capital t to signify it's absolute, above-all importance.

Without it, you've got nothing-- or that which you do have, will amount to nothing but misery and dissatisfaction, despite what your emotions and mind-fuzz may have to say.

Trust is crucial.

The ability to trust someone is great, but to have someone else put their precious, fragile ability to trust in you... that's something to hold onto as dearly as the precious gift it truly is. For nannies, especially. We're trusted with the lives of children-- their beating hearts are put into our hands, into our care, by their parents. There's something to be said for a trust as high as that. It's remarkable, in fact, and it is a characteristic to be proud of, and one to never take for granted.

A half truth is a whole lie.
-Yiddish Proverb

Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
-Stephen R. Covey

The most important five-letter word in the English language is spelled T-R-U-S-T.
-Harvey MacKay

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 22, 2013

Salvation by means of silence in solitude; be still

Please allow me to explain.

By no means does the title of this 'S' post intend to inspire extreme, mute seclusion to the extent of becoming a recluse. Tonight was an exhilarating, life-changing experience as it was my first time attending a Marianne Williamson lecture here in LA.

Let me just confess that I feel like an absolute dummy for having passed the Saban Theatre twice daily-- on my way to and from work-- for the past four months before realizing that Ms. Williamson speaks at the theatre weekly-- giving lectures based on, 'A Course in Miracles.'

However, I do feel like the timing of this discovery, and of this first-time adventure, could not have been more perfect. The lecture was absolutely spot-on; it was exactly what I needed. Exactly what I've been praying for, as the weight of the world in my head and heart was lifted as she shared her sacred words of guidance, life, and love.


Going into this brand new experience, I had no idea what to expect. I was hopeful beyond measure that I'd leave feeling... better. The extent to which I would feel this way, though, I was not prepared for. The liberation I experienced-- the freeing feeling as I released that which has been bogging me down for the last several months-- I cannot tell you how full of Love I am in this moment, after having attended her lecture.

I will tell you, though, how terribly frightening it was to experience the silence in solitude during the time of meditation with an entirely packed theatre of people who seemed like professionals. I couldn't even keep my eyes closed! I kept looking around; observing as everyone else seemed to meditate so peacefully, so perfectly. Then there was me, stomach in knots and rumbling because I hadn't had dinner yet and it was going on 8:30. Yet, something happened in that silence-- the solitude of the whole room together as one-- it was full of undeniable salvation. A room full of believers, of all-in Lovers, of truly authentic Selves reaching out, handing their hearts over to God. It was glorious and beautiful and captivating and terrifying all at once.

But you know what? As I stared around the room at all of the perfect meditators, I did not once think about the things that have been bogging me down. I did not once get lost in the mess of my thoughts that have been draining me of energy which could be better used somewhere else. Instead, I got lost in the peacefulness of the room full of solitude. The silence. The salvation. Perhaps that was my own means of meditation.

And this is something I need to do more of. These lectures of Marianne's, I will now attend weekly. And I cannot believe the following words are coming from my mind, but it's with eagerness that I look forward to Mondays now because they will end with Marianne's wise words of peace and miracles. Her words of forgiveness, of God, and of meditation. Of practicing daily all of the above. Of living with-- and giving-- Love.

I could not be more thankful, nor more blessed, to have experienced this lecture tonight. I feel sincerely saved in the way that I was freed-- even if it was temporarily-- from the messiness of my mind. This new weekly ritual will be one that continually changes my life and transforms my heart in ways I'd never before knew were possible.

Salvation by means of silence in solitude. Stillness. Peace. Not solitude in the way that you're completely alone. As Marianne said tonight, we are never alone-- for God is within us, always.

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny



Saturday, April 20, 2013

R is for... Radiant.

As in... Charlotte's Web. I love that book, and the movie. It's magical.

Charlotte is the only spider I'll ever admire. Ever.


The movie is truly fascinating-- I saw it in theaters when it was remade about five years ago, and it goes to show how powerful words are, and imagination. Two things I love more than most. :)


I have a sudden urge to read/watch Charlotte's Web now. I think I will soon.

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Friday, April 19, 2013

Q is for Quintessential

Quintessential. A word that has a lovely ring, but it doesn't always resonate with me.

You see, I want traditional life things;
Love. My own family. A cozy place to call home.

But I've never seen myself as one to go about them as "by the book" as others will and have and do. Especially where I'm from, tradition carries a good majority through their lives without experiencing much outside of the comfort bubble in which we all grew up-- a tiny town where nothing exciting ever happens; nothing ever goes wrong.

I couldn't stand to stay in a stagnant town, although now that I am gone, I do appreciate it as a solid foundation, a great place to grow up and establish morals, values, etc. It was wonderful for that. Extraordinary, really. Especially being that I live in the city of Los Angeles now-- I see so many others who didn't have that luxury of growing up in a small, yet intimate town of love and life where everyone knows everyone. Growing up amidst one huddled community-turned-family; it's beautiful.

I never knew how rare it'd be-- looking back-- and how lucky I was to have grown up like that. How lucky I am to have spent my childhood years in the tiny town I once despised and could not wait to get out of. The town that now that I'm out, I feel the urge to visit frequently. To see my friends and family, and to be surrounded by genuine love, which I miss so much.

It's so rare. That genuine love.


Quintessentially, the life plan is a bit different than that which mine as been. I did, however, finish out school and get my Bachelor's degree, without taking any time off. In fact, shortly after writing the 'Breaking Point' post above, I enrolled myself for the summer semester to finish quicker-- and graduate sooner. It seemed like a better alternative to taking time off. Most of my friends back home have children already; they're married, or they're settled, or they're set in staying there.

Not me though. I wanted to get out and experience life. I wanted the ocean. The City of Angels. To pursue my crazy dream of living by the beach and living to write; writing to live, and living in love. To live somewhere that I can walk to wherever I need to go-- I've never been a fan of driving, and living in New York City turned me into a major fan of public transportation. That, and I love to walk everywhere as much as I can.

In reference to living quintessentially though, I don't think I do. I prefer an unconventional lifestyle, and that's what I've been living out. Still, there are those few traditional elements that I wouldn't mind throwing into the mix of my crazy life. I believe I will soon do that... it's all in a matter of time.

The family that I interviewed with for an evening/weekend nanny position yesterday-- they're unconventional in the way that I like to be, and I think we will 'click' on that similarity if I am presented with the opportunity to take the job. I adored their home, and their spirit; they are so happy. Again-- time will tell. We shall see :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Thursday, April 18, 2013

P is for passion; A-to-Z challenge

Passion is the very thing that drives me to dream out loud and seek the best of success that I can muster amidst my imagination's realms. My whole heart is in that which I'm passionate about, and so it's without a doubt that I say my ultimate passion is writing-- but not just any writing. Living to write; writing to live. Loving to write, and writing with love. Oozing it out with each word woven; each sentence structured; each continuum crafted-- all with immense, undying passion.

My passion is to write in a way that connects with readers, giving them a positive experience, all the while providing them with knowledgeable information to better their lives in one aspect or another.

I love to write in a way that moves people. That empathizes with them. That provides a feeling of hope, of encouragement, of motivation.

To write in a way that positively affects my readers, providing them with a nudge of optimism through whatever it may be that I am writing about, is my absolute passion. It is what I wish to excel in, to make a career of-- it's how I wish to be remembered.

Passion gives breath to life everyday. Its pulse brings the beat of my heart to rhythm with that which I write, always.


So please tell me; what is your passion? I love to hear what sets fire to other souls, as listening to people's stories provides pure encouragement, inspiration, and motivation, as well as a dash of fresh perspective, and I love that, too. :)


Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for outstanding optimism

Because that is what optimism is: Outstanding. It's liberating. It's the light amidst the dark. It's the brightness of the stars in the night sky so black. It's holding on when you don't know what's to come-- having the strength to keep doing and pursuing that which brings you to life.

To be optimistic is to be opportunistic about each and every experience we endure.


I choose optimism as my perspective, through thick and thin, and I always will.
*Thank you, Mom, for instilling this mindset, this motive, into my brain at a very young age!
My wish is to do the very same for all who I cross paths with every day. :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

N is obviously for Nanny!

Nanny is the word I'll choose for today, of course, because it is who I am daily; serving as a caregiver for a beautiful child. It's a huge feat to be asked to assist in the molding of a human being, and I take it with great honor and wholehearted compassion each and every day.


The truth is that while I am a writer at heart, I am also a nanny, and I love it so very much. Children are our future; they hold the fate of what's to come of this world when we're not around anymore. How they're raised is of mighty importance; extreme significance. It's everything, really.

So with that being said, here's to the nannies!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for... Monday?

Monday because I'm mindless; it's the start of a new week-- always a day of overwhelm combined with goals and motivation beyond anyone's imagination.



Monday calls for too many pots of coffee, and a late night because of that.

Is it Tuesday yet? *Yawn.*

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Saturday, April 13, 2013

L is for Love, of course.

Love is, above all, the best 'L' word out there. It's what causes our hearts to beat. It's what makes the whole world go round. It's what we constantly need more of. To feel more of. We all desire it, whether we want to admit it or not. We all require it, too. Love is everything, and if you disagree, I will gladly argue to my last breath with you. ;)

Be careful though, with who you choose to give your Love to. That very choice has infinite power. Power so intense, it just might make or break you.

But if and when it does, don't worry. You'll only build back up stronger, to love harder than before.

Love's like that. It's resilient. And when it's real, you just know.

You see, the one real problem, real tragedy with love, was written in a book called, 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower,' and it says:


Know that you deserve the very best, and never ever ever consider accepting anything less.
Never settle.

Love is the most extraordinary thing, and it should not be taken lightly. Trust me. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Kindness.

My mom always tells me, "Kill them with kindness." And so I do, always.

Short, simple, and sweet. That's all this one needs.

Kindness goes for miles like you would not believe. Trust me. ;)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Thursday, April 11, 2013

J is for job interview. A-to-Z Challenge!

J is for job interview simply because of all the J words in the world, this is the only thing on my mind right now that starts with the letter J. This is because I have a job interview tomorrow-- for a new nanny position here in Los Angeles-- that could change my life for the better in so many marvelous ways.


I cannot stop thinking, daydreaming, wishing, hoping, and praying that it goes well; that I can soon call it my new job, because if that is what's to come, I will be the happiest girl in the world. SO much good will pour over into my life from this opportunity, so long as the job interview goes well tomorrow evening! All I have to get through is the day of work, and then my fate will be determined around 6 p.m. Eeeeek!!! I am so nervous, but so excited.

This could be my next big step in the direction of my dreams. This is what dreams are made of; baby steps-- each one paves the way. It all starts with that first impression though; this job interview holds the potential of everything right now! Gah, I can't stop thinking. Here's to hoping sleep comes easy as soon as I finish my writing, shower, and paint my nails prior to snuggling up into my big, cozy bed.

Have a great night! Happy J Day, A-to-Z friends!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I is for instinctive intuition. A-to-Z Challenge

Trust it. Trust that little voice. Trust your gut. Trust the instinctive intuition that's telling you whether to pursue something or to run. It knows more than you think it does. Read the book, "Blink," and you'll know what I mean. It's a serious thing. Seriously!!!


Also, here's a little anecdote I like to share when anything relating to instinct/intuition comes up. It makes me happy to be from Michigan, and even happier that people can sense it just by the way I carry myself and the energy I must somehow exude. My hope is to never lose that, so long as I am living away from home. And that's part of why I'll be sure to visit so often-- to stay grounded in who I am.


So, yep. There you have it. Trust that instinctive intuition. It'll save you a lot of heartache. Trust me, as my stubborn self has learned that the hard way a time or two or seven. Whoops. At least I'm finally learning. :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

H is for happiness. Simply that. A-to-Z Challenge Day 8!

Everyone deserves to be happy.

I think what we forget is that happiness is not only a choice-- it's our God-given right. So, if you're not feeling fully happy for one reason or another-- change it!! Take that reason, and rearrange it so that whatever may currently be wrong can soon be gone or made right. You deserve to smile truly from the depth of your heart; we all do.




Happiness is underrated, and I think it's about time we do something to change that. Look to the little ones-- children everywhere-- and how blissfully unaware they are of all that makes us sad. Let's take a hint from them; it's simple, really. If you want to be happy, simply BE. Put a smile on your face, and say, "I'm choosing to be happy today." The following is a beautiful reminder of how to be happy.


The photo below is of me from last Friday night, blissfully choosing to be 100% happy. I, too, need to work on staying mindful of the quote above, because it really does ring true on all accounts. Choose happiness; you deserve it. We all do! :)




Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny


Monday, April 8, 2013

G is for Grace... the grace of God... the grace of God in all of us.

Whether you choose to believe or not, I firmly believe that inside each one of us is the beautiful, delicate, intricate grace of our beloved Father-- of God himself. The little word itself keeps popping up all over the place in my life lately. It's serving, in my eyes and heart, as a reminder to remember how precious a thing it truly is-- grace-- to carry and to consider throughout each day, each of our obstacles and our successes.


Grace is a soft and beautiful thing; it's to be handled as such. I think sometimes we forget. I know I do, at least. So, it's important to take a step back and remember every once and again, its purity and delicacy, like that of a child, or a flower, or anything fragile and worthy of love-- like daughters and grandmothers.


To work as a nanny is to receive reminders of grace daily through the eyes and hearts and minds of innocent children we look after. For that, I am immeasurably grateful, for my faith is restored each time I am greeted by the wonder and amazement of the little guy I care for everyday. Gotta love him! Gotta love this life of a nanny. :)



Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for Freedom by way of Faithful Fearlessness; A-to-Z Challenge Day 6

The only way to free yourself is to find your heart nestled into faith. I once wrote an entire blog post on this, where one particular line I crafted has rang true over and over, serving as a true motto-- one that I find myself repeating in my head when I feel my footing start to become unsteady, my heart unstable.


You see... to be free, one must be fearless. To be fearless, one must be faithful.
With faith in God & yourself, find fear in nothing. Free yourself.

Find freedom in faith that God's Love will carry you through each passing day.

And to be honest, while I know I ought to, I'm still learning how to. I think we all are. And that's the beauty of it--- helping each other find the strength to put faith in God, and to be fearless; to free ourselves. 

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny



Friday, April 5, 2013

E is for Eat; A-to-Z Challenge Day 5!

E is for Eat, because eating is the act of consuming food which is fuel for energy we need to get through each day. [Just, you know, in case you weren't aware... ;)]

As a nanny, you need a heck of a lot of energy just to do that. Trust me.


Today, I felt so beyond drained after work... and during work, and before [like, upon waking] that it got me thinking. I need to refurbish what I've been eating. The little riddle we all know rings true, "You are what you eat," popped into my head. SO I asked myself, what have I been eating this week? I'm usually tired by Friday, but not to this extreme!

That's when I had my 'ah-ha' moment. You see, I get on food-kicks, and some weeks it's really good, and I swear I'm going to turn into a clementine or a carrot because I can't stop eating them. Other weeks, like this one, it's bad, and I feel as though I might turn into a French fry. Or macaroni & cheese. Because I can't stop eating French fries. Or macaroni & cheese.

This week, I've consumed fries probably 3-4 times in comparison to my typical 1-2. That's not okay. That's why I feel as exhausted as I feel.

You are what you eat!!! Learn from me. Check yourself; get right with your fuel-- for it's your very source of energy, and we all need energy. :)

Have a great weekend!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny


Thursday, April 4, 2013

D- Dream. A-to-Z Challenge Day 4!

D is quite possibly among the easiest letters for me to choose a topic/word to write on. It's dream-- a favorite word of mine, and the driving force behind all that I do, all that I aim to become, and every decision I make.



My very first tattoo (above!) was inspired by my love for this word back in my first year of college during Christmas break-- December 2007. The six more that followed [so far] have been just the same. [& yes-- successful nannies in Beverly Hills can/do have tattoos, if you were wondering! ;) heh]


One of my all-time favorite contributions (above) to a magazine was on the stages of making one's dreams come true. I'll forever treasure it, and I hope it resonates with you!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Care.com; A-to-Z Challenge Day 3

There's this lovely organization called Care.com that I'd like to feature for Day Three of the A-to-Z Challenge. Not only feature, but also to thank, because it's through Care.com that I've been hired for each and every nanny job I've ever had from Detroit, MI to my current position in Beverly Hills, CA.


Care.com is an extraordinary aid in helping families find caregivers and helping caregivers find jobs. As a nanny, I swear by it!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Babysitter? Blasphemy. A-Z Challenge Day 2.

That's right. Blasphemy.


Word of advice: Don't refer to a nanny-- one who cares for a family's child[ren] on a regular basis-- as a babysitter. Why? Well you see, a babysitter is an occasional caregiver who comes to relieve the parents when they have an event to attend or just need a night out.

Not only that, but a babysitter is typically quite young-- preteen to college years-- or elderly and retired. A nanny, however, tends to be one on the brink of a career with a degree or two, working at getting a job in his/her field, and working as a nanny to pay the bills.

Emphasis: A nanny's job is a consistent, professional service that indeed pays the bills. A babysitter's, however, is not. Your 13-year-old cousin can babysit, you know.

El dia DOS of the A-to-Z Challenge is upon us!
Enjoy the abundance of B-topics :)

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Monday, April 1, 2013

A-to-Z Challenge Day 1: A is for Arlee Bird!

Yes indeed; you read that correctly! My first blog entry for the A-to-Z challenge of April is dedicated to Arlee Bird, as a tremendous statement of appreciation for creating the A-to-Z! Here's to you, Arlee-- Cheers, and thank you kindly! We could not ask for a better Challenge founder.


Be sure to check out what Arlee's up to over at Tossing It Out.

Muchas gracias, otra vez, Arlee! You rock our world!

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny


Sunday, March 31, 2013

A final word before A-to-Z April is upon us

Ah! Where did March go?! I've been so consumed by life that I've accidentally abandoned NotYourAverageNanny.com. My sincerest apologies! No worries though; I'm sure to overdue it this month as I've signed up to participate in a lovely A-to-Z challenge of daily posts inspired by the letters of the alphabet, courtesy of a tweet by Van Heerling on Twitter just yesterday.



The first post, tomorrow, will be with relation to the letter A, and I am so excited to get the ball rolling on this new challenge! With Lent coming to a close today [meaning I've reunited with my beloved Starbucks-- HURRAY!], I was racking my brain for what could be my next big challenge. No more racking though as I've already registered and am more than ready to embark upon this new A-to-Z journey! Could there be a better-fitting challenge for a nanny blogger? I think not. Creativity: commence. See you all tomorrow, on the first of April. *And no, this is not a practical joke. I am 100% serious!

Have a fab final evening of March; I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Easter Sunday.

Best,

Brittney Schering
Your All-Write Nanny

Saturday, March 2, 2013

To be a nanny is to be ready... for anything.

Nannying is not for the faint of heart, nor the weaker stomach. Whether that jar of peas the babe just ate for lunch is about to be regurgitated onto your newest blouse, or the diaper s/he's wearing fails to hold the number two that just occurred while sitting on your lap, you just have to roll with the punches and laugh off every "oops" that happens. When working with young children, they frequently do!

On a more "expect the unexpected" note, sometimes we as nannies have to take one for the team and be the accountable caregiver that the families who hire us know us to be. For example, if you have plans after work that you've been anticipating for weeks, and the baby's parent falls ill while the other is out of town, you're going to cancel those plans due to the heart that got you the job in the first place.


Yes, I am speaking from pure experience. All of the above, I have endured. Yet I still live, love, and look forward to each day that I work as a nanny, because children are our future, and they're brilliant. Their innocence is amazing, as is their imagination- always soaring. The smallest moments, visions, and noises that fascinate them, bring hope to me for humanity in our future. It is how we mold our children today that will make or break the world we live in tomorrow. As nannies, we hold a great portion of this responsibility whether we realize it or not. I think it's best that we take note.

As for being prepared for the unexpected, there are a few things we can do to prevent absolute nightmares of instances from going from bad to worse. Fortunately, the mother of the baby I care for shares a similar clothing size, so if/when we have an "oops," I can simply borrow an item of clothing. For those who don't have this relationship with their employer though [as I also haven't in past jobs], I highly recommend keeping a change of clothes at the house where you nanny, perhaps tucked in a corner or the closet in the child's room. If this is uncomfortable, then you can always carry an 'emergency bag' in your car or on your shoulder if you, like me, commute to work every day. Inside this bag, I highly recommend keeping things like a toothbrush and toothpaste, makeup, a hair brush, any hair products you absolutely swear by, feminine products, and anything else you absolutely cannot live without should you have to unexpectedly stay overnight.

Again, speaking from personal experience here. You'll save yourself from making a $59 purchase (like mine you see below; Gap bag included) the following morning, as I did. Learn from my loss, and prepare in advance; it could happen to anyone!


Lastly though, this all comes back to the role we take on as nannies from the get-go. We are caregivers, and we play a great part in the childhood of the little ones we're watching after while parents are working and unable to. We are their eyes and ears, but we are also their hearts and minds during this time. So if that child needs an extra hug, or reassurance, or a boost of encouragement, we are here to provide that. If the family is in a moment of crisis and needs our personal sacrifice in order to make it through a hard time, I believe it's an option that is left to the caregiver, but it is one I highly recommend, as it's acts of kindness and love like these that do not go unnoticed. ;)

The week after the baby's father fell ill with the flu prompting me to cancel plans so that I could stay the night, I fell ill with the same, severe, stomach bug. Not only did they pay me for the three days of work I had to miss, but they also came by my apartment with the following 'get well soon' package:


Best of luck to you, fellow nannies! Please let me know if there is anything you'd like to see written about in future posts. I'd be absolutely glad to do so!

Best,

Brittney Schering

Monday, February 18, 2013

On proper etiquette; working as/hiring a nanny

If you simply type into your Google search box, "things your nanny won't tell you" as I just did, the number of results you'll generate is a whopping 2,550,000. Literally.



This is clearly a communication problem that can easily be resolved by creating an environment that is open enough to where topics deemed forbidden can be openly discussed. This can and will save you from having to find a new nanny at the expense of your current, seemingly content one. If he/she is experiencing the 'last straw' syndrome, they might turn to finding new work before giving you a chance to openly converse about whatever unspeakable issues may be at hand, which you may be oblivious to as a parent. 

My advice to parents is to educate yourselves. Coming from experience, it is awkward for nannies to approach our employers about touchy subjects such as the etiquette of proper payment, possibly feeling taken advantage of, needing a break, and other areas that may create friction or discontentment in your child's caregiver. 

As for nannies, sometimes it is necessary to break that discomfort and open up to your employers about matters they may not be familiar with yet. For example, some parents with infants are first-time nanny-havers, so they don't quite know the ropes of having a nanny, and how it all pans out. Sure, they can do the research, but sometimes it's the simple fact that they don't even know what to search or where to start. I, for one, know that I was completely unaware of the proper etiquette of paying a nanny before my first full-time gig a few years back.

I had no idea that we are supposed to be paid even on days that they don't need us; ie. days that the children are sick or the parents have the day off work or they choose to take a vacation for even a full week. I had no idea! But, I was delighted to learn that this is standard. To be a nanny is to have a job, after all, and if it is not at our fault that we are not working, we should be compensated as if we were working the same way that any other employee is compensated for vacation time.

It's fabulous to learn tidbits such as this, but it's also necessary to inform new employers if they are unaware so that you are treated fairly as you know you should. It's a bit awkward and uncomfortable at first, but if they love you and appreciate your services, they'll be sure to compensate you properly in order to keep you around. Nannies are in high demand, and parents are very aware of the difficulty that lies in finding a reliable, compassionate nanny above all to care for their pride and joy.

Below I've shared a couple of links to the concrete rules of nanny etiquette. Feel free to use these as resources when conversing with your employers in regards to being properly compensated, or in regards to any other issue that may have gone unresolved for far too long. It is very possible that they have no idea, so be sure to give them the benefit of the doubt before letting that 'last straw' syndrome take over!

Find a babysitter- Nanny etiquette - do's and dont's



Best of luck to all mommies and nannies alike. May we communicate freely without unnecessary boundaries and keep our environments comfortably open to little talks! :)


Best,

Brittney Schering

Monday, February 11, 2013

Let's Get Festive! Valentine's Day Week Fun: Crafts, Cookies, and Heart-shaped Everything!


I spent Valentine’s Day last year the way that I've spent every weekday lately— nannying! Back then though, I was with my favorite two and four year old near my hometown in Michigan. 

We made heart-shaped everything from crafts to quesadillas! We also used one of their gifts from me—a massive book of hearty Snoopy stickers— to create a sweet, serendipitous project that is to be framed and displayed in their house soon. Their mom was so pleased by it!


What could possibly be that cool? Well, I did not know she would think that it was so great, as it was a very random, “Hey let’s do this!” thought process that came as a result of knowing these little ones love to slap stickers onto anything.

Here is what we did! First, I lightly wrote each of their names— Rylie and Christopher— on large pieces of white construction paper with a black, ballpoint pen. I told them to follow the lines [not expecting they actually would; keeping in mind that they are only two and four years old] with the stickers from their new sticker books. This was the result (after I outlined the stickered letters with a Sharpie).


Pretty impressive considering their incredibly young ages, huh? I would say so! Later in the afternoon, we made jumbo-sized, heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies, topped with chocolate frosting, and of course, multi-colored sprinkles. Note to self: Never take eyes off of Rylie [4] when baking. Five seconds of being turned from her resulted in a wrist-deep frosting dive. Whoopsies! 


When 4:30 rolled around, it hardly felt like a nine-hour workday. It was a Valentine’s Day well spent; I had so much fun with the little ones! I always do, but Valentine's Day just felt extra special with all of the crafts, activities, V-Day love, and hearts everywhere!

This year it will be a bit different because I am caring for a babe who's just shy of 10 months old, but we will still be as festive as we can with copious amounts of the color red in the form of foods and clothing and perhaps a trip to the toy store across the street from our favorite place: Starbucks! Okay maybe that's just my favorite place. ;)

Happy Valentine's Day Week!!

Best,

Brittney



Monday, February 4, 2013

Mistaken for Mommy: How to Respond

Working as a full-time nanny with an infant presents the issue of being mistaken for 'Mommy' when out and about. I have experienced this first-handedly, as a nanny in Beverly Hills for a family ever since the little babe was three months old. He's now coming up on 10 months, and with that, the familiarity of us being seen out and about multiple times a day has assumed the regular belief that I am his mommy.

Having been stopped on the sidewalks of Rodeo Drive and nearby streets more than daily to receive comments in regards to me being his mother, I generally respond with a polite smile and say, "Thank you, but I am his nanny." I understand that being 23 years old and walking the same streets daily with the same baby, it is easy to assume that this perhaps could be my child. My own mom, though, came up with a brilliant idea to create t-shirts that say, "Nope! I'm the nanny." She executed her plan and sent a few t-shirts with the message in big, sparkly lettering. You would think that would help the situation, yes? Nope!


With the shirt on, I was still asked five times if he was my baby and referred to as “Mommy” by people passing by us on the sidewalk. One woman came up to me in Whole Foods and said, “I can tell just by how you hold him that you are an amazing mommy. He’s a beautiful baby.” I said, “Thank you so much, but I am his nanny,” with a smile. She responded, “No way. There’s no way.” I laughed and said, “Thank you; I take that as a compliment.” She said, “I bet you hear it often.” If only she knew how often! 10+ times a day out on our walks around The Hills. But I do take it as a compliment, very sincerely so. If mistaken for 'Mommy' by an outsider, a nanny must be doing something right!

The situation got sticky about a week ago, when the babe himself said "Mama" for the first time while I was feeding him lunch. I got scared, so I rushed him to his mom to tell her, but she was in her room on a closed-door phone call, which generally translates to, "Do not disturb unless it's urgent," so I waited. The baby's father, however, was right there to witness as he continued to say, "Mama." I avoided the reality of the fact that he was saying this to me. This is because the way I see it, when I have a child, and if that child is ever to call anyone "Mom" other than myself, especially for the first time, it would break my heart. I couldn't let that happen, or be responsible for saying it did, so I pretended it didn't.

The baby continued to say, "Mama" blatantly in a way that was directed towards me despite my efforts to make it seem otherwise. I even tried to teach him how to say, "Brittney," although I knew without teeth and at nine months old, that'd be a long shot. His mom did a bit of research to see if he really thinks I am his mom. She was comforted by the results provided, which read that he is probably just discovering the consonant “M” and playing around with it. This put me at ease, as well, because the last thing that I want to do is confuse the little man. However, I do understand that as he spends a good majority of his time during the week with me, a slight bit of confusion is natural, and it will pass as all things do.

This brings me to the appropriateness of kissing on babies for whom we, as nannies, care for regularly. I personally shy away from the idea, even with the fact that the parents have given me permission to kiss on him the way that they do. I feel like it crosses a line, or more-so a professional boundary, that I don't feel comfortable doing. While I absolutely adore the baby, and I take care of and love him as if he were my own, the reality is that he is not my own. My job as the nanny is to keep everything at a healthy balance so that he knows this, as well. Are any other nannies facing this same predicament of how much is too much? Or do any other parents have feelings towards this topic of affection with nannies and babies, or if infants should be seen in a different light as young children in this respect?

I'd be ecstatic to hear other opinions on this subject matter, as I know it's one of many perspectives. Please feel free to leave you comments and questions below! Let's get a conversation started.

Thank you, always, for reading! It means the world, sincerely.

Best,

Brittney

Monday, January 28, 2013

To find success as a nanny:

Much like that of writing, I receive mixed reactions in response to stating that I work as a nanny. Some are delighted and impressed, while others seem... worried or bored in a way that intrigues me. This is nothing new, as I've dealt with it in response to stating that I am a writer for a few years now, as well. Ever since I chose to declare my major as Professional Writing in college, I've experienced the various responses... but most commonly, the recurring lack of faith in ability to be successful.



One extreme, underlying commonality of writers and nannies is that of not only passion, but of wholehearted compassion. To be a writer, one must know the amount of work that lies ahead on the road to success, and the same is certain for a nanny. This is because both positions-- as professions-- are more than the typical 2+2=4 skill-wise. As a writer, you have to prove that you can weave words in a way that your readers will truly enjoy, bringing success to the company or publication for which you write. The same is true for a nanny-- you must prove your ability to not only care for a family's pride and joy-- their whole world; their children-- but you have to show them that you will do so in a way that is from your heart, not just for the money.

The bottom line is that for both a writer and for a nanny, the job is not [only] about the money you will make. The job is about the passion that is necessary in order for the person responsible for the job to be successful. If you do not love to care for children, why on earth would you be a nanny? Very similar to writing-- if you're not interested in creating articles about certain topics, why would you choose that as your profession? You simply wouldn't.

To find success as a nanny requires a great amount of love, patience, creativity, trust, maturity, efficiency, problem-solving skills, and willingness to get a little silly, and to get your hands dirty, and to take on the terrifying responsibility of being the spider squasher. Because, believe it or not, the four-year-old prince or princess that you care for is likely to be far more scared of eight-legged monsters than you are. This is a tiny anecdote based entirely on experience, just FYI, and I hate spiders.

So, while it may have the potential to produce frustration when I receive hasty grins at the statement of my dual professions, I choose, instead, to smile sweetly in response, for I know it's just due to a misunderstanding. There is much more to being a nanny than just playing with a child. You are serving as a member of a family-- a member that is part-parent, part-friend, part-sibling, as well as part-partner for the parents raising the child. It's a multi-responsibility role that involves a lot more than what the surface may tell, and that's part of the fun and enjoyment of the job. To be welcomed in as part of another's home; to assist in the raising of a child, and to bring something to the family that they hadn't previously had-- that is what it it means to be a nanny, and that is why I have chosen to pursue this passion alongside of writing.

Best,

Brittney

Monday, January 21, 2013

Welcome to NotYourAverageNanny.com!

Your All-Write Nanny consists of weekly posts about what nannies can do with children in regards to creativity and engaging in brain-stimulating activities, as well as establishing healthy habits early on. Meant for both parents and fellow nannies alike, my hope is to provide helpful and insightful information with each new post.


I currently work as a full-time, weekday nanny in Beverly Hills, CA for a family with a nine-month-old baby boy, and I've been with them ever since I made the move to California just over six months ago. Previously I worked full-time as a nanny for two families near my hometown in Michigan, where I cared for two children in each family-- both with little tikes of the ages two and four years old-- on alternate days of the week.

The truth is simply that I love to care for children; it is something I am entirely passionate about and have been ever since I can remember. If I could go back and tell my 12-year-old self that I am now a nanny in Beverly Hills-- the best location; the place of my dreams-- I can't imagine how excited I would be. Little-kid-on-Christmas-morning squeals and shrieks of amazement might even be an understatement.

I am also delighted to say that with my other passion-- which is writing-- I have attained a Bachelor's degree at Grand Valley State University as of April 2011. With that, I have been working as a contracted writer for multiple publications, organizations, and companies-- freelancing while I nanny. To combine the two is a dream come true, and I am more than pleased to to be of service to you as I do.

With that being said, questions and requests are more than recommended-- they are encouraged! Please feel free to interact, and I will be more than thrilled to do the same in return. Readers are everything to me, because without them, I would have no reason to be the writer whom I am today. :)

I will also be contributing to parenting publications such as mom.me and TheBump, and I will provide links to those pieces as they are published via posts on here! As I wrap this first post, my wish is to wholeheartedly welcome you to NotYourAverageNanny.com. Stay tuned, and enjoy!

Best,

Brittney Schering