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 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.


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!


Brittney Schering