My review of Ms. Melissa (11/29/11):
We employed Melissa this Summer as our Nanny with the intention of her being with us for a long, long time; however, shortly after we hired her, I lost my job. We tried, but are unable to continue employing this Angel from God due to our financial constraints... it is the ONLY reason Melissa is going to be available; you sincerely need to act fast, because she won't be available...
My review of Ms. Melissa (11/29/11):
We employed Melissa this Summer as our Nanny with the intention of her being with us for a long, long time; however, shortly after we hired her, I lost my job. We tried, but are unable to continue employing this Angel from God due to our financial constraints... it is the ONLY reason Melissa is going to be available; you sincerely need to act fast, because she won't be available long - and this is why:
When you meet Melissa, she is quiet and reserved, almost shy. She seems sheltered from the evils in this world. She is a strong Christian and THE sweetest young lady I have had the pleasure to meet. God sent her to us at our time of need. It kills us to let her go.
The first thing Melissa told us in her interview was that she was better at relating to children than adults. That was an understatement. I have a 14 month old granddaughter, who was 6 months at the time we needed a nanny. The instant personality change when she is around children is pleasantly shocking. Trinity adores her! I could not stop praising God for sending us such a perfect fit for our family's needs. We were praising her so much, that our friends took their child out of daycare and brought him into Melissa's care as well. Colin is 19 months old now. These 2 toddlers light up when Melissa comes in the morning and many times cry when she leaves.
From day 1, Melissa has NEVER turned on the television. It must be part of the reason she seems so sheltered. She keeps the evils and sometimes pointlessness of television away from herself and her wards, protecting their young and delicate minds from the ugliness all around them. Melissa spends EVERY moment interacting with them. She reads to them and teaches them. She talks to them and relates to them at every opportunity. When they are asleep, she is on her laptop taking her last few remaining college courses in Early Childhood Education and Development.
I have been at home these past months, working to initiate an online business. I am secluded most of the day, out of sight, out of mind; but I have the unique perspective of experiencing Melissa's manor of caring. She is genuinely kind and gentle and compassionate. She amazes me at the lengths she will go to participate in their curiosities and fulfill their desires, never putting them in danger, and always allowing them to try and convey their wants. They have daily outings and walk-abouts. She sings with them, plays with them, and crawls around on the floor with them. She allows them to explore their lives on their level, always putting herself in their world, not forcing the children to conform to ours.
Melissa delights in their accomplishments and records their achievements and milestones, relaying the information to us and Colin's parents while they are away at work. Luckily, I am here to share in some of those great moments.
Melissa has never spanked either of them, even at times which could be truly called for as both of them are at the hitting, biting, tantrum stages; but she is firm and quick to resolve these types of issues by other means. I have never seen her lose her temper, even if she is feeling poorly (usually due to the children sharing their colds).
Melissa is responsible and trustworthy. There has never been an issue of concern about giving her keys to our home, or leaving her unattended. She has never called in sick and has never been late. She is flexible to last minute changes and has stayed late when the need arose.
Melissa makes sure the children have good balanced meals, nutritious snacks, and are well hydrated. Junk food is not part of her vocabulary. She is considerate of her surroundings, is neat, and clean. She never leaves a dirty hand or runny nose unattended. The children are changed regularly - never a diaper rash due to negligence, and she will not keep them in soiled clothing.
Does she sound too good to be true? She is all of this and more! It pains all of us to see her go. I know the children will miss her terribly and I am not sure how I will be able to relay to them the meaning of her absence.
Hire her and treat her well. What ever her financial requirements, she is worth twice that and more. She is a Blessing from God and will be truly and deeply missed.
Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns.