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❓What do you wish parents knew about your job?❓

Diane Hoelter
June 22, 2018

Thank you to everyone who answered the previous question of the week!   This week's question is: 

What do you wish parents knew about your job?

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I wish they knew how truly rewarding it is to get to spend time with kids. The impact babysitters, nannies and child care providers have on their child's lives Is remarkable. To know that you've helped them succeed is amazing. Although there are some tough days, the good ones always outweigh the stressful ones! I still remember my preschool and kindergarten teachers because they took the time to get to know me and make me feel appreciated!

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That I'm invested in caring for their child(ren) sort of like they are my own-the job is not easy to leave, and that's why there is such an investment in having me care for your child. I'm not choosing to be a child caregiver because it is super lucrative, but I do expect to be compensated fairly. They are leaving their child(ren) in my care because of my experience, and references, not because they need to just have someone watch over them.

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I wish pet parents knew that for me personally, pet care isn't just a job. I have a genuine connection with animals, something I've possessed since I was a child. I couldn't imagine a life or career without them. I also hope that pet parents will realize that even fearful and fear-aggressive pets deserve love and care while their owners are away from home. For these pets, in-home care is by far the best option and there ARE caregivers out there who are qualified to deal with these special cases. I pride myself on my ability to create an environment that curbs the stress experienced by these pets and to eventually develop a bond with them.

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User in Jamaica, NY
June 20, 2018

That i am a very hard worker. And i love working with children

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Its hard to come into a new environment and be 110% without get familiar with everyone else first, we are human

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I have an uncanny ability to keep calm no matter how stressful things get

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Well specifically that I at all costs do not want the child to ever look at me as a replacement for their parents.

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User in Orlando, FL
Aug. 11, 2018

that i really love and enjoy my job, that i care for their kids as my own not as a job.

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When it comes to discipline, we need to know your rules well enough that you can back our calls. The first things kids want to know is if they can play us against their parents and vise versa. That makes maintaining structure difficult for everyone. Working together is everything.

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I say this with no bitterness but its disheartening to be call the "babysitter". What I do isn't Friday nights between 7-midnight. Savvy parents understand and respect that the work that goes into my job is no different than being a school teacher, trusted with the growth, education, morals and habits of your child(ren) every day. And in this age I often spend more waking hours with a child than the parents do so it takes a tremendous amount of patience, creativity and strength to be physcially and emotionally available for a child 30-40-50-60 hours a week. And the fact that I get so close to the family and often become a sort of therapist for the family means I must also have an understanding in human psychology and development. These relationships command a lot of cooperation and respect in both directions.

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kids act different when they are not around good and bad ways.

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we do have other offers and other jobs so we are not always able to get to you right away.

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It can be really difficult to get so emotionally attached to children that are not my own, especially when my time with them is up and I have to send them out into the world without being able to be there to help guide them along the way.

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That I will teach a kid always say the truth. That is for me a great value to teach.

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How much we cherish their children and would lay down our lives for them! Some parents know this, others perhaps not.

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I wish that parents knew that I want to make a genuine connection with their children. I don't just want a job to pay bills or pay for gas or groceries. I want to make a connection with little people and be an important part of their development.

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That I will love and protect your children the same way I do my own children and grandchildren. Our most precious gems for sure!!!

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I wish parents knew how much I value working with children and that a nanny position is more important than any other job in the world to me. It is a lot of work, especially when required to do cleaning, cooking, laundry, and transportation and nanny's deserve lots of kudos and praise, and proper compensation for all their efforts and hard work.

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I LOVE caring for children, so I just want to thank all the parents who have shared their kids with me! They've been a blessing to my journey.

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I wish the parents would know that yes times do get hard for us especially if you are telling your child one thing when we are their then we correct them on their wrong but then you as a parent keeps on telling them is alright, how are we suppose to do our jobs if we aren't helped by the main adult their child takes their examples from.

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That I love what im do and that im good at it

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that I love children and love to see how they grow and learn and grow so fast.

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 23, 2018

I LOVE working with children.

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they know about of how i care childern

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Emma in Dallas, PA
July 17, 2018

I love it! I'm babysitting for a family again in two days and I cannot wait! It gives me a sense of responsibility and I enjoy the experience.

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Children behave differently towards care providers than their own parents. At home rules, may be tested with the sitter so complete rundowns of dos and donts are highly appreciated. Such as a list of foods they can not eat, such as soda or sugar-free gum because their energy levels will be difficult to reduce when it is HW time.

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That I am watching their child. A lot of parents think that when a babysitter watches the kids it will be like the cover of a babysitting magazine where everyone is smiling and calm, but in reality I am still watching your child, they will get loud, have fun, and maybe a liottle messy. I realize that this is a part of childhood, and I know the parents realize it too but sometimes I want to remind them that I am still watching real children not actors and actresses on a magazine.

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I wish parents knew that children act differently for their caretakers than they do for their parents. Maybe they will eat a certain food for the caretaker, but not for you... or vice versa. Maybe they won't nap for you but take a 3 hour nap with the caretaker. Maybe they are easy going for the caretaker but rambunctious for you.

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That I am patient, warm, attentive, and responsible.

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I would like parents to appreciate that caring for children carries a lot of responsibility. Open communication can help working together with the best interest of the child at heart. Also, if a family goes on summer vacation for several months it would be nice to pay the nanny a "retainer". Any thoughts on that?

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Hi! I wish they knew that event though being a nanny is my job, caring for children is an act of love that involves a loooooot of learning. The kids don't know whether you get paid or not, they just know that you are the person there, from whom they are learning and whom they love. I see the kids under my care as my own , I love them, protect them and teach them in a way that nurture their little personalities. Families should paid attention to details, make sure the nanny feels comfortable, be flexible and also be there to support us as we can be there for them . It's so important that we form a solid community base in mutual respect, understanding and love. The people who will benefit the most is the children :)

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Kat in Norwalk, CA
Aug. 3, 2018

I believe that especially with first time parents there very scared to try new things with there kids, so if a nanny suggested an idea don't shut it down immediately maybe think about it, do some research.

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I wish they knew how incredibly important my job performance is to the well-being of their children. I am a role model to them, and they pick up my character, my manners, my social behavior. Kids are sponges, and they absorb it all, and I take this very seriously. Nannying is often regarded as a simple job that most any responsible person could do, and I firmly disagree.

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Angela in Nashua, NH
Aug. 14, 2018

THE YEARS IAM HAVE THE EXPERIENCES

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Isis in Lemoore, CA
Aug. 13, 2018

We take it very seriously and want nothing more than for your children to approve and like us and for them to have fun and for the parents to be able to trust us with their children

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Anything I need parents to know about my job, I communicate to them. After all my job is caring for their children so open two way communication is crucial.

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It's not easy so a fair pay would help.

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I think parents should also stick to the hours they have booked childcare for. If there are any changes let the caregiver know in advance, still compensate the caregiver for the total time booked.

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