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

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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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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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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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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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