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💬 If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? 💬

Diane Hoelter
July 6, 2018

We recently asked you  "What are your favorite activities to do on the first day with a new family? " and you had so many great suggestions!  This week our question is:

If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? 

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I wish I could control the weather! The heat, cold and rain all present issues for me and the pets I care for. It's especially true with regards to walking dogs. A hot, afternoon walk is hard of my more furrier clients, rain is always a bother and the cold affects the dogs, too. Give me a sunny day in the upper 60's, that is perfect dog-walking weather! The heat also makes it more difficult to keep houses that don't have air-conditioning cool.

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User in Peoria, AZ
July 10, 2018

I guess it would be to manage my time more wisely.

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Misty in Roseburg, OR
July 10, 2018

If i could change one thing about my job, i guess it would be to get more involved and try to make a change for the better. I am always looking to find out bette ways to help senior citizens and the mentally hanicapp and mother and fathers. There is so much we can do as a community if people would just have the initiative. we could change the world for the better.

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If I could change one thing about my job it would be having more supplies for projects. I have two toddlers and they are so creative, it is such a joy to watch them create art, no matter how messy! I've found that craft projects really get their mind working, mixing paint colors, building with playdoh, writing the alphabet in sugar and their imagination really goes wild with kinetic sand and their race cars! I'd love to have even more activities to do with kids at our home.

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It's very frustrating when a family has a schedule they want and you think it's perfect so you message them and they want to meet you and when you meet they tell you a completely different schedule they're expecting. Now I can't take the offer because your new schedule just threw me off entirely. Not only did you waste my time, you wasted one more opportunity by taking that time when I could've been meeting with a family who has the right info on their care profile. Another thing that's gear grinding- you have a specific slot of payment to choose from from what you're willing to pay. When I message you, your payment offer is WAY less.

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People micro-managing my time.

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User in Carlsbad, CA
Aug. 20, 2018

I would love to be able to go on vacations with my nanny families!

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Laura in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 13, 2018

I absolutely love play dough!!! and slime. The gooey-er the better!!! Laura

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i would have the parents drop the kids off at my house or at least include gas money.

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Stop having to deal with immature mom's who worry too much.

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I love to go to the park or playground depending on weather.

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I wouldn't change a thing because i love kids there the most delightfully thing to have.And to help hard working parents get a break.

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If i could change one thing about my job it would be a little more respect from the parents when they are having a rough day they shouldn't take it out on the caregiver they are only their to help you and your family. Also i would suggest for the parents who work at home let you caregiver take out your child if its a nice day so the caregiver wont feel like your working over them. I would also suggest for some parents to not tell their kids if they stop crying they would reward them when clearly i'm not their to spoil your child but to teach them how to be thankful for things and if they cry and act up i will not gift them that is just making my job harder.

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Ask the child or children of their favorites and have fun!! When an infant or toddler then have fun ideas. If they want to do the activity again then they will communicate.

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I would not change anything about my job, because I love children and moreover I take each child under my care as my own, this Is what I really love to do so I would not change anything about it.

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Sophee in Bend, OR
July 28, 2018

If I could change one thing about my job is: Wishing the communication was better in general and it was easier to contact someone without them not responding to you.

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nothing really if i was asked to do more for the kids then needed i would actually be happy about it because its so much fun even when you gotta sit and eat or bathe or sleep kids make it fun

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Mirta in Raleigh, NC
July 25, 2018

Know the kids , talk to kids , play with the kids .

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To be able to have a car to help more families with their children pick ups and drop ups.

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Marina in Irvine, CA
July 24, 2018

Flexibility, trust and better pay

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Isis in Lemoore, CA
July 23, 2018

Nothing at all

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If I could change one thing about my job, it would be the location.

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Kayla in Phoenix, AZ
July 23, 2018

I wis i didn't get so attached to every kid I meet its like i never want to leave

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Emily in Norman, OK
July 21, 2018

honestly, nothing. I love what I do and yes it has its ups and downs but thats what makes it interesting.

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alots of fun

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Talking with the kids, and seeing what they like to do.

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Right now I do not have a job!

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Families feeling that they should "bargain" shop for a nanny. More often than not, you get what you pay for.

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I currently work in a Medical office, I'm trying to expand and do these nanny/baby-sitting jobs to get out of an office. I prefer freedom and being out and about or spending time doing fun things with kids. So I'd say being stuck inside 9-5 with short breaks is not my favorite thing.

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I would really like it if people who post ads 1) respond if I apply, and 2) close off their ad if they don't need someone anymore. I find that only 10% even read replies, an those who do read them mostly don't say yes please or no thank you.... frustrating and frankly rude.

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I wouldn't change anything about my job I love it.

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Nothing I love my job and I love my students

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I have several babysitting jobs where the home was so filthy I couldn't even sit down. So, I guess I would change that for sure.

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Joe in Crockett, TX
July 19, 2018

I would check with the family first since it is their home - if they left it up to me then I would bring out my collection of books, toys and art projects.

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well right now im a cashier so I would change the whole career as a whole. I want to be involved with kids their so much more fun than dealing with grumpy adults lol

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User in Colton, CA
July 19, 2018

One thing that I would change from my current job would be the fact that I don't get to interact with people very much. I am a people person and I don't really enjoy the limited phone interaction I have with others.

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To me, work-life balance is very important. I believe all employees should have the time and freedom to explore hobbies and extracurricular activities.

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Brenda in Foley, AL
July 18, 2018

On a permanent job, I would communicate that if I worked for a work from home parent, they allow me to be the plan/activity designer (keeping with their guidelines, of course). It's very hard for a professional nanny to feel she has the power to make decisions for activities if the parent makes her feel like she has to do everything his/her way. The child will not respect the nanny as an authority figure if the parent can't get out of the way and let the nanny do her job.

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Evelyn in Hialeah, FL
July 18, 2018

share an activity together

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Sarah in Beverly, MA
July 18, 2018

change something about the kids I love truly? Not.a.thing!

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If I could change some of my work, I would like to live in the same house so I do not need a vehicle.

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I love a lot of things about my job. I guess if I could change one thing about it it would be how nervous I get when I first meet a new family. But that's just how I am so there's no way around it.

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I would play with the children and get to know what type of activities they like.

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There is nothing I would change

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If I could change one thing about my last job, it'd be the level of activity. The last family I cared for had very unexcitable kids. They didn't want to go anywhere or do anything with me, and never wanted me to cook them anything but mac and cheese, spaghetti, or bowtie noodles with white sauce. I went into the job with high expectations and excitement about the great summer I'd have with those kids, and I left bored. At least they had fun playing Minecraft and complaining that their nanny took them to the Mall of America or kept asking if they wanted to go to the library or water park.

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Taylor in Baytown, TX
July 17, 2018

Do flash cards or play outside with the kids and help learn as they grow up.

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Lorrie in Baldwin, NY
July 17, 2018

I wish I had finished my Nursing degree.

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That's a hard question to answer. Because ON one hand I would like to get a raise because this job is not just supporting me but also my family. And Then I'd like to take care of the child in my own house. And ON the OTHER hand i would not like to do the pick up/drop offs So, its very hard for me to and I'm sure and other sitter to choose ONE they would change about their job. But if I had to choose I would pick being able to care for the children in my own home.

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Isabel in Miami, FL
July 16, 2018

I would change fewer tasks in the house and more time with the children.

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Marcia in La Mesa, CA
July 16, 2018

I can not think of anything at the moment.

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It would be nice to earn more money from my employer.

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Being able to keep the kids...just kidding.

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Pikul in San Jose, CA
July 16, 2018

I would like the parent feel comfortable don't feel worry about them child and feel like we are family.

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There is nothing to change about my job.

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I wish it qualified as childcare experience because I've been a nanny for five years and I can't have a preschool teaching job because I don't have 6 months experience in a licensed childcare facility. Otherwise, I don't think I'd really want to change anything.

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Nothing, I like the job like it is.

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The children growing up. Once you watch them long enough you get attached and don't want them to grow up because then you can't watch them anymore.

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getting pad a good wage

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I am very respectful of your time. I am always early everywhere I go so I would like my personal time outside work hours respected as well.

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User in Vancouver, WA
July 13, 2018

I would love to get paid for vacation days my boss takes. I am forced to take those days off, and I do not get paid for them.

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Mary in Papillion, NE
July 13, 2018

I like to playing name games, getting to know you game like one truth and two lies. I love to talk to the parents to know what to do in situations I could provide my needs.

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To just work with one family so that I could be close-knit, and feel like a part of the family

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Alexa in Mesa, AZ
July 12, 2018

Parents support babysitter/nanny when disciplining. Many parents tend to give in or side with their child if they come crying to them that the babysitter put them in time-out rather than support the babysitter's position and reasons. It tends to show the child they can get away with anything they want since their parents are going to side with them anyways. Makes the sitters job that much harder!

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Depending on the age of the child I like to play game which would require us to converse, so we can get the opportunity to know each other better and to also get the child to feel more comfortable with me. If the child is a little younger, I like to play educational and fun games. This will also get the child to feel comfortable with me though having to do things him/her likes.

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If I could change anything about my job it would be having consistency with hours. It is okay if the family does not need me, but at the same time it is my job and it only hurts me in the long run because I would not get paid for days I am not needed.

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nothing to be honest

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Sarah in Orlando, FL
July 12, 2018

The first day with a family should be to know their routine, their habits, their constumes. I do not know if I would change anything at work, I like to take care of the house and children and pets. At the moment, there was nothing that should change.

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No parents working from home. It is very difficult for the nanny.

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Reading books, teach them good manners & right conduct, singing & dancing, how to organize their toys after the end of the day.

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User in Ypsilanti, MI
July 12, 2018

I would like more opportunities to do things with the kids away from home, not including walks to a nearby park. I like taking kids to museums or markets so they can explore and be exposed to more things culturally and locally.

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I would manage my time better.

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Zoe in Lolo, MT
July 12, 2018

insted of being a babysitter i would own my own date care

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 25, 2018

I think so When you have to start a job you do not have to change your mind .

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stop to be easy going lol.

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play soccer

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