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

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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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Zoe in Lolo, MT
July 12, 2018

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

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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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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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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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