Elizabeth N.|Durham, NC
10 yrs exp
29 yrs old
Creative, Active, Loving, Experienced Nanny Ready To Help A Family In Need
I began my career as a mother's helper in Virginia Beach in 2003 caring for a special needs child of a single mother. This was a live-in situation and I became a member of the family. In addition to caring for the 7-year-old girl, I was given the opportunity to babysit for the family friends of the woman I lived with. Their ages ranged from 2 to 13. Some were incredibly gifted, some were autistic, and one was schizophrenic.
To this day, I keep in touch with everyone of them. When I went to college, I also nannied, this time was not a live in situation, but I picked the 9-year-old boy up from school everyday and helped with his homework, cooked his dinner, and played with him until his dad got off work at 9. I also was on call for a fellow classmate with 7 and 11-year-old girls.
My babysitting philosophy is an active and engaging one. No one wants to hire a nanny that will stick their child in front of a TV. Especially children who are not of school age, kids require mental, physical, artistic, and emotional outlets. This means quality time outside, running around. This means quality time engaging in meaningful conversation and expressing oneself. This means expanding a child's creativity, whether through cooking, drawing, or play-pretending. This means spending time reading, writing, in museums, or practicing a skill.
The other half of my sitter philosophy is that molding a young person into a respectful citizen requires discipline and the expectation that manners and respect are a deep consideration.
I truly believe that nannying is as beneficial to the sitter as it can be for the kids, as long as you keep the right attitude and are willing to learn everyday!
I am majoring in philosophy and theater. I love acting, dancing, hula hooping, reading, and being outside. I grew up at the beach and have loved the water since I was a baby.