I had the pleasure of living next door to Amy for a few years, which is how we met...she was a great neighbor. She has been watching our children for us since my youngest was just a few months old and I've never had any hesitation about leaving them with her.
My kids absolutely LOVE Amy, and it's easy to see why. When I'm at work, they ALL have fun -- which sometimes isn't an easy thing to do because they are 9, 6 and 4 -- so they often want something different than everyone else. When I come home, I'm often greeted with Amy participating in dance parties, puppet shows, playing in the backyard, playing trains, doing crafts, etc. There aren't too many people I'd trust with the task of taking all three of them to the pool with, but Amy is definitely one of them.
Monday afternoons/early evenings were very chaotic over here, but Amy always handled it like a champ. She had to pick the kids up from school, put dinner in the oven (I'd usually leave something ready to pop in there), get everyone a snack, help my 3rd grader with homework, get everyone fed, get my daughter ready for Daisy Scouts and get my son ready for soccer practice. You would think I'd walk into a crazy 3-ring circus, but it was almost always a calm, relaxed atmosphere, running like a well-oiled machine! Such a relief to not have to worry about someone being able to multi-task and handle such a crazy time of the day. Amy is awesome!
One thing that I really appreciate about her is how much she cares about the whole family, not just the kids. I've NEVER asked her to do any cleaning, but I swear to you that there has been many a day where it's been more picked up/tidy when I get home than it was when I left. Dishes have been done, counters wiped, toys put away -- all because she has a big heart, not because she was asked to.
Another thing that I truly appreciate is that Amy is not afraid to help you follow through with family rules. We believe in time out, toy removal, etc. and my kids know that having Amy here is just like having mom here. She's gentle, kind and fair but definitely supports us in wanting to raise children with good behavior and helps keep family expectations consistent. She also cares a lot about our children's safety -- in the car, at the park, at the pool, wherever. I know she's always got their safety in mind, and that puts mine at ease.
Everyone knows that situations come up where you have to call in sick for work. It just happens. One thing that really was nice about having Amy work for our family is that she always bent over backwards to make sure that we were covered whether it was me cancelling or her. I worked part time, so if I had to switch days to work another day, she'd do whatever she could to make sure she could work that day, too. On the days she was sick or needed to cancel (which were pretty rare), I'd always get as much notice as possible from her...it was never last minute, which is a problem I've had in the past. Amy is very reliable.
I feel so blessed to have had Amy care for my kids when I couldn'. I no longer need a nanny now that my middle child is in school all day and I am able to work while my youngest is in preschool. Our family's loss is your family's gain...Amy is a wonderful person to have care for your children when you can't. I highly recommend her without any hesitation!
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