I had many the odd babysitting jobs growing up and some more consistent ones as I got into my older years. My experience with children with special needs is the most extensive because my youngest cousins have autism and growing up with them, it was my job to watch them and play with them. I work as a lifeguard and as a swim instructor at a child-centered pool and interact with children ranging from a few months to their teenage years. Working there has taught me ways to communicate with children that can sometimes be very difficult to deal with. Being a teacher has made me able to fit the specific needs of each individual child so that they get the most out of their lessons and this transfers over to babysitting/nannying because I am able to make a strong connection with children and keep them fully engaged in whatever activity we are doing.