Children respond to my kindness and tend to be well-behaved in my care. I love nature and enjoy participating in outdoor activities while stimulating curiosity in children about the world around them. I also have qualities that inspire learning at home. I'm very curious myself, and I am always looking to learn new things - especially through the eyes of the children while they discover what life is all about. Video games and television go off in my presence, so there's time and attention for learning, exploring and having fun. I raised two very successful, well-balanced and loving kids on my own and am now enjoying the benefits of grandparenthood.
I have over 50 years of experience taking care of children of all ages, beginning when I was 12 years old. There's a special place in my heart for babies. I'm calm and steady, patient and experienced so their challenges adjusting to life in a little body are not a problem for me. They are absolutely able to feel the love that emanates from me for them. They respond to my calm and understanding demeanor. I am in heaven when holding babies in my arms, feeling their little heartbeats against my own heart. I never get tired of witnessing their exploration of this world as they discover their hands and feet; figure out how to make their hands move on command; make their little legs and arms coordinate in crawling action then walking then running; and all the other amazing things life has to offer.
Every stage has its wonderful magical moments, but the first 1 1/2 years are the most jammed packed with them. I am also very comfortable with animals, so if you have pets, they'll be loved too. I have excellent references upon request, I have my own car and a background check available.