I'd say I'm an active and optimistic mom of a wonderful 16-year-old son, so lots of good experience there! :) I live in the Wilmette/Kenilworth area. I'm open to working families from Wilmette to Lake Bluff, also the Near East Side/Millennium Park area. I do have a car and am comfortable driving your kids to and from activities (if using my car it would just be $. 55/mile). I'm glad to care for your kids at your home, but I also enjoy taking kids on fun outings. Kohl's Children's Museum, Barnes & Noble in Deerfield with great kids area with stage and Thomas the Train set, seasonal outings like the Botanic Garden/Train Expo in the spring/summer/fall, pumpkin patches, and holiday events are some of the things I've done with the kids I've cared for. Over the years, I've enjoyed working with a wonderful family in Lake Bluff with 2 kids (girl 2 and boy 6). Also cared for two adorable 6-month-old baby boys, one in Wilmette and one in Evanston... and sweet/energetic boy & girl twin toddlers in Highland Park. I've taken care of a bright 3-year-old boy in Glenview over the last 2 years, and more recently his newborn little sister. Also provided care for twin toddler boys in Glencoe. I've always loved kids and started babysitting when I was 12 years old. I enjoy creating good memories and have done that with my son and his friends, as well as all the kids I've taken care of over the years. My friends referred to our home as CAMP Karyn! :) My goal is to make sure they're safe while having a fun time together! At this time, as I'm re-entering the workforce after being a full-time mom the last several years... I'm looking to find part-time work to supplement my freelance work as a Communications Producer. I do have some flexibility on the days/hours, but am looking for something like 3-4 days/week - 3-4 hours/day. As a mom, I know it's important to make sure you feel comfortable with the person taking care of your child(ren). I'd be glad to set-up a time to meet you and your family! :) My rate is based on a minimum of 3 hrs./day: $20/hr. - 1 child $25/hr. - 2 children Payment is due after each day booked - cash or check.