Being A Nanny Has Taught Me

IMG_0399Since, I’ve become a nanny my life has changed so much. I literally have a new-found respect for my parents and all parents out there. It has made me reconsider a lot of things like my stance on becoming a parent, which I will discuss in a later post. I love being a nanny and honestly I never knew this job could be so rewarding. However, the job can definitely have it’s downsides when you’re a full-time live in nanny and you’re studying in college and your options of applying to internships can be very limiting. Since becoming a nanny I’ve learned so many things.Β For the past two years my life has been very interesting. For today’s post I wanted to share with you guys 10 things I’ve learned since becoming a nanny.

  1. Patience
  2. Always stick to your rules don’t bend them
  3. A new understanding of what I put my parents through at that age
  4. Everyone lives differently and has different values.
  5. Never make promises you can’t keep
  6. Kids always remember everything
  7. I have learned not to get overwhelmed when dealing with difficult children and rudeness.
  8. Make sure that you inform the parents about every little situation no matter how dumb it might seem to you.
  9. Be Honest
  10. I have learned how to love other people’s children.

 

  • I have a family friend who was a full time live in nanny before she had kids and she said it taught her so much about being a parent. She said it definitely made her wait until she was older to have kids (she used to want kids straight out of college!)

    • I so can relate to that. Even though I really would love to have kids from being a full time nanny I realized that I am no way ready and my heart really just isn’t there yet to be a parent. Thanks so much for the comment Angie β™₯

  • mena & taty

    You have great lessons here. I can already see your sense of tolerance and respect for others. You are right, never break a promise to a child

    • Aww thank you so much! I have grown up so much since becoming a nanny! It’s so rewarding and yes it is so true that you must never break a promise to a child! Thanks so much for the comment β™₯ xoxo

  • Joann Woolley

    I have a lot of respect for nannies because being able to put up with other people’s children who are not respectful can be awful. I’m so curious to hear your thoughts on becoming a parent now.

    • Honestly, at this moment I know in my heart that I’m not ready for married life and also children. Since doing this job I’ve realized that my heart just isn’t there yet. I love kids. I love being around kids but at this moment at 23 years old I am just not ready.

      • Joann Woolley

        I remember someone telling us when we first got married “wait as long as you can to have kids and enjoy life because it all changes” She was right! We waited 3 1/2 years to have our first baby. That was the right time. I was 27.

  • Robin Rue

    Oh yes, kids DO remember everything. I have learned that one the hard way a few times myself.

  • I’ve been in the babysitting department and I know how it is to love other people’s children.
    You have a great list and I especially agree with #6 πŸ™‚ They do not forget, and yes, never bend the rules.

    • So true! The girl i nanny is 12 years old and she makes it her mission to call out everyone in the house when they slip up. Lol it gets annoying but at times she’s so right for doing it.

  • Stephanie Seymour

    I could never be a nanny. I love my own kids and I’m happy every day that they’re here, but I don’t even like children’s birthday parties because other people’s kids are brats. I don’t think there is enough money in the world that would get me to take that job.

    • Wow not to offend you but did read your comment before you posted it. Honestly, this is the dumbest comment I’ve ever read. Not liking to go to other children’s parties because other people’s children are brats is so not a valid reason as to why you would never be a nanny and furthermore as a woman when I see other parents especially mothers making disrespectful comments about other people’s children, it says a lot about their character and how they raise their children. Next time you comment on someone’s blog please pick your words carefully or don’t comment at all.

  • Miss ALK

    I can totally relate to this! For the past year and a half while at school I have been babysitting part time for a family that lives right behind my college (literally- this past year I could see their house from my room!). Some weekends though when the parents travelled I would spend the nights and be like “mom” for the whole weekend… what an experience! Haha. I love those kids but sure don’t want any of my own anytime soon. πŸ˜‰

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • Ashley Vickney

    I was a nanny for three years… It made me switch my career! But those girls still like me so I must have done a good job πŸ˜‰ I learned a lot also from nannying, especially to be calm in hectic situations!
    xoxo

  • I’m curious now to know your stance on becoming a parent! I can see how nannying has taught you a lot. I love that list, those are all very valuable life lessons!

    • Honestly, since becoming a nanny and after spending so much time with the kids I’ve realized that in my heart that I am just not ready to be a parent. I love kids and I would love to be a parent someday but right now I feel like I can’t give a child everything they will need.

  • Great lessons for anyone! I haven’t spent much time around kids but I imagine that I’ll learn all of these quickly.

  • Alison Freisz-Steward

    Kudos to you – being a Nanny is something that I don’t think I’d ever be cut out for, I just don’t have the patience for it. My sister-in-law though, is a nanny for triplets and she loves every minute of it.

    • Omg your sister is nannying triplets. Ahh I don’t think I could even do that!!! Tell her i say she’s my hero and good luck β™₯

  • I don’t nanny but I’ve baby sat my nieces and nephews. Yes they remember everything you say and do. They definitely call you out about it.

  • By reading this post I am sure that you are an absolutely wonderful nanny. I love how you have a new appreciation for your parents and that you don’t make promises that you can’t keep.

  • Being a nanny taught me a new appreciation for my parents as well! I never realized how difficult it could be to be around kids all day, every day, and not lose it! It’s also harder to do when they’re not your kids- so great job!

    • Yes!!! I realized that at that age 12 and 13 that i was a little terror and my parents were totally right all the time.

  • I was a nanny for the past 4 years (omg I can’t believe it has been that long) but I really did learn a lot. People act like being a nanny is all coloring and cartwheels but it is a lot of hard work. Some days as a nanny are fun and others are stressful and exhausting! I found the job somewhat rewarding but was actually really eager to move on (after 4 years haha) even though I do miss the children.

  • It definitely amazes me how much kids remember things you do. You seem like a great nanny, and that is definitely a valuable career. I can’t imagine myself doing something like that, but I admire the people who do!

  • Dogvills

    I guess the first thing you would really learn is having so much patience. You are a wonderful nanny!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    These are some great lessons you have learned! I’ve never nannied, but I have afew friends that did when they were younger and nothing but amazing stories from them

  • These are definitely great lessons to learn.
    Kids can be a handful, but also very rewarding.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  • Ashley

    I’ve had quite a bit of experience with kids, from babysitting to nannying and now to being a teacher! It has DEFINITELY taught me that I am not ready for kids yet! As much as I adore them, it takes a lot to raise one of your own! I want one someday, but am fine with waiting a few more years!

    xo Ashley

    • I so agree with your comment! i am definitely not ready to raise on on my own! It is such a huge time and life commitment that I know that i am not ready for that!

  • I’ve never been a nanny (I haven’t even babysat before!), so I applaud you for being a rockstar at it! The whole “everyone has different values” thing must be tough, I can’t imagine coming in and watching over others children and getting accustomed to a completely different lifestyle!

    xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

    • It definitely is especially when you have grown up with really strict parents and then enter a home with parents who aren’t that strict and let a lot of things slide!

  • Kids have great remembering power and they remember everything! You have shared a great experience through this post!!

  • Lauren Ashley

    I used to be a babysitter for many years so I can agree with many of these πŸ™‚ especially patience!

    Lauren

    The Fashionista’s Diary

  • I work with children too, as a educational psychologist. I can tell you… Number 6 is a BIG one! Lol.

    • Oh yes it is and they love to remind you of things you forgot all the time!

  • Ally Gagliardo

    I’ve always thought I could be a nanny! I know you can definitely learn a lot from kids. And this post definitely shows that!

    • Honestly, if you love kids you should go for it. A lot of families are looking for someone to help out around the house part time and i’m sure you can find something in your area.

  • Macarena Ferreira

    Being a nanny has always seemed like a fun job to me! I’m glad you’ve learned so much. πŸ™‚

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

  • Susie Qpons

    I can’t imagine it’s easy at times being a nanny, though I’m sure it’s very rewarding! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • I have been repeatedly reminded how kids remember everything. My nephew is a prime example – he never ceases to amaze me. He remembers the weirdest and oddest things from when he was very young – like small details and items in my own home.

  • More power to you! I don’t know that I could ever be a nanny in my life! lol

  • Angela Christoper

    I really appreciate you being nanny was so hard and it was tiring too much. i think you are a great nanny πŸ™‚

  • I always thought it would be so neat to be a nanny! I actually studied to be a special education teacher for a semester, but I realized that I didn’t have the necessary passion for it. I loved getting to read your perspective. It takes a special person to work with kids, and you are awesome for being one of them!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

  • Love this post! I definitely agree with patience… I used to nanny for 4 children and that was the most necessary quality πŸ™‚
    Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

  • fariha n.

    Nannies have hard jobs. But they also have great bonds with the kids. I have seen nannies that were really like the parents because the parents had no time for their kids.

  • Patience is a huge factor in babysitting! My mom always had friends with younger children so I grew up nannying a lot. Although challenging it was also incredibly rewarding!

    Sarah
    http://www.bohochiccafe.com