I was a nanny for a family since their second child was born. It was a life changing experience. I LOVED it. Every moment of her development made me giddy. Witnessing brother become a brother was fascinating and hilarious. Their bond was beautiful and I saw my role as caregiver to be nurturing their relationship. My siblings are a force of unconditional love in my life and I wanted so much to see this grow between them.
Caring for people from infancy completely changed my feelings about, well everything. The first time I had to leave these littles with a sitter was super weird. I couldn’t leave that sweet baby girl with an unfamiliar face for bed time! What kind of thoughts would be running through her head as she cried herself to sleep?! It was too much for me so I meticulously did the dishes listening in on their play until I realized I really couldn’t leave without putting her to bed myself. (Of course I later learned this particular sitter is one of the best in the city and she has gone on to be one of my most requested Meredith & Co. caregivers!)
It didn’t really get better as time went on. I went part time with this family while pursuing my master’s degree and wrote up a 7 page typed document of care instructions for their new nanny who shared the position with me. (Also an incredible woman and now mama of two of the cutest humans ever.)
Now that I spend my days connecting families and caregivers I can only think what I would be like interviewing caregivers for my own children!
Here is my favorite blogger’s guide to getting to know caregivers.