Since before I can remember, I have loved spending time with children. I love the way children see the world, and I find that when I connect with a child on their level, I remember how simple the world once was and instantly feel my problems are smaller than I believe them to be. I also love to mentor children and watch my presence influence them and help form the way they develop.
When I was 12 years old, I put this love of children to action and got my babysitting certification through the Red Cross. I immediately became the neighborhood sitter, and watched dozens of kids grow up. And what a joy that was. And I wasn’t the type of babysitter to put on a TV show and call it a day. Playing with the kids was so fulfilling to me. We would do scavenger hunts, put on plays, read books, draw, play outside, and so much more. And watching a child learn and grow and discover made the job worth my while.
As a college student, the babysitting dwindled, but my involvement with children only grew. I was a part of several children’s theatre projects and got to mentor children in a totally new way. I did a show called ‘Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ and played the titular role of Alexander. Being able to put myself in the place of a child and attempt to see the world from that perspective reminded me of why I love children in the first place. It was also fun to have the freedom to be silly and carefree for a few hours on that stage. After that, I signed up for a project called the Story Bandits. We went to many different elementary schools and performed stories written by children for children. I loved that this project encouraged kids to read and push to learn more, and I hope to continue similar endeavors in the future.
Entrusting someone with your children is a very serious matter. But my many years of involvement with children from several perspectives may give you some peace of mind. I want to be more than a nanny. I want to be a mentor, playmate, friend, and true caretaker of your child. Thank you so much for your consideration.