As many of you know I am a nanny. To most people this means I play with babies and eat free food all day. But actually I’m more of a nanny/dog walker/maid/personal assistant which means I take care of babies, play with puppies, scrub dishes, fold laundry, iron clothes, and grocery shop all day (oh yeah and def. eat the free food too!) My job is pretty cool and here are some of the reasons why:
1. Children are adorable. Even when they wake up on the wrong side of the bed, even when they’re throwing tantrums and even when they won’t stop listening to “Call me Maybe” on repeat. Even the most annoying child is better than most adults and any teenager. The most annoying child can still be bribed with ice cream and a few episodes of “The Magic School Bus”, how many adults can you say that about?
2. Flexible hours, well, sort of. As a nanny you’re sort of at the beck and call of the family at any given moment. There have definitely been weekends I was totally looking forward to bonding with my bed, netflix and lululemon but I’ve been asked to babysit and even though I could say “no”, I know I really can’t because it’s my job and I sort of (pretty much) definitely agreed to babysit on weekends if they asked. There have for sure been mornings that I’ve wanted to hit snooze a few times instead of cleaning up after three crazy (and extremely energetic little girls). So in that sense the hours aren’t flexible BUT I promise that for the most part they are. Not only are you pretty much guaranteed holidays off but it’s also possible to have a lot of free time built into your work schedule. At my afternoon job I generally have several hours a day in which I simply have to be there for the children, so while they are playing video games, jumping on the trampoline, drawing on the walls (just kidding) I can do homework, catch up on Gossip Girl or even talk on the phone. Yes, I get paid to watch Gossip Girl. I’m telling you it’s the best job ever.
3. Kids love you, and you end up loving them back. There aren’t many jobs available for full time college students that allow you to truly love your work (although I really do love ice cream so maybe if nannying doesn’t work out I’ll consider something part time at Ben & Jerry’s). Spending five to six days a week with my kids has made me quite attached. I find myself really missing them whenever I have more than a day or two off and sometimes I choose babysitting over my own life. Maybe that’s just because I love Barbies and My Little Ponies but I think that’s only part of it. I think it’s because I really sort of love the kids.
4. The families I work for are truly incredible. I know this probably can’t be said for all families offering nannying positions out there but I really lucked out. I work for some really cool people and I feel so lucky. I really look up to both of the women I work for as they are both such wonderful mothers and successful in their own careers. I love it when I have the chance to catch up with Mandy or Margaret, plus they are both incredibly thoughtful and they have remembered me for Christmas, my birthday and Valentine’s Day (so sweet and unnecessary).
5. The Pets! It’s true, not all families have pets but if they do it is a major bonus especially for college students missing their animals back home. The dogs I “nanny” are so sweet and I honestly feel as if they are my very own (of course Boo is still the favorite child).
This is why I encourage college students to work as a nanny, even if you hate kids. Because it’s a pretty cool job and you might find out that you actually like kids, and at the very least you’ll find out more reasons why you want to wait at least twenty-five years to have your own kids. I could go on and on about why I love nannying-endless supplies of Kraft Macaroni&Cheese, early access to the newest kid’s movies and books, an excuse to wear my “my little pony” sweatshirt. Next quarter my schedule won’t allow for me to keep both my before school and after school nannying job, which is why I have to choose one. It literally feels like Sophie’s Choice. Over winter quarter it has been difficult managing 35 hours a week of work as well as a full schedule of classes, so I know I will be relieved to find myself with more free time in Spring, however it doesn’t make leaving one of my jobs any easier.
What’s your dream job?