HOW TO PRACTICE GRATITUDE WITH KIDS

 

We live in a day and age where we have an overwhelming amount of things. Sometimes it’s super hard to be grateful for what you have, and be grateful for the things someone does for you rather than buys for you. For tiny humans that is just the same, especially after December when they usually get an enormous amount of things that they don’t even know what to do with.

I get it, I love buying presents for loved ones, but I’ve come to realise over the years that the most important thing is my relationship with the person, I want to give a gift to, and my time with them, no present can substitute that. So, I wanted to write down a few ways we can practice gratitude on a daily basis with children. It does matter what we instil in their little minds from early on, what patterns we shape, so I think this will be a good thing to do all year around, but especially around and after holidays.

 

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The Gratitude Game

The game needs ideally three or more players and one person to serve as a timekeeper. Have everyone sit in a circle with one person starting off saying, “I am grateful for [fill in the blank].” That person has five seconds to come up with something for which they are thankful, whether it be their favourite stuffed animal, food or activity. As soon as the first person finishes, the person to the left goes. “The key is to say what you are grateful for without repeating, and without pausing for more than five seconds,” by Lennay Chapman.

Goodnight Gratitude

Every night before or after bedtime story we can say what we are grateful for. This makes for a nice finish to the day and leaves us feeling good and happy.

Be Thankful for Others’ Hard Work

Teaching your children to be thankful for the hard work everyone put into making the life easier and happier for us is crucial to raising unspoiled children. No matter how many staff you have at home teaching children to appreciate what everyone does for them is just right.

Random Acts of kindness

Being nice and kind in never overrated. Teaching by example and letting children know that just doing a small thing like helping an older lady with the groceries or picking something someone lost and give it to them can make their whole day and change the world for better. That might sound silly but that is exactly how we start, with small things in our community.

Say Thank you and Mean It

We throw thank you around a lot, but do we really mean it? Maybe say thank you less but when you do, really mean it. When we teach children to say thank you, let them say it in a full sentence like: ‘Thank you daddy for repairing this for me’. That way ‘thank you’ is not just a word, but a mean to let someone know they appreciate them.

Think of Others

Do small things/surprises for your loved ones, like buy their favourite fruit, make a card, make the bed or clean the office and involve kids in it. Ask them what they think would make someone happy.

 

 

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There is really many many ways we can practice gratitude with kids and create a happy life. I hope this will give you some ideas and bring you joy while doing it. I would love to hear how are you practising gratitude? Let me know in the comments!

The Lovely Nanny xx

 

P.S. I originally wrote this blog post for blog of a lovely Nanny from Australia that live and works in London.

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MY GO TO RECIPES

I believe that good nutrition in early years is a solid foundation for a healthy life of a tiny human. With healthy and varied diet we instal important habits that will last a life time and give children a proper fuel they need for all they developmental needs. We as care givers (may it be Nanny, grandparents, parents, childminder etc) have to come up with a million new dishes, snacks and tasty treats that are going to win over little ones. Sometimes you succeed and sometimes you fail, but the ones that they like, will mostly likely become you go to recipes for any day.

As a Nanny (and I’m sure every parent too) I want to cook meals that as healthy but easy and take little to no time to prepare. I also want to be mind full about food waste, and want to make up the recipes, when I can use leftover from the day before. So I came to love these few go to recipes and wanted to share them with you. Some of them are one time favourite and few are a recent development that was well accepted by picky eaters.

 

BREAKFAST

Pancakes two ways:

  • Banana and egg pancake with a side of yoghurt

Two ingredients and such a yummy result. Mash banana and mix in an egg. I also add some vanilla to make it even more appealing. Pour small amount on hot pan and flip after a few min. You do have to be a bit more softer with these as they are quite delicate. Serve them with some yoghurt and blueberries.

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  • Stacking pancakes with condiments of choice

I rarely measure this recipe as I always do them with kids running around, and once you do it lots of times, it sort of just happen. But for the sake of you knowing how much and what to put in, here is a version of it.

Hand mix 2 eggs, add a cup of milk and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix 1 and a half spelt flour with a table spoon of baking powder than slowly add to the wet mixture and try not to leave to much lumps (but if there is any – oh well that is life). Consistency is quite thick, but it still pours nicely. You know the rest!

 

Rice pudding

Is also a good snack or dessert, but so so yummy for breakfast when it’s cold outside. It’s much faster if you have some left over rice in the fridge and you can speed up the process.  So than you put a cup of cooked rice in a source pan and ad a cup of milk, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Leave to boil until the milk is reduced and rice is creamy. Serve in a bowl with some berries and a drizzle of maple syrup (or honey).

If you do it from scratch than you would need to add more milk (double) and it just takes longer as the rice is not cooked.

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Overnight oats

These are great for summer mornings, easy to prepare as you do most the night before, and basically just serve it next morning.

TO DO: Put half of a cup of rolled oats in a glass jar, add 3 spoons of yogurt and half a cup of milk of choice. Also add cinnamon and raspberries. Put in the fridge over nigh. In the morning take it out of the gas jar and add a little warm milk, just so it’s not super cold – more like room temperature.

This is just one of many variations you can do, but add whatever your kid likes. I would also recommend doing it with them, so they can chose what is inside. This is especially good, when there is a lot of drama and negotiating with breakfast in the morning. That way they do it, and it’s all ready for them, so no

 

LUNCH

Carrot and potato croquets

Boil one potato, grate one carrot – tap it with a kitchen towel to absorb the excess water, add egg, salt, pepper and majaron. When potato is cooked mashed it with a tea spoon of butter (coconut is best) and add to the carrot mixture. To all that add spelt flour and spoon out portions on hot skillet. Brown it on both sides – It does not take long – and take out on to the kitchen towel to absorb extra oils. Serve with some peas (or any other green veg).

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Rice and carrot omelette

This quick meal is great when you have left over rice. It’s so easy to make, but at the same time it provides all the right nutrients that the child needs, and it’s a finger food, which is especially good when the baby does not to be feed anymore. It’s also a good way to get kiddos eat egg, if they don’t like it on it’s own.

Just mix egg with some rice and grated carrot (1 egg, small carrot and 3 spoons of rice). Add spices and herbs of choice. Pour it on the hot pan (medium hot) and bake until it’s solid enough to turn around, and than sometimes I will sprinkle a little of parmesan cheese on top to add another flavour. serve with some veg – we tend to go for peas a lot as that seems to go down well, but I offer green beans and edamame as well with this meal.

 

DINNER

Sweet and sour chicken

Sauce: 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar, 2 table spoons of sugar (coconut), 2 table spoons of ketchup, salt to taste. Bring to boil and add 1 tea spoon you previously mixed with 3 table spoons of cold water. Add and take of the stove (it will thicken quickly).

Chicken: Cut big chicken file in to a bite size pieces and add 1 table spoon of corn starch. Trow everything in a ziplock bag and shake. Add oil to pan and fry the chicken (without the plastic bag) 😉

Veg: Cut Carrot and red peppers to bite size pieces and steam them until tender and add them to the pan with chicken to fry for a min or two.

Transfer everything in a bowl and add the sauce.

Serve with steamed broccoli and rice.

 

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Roasted Vegetables with feta and cuscus

Such a simple thing to do and lovely autumn dish. I love the recipes you put in the oven and a while after it’s dinner! They work especially good, when you cook while looking after the kids. I tend to pre cut the vegetables when children nap and than a little before it’s dinner time, I will pop it then oven, and it will be nice and fresh.

Cut butternut squash, red peppers, courgette, celery and beetroot. Put them all on the baking tray. Drizzle over some olive oil, add salt, pepper and rosemary. Roast until tender and nicely brown and crisp. Take them out of the oven and crumble feta cheese over the tray. Serve with cuscus.

 

Bolognese sauce with pasta

The ultimate meal that even the most picky eaters will love. I adopted the recipe from the wonderful Annabel Karmel and can now do it with my eyes closed. Only thing I change is I use majaron and not thyme, and I don’t use sugar. I love to make a big batch and just have portions on hand in the freezer. It really can save you on the days that are just to crazy. And on top of that it is a delicious and hearty meal full of hidden veg. Definitely head on her web site for more yummy recipes.

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I hope that gives you some inspiration and ideas for your future meals. I am by no means a trained chef, but some would say I am a tiny humans chef, and as we all know, it’s not easy to be one of those! What we all wish is for them to eat a well balanced diet and grow up healthy. I would be a so happy if I had help sparked some ideas to help you in that process.

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The Lovely Nanny xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD BOOK DAY 2018

It’s a great day today! It a day where we can celebrate all the lovely books being written for us to enjoy. I love books so much, and I firmly believe that reading to children from the first day of their lives should be our big priority and joy. It’s wonderful to read, to listen the stories and to let the imagination come to life.

Reading to and with kids is one of the most effective ways to build a language base and great for cognitive development. Reading, in combination with talking, playing, and singing, is the best way to increase the number of words a child hears and learns in the early years. Reading increases focus, memory, and concentration. It also increases your child’s empathy and tolerance for others who are different. It’s pretty remarkable what reading will do for your child and you. Reading together might be one of the only times your child has your full attention, and (as time goes by) one of the only times you have your child’s full attention.

My favourite books for kids, parents, nannies, grandmas, uncles and grumpy frogs:

HIPPO HAS A HAT By Julia Donaldson

I have wrote about this book before. This book is short but very interactive, with easy rhymes and eye catching illustrations. Children can easily recognize animals and different types of clothing. Book can be extended with activity which would vary according to age. I would recommend the book for children age as little as 8 months up to 4 years.

FOUR SEASONS By Rotraut-Susanne Berner

There is four books like four seasons. This books are an amazing journey of discovering for all age of early years children. Also I love to get lost in them. Especially the wintery ones! They promote imagination as you can made up stories about every page, develop an eye for detail as there is 4 books about all seasons and the people and stories continue so children can get the sense of storytelling, they start to recognise different jobs, habits and holidays each season and every time they can spot something new as the illustrations are brilliant! Starting from 6 months on – when they do the tummy time, you can put the book under them 😉

That’s not my ….Mermaid …. By Fiona Watts

I can not say much more than, this collection – and there is a lot of them! – is super fabulous! The kiddos just love them and they are super fun for adults as well. Starting from new born on!

GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS By Elena Favilli, Francesca Cavallo and Brigitt Kollmann

This book nearly made a small revolution, with it’s bald statements about girl power! I’m all about super girls as I have a chance to look after so many and I know how important is to have role models that inspire. From 2,5 – 3 years on (but it never hurts to read to a baby does it)

THE WHOLE BRAIN CHILD By Dr Tina Payne Bryson and Dr. Daniel Siegel

Enjoyable and certainly not dull read for parents, teachers, nannies… Have a go!

HOW CHILDREN LEARN By Linda Pound (and other collections)

Such a good book to go through and have on hand to refer back to, weather you are a teacher, parent or grandmother. This collection has many other great books but I believe for start that is enough. Touches on educational theories and approaches of great Vygotsky, Maria Montessori and others.

And last one, which become my favourite very recently:

GRUMPY FROG By Ed Vere

This book is all about feelings and it super fun and relatable to the younger generation now. Its all about the things we need to teach children now and that is compromise,  tolerance, friendship and the power of saying sorry.

 

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Let me know which one is your favourite book, when do you read and who do you read with! I would love to hear all about it! I have linked all of the books so you can find them, just click on the title!

You can got to this website to get more book resources.

As always, sharing is caring 😁

The Lovely Nanny xx

 

 

 

I don’t care

I wanted to start writing about some things I might have been personally feeling and hating to share. Things that are really hard to say and are not the lightest topic, but I feel it might be beneficial to someone who is in the same boat.

I would really like to start this year with only one huge goal that I can follow to the next one and so on. I’m not big on NY resolutions and I’m not planning on making any, but this is more like a personal goal, and I think it is about time to do it.

CARE LESS ABOUT WHAT EVERYONE ELSE THINK.

There is it, I said it! And I mean it! I mean all that goes with it! I waste too much energy on other people’s opinions and I care too much about how I portray myself. It is freaking exhausting!

I am working in a profession where I have to be a certain way, an example and a role model. But I sometimes forget about what I really want. I always though that when you work with children you have to be nearly perfect. But now, to be honest, I’m to tired to be perfect every day, whatever that means! I should be using my precious energy for something else rather than worrying about things I have no control of. Why is that?

I was thinking what it is that makes you want to be in best books with everyone and it is because you don’t want to be embarrassed. Being embarrassed would mean that you are vulnerable and that means that you are weak and essentially not perfect. See how that sounds totally silly? But I’m certain that there might be some of you, who are feeling exactly the same. It is emotionally draining what we do for our job – amazingly satisfying and so lovely, don’t get me wrong!

We as humans are judgemental. If you make an effort one day and count how many times you will have to stop yourself before you start judging somebody I bet it won’t be just one time? That girl on the street, mum at the park, dad smoking a cigarette…we judge all the time. I think we do it because of our own insecurity. It is understandable in some way, why we would care so much what others think, and it is because we are social beings, we like relationships and deep inside we strive to be happy and secure. I believe we are programmed like this because we can’t survive alone. If we behave in a more considerable way that we might be otherwise it increases our chance for others to like us.

I personally don’t like it when someone does not like me, I have a really hard time to live  with it, especially if I see that person a lot. But I definitely understand that not every time personality matches, and not everyone will like you. If you are the same, let’s make this goal together, let’s work on how we feel as opposed to what others think, let’s make ourself happy before we try and make everyone else happy.

Putting yourself out there to be criticised isn’t a walk in the park, unless you have a good shoes – than you can just step over it and walk away with your head high! You are so amazingly you, and there is nothing else you need, but your smile. Start with that!

The Lovely Nanny xx

HOLIDAY WREATH

We are being a tad creative in this holiday season and It’s just so nice! I wanted to share with you our lates creation.

⭐️ This is an advanced craft you can do with a slightly older child (4 years +). It is activity that slowly evolves to the finished product. We had been gathering material on our walks, talking about what are we going to make, talking about the colours, the shapes and things we are going to use. Even though every step in not possible to be done by a small child (hot glue gun) is it still great to involve them in all the steps and explain what we are doing and let them do as much as possible (like choosing pinecones you will then glue on the circle and so on – could also practising counting -how many pinecones do we need to fill out the circle…). ⭐️

 

Have a look at these lovely pictures!

 

 

First we cut a circle from recycled carton (try and use what you have at home, every one have a used box or two-we all love amazon am I right!). Use a plate to do a circle or something else, depending on how big of the circle you want. Use hot glue gun to make everything easier, but never leave it unattended with tiny humans around. Then really, just as you wish, start placing pinecones around the circle and make a wreath (make it a fun activity even though you’ll be the one to glue them on) 👆🏽

 

 

Next we have previously picked this little bananas (as we like to call them) and some other nice tiny branches and we just sticked them around to fill the gaps and make it even more festive. I found these jingle bells in shop called Flying Tiger and thought they would be perfect to put around the wreath as little one love the 🌈 colours. Together we have put them around and I just love the whole look! Doing the crafts like that is a great opportunity to also sing some festive songs (or any songs) and make the experience super christmasy! Our favourite songs to listen are from Super simple songs creators –  do you know them?

 

 

We added the last touch with some pink glitter. Mixing white glue and glitter together I let the tiny one do all the work. This completed our wreath and we were both very pleased with our lovely holiday wreath! Last thing we will do is just out some ribbon or string and hang it on the kids bedroom door.

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What crafts are you making this season? Let us know in the comments below! We would love to hear all about it!

As always sharing is caring 😉❤️

The Lovely Nanny xx

Nanny Survival Guide

Nannying is one of the most wonderful jobs you can have. But it’s also one of more demanding ones, and if you don’t take care of yourself, sooner or later you will burn out.  I did, it wasn’t great, and this is what I learn since.

1. You are as important as the family you look after

Your life, plans and commitments are as real as your bosses. Make sure they know that from the beginning. When you take time off, try to really switch off, so you can come back fresh and recharged.

2. Socialise!

Find friends, other Nannies, which you can rely on, and can make playdates with or coffee dates. Nannying can be such a lonely job, it’s nice to have other grown ups to talk to.

 

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3. Stay healthy, exercise, meditate

Eat good, heathy food, drink a lot of water and take vitamins. We all know how hard it is to drink enough throughout the day, because most days, you can’t use toilet more than once, and even than a child will be sitting next to you. Exercise is so important if you want to keep up with the little ones, but also, it helps you fight every virus that is coming to get you. I recommend pilates or yoga, as when you work 7-7 with screaming tiny humans, an hour of meditation does wonders. But really, whatever gets you going!

4. Learn to say NO

When you feel overworked, learn to say no. It is hard, but for your own sake, you will have to learn it. Learn to say no, if you already made plans and they ask you for babysitting, do another house chore or working an extra day on the weekend. But also say yes, when you can. It is nice to help out when you are able to. The right family will always appreciate that.

5. Communicate with your bosses

Learn to talk to your bosses even about the difficult stuff. About money, children’s behaviour, holidays, time off and all subjects that normally give you bad anxiety.

6. Stand up for yourself

You are your own lawyer, HR, social worker, cheer squad and support group. You are a grown up, professional who knows what to do in her job, that is why you have been hired – now act like it! When you feel something is not quite right, think about it and than try to come up with a reasonable solution, to present to your bosses. But always stand up for yourself, because if you won’t, no one will!

 

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Now I will not say all that is equally easy for every one, but in order to stay healthy and sane, you will have to look after yourself. We all have a certain idea of how the job should be done, but don’t overwork yourself. It’s so easy and so not worth it. Every sane family will want you happy and healthy.

Please let me know what are your top survival tips down in the comments!

As always sharing is caring!

The Lovely Nanny xx

 

Team work – makes the dream work!

I learned a thing or two about the Nanny world. I’m quite sure there is more to come though, but I really appreciate every position and all the things I can be wiser for after. Coming to the private setting from Nursery environment was definitely different, but I quickly settled in to this special work place and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Nanny life can be quite a lonely place. In nursery there is always a huge collective of (mostly women unfortunately), who can share their ideas, thoughts and help each other. You have so many opportunities to do different seminars that are furthering your knowledge and there is a lot of children, with many personalities and that makes it super fun an keeps you on your toes. I have been very lucky that in my years of Nannying I could still work alongside other Nannies or Maternity Nurses, and made great friends with so many. If your mind is open you can learn a wealth of knowledge from other professionals in your line of work. Plus, there is nothing better, than a really good team that supports each other.

I also came across a very small percentage of carers who are really hard to be working around. What I always try and remember is, that I work for the benefit of the children I look after.  I’m not at my job to compete with someone, bash them, not there to be doing something that is not good for the child just so it’s the opposite what the other person suggested.

I feel that every Nanny/Manny should be professional and respectful towards any other person she or he is working with, no matter what.

It could get a little heated sometimes, especially when it’s a lot of women with lots of hormones on top of each other, but we are all there to do a good job, and not to start a World War III.

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As a Nanny, you are first and foremost an example.

The way you talk and act says all about you, and tiny little eyes are like scanners, and nothing goes un missed. There is no problem if you are not BFF FOREVER ✌🏼 with someone the family you work for just hired, no problem at all. You also don’t have to agree with everything they say, but you should always be professional. Some characters just don’t match and that is okay. Don’t sweat the small stuff, be yourself, be kind, but also don’t allow anyone to walk over you. Learn to stand for yourself and your knowledge, your wisdom, your millage. You are experienced professional and you know how to do your job.

Working alongside someone else can be so amazing and you can make life long friends or just great colleagues. You also get that extra help, so you are not alone for everything, plus because you are not alone, you can provide children with even more activities than you would normally be able to. And sometimes being an only Nanny can be quite lonely, and you realise that the whole day, you only talked with a 1 year old who only says ”bla bla” and ”bu” back. It is really nice to have someone there, that knows exactly how you feel, so If you thinking about working in a team – go for it!

Do you have any experience with working in a team for fully staffed households? How do you find working in a team? Prefer to work alone? Let me know in the comments below, send me a message on instagram or email on the.lovely.nanny.work@gmail.com

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The Lovely Nanny xx

 

 

 

We need a new title for career NANNIES

I was reading this post on Instagram from a founder of a first class private gym, about how everybody can be a personal trainer, but not every one is a great one. I can see a struggle in that industry, as you don’t really have to do years of studying and you can work as a Personal trainer. That than causes a side effect of having a poorly regulated market of good and bad. And I feel exactly the same about being a Nanny.

I feel discouraged when I talk about my chosen profession and I feel defensive. I’m not sure if anything really helps to say or explain, when people you are talking to, have no idea what it takes to be a great Nanny, that babysitter, Au pair and Nanny are not the same, that actually being a Nanny is a career you have chosen, because you want to, not because you want to have a few years of fun, before you find a real job.

Where I came from, being a Nanny is not really a thing, as state nurseries and kindergartens are available to most population. It’s also not a very well paid, if even a job in most of my friends opinion. Or they are surprised I get paid well and only do that?

I’m not really writing this post to defend or apologise Nannies, but I feel like, the more we talk about it, the more people will know, and realised, it is a job, like any other.

It had its own perks like being able to spend a lot of time outside, sing songs, have cuddles, see the world, enjoy the luxury, but it also have a downside like any other job, like never being able to go to the toilet alone (not even for number 2), eating lunch with someone on your lap or showing it down while they sleep, walk around with clothes full of glue, sparkles and snot, seeing a lot of poop on a daily basis, and if you are a live in Nanny, you can say goodbye to sleeping without interruption (unless you sleep with ear plugs) and having a real privacy.

Some of the Nannies are good, some are just doing it because they are young and want to enjoy the life before settling for a real job, and some are amazingly good. How to distinguish between them, does require a little knowledge about the profession. It also depends on what do you want In your Nanny, and what matters the most to you and your family.

Have you ever feel discouraged when asked what you do? Do you feel the title of your position shall be more according what you do? Like if you are a professional Nanny, temporary Nanny, Babysitter?  There should definitely be some difference between the titles or at least a mixture between Teacher and Nanny? What do you think?

Would love to hear your thoughts on the topic I sort off started.

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The Lovely Nanny xx

SPAGHETTI SENSORY PLAY

”In play experiences, combining the sense of touch with the senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell helps build cognitive skills’

I’m stealing this brilliant idea from my fellow Nanny who is also a good friend of mine. We actually did this together once and I must say the kids loved it! So I would love to share it with you! It is super easy to make, but provides a lot of joy! It is a wonderful idea when you need a quick entertainment or a long play session.

👉🏼 This sensory play can also be super helpful when a child is particularly fussy with eating foods with a wet texture such as spaghetti. The use of sensory play can assist the child in touching, smelling and playing with the texture in an environment with little expectation.

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But first I would just like to quickly touch on why sensory play is good.

  • Sensory play helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
  • Sensory activities prompt children to use scientific processes while they play.
  • It is proven that engaging a child’s senses while presenting them with a learning task helps them to retain the information and fully comprehend it.
  • Sensory play is therapeutic on an emotional level and helps to calm and soothe children during difficult times or before bed.
  • Sensory play facilitates language development, problem solving skills, cognitive function, and fine and gross motor skills.
  • Playing with sensory materials helps children to develop their creative process.

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”Cognitive skills are those skills we use when we solve problems and create novel ideas from current ideas.”

Cook spaghetti as it says on the package. Than divide them into as many bags as you have colours. We did three this time, but you can get super creative. Than tip a few drops od dye into the bag (depending on how strong you want the colour to be) and a few drops of vegetable oil. Than mix them together to spread the colour all over spaghetti.

TIP: Leave the coloured spaghetti to dry if you don’t want the colours to stain your hands!

After that, it’s just fun! Use some forks, food tweezers, little figures, little cars, cups different sizes…

FUN FACT: Did you know that ZINC helps maintain healthy cognitive development? You can read a little more about it in this article here!

As always, sharing is caring!

The Lovely Nanny xx

Nanny Job

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Hi there!

I’ve been busy lately, and have been lacking on this blog, which I love, and I actually started, to write real things about childcare in general. There is so many aspects of THE JOB, whether you are a Nanny, Childminder, Early years teacher or something else, but the core is the same. This has been on my mind quite a lot recently, and it would be interesting to see whether you have any comments on the topic.

I’m an Early years teacher by degree, but I have been a Nanny for a while now. So I will mainly focus on what it is like to be a Nanny ( superpower human who is trying to rise tiny humans as the best versions of themselves).

I’m so surprised how so many times when I say I’m a Nanny, a lot of people will say “Oh you’re a babysitter?” or ” How nice you can play with children for your job” and other degrading comments. I often find defending myself with saying “I do have a degree in Early years education” like if being a Nanny is something everyone can do, and I’m just doing it because I don’t want to have a ‘serious’ job. I wish more people would understand what really do I do every single day at my job. It is certainly true, mostly anyone can be a Nanny, but it takes a special kind of magic to collide and become ” The Lovely Nanny “.

This post might be a wee long, but I’m really passionate about what I do, and this is what I think every Nanny should be or do.

  • provide the environment where children feel safe (physically and emotionally)
  • respecting the tiny humans
  • listening to them
  • hug them
  • making sure they are happy, carefree and healthy
  • be a good example
  • make sure children have healthy and nutritious meals
  • nurture a good relationship with parents and respect their parenting
  • let them be active
  • teach them to have confidence in their own abilities
  • help them develop respect for others and themselves
  • be educator and career
  • tell them you love them
  • ability to asses the development of each child
  • plan age appropriate activities
  • help them develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings
  • be a multitasker
  • providing opportunities to learn and explore on daily basis
  • read them every day
  • know every child is unique
  • sit on the floor a play with them
  • be very familiar with curriculum (whether you work in public or private sector)
  • help them think critically
  • honour their ideas
  • teaching them responsibilities and consequences
  • be patient, kind and generous with her time

While every day making sure toys are organised and cleaned regularly, clothes are organised by size and washed, bedrooms are tidy, diaries updated and filled in, meals cooked, parents updated on every new achievement and play area and kitchen cleared  by  the end of the day.

Being a Nanny is one of the best jobs in the whole world. As working with children with not only give you a lot of satisfaction but will also challenge you to be a better human yourself. Seeing the whole undamaged potential in a small person is a huge responsibility that you can’t take lightly.

Being a Nanny is one step further from being a parent during the day,  and saying goodnight at the end. Being a Nanny is having your heart filled with love, every time you catch a cheeky smile. It’s also explaining WHY, and being patient when putting on shoes. It’s also the times when you have to say no 34 times and be consistent while doing 10 other things. It’s running in parks, and going down slides, it’s saying well done, and giving high 5. Being a Nanny means never to cross the street on the red light and go out during the week, but it also means I get cuddles every day and ‘I’ll miss you’ when I leave for the weekend. And if you’re really lucky you can see them grow up.

Let’s be honest. Most of the days you will probably need some paracetamol, lots of coffee, waterproof shoes, glitter, sun cream, vitamins, phone with really good internet, some chocolate and the will of steel.

And some days will be all rainbows and butterfly’s.

Until next time,

The Lovely Nanny xx