Why I love being a nanny
Whenever I tell people what I do, their reaction can vary, though usually, it’s one of surprise, a sort of ‘oh, you’re JUST a nanny’ reply, as though it’s not a very highly regarded job.
Who knows, perhaps I’d get a different reaction if I lied and said I work in a large fancy office for some multi-million-pound company. I’d have zero interest in being there. I’d be stuck with lots of idiots I don’t like but must work with as a team, probably listening to all the petty office politics I don’t care about. I imagine I’d wear some sort of smart, uncomfortable outfit with shoes that give me blisters and if I managed to sneak extra office supplies home then I would feel like I’d achieved something that day.
God. No thank you. That’s definitely not my cup of tea. At all. Here are my top reasons I love being a nanny.
1) I can wear slippers at work. And dress how I want to, not how I feel I should. The kids don’t mind! Jeans. Jumpers. Converse. Perfect.
2) I get lots of fresh air and exercise, either from chasing the little ones or pushing the buggy. Or both.
3) I love lazy days with my charges in the London parks with picnics and games on warm summer days. As long as we’ve got a large rug, plenty of snacks and drinks, bubbles, balls to throw about, chalk to draw and play hopscotch with, lots of suncream and hats then we’re usually set up for a pretty good day!
4) I enjoy making new friends with other nannies and mums through playgroups and classes we go to (afraid I’ve yet to get pally with a SAHD) so it’s great for the grown-ups and great for the kids. Then we can make play dates on cold or rainy days.
5) I love seeing their personalities develop and observing their achievements. It’s so rewarding knowing I have helped in some way. Things like encouraging their independence, potty training, learning to hold the buggy when safely crossing the road, enjoying mealtimes after weaning or a fussy patch, watching them crawl then toddle then run, learning to read and write. Seeing them enjoy dancing to music, tickling them until they can’t laugh anymore…
6) Nannying keeps me feeling youthful with all the benefits of a full night of sleep!
7) It keeps me in a place where I can be silly and creative with the kids too. Cooking together, making play dough or a painting and drawing together is just such fun!