The leaving is the hardest part.

I realize it has been a while since I updated — April, actually. Life kind of gets in the way, and I, of course had the best intentions for posting regularly but actually being in my life rather than writing about it made a lot more sense in the last 6 months.

That said, so much has happened. Life has happened. Decisions have happened. Kids have grown. B turned one! I am nearing my final semester of school, and taking on a lot more schedule-wise than I initially expected. While this new chapter of my life post-grad is full of amazing things, it will be lacking in something I hold so close — my time with M, G and B.

Unfortunately, I had to give notice at my job back in October. My last day is quickly sneaking up on me in just a few weeks and I do my best to not even think about it until I absolutely have to. People keep asking me if it is normal for me to be this sad, after all it’s “just a job” right? Wrong. For so many reasons, it isn’t just a job.

When a family welcomes you into their lives, and their homes — and parents hand their children over to you — it can’t just be a job. The trust that must exist already makes it more than that — it becomes a partnership. It becomes my sole responsibility to protect, and love and teach. Between 7 and 6, I am responsible for these three sweet little lives. I feed them, and drive them to school, and cuddle them to sleep — but the real responsibility lies in nurturing their spirits. Seeing them, where they are, and helping them grow. I am devastated that I won’t be able to spend everyday watching them grow anymore.

There are amazing things that come with being a nanny — so many, I couldn’t possibly list them all. But let me tell you, the leaving is the hardest part.

Earlier tonight I noticed my current employer left a care.com review for me. I am not all too familiar with these, but the notification popped up in my email. I made the unfortunate mistake of reading it in class, and ended up with eyes full of tears and instant feelings of sadness. It is becoming all to real to me that I am leaving a life, not a job. I am giving up mornings where I literally can’t wait to go to work (we all know how rare this is). I am giving up on the cuddles, and hugs, and princess parties. I know that every part of our lives has a season — right? Isn’t that what they say? So seasons must come to an end, but it doesn’t make it easy. Change is hard, and change is sad. I know whomever comes after me will be the luckiest girl in the world — and while I will be forever jealous that she is swooping in on my cuddles and hugs I also know that the next nanny will get to share in the privilege of loving and knowing these incredible kids.

With that said, I will enjoy my last few weeks. M and I have already decided on a system for keeping in touch, and I am hopeful I’ll be able to babysit and see them here and there before I actually leave next year.

I’ve known it for a while, but tonight I realized that this is the last nanny job I will ever really have. I am so lucky and blessed and grateful that I spent my last few years, doing what I love, with kids I just can’t get enough of. ❤

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Messes and Memories.

When I first started nannying, I obsessed over the messes and keeping up with them. I like things how I like them. I like things neat and clean. The idea of covering a kid in paint, or mud — or letting them stain up their clothes with sidewalk chalk did at one time terrify me.

One of my biggest regrets in my early years was taking away from play time with my boys to clean up (at the time I was nannying for two sweet little guys). Looking back, the kids were happy and loved. But were they making memories? Was I too preoccupied with what their clothes and playroom looked like, or if they were covered in mud from head to toe to really pay attention to the value in just getting dirty and playing? Yes. I was. If you don’t make mistakes, you don’t learn. Such is life. Such also, is nannying. As the years went on, I came to realize that standing out in the pouring rain covered in mud with a laughing three-year old is way better than worrying about her jeans getting dirty.

Mind you, I still expect kids to clean up. If they make messes, they don’t stay messes for long, but in the moment — who cares? The stress relief that is found in not worrying if your kid is clean for an hour, knowing you can stain treat it or hose it off later — is incredible. The best part? The smiles and giggles and pure joy that comes from letting kids be kids. Kids ARE messy. Kids MAKE messes. Kids ARE A MESS. That’s the beauty of them. Kids don’t feel the need to wipe their hands all the time (though I have had to coax G into getting her hands dirty once in a while. She likes to be neat too, ahh a nanny’s dream ;)). Kids don’t always need to be prepared to handle the situation. Oh, it’s pouring? Take off their shoes, roll up their pants and who cares if they’re wearing a jacket? Clothes will dry, feet will wash, and memories will last.

Last summer I introduced “Pudding Painting” to M,G and the neighbor kids. Though it took a little reassurance to let them know it was indeed okay to smear pudding all over themselves, the end result was FANTASTIC. I basically whipped up 5 boxes of chocolate pudding, and put them in bathing suits. We hosed them off later, to shrieks of  joy and lots of shivers. They STILL talk about that.

I am a happier nanny since I stopped caring about the messes, and started making the memories. I stand by my rule that when you’re done with something, it needs to get cleaned up and put away. Same goes for the playroom at the end of the day, and the the same goes for the messes they make. While you’re making them — have at it, but when you’re done, so is the mess. Letting go, and having fun doesn’t mean you throw responsibility out the window. Your kids won’t think it’s okay to rip through the house like tiny tornados, trailing mud everywhere — not if you teach them that certain “messes” belong outside, and should stay there — or that they are responsible for their things.

Why say no all the time? Why say ‘stop that’, or ‘let’s not’, or ‘what a mess’? For all the moms I know that read this, your kids are only little once. Let them be little. Be little with them for an hour. Trust me, puddle jumping is a major stress reliever. And for the nannies, we get to spend precious time with someone’s entire world. I am honored and lucky to get to love and care for M,G and B and all the little ones who came before them. So get out there, get dirty, say yes to MESS, and make memories — because before you know it, the magic will be gone, and the mess will be cleaned up…but those memories…they will stick around forever.

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Let me do my job, lady.

The micromanaging mom. My arch nemesis. 

I worked for a lady once who was so obsessed with managing my day, she would tell me how many grapes her son was allowed to eat at lunch. 

“Be sure to cut them into quarters. No more than 4 grapes.” I’m sorry, what? I’ve been doing this job for a long time – longer than all of my employers had been parents (with the exception of one position). So, let me do it. I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrating it is to be hired for a job, and then told how to do it — beyond the initial “how your family runs”, “household rules” and basic “expectations” for me as your nanny. Aside from that, how I choose to cut your child’s sandwich isn’t going to ruin him. The kids were happy, I loved being with them, but their mother was off the wall crazy. 

I suppose I am more curious than accusatory…why do mothers feel the need to micromanage? If you can’t trust your nanny to handle the day to days without your input, then you either shouldn’t have a nanny or you haven’t hired the right one. Though, that can come full circle to bite you in the ass, because I pride myself on being a great nanny — and I couldn’t deal with this overbearing mother for another minute. 

On one particular day, she left me 4 pages of notes before she skipped off to run errands. The notes said things like this, “Practice colors. Practice shapes. Here are project materials. Make this. Snack at 10:30, Lunch at 1:00, Nap at 1:30. Do not allow J (age 3) to wear his tennis shoes for more than a half an hour outside as I do not want them to wear unevenly.” The last part just made me laugh. I’m sorry, no. 

I have always been a hands on nanny. I come prepared with project ideas, meal ideas, and I also come with a lot of experience and know-how. I don’t need you to tell me how to feed, dress, or take care of your child. If you want a nanny that needs that input, I’m not her. Good luck. I can’t tell you how good it felt to quit that position. I don’t like leaving. I don’t like “quitting” at anything, but sometimes when the job is more stressful than it should be and for no good reason you just have to. 

I have been wondering lately, if micromanaging moms are really just like that because they feel they’ve lost control. Is the nanny doing her job TOO well? Does she have more creativity than you? Do you feel threatened by how easily she does her job, yet you struggle to handle your children without her? Honestly, I think about that and I don’t think I’m that far from being right. Maybe you shouldn’t have a nanny. If you would rather have the control, then quit your job. Or hire someone who doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing, and mold them into the perfect robot childcare giver. There are times, I know I am doing a better job. Sorry, I hate to throw that out there — but it’s true. This is not true for all moms, as I know wonderful parents out there — but I have watched mothers throw out their own rules just to make the kids happy. Not setting boundaries for your children while they’re in your care, but expecting me to maintain them while they’re in mine, is asinine. One job I had, the parents were insistent upon NO TV WHATSOEVER for their kids. I have never been big on having it on anyway, but okay. No TV. I came to work five days a week and what were the kids doing? Watching TV. I’d ask them how their night was, and they’d say they watched two movies and a show! Okay, I get it, they’re your kids — but you know what, you’re a hypocrite. I sometimes think parents want a nanny because they want someone to do all the things they “think they should do” but are just too lazy to implement. 

We are too easy going. You should be strict. My kids need some discipline.

We eat really unhealthy food. You should ONLY give my kids vegetables. They need a better diet.

We don’t teach the kids to clean up after themselves. You should make sure they do. They need responsibility.

We let our kids do whatever they want as long as they’re happy. You should give them structure. 

I can’t stand it, and I am sorry to report this doesn’t work. 

Don’t tell me how to do my job. Don’t set expectations for me that you yourself can’t meet. Micromanaging doesn’t allow for any real responsibility. It doesn’t allow your nanny to figure out what works for her, and your kids while they’re in her care. In my experience, I have resented, strongly, the mothers who have tried to do my job for me. Your kids are happy, smiling, and loved. Your house is clean. Homework is done, and things are prepared for the next day. Laundry is folded, dishes are put away, and your kids are working on a project, not watching TV when you get home from work — can that not be enough? Isn’t a happy kid who is excited to show you what they made better than a kid who was sure to only get 4 grapes at lunch? Does it matter? No but really, mothers, please ask yourselves — does it matter?  

If you want to keep a nanny long term. Treat her like the professional that she is. Mind you, there are plenty of unprofessional “babysitters” our there as well. If you hire me, I will act professional. I will do my best job, with the knowledge and experience I have, and I will love your children endlessly. Let that be enough, and let me do my job. 

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Dear Nanny.

I recently read a post that moved me nearly to tears. It was a letter written out of brutal honesty, respect and love from a mother to her child’s nanny. It examined the real, deep down feelings of envy, and love — then more envy, more love, and finally — becoming family. Here is that post: 

“Dear Nanny,

I met you just a few days before my baby came. I’d never interviewed a nanny before, and I had no idea what to ask you. I read every article, and printed three pages of questions I’d found on the internet. But I didn’t ask a single one. Instead, I rubbed my belly and tried to imagine the baby that would soon be on the outside — what life would look like in a week, in three weeks, and in three months when it was time for me to go back to work. It just looked murky and abstract.

I interviewed two other nannies, mostly because I thought I was supposed to. And I couldn’t picture leaving my baby with any of you. But I knew I was going back to work, and although I didn’t know much about motherhood, I had heard that leaving a three-month baby home alone wasn’t an option. So I trusted the moms whose children you had already raised, and I hired you.

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What no one will tell you about being a nanny.

1. We aren’t just babysitters.

I was a babysitter when I was 11, 15 and probably even still at 18, but now — no way would I classify myself as such. Though I do know a lot of people get into a nanny gig thinking it’s just babysitting. Our responsibilities go so far above those of a babysitter. Having been one myself for many years and still pulling out that hat on the occasional weekend nights, I can clearly see and feel the difference between being a sitter and being a nanny. Babysitters are paid to just make sure no one burns down the house, kids are happy and safe and usually fed while parents enjoy a few hours out. Nannies are there to essentially help raise kids while their parents work. We also take on a lot of household responsibilities, carpool duty, cooking, lifeguarding, and teaching. In a lot of ways, I feel like a mom all day — I just get to leave at 6, and unfortunately I don’t get to keep the kids!

2. Gross stuff dude, gross stuff.

The gory details. The spit up, throw up, and poop. Yes, I said poop. Listen, there is no dodging the ugly truth that I literally leave work everyday with SOMETHING on me. It doesn’t matter how old the kids are. Babies or kindergarteners — something will make it’s way to your hair or your clothing – trust me. If you’re really lucky you will dodge the sneezes and boogers — but I wouldn’t count on it. I can recall an instance of find a child painting with their poop on the bathroom wall. I’ve also been peed on by countless infants, sneezed on by smirking toddlers, and I literally cannot count how many diapers I’ve changed. It’s not all glitz and glam and finger paints. Sometimes, it’s crusty baby food, runny noses and blow out diapers ( totally in their hair, down their legs, blow out diapers). But hey, it happens.

3. It’s not easy. 

I get really offended when people think what I do is easy. I don’t find my job to be “difficult” by any means but it is certainly not easy. Juggling the everyday routines of children you don’t spend 24/7 with means having to come in in the morning, and leave at night — it’s a regular 9-5 but you’re raising tiny humans. When you’ve got routines to keep, naps, dance classes, and school schedules to execute — it can be quite chaotic. To top it off, they aren’t your kids — it’s not your house — so you have to adjust to working for a family who has their own system, and finding a way to make it work for your day. To me, the craziness is part of the appeal. I love chaos. I love busy days that are jam packed with stuff — because it is like the ultimate challenge. Staying organized, on time, and on task — I feel like nannies who can do this should get a gold medal for it. Heck, they’re giving them out to snowboarders…

4. The moms we work for are superheroes.

I think a lot of people (and nannies) think that moms who employ a nanny are lazy. I beg to differ. Though, I will be the first to admit that I have worked for some crazies in my day — and moms who really are, by definition, lazy. I truly don’t think that’s the norm. I know a lot of incredible moms (my boss included – who is up most the night and still gets up, goes to work, and comes home to do it all over again) who have to work, or choose to work and just need an extra hand. So, no matter how frustrated you are with a bad day, or a work related issue — just remember, moms who work outside of the home are pulling double shifts at two different jobs — so pitch in, be flexible, and don’t whine (unless of course you work for a crazy — which, trust me, they exist).

5. It’s not just about the kids.

I wrote a post a while back about this. Nannying isn’t simply about caring for the kids — a good nanny will do what she can to take care of the whole family — and household. I had a discussion today with a mom from dance class about this. She mentioned how wonderful it is when she has someone who keeps the house clean, and she comes home to happy kids and an immaculate house. This has always been my philosophy, leave it better than you found it. Whether this means a load of laundry, dishes, a quick vacuum — it’s the little things that matter — and those nannies are more valued than any other because the time that parents spend with their kids at the end of a work day is precious, and shouldn’t be spent emptying dishwashers and folding clothes. A lot of nannies — both experienced and new to the job — think it’s simple because “how hard can it be to just play with some kids?“. I look at it this way — if you were a stay at home mom — or if the mom who employs you was staying home — they would have to find time to get a lot of those things done. Since I get to spend all day with their kids, and typically have a pretty significant amount of downtime with naps/rest, why wouldn’t I pitch in? Give them back their time at night and on the weekends. I know that as a mom one day, I would and will appreciate the help if I should ever need it.

6. Some days, you’ll want to quit.

I can’t say I’ve had these thoughts about this job — I seem to have found a very happy place with a family where there is a mutual respect and appreciation and an all out love for the kids I care for. However, in the past — I’ve had jobs where there are just days you want to quit, give up, and go home. When people ask me if I like what I do – I can always reply with, “I love it”. However, this hasn’t always been the case. I am lucky in this job, but I am also the exception. Don’t be fooled. Most nanny gigs come with a decent amount of annoyance and frustration whether it be from the kids or the parents. I’ve had days so bad I leave crying, and truly consider not going back. I have had jobs where you just want to scream at the top of your lungs. I have had jobs where the kids are truly awful. There will be days you hate your job. There will be days you feel like you should be committed. There will be days you are so busy and so stressed you don’t eat, sit down, or pee. There will be days. 

7. There will also be days you love.

Trust me, there are SO many more of these. 

8. Kids have a very special set of skills.

They know exactly how to push your buttons. Kids are tiny manipulators. They are supposed to be. They are just now learning how the world works, how relationships work, which interactions are positive and which are negative. If they don’t yet possess the negotiating, reasoning and bargaining skills of a well versed tiny adult — then they can still resort to the back up plan — big eyes, pouty lips and a ton of sweet “please and thank you’s“. Don’t be fooled. Sometimes you have to redirect, say no, or dodge it all together with distraction. G will do just about anything to get me to let her watch TV. I don’t believe in very much screen time. Lately, we’ve been trying to watch some original Disney movies (she hasn’t seen most of them) — but that is literally our screen time for the entire week. Before that, and in general — it was MAYBE a show a day, if that. M is usually fine and doesn’t often ask to watch anything — but G, she will schmooze me to death for an episode of Doc McStuffins. How do you say no to that cute little voice? It is impossibly difficult.  My expert advice — don’t look them directly in the eyes. 

9. You will fall in love. 

This is the ultimate truth about nannying. Perhaps it is the hardest part, because inevitably, you will have to move on — whether you finish school, or the kids age out of needing you — it will happen. The best thing about my job, is that I honestly, deep down love these kids. I would do anything for them. Anything. It is impossible to not fall in love with these tiny humans who are so full of magic, and innocence and wisdom. If you don’t, perhaps you are in the wrong line of work. I can’t imagine not being fascinated with everything they do. I take so much pride in them when they accomplish something. When they hit milestones, overcome obstacles, or learn to do something — it’s the best day ever. It should be. You will love those tiny humans so much, that as you watch them become who they are going to be — you’ll realize you had a small part in it. You will realize that kids need love, and respect, and consistency. You will realize you are lucky to get to be with them when their moms and dads would kill to be able to have the hours you have with their kids. I feel honored that over the years I’ve been able to spend so much time with so many amazing little humans, they have taught me the true meaning of love, patience, learning and joy.

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Nanny Networking.

I have always made a point of getting to know other nannies in the area — not only for the kids, but for myself. In our line of work, we don’t have co-workers. No one else is doing your same job, except for another nanny. Sometimes they are hard to come by, but I’ve always had luck in finding some great girls to share my days with — and the socialization for the kids is fantastic.

Funny enough, one of my longest standing friends happens to be a girl I met nannying almost 8 years ago. It has worked out to be not only a great friendship, but an amazing support system for both of us through the years. In fact, she currently watches my nanny kids on Wednesdays when I have class. I trust her more than anyone with the kids I love. She is fantastic. It’s nice to have someone to go to when you need advice, or to vent about a rough day with the kids. At the same time, having someone who gets it — to share in the joys of this job, is also a huge plus.

She and I used to tote 5 boys under the age of 5 all around town for play dates, lunch dates, park visits — you name it. The kids loved each other, and we also got a little adult interaction — and a helping hand or two with some seriously active little boys.

In more recent jobs — like one I held in Chicago several years ago, I met some great girls who got me through the year. My job in the city was incredibly stressful, with demanding employers, extra long hours, little pay, and a severe lack of respect and appreciation. I was drowning, but those two girls were there for late night dinners and glasses of wine, or an extra dose of sanity when I truly couldn’t find mine. We keep in touch off and on, but they are two of the best things that came from the experience (that and a life lesson that it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, and the grass certainly isn’t always greener.)

Today, I am lucky that my current nanny family lives in a small private neighborhood — filled with little kids and nannies. Both the house across the street, and the one right next door have kids the same ages as M and G — and great summer sitters. Unfortunately for me, they are both only summer nannies – but will be back in June. 🙂 Last summer we took the opportunity to fill up our days with play dates, story times, and pool days. Even the simplest of trips, like heading to a playground can be that much more exciting if you include some of the kids friends. Summer should be an adventure. Summer is for making memories. Since my nanny family plans to stay put and it is likely most of those families do as well — the kids will all grow up together — so building memories of them so little is totally worth it.

I encourage nannies to socialize. Going stir crazy isn’t good for you or the kids. Sometimes, you just have a bad day and you just need to talk to another adult who gets it. Sometimes it’s an extra set of eyes at the park when you have your hands full. Either way — finding something in common with other local nannies, you will be amazed at the networking possibilities, as well as the boost in group morale on long summer days when everyone just needs a nap.

For those nannies working out of West Michigan — here is a great resource, via Facebook. It was created for networking, advice, job searching, etc. As it builds up, it will be an excellent go-to for anyone local (as well as those of you out of area).

So get out there, network, get your self some co-workers…trust me, you will be 100% more content in your job when you don’t feel like you’re doing it alone.

Summer: Sitters, Sunshine, and Salaries

School is out and whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or you work out of the house — extra hands to keep kids busy can be a God send. The trick is finding someone who isn’t just doing the job for the money — but rather enjoys all that summer has to offer with kids at your side. With that said, there are some guidelines that both caregivers and families should follow before signing on for summer.

Salary.

– I think the common misconception about hiring summer care is that it should be cheap. Wrong. Summer care, whether it’s 20 hours or 40 hours is full time with the kids. Summer involves a lot more planning of activities, day trips, meal prep. In the summer I became not only nanny but also a lifeguard, swim teacher, trail guide, and soccer coach. The days are long, hot, and kids aren’t likely to take much downtime when there is so much fun to be had outside.

As a year-round nanny, I transition smoothly into summer days with the kids. My salary, which is more than fair — continues year round, and my nanny family has always been great about reimbursing for activities that I plan in advance, and leaving a little extra here and there for gas or whatever else might come up. I have several friends who have been summer care providers and their situations have varied based on their employers and circumstances. One girlfriend of mine in Seattle was nannying a little girl whose mother worked from home. Clearly, having a nanny in the summer is critical if you count on your kids being at school all year while you work. The problem was, this mom — who was pretty hands-off during nanny hours, expected to pay less because she was home and she only had one child — age 5. Wrong. If you aren’t doing the work, prepare to pay your nanny a full salary. Secondly, let me remind mothers that while you’re home — taking care of your children is not as easy. Kids respond differently to the parents being in the home, and often look to the mom when nanny says no or vice versa. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule — but let’s just say this was not one of them. The little girl made it extra difficult for the nanny, who vented quite a bit about her frustration. To top it off, she wasn’t being paid NEARLY enough — in fact I think it evened out to about $5.00 per hour for a 40 hour work week. Let’s just say that in the nanny world — they would laugh at that offer. Especially when it is obvious a family can afford a normal paycheck.

I don’t know nanny laws in the state of Washington, but I know that in Michigan — it is illegal to pay so little. This can get families in a lot of trouble, and also put a lot of strain and stress on your caregiver — which can easily translate onto the children. Tell me, do you want your nanny resenting coming to work everyday because she is putting her entire pay check in the gas tank? She will probably come with a low morale, a bad attitude and is more likely to do less for you.

The Michigan “Nannies and the Fair Labor Standards Act.” states:

“…Nannies may be paid “on salary” rather than “by the hour,” but if so the “salary” must be at least as much as would be required under the hourly rate(s) of the minimum wage laws. In other words, a “salary” must be translated into an hourly rate to determine whether wages comply with the FLSA. The arithmetic formula is to divide the total compensation received into the total number of hours worked, on a weekly basis. The quotient must be at least minimum wage.”

The lesson here is, be prepared to pay at LEAST minimum wage or else hire a 15 year old to come sit at your house. For a professional nanny, who will teach, engage, and protect your children — less than minimum wage is completely unacceptable, and frankly, offensive.  Continue reading

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Oh hey, I’m back.

Well blogging world — I am terribly sorry for the delay. I realize it has been months since I posted. I have been consumed with school and work and life, and of course kids 🙂 Tonight’s post will be short and sweet — I’ve got some good ideas for posts tucked away and will share them this week…until then, here is an excellent article on the importance of communicating with your nanny. 

I can’t tell you how many jobs/employers I’ve had who don’t know how to just say what they want. Sorry, I am not a mind reader. I came upon this article while perusing nanny blogs, as I so often do 🙂 

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How To Speak Nanny

 

 

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The good, the bad, and the crazy.

Oh the kind of posts that people wait for. Sure, you can read all day about cute things and tips and tricks — but if we’re all being honest, we all like reading about other peoples drama. Nanny drama is a way of life, at least that’s how I put it. There will be a job you don’t like, kids you just can’t handle, and there will inevitably be a mother that makes you want to pull your hair out. I’ve had that job. Maybe you’ve had that job.

I got lucky this time. I have an amazing job with a family I love and kids I would do anything for.  If you know me, and my nanny “story” at all — you know that I have experienced my share of crazy. I have been through the ringer — as a live-in, live-out, fulltime, parttime, and surrogate mother “nanny”. Seriously people, great jobs with great families do exist — but the crazies are out there. While I’ll get into all those awesome tales later on in my blog, I asked a friend of mine, if I could share her nanny experience with the world.

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Nanny Appreciation Week!? Awesome.

 

Nanny Recognition Week

Breaking News … Michigan Professional Nanny Association leader Tara Lindsay has been working hard behind the scenes, and has the following announcement … 

From the office of the Governor:
WHEREAS, for decades the work of nannies has made it possible for countless numbers of children to receive individualized and compassionate care, helping children to grow and mature while surrounded by dedicated individuals; and

WHEREAS, nannies work tirelessly to abide by a professional standard of excellence in caring for children, and are diligent in their adherence to the federal, state and local laws related to their profession in order to ensure the safety of the children they care for; and

WHEREAS, these caregivers foster a learning atmosphere that is constructive to emotional growth and tailored to the specific needs of each child they care for; and

WHEREAS, on this day we recognize the many nannies that devote their skills and resources to the betterment of a child’s intellectual and emotional faculties and the overall strength of family bonds through partnership with parents; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the devotion, generosity and assistance nannies provide to the children they care for:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Brian Calley, lieutenant governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 27, 2013 as Nanny Appreciation Day in Michigan.

Congratulations Tara on this accomplishment for Michigan Nannies! A recognition many will appreciate.

 

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