As previously stated this year, we have started a new special within our agency called the “Nanny of the Month!” We will continue to feature on of our very own nannies here at CCN and tell you a little bit about them. Below is our interview we completed with one of our favorite nannies, Astin G. and she’s got so much to tell you! Congratulations, Astin, and thank you for all that you do for Chicago Collegiate Nannies!
CCN: What is your favorite thing about being a nanny?
Astin: Oh, my goodness that’s a tough one! I like doing lots and lots of activities, so I like being able to kind of experience life with the kids. And every kid is different and every kid does different activities and that’s kind of what makes it really fun. Whether it’s painting or crafts and that’s a great time. And then some kids are super sporty and most of my kids love me so that works out really well. I just love that there’s a million things that I can do with these kids.
CCN: Can you tell us your story about how you decided to become a nanny?
Astin: Oh my goodness, let’s see. I used to work in childcare at a daycare center. And I went back on to Sitter City and was just looking for job postings. And [then] I saw the job posting for a nanny opportunity and I applied. So that’s when you guys (CCN) contacted me and I didn’t know there was anything like nanny agencies or anything like that, so that was really cool! [Also] my sister has four kids, it was just destined to happen. It was an easy job for me!
CCN: What has been the most rewarding thing you have learned throughout your current placement?
Astin: Thus far, seeing the kids become better humans. I always tell people that when I am done nannying, if I have instilled anything that makes them a respectful, good, intelligent human being, I have done my job. Because, they need good influences in their lives, and of course they have their parents, but we spend so much time with them that, my goodness, if they aren’t good human beings, I haven’t done my part.
CCN: What have you found has been most beneficial about working with an agency like CCN?
Astin: I guess having a resource and someone I can check in with and talk to…[even] if I have a problem. You guys (CCN) are really good about checking in [and asking] “How’s your placement going?” and “Do you have issues with this?”, “Is there anything you need to talk about?” and it’s a very good resource for me to assess [and ask myself] “Ok, have I been having issues and I just haven’t brought it up?” or “This has been really great and I’m glad!” It’s nice to have that community of people who have been nannies or who are nannies. And even though you’re working alone most of the time, you are not alone!
CCN: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional nanny?
Astin: Know what kind of kids you want to be around, what age range you want to be with because being with 5-10 year olds is way different from being a nanny for a baby. It’s just completely different. You have to know your skill-set and the kind of personality that you have and know what age that you click well with. I like older kids because you can talk to them and they can think for themselves and become independent. I like that about older kids. So you really have to assess yourself and figure out the kind of stuff you like to do.
CCN: What plans and goals do you have for yourself personally and professionally in the next five years?
Astin: In the next five years, I will likely have gone back to school to get my Master’s Degree. I would like to get my Master’s in Music Business Management because I already have my Bachelor’s in Music Business Management so I want to keep doing that. I’d like to continue working in the music industry and broadening my knowledge in that. Personally…I like to have really big goals, but I probably should have smaller ones.
CCN: How has being a nanny helped you in your own personal growth and development?
Astin: Oh goodness, patience. You can’t go wrong with that, it’s probably got to be patience. I’m not an angry person, but you really learn how to keep everything in check and to not “flip out.” The second you “flip out,” you have now lost control and the kids know it. So, being a patient person, learning how to not get angry about the little things, and not sweating the small stuff. You just really can’t. You have to learn that some things are just not worth it.
CCN: What is the biggest lesson that you have learned as a nanny?
Astin: Oh, the biggest lesson other than learning patience, this might sound silly but every family is different. And now that I work with two different families, you cannot treat one family the same as another. Every family unit is different. You kind of latch on to whatever kind of energy that that family has.
CCN: Are there any other helpful tips and tricks that you would want to share?
Astin: Back to the anger thing, that has been the most important thing. Because when I see nannies or other people yelling at their kids, this might sound silly but it is so important to keep your cool in any situation. You have so much to offer and [it’s important] you don’t lose control of yourself because kids can be very tricky.