Hi readers! Here we are again, ready to kick it off another round of Nanny of the Month recognitions! For those who have been following along, we take some time each month to nominate a nanny within our agency in order to showcase their talents, skills and personalities. We took some time to connect with Jannet G. recently to hear about her experience as a Chicago nanny for two families! Her unique experience with childcare and interest in animal science makes her a great nanny for CCN. Her joy of nannying is very evident from our recent interview with her! Be sure to take a few moments to read about Jannet and hear her story. Congratulations to our February Nanny of the Month, Jannet G.!
CCN: What’s your favorite thing about being a nanny?
Jannet G.: My favorite thing about being a nanny is honestly watching all the kids I nanny for. So I nanny for two families and [I enjoy] seeing them grow. Every day, they’re learning something new in school or with the toddlers, they’re learning new words from us. So, just seeing them grow and becoming older is super cool to me.
CCN: Can you tell us your story about how you decided to become a nanny?
Jannet G.: My friend in high school used to be a nanny. And she used to tell me all the time, “Hey, you should consider it, it’s really cool. Kids are super fun…” and I started doing it and really, really liked it. I took some time off of nannying because I wanted to focus on what I’m going to school for (which is animal science). So I did that and was focusing on that, but I really did miss the kids. Basically, I decided to go back because I do really miss seeing them grow, hanging out with them, making them laugh, etc. I also enjoy giving time to the parents so they can have alone time for date nights. That’s what also makes me feel [good] is that the parents can have their alone time or date night because we [as nannies] are there to help.
CCN: What do you think has been the most rewarding thing you have learned throughout your current placement?
Jannet G.: I think the most rewarding thing has to be the fact that I love seeing them smile. The fact that I can make kids laugh makes me so happy because they think I’m funny! And on top of that, they feel welcomed by me and they want to hang out with me, they love me and tell me that they love me and that’s really, really rewarding.
CCN: What do you think has been beneficial about working with an agency like Chicago Collegiate Nannies?
Jannet G.: It’s really beneficial because (A) you are placed in a secure family versus when you do it on your own, you don’t [always] know what is going on. You don’t know how to ask about money…there’s a lot of benefits and I really like that. And on top of that, you have mentors like you and Lydia that you can talk to if something is going on and you need someone to talk to and how to go about voicing your opinion to the family. It’s nice to have that support.
CCN: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional nanny?
Jannet G.: My advice is to just be yourself, because honestly that’s your best bet. The family is going to love seeing who you really are (especially around the kids). When I first started (on my first training day on whether I would see if I’d be offered the job or not) I was just being myself because that’s who I’m going to be when I’m around the family. Just be yourself and really focus on caring for the children and for the family. Just be yourself, be who you are.
CCN: Do you have any plans and goals for yourself personally and professionally in the next five years?
Jannet G.: Professionally, I’d like to finish vet school as I’m starting in the fall. Hopefully, in four years I’ll be done with that and hopefully I’ll be a veterinarian by that time. And personally, I would honestly like to still remain friends with both the families that I nanny for. They’re both great people and I would love to see where the kids are in five years. It’s something I’d really like to have staying in contact with.
CCN: What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a nanny?
Jannet G.: When there’s a stressful situation (like if the mom is stressed out from the kids being sick) and you can feel it, and she takes it out on you, just to not take things personal. You have to know that at the end of the day, she still loves you, you’re still with the family, the kids love you and it’s just a stressful day, it will get better. You don’t want to think about it too much.
CCN: Are there any other tips and tricks you would like to share?
Jannet G.: My favorite thing to do is to always take pictures of what they’re doing (especially if it’s something funny). I recently took one of the boys I nanny for (he’s 10 years old) bowling. I like taking pictures of videos and milestones he does. I like to keep the family updated with that. He loved bowling. He got a strike and I happened to get a video of him getting a strike. My favorite thing is sending pictures and sending videos. I also nanny for a set of triplets, so seeing them interact (I like to take them to the library) and doing free activities near the home [is really fun]. So that’s what I like to do.