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 Jocelyn C. recently to hear about her experience as a Chicago nanny! After being one of our veteran CCN nannies for several years, hearing Jocelyn's story about her transition from the daycare setting to nannying while also maintaining another career was incredible to hear about. She has continued to represent CCN well throughout each of her placements and has learned much along the way of her career as a nanny! Be sure to take a few moments to read about Jocelyn and hear her story. Congratulations to our March Nanny of the Month, Jocelyn C.!
CCN: What is your favorite thing about being a nanny?
Jocelyn C.: I think my favorite thing is how every day is different. People say that at regular jobs [and] even in a daycare setting, but it really is different. Because you can go all over the city and go every where. And I love that because you’re not restricted to just being at home or to the park. With my [nanny] families, I’ve been very lucky because they’ve been very open to me taking the kids all around town.
CCN: Can you tell us your story about how you decided to become a nanny?
Jocelyn C.: I had been in the daycare setting already. I’ve (unofficially) been in the field since I was 17…I’ve always been in that setting. I liked it, but I wanted something a little more personal. Because in a daycare setting, you can’t really have your “favorites” even though secretly we all do. So I wanted that more one-on-one interaction with my kids.
CCN: What do you think has been the most rewarding thing you have learned throughout your current placement?
Jocelyn C.: I think the most rewarding thing would be [knowing] how different each child is and how much more patience each one of them teaches you. Not all of them respond the same way. Some might be quicker to respond, but you get creative in that sense.
CCN: What do you think has been beneficial about working with an agency like Chicago Collegiate Nannies?
Jocelyn C.: Oh my gosh, it’s so much easier to find what you’re looking for. All you do is give your specifics (i.e. pay, hours, what you’re looking for), and sometimes you have to be a little patient. But this time around (in my placement), I had a little more experience, knew what I wanted so I was a little more picky about what I wanted. It took a little while but I believe everything happens for a reason and this family came around and I love it. Like I said, it’s so much easier because you give your specifics and CCN works with us [as nannies] to get what we are looking for.
CCN: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional nanny?
Jocelyn C.: You have to obviously love your kids and love your family. And you have to be open. Open communication is the biggest thing. And I kind of learned that the hard way. When kids are acting out, you have to be very open with the family and open to giving them recommendations and hearing their feedback. You also have to work in sync.
CCN: Do you have any plans and goals for yourself personally and professionally in the next five years?
Jocelyn C.: For personal, I’m looking to retire my mother. And professionally, outside of nannying, I help individuals figure out how to diversify their income of things everyone around the world everyone is already doing. So, I love that the two things can incorporate with each other because I work with children (on a more one-on-one interaction), but what I do on the side also provides meals for hungry children with meals all over the world. I love that both of my worlds combine. I think everyone should have multiple streams of income and even though our days are a little long (especially since they’re not our kids), I think it’s super important. Our positions aren’t long term all of the time. I’ve bounced from family to family, so it’s always important to keep that additional stream of income in case you need it.
CCN: What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a nanny?
Jocelyn C.: It goes back to open communication. And also being specific with what you want [in a position] and what you expect from a position. The first time I nannied to even my second family, I learned a lot after my first experience…And moving from the second to the third family you learn more. That would probably be the biggest lesson.
CCN: Are there any other tips and tricks you would like to share?
Jocelyn C.: I personally don’t have an artistic bone in my body to save my life. So if you’re not artistic, use Pinterest as much as possible. It’s funny, when Pinterest first came out, everyone in my classroom when we were lead teachers would get ideas like that and I had to come up with them on my own (that was about 20/+ activities at the time). Don’t stress yourself out more than you need to. Use Pinterest and if you don’t know how to do it, ask someone. I stressed myself out a lot [in the past]. Also, I know that there’s families that aren’t ok with nannies taking the kids out, but honestly that’s so much better for them, I feel like. They need to be around other experiences especially in the summer time or even the winter time. I make sure that with my families, I can drive [the kids] because you can only walk to so many parks or places. But when you can drive them, you can go to more places. And that’s something I really take advantage of. It’s a big experience for kids and seeing other things and explore. That’s definitely a big things for me, so take advantage of that and make sure you can take your kids out!