Hi everyone! Here we have 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 Maddie L. recently to hear about her experience as a Chicago nanny! As you read along, you will discover how her laid back approach and ability to practice empathy has helped her become an amazing nanny. She has continued to represent CCN well throughout her placement and truly enjoys the family she is with! Be sure to take a few moments to read about Maddie and hear her story. Congratulations to our April Nanny of the Month, Maddie L.!
CCN: What is your favorite thing about being a nanny?
Maddie L.: Definitely discovering the personalities of the kids that I am watching. It’s really amazing seeing how little these little humans are and [knowing that] what you do can effect them so much. It’s also really nice because I can show them empathy and compassion and they grow with that. And I think that’s the best part.
CCN: Can you tell us your story about how you decided to become a nanny?
Maddie L.: My sister was always a babysitter when I was growing up. And of course I looked up to my sister. When I was 16, I finally got the chance to become a nanny. It was an after school nanny thing. It was perfect for me because it was right after I got out of school, so it was awesome. That’s when I really realized I can [have a big] impact [on] the little girls I was watching. They would mimic the things I would do and I was like “Oh, these little girls are like my sisters.” And then as I grew, I became a camp counselor and finally decided that talking with kids and spending time with kids was my path. Now, it’s just evolved into a lot of years.
CCN: What do you think has been the most rewarding thing you have learned throughout your current placement?
Maddie L.: Honestly, the people that I’m with right now are incredible. And I tell this to everybody too, [because] they taught me how to do well in everything I want to do. They say that I should be proud of myself whenever I complete anything. And when the dad [boss] told me that, I took that and I applied it to the rest of my life including my school life, working out and even cooking, so I could be proud of myself. The dad made sure the kids have that mentality and that’s something I will always take away from this family.
CCN: What do you think has been beneficial about working with an agency like Chicago Collegiate Nannies?
Maddie L.: Oh my gosh, so much! Beforehand, I tried to be a freelance nanny and it’s so saturated. [Since] there are so many nannies out there and places like [online platforms], the families don’t get to see who you really are. They just see a picture on a website. There’s nobody to guide them and there’s also nobody to guide us (as nannies). We are putting our applications out there and seeing if anyone will look at ours. But with an agency, it’s really beneficial for me because families have seen my application and [have a better idea of me].
CCN: What advice would you give to someone who is looking to become a professional nanny?
Maddie L.: Definitely be ready to work hard and be ready to be a part of someone’s family. Be open to loving the family that you’re with because nobody wants to go into a house where they don’t feel loved because it’s an awkward situation.
CCN: Do you have any plans and goals for yourself personally and professionally in the next five years?
Maddie L.: Yeah, I would love to own my own business. I would love to be a life coach. I really enjoy guiding and lifting people up and helping them figure out the best thing for them. I love helping people notice that their mind is the only thing getting in the way of anything.
CCN: What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learned as a nanny?
Maddie L.: Consistency is key. And being reliable as well. It’s super important. Being a nanny has taught me how to be more reliable. And practicing putting my employers first.
CCN: Are there any other tips and tricks you would like to share?
Maddie L.: Treat the kids with the respect that you want. Don’t treat children like they are not paying attention because they are. When I was a nanny for a 1 and 4 year old, the 4 year old girl would like to complain or cry a lot. I heard her out before I would tell her to stop complaining in the moment. I heard her out and told her that I also get sad too and it made her feel like a grown up. I would say “Oh I get sad too, it’s a part of humankind” and after that moment, she did respect me more. I didn’t have to say it more than two times. [It showed me that kids] really do value when you treat them like little humans.