Guest Post: How Being a Nanny Gives Some Really Unique Life Experiences and Opportunities

When it comes to caring for a child, situations are rarely the same. While the circumstances may be similar, each is unique in its own right. Being a nanny provides one with an opportunity to learn from these different situations in order to develop a stronger understanding of children in general. This experience goes beyond simply caring for the children of other families as it can pertain to the nanny’s own family life.

Attitudes – A professional nanny is subjected to all kinds of children from a wide variety of up-bringing. This means the she’ll see a diverse range of attitudes within children from good through bad. Each family the nanny works for provides her with an opportunity to learn more about the attitudes of children than what most books or training courses could offer. This knowledge can then be used as future reference in the next job for children that behave in a similar fashion. Although the solutions may differ slightly, the nanny still can rely on what she learned in a previous household including her own.

Parent-Child Interactions – Being a nanny offers a point of view for parent-to-child interactions. As children develop a great deal of their mannerisms, habits and reasoning skills from the parents, the nanny can witness how those interactions affect the child on a daily basis. By taking note of certain behaviors compared to the child’s interaction with the parent, the nanny can formulate a pattern of behavior that can be used to improve the level of care for that particular child.

Strategic Development – Throughout the career of the nanny, she will learn a great deal of ways to deal with a diverse collection of children and parents. She will develop strategies that suit situations based on similarities of previous experience. Each situation that is experienced, the nanny can add it to the pool of knowledge in order to formulate future resolutions. Since each household will be different from the last, these strategies will be constantly evolving as what will work for one child may not work for the next – even though the circumstances are similar.

Experiments in Food – Cooking can be quite a unique experience as every household may have a certain dietary preference. The nanny could be subjected to learning how to prepare dishes that are cultural to the ethnicity of the parents and children. Although she may not turn into an overnight chef for making cultural dishes, it’s an incredible opportunity to learn and diversify her own methods of cooking at home or for future clients.

Cultural Exchanges – Although the cultural exchange is different than what an Au Pair may experience, the nanny could find herself amongst those that differ from herself. It could be a great way to share ideas and learn how the parents of a specific cultural heritage interact with the children. Promoting tolerance amongst humanity begins by understanding any specific culture. In that respect, the nanny could have more experience dealing with those groups of people than most politicians.

Being a nanny provides a great deal of knowledge for child care, but it can also be a great way to improve oneself socially. Through the caring of another individual, you can find your own limitations and understand yourself in a way you may never have thought before. Nannies are more than merely childcare professionals – they are students of humanity as well.

Rachael Cherry is a wife, mother, and writer who is passionate about helping connect families in need with high quality caregivers. She has taken that passion and put it to work through NannyPro, a respected online nanny referral service. Learn more by visiting @NannyPro on Twitter.

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