Nannying

The other day Colin and I were dreaming and talking about what our job possibilities would be if we moved somewhere else in the country. I felt encouraged to be able to say that work as an aid should be relatively transitional as there are schools everywhere, but also that even if that didn't work out, I could still be a nanny.20120621-151649.jpg

Oddly, my great love of childcare on a single family basis has always been a little conflicting for me. I think some of this conflict comes as a result of the questions that are frequently asked when people discover I am a nanny. Wondering if this is just a transitional job, if I am doing this while I am in school and what I actually hope to do. Now those questions have been on the mark, it has been in a period of transition, it has been when I am in school for a different career choice. But I often wonder if it would be "okay" if I continued nannying as my preferred line of work.

I just think there's something about a baby's giggle, a chatty three year old, an inquisitive five year old or a ten year old's growing personality and humor. There's something about learning how to deal with kids equally. There's something about getting paid to play at the park....right?

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This all comes back to social norms, and what we deem as 'success'. Unfortunately my ideas of success might appear a little skewed sometimes, but I hope I can gain a little courage and continue to do what brings me joy, wherever life happens to lead us.

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