Last week, Glenda, Alice and Kellie shared a little more about themselves and their hopes for the year. Today on Monday Moxie let’s get to know Greta!
I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, Doug, and our great family and friends. We spend a lot of time eating good food, as that is expected in the Schraer family. On the weekends you might find us playing cornhole, chess or risk, going to church together, book shopping, or exploring a new part of the city.
Doug and I bought our first house last year and we have been making updates, painting and decorating. After living in rentals, it is so nice to be able to put color on the walls and decorate as we please.
I absolutely love to Dance! I have been dancing since I was 4. I manage a weekly venue in Cincinnati called the SwinGallery with 5 others. I DJ and teach Lindy Hop, East Coast, Charleston, Balboa styles of Swing. This is a night of the week to let loose, be creative and release tension! It is impossible for me to be unhappy after the first song; it’s totally my escape!
How have your relationships with children changed you as a person?
Children have pushed me to be less selfish and more giving. Patience is always challenged. Kids are just wonderful and innocent, and deserve the best I have to give. They motivate me to be a better person for them and to look beyond myself to give them better than I have to offer.
Working with multiples I have acquired the desire to REALLY see each as an individual, and respond accordingly (easier said than done with 3 at a time). Discipline, tangible expressed love, and communication are a few ways that I try to specify for each child. I hope that I will validate their emotions, their gifts, and allow them to see the value they each bring to the world.
Children bring such joy and love to my life. Everyday I try to give to kids, but I end up the one who is blessed. Pure laughter and simple jokes are simply the best. They are little sponges and drain me some days, but within seconds they give back priceless moments.
What do you hope to be remembered for by your charges and those close to you?
I hope that kids remember that they were loved and accepted unconditionally. While they probably won’t remember the details of teaching and discipline, I hope they remember that they had a blast while doing it!
I hope that people close to me would remember me as faithful, real, passionate and positive. That I was a person who loved God and served him by giving and loving on people.
Since starting CincyNanny, how have you been affected or influenced?
I have felt the challenge to grow, so that I have fresh things to share and give. I’ve done much more research and connecting. I personally feel like I am in a completely different place this year as compared to last… which is a little crazy! I definitely have many more friendships with Nannies in Cincinnati and all over the country and professional opportunities like Regarding Nannies that have come along.
What are you excited about this coming year?
I am always excited to see new levels and challenges with the kids in my care. This year brings preschool! With Regarding Nannies I am anxious to collaborate, research and write with the team. Currently as the Membership Committee Chair of the INA Board, I hope to welcome new members as well as share my creativity and ideas. Locally, continue the growth of our CincyNanny community, and host our first ever one-day conference during National Nanny Recognition Week.
Doug and I will be celebrating our 5 year Anniversary in August, and that to me will stand out as my greatest achievement to date. We are hoping to plan a little beach vacation to celebrate! (Sounds amazing, right?)