Nanny Transitions: Making the Most of a Bad Job in a Soft Economy
As professional nannies we all have encountered challenges on our jobs.Today we are talking to “M” a nanny in the Midwest who is going to share with us how her perfect job, changed to a job she hated, and how she took the negative aspects of the job and created positive opportunities that she learned to enjoy.
When do you start this job?
Jan , 2008
Did you find it through an agency?
No, I found it through an online site.
Give us a brief synopsis of the job description you interviewed for.
The job I interviews for was caring for their toddler and a soon to be born baby. *Eventually they had another child so I was caring for 3 children under the age of 4. I was also expected to do child related tasks.
Did the job fit the job description when you first started it?
There were some parts of the job that were as I thought it was going to be but there was one major part that was not.
I thought I could do outings with the children, when in reality I could not. At least not on my own it had to be as a “family”. I could drive their car with the kids to the library. During the 1st yr going to Costco was the highlight of the week.
When did it change?
The summer of 2009 my hours were cut to part time. I tried to find another part time position with no luck. That was when I really started to feel like a “Parent Helper”. The dad wanted to spend as much time as he could with the kids. I didn’t have a problem with that, but I am a planner and he was not. I never felt like I could do projects or educational activities not knowing what he had planned. Learning to go with the flow could be challenging at times. I was tired of going places with the bosses. It just was no fun anymore.
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