How a nanny changed our lives!
One of my clients, who is a working mom, called me to request a new nanny. She had called me several times on prior occasions, and I was always successful in finding a lovely girl for her.
On this occasion she seemed quite overwhelmed. She needed somebody very intelligent, resourceful, energetic, and she needed her immediately. She had four children between the ages of 9 and 15.
I found a lovely European girl who was interested in a live in job with older children. This seemed to be a perfect fit but I did not realize how perfect. It was a match made in heaven.
She sent the following email to someone and cc’d it to me.
“Our nanny, in her 20’s, entered our home and our lives have changed.The nanny is quite an extraordinary girl who has great discipline and a lot of common sense. She is a strong role model for the children.”
It was a lengthy letter going into detail about how this young girl changed the dynamics and life style of the whole family.
“This nanny keeps a very healthy diet even if it means eating something different from the rest of the family. When everybody snacks on ice cream and chips, she eats fruit instead. As you know, we are all somewhat overweight. The nanny created a game, which was a contest to see who could lose the most weight. She encouraged the kids to exercise and jog with her. The children seemed eager to improve their appearance and just needed a nudge and a lot of praise. They wanted to please her!”
“When I saw how the attitude of my children changed about eating and exercise I was shamed into falling into line. It seems the nanny is a wealth of information about nutrition. On another front, the nanny changed how the kids interact. They were always fighting and yelling at each other. She taught them to take a breath, wait until they calmed down and then clearly explain why they were upset. It seemed that most disputes could be settled when the kids calmed down, presented their feelings in a logical way and she would mediate. I think Mary Poppins has entered my life.”
God willing, maybe you can find such a nanny for yourself!