Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Life Of A Nanny

If you missed my guest post from last Saturday on Jessica's Blog you can read it here today...


The Life Of A Nanny

People seem to have lots of questions about nannies so I'm going to format this Q&A style in case you're just looking for a specific topic.  I'll talk about the most commonly asked questions but feel free to ask any that I miss.

How Many Children Do You Nanny?
Girl 8 [M]
Boy 5 [C]
Girl 3 [M] & Girl 3 [B] TWINS! :)

How Did You Get Started Nannying?
My mom has had an in-home daycare for 25 years & I have TONS of experience but in the end I always find my jobs by word-of-mouth.  For those of you interested there are several websites you can list profiles with & I believe families call & set up interviews with you.

What Is The Best Part Of Your Job?
Raising little ones!  Seeing children grow up & mature is the best miracle in life!

What Is The Most Challenging Part Of Your Job?
I would have to say discipline.  When it comes down to it these children aren't your own so sometimes you have to handle certain situations differently than you want to/would do for your own children.

What Are Your Normal Nanny Duties?
These vary depending on your contract.  Right now I cook [breakfast & lunch], clean, & do laundry & dishes daily.  I also do things like change bedding each week & give the kids their baths.

Do You Travel With The Children?
Yes!  I would go crazy if I couldn't!  We go to several Parks & Pools, the Zoo, the Museum, the Botanical Center, the Science Center, Garage Sales, Jumpin' Jacks, Pump It Up!, Chuck-e-Cheese, Ice Creams Shops, the Library, Farmer's Markets, Living History Farms, Incredible Pizza, Malls, Garage Sales, Wee Read/Story Times & walk/bike rides!  We LOVE to be busy!
Oh..We also go to dentist & doctor's appointments!

What Is A Normal Day Like For A Nanny?
Ha!  Well any 'parent' knows that there is no normal day!  Here is a general schedule we run by but no day is the same!  With 4 kids you HAVE to be flexible!!
7:45 - arrive
7:45 - 8:15 - Breakfast, dressing, brushing teeth etc.
8:20 - Mack gets on bus
8:30-10:00 - Kids play - I clean up house & start laundry - We read a lots in the mornings too
10:00 - Morning snack [always fruit or yogurt with water]
10:15 - 12:00 - Park or Library time
Noon - 1:00 - Lunch [flip laundry]
1:00 - 1:30 - Bath time & Brush Teeth
1:30 - 3:30 - Girls take a nap - Carter & I play.  I also finish laundry & clean in the afternoons.
3:30 - Girls get up & start to play [lately outside]
4:00 - Mack gets home
4:15 - 4:30 - Snack time 
4:30-5:30 - More play time [outside!]
5:30 - I go home

Do You Live With Your Family?
I do not.  For the most part one parent or the other is home each evening with the children.

Do You Do Anything Differently Than The Parents?
I do not allow the TV to be turned on.  I know it sounds harsh but we have plenty of toys to play with & creative children's imaginations.  
*My only exception to that is if we all sit down to watch a movie together in the afternoon for a 'special treat' [like a storm outside].

How Much Money Do Nannies Make?
This varies heavily depending the the city you live in, number of children, if they provide housing/car, & the hours per week.  I live in Iowa, nanny 4 children, have my own home & car, & work an average of 50 hours a week & make more than $30k a year.

Well..That's a wrap.  Thanks for reading my fist guest post & please check out my blog if you have any questions!


  1. Ooh, this was interesting to read, thanks for answering questions! Nannying sounds like a very fun and rewarding job :)

  2. I found this very interesting! My best friend has nannied in the past and it is interesting how every family is different. You have quite a busy day for yourself!

  3. Thanks for sharing your life with us. I give you a lot of credit. I have no problems hanging with my own children all day, but other people's children...not so much. LOL

    Sounds like you really enjoy your work...and you are good at it too :-)

  4. It’s all in a day’s work. You design and build a fort, save a damsel from distress, help vanquish an opposing army, collaborate to create stunning artwork, and cap it all off by hosting a tea party for five (two humans, one puppy, one elephant, and one bear). Diverse work tasks indeed!

    What caused you to employ such a broad set of skills? You are a NANNY. It is your job, your privilege, to attend to your charges. When the children are bored, you are responsible for engaging them in fun and educational activities. When they are upset, you are responsible for employing an effective means of turning their frowns upside down. When they are happy, you are responsible for celebrating in ways that encourage more happiness from them. You find ways to do all these things in a way that is age-appropriate for your charges aged three years, nine years, and 15 years. In sum, you are a master of versatility, a true creative genius.


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