If you stalk my Twitter (and let’s be honest, I know that all of you are obsessed with my tweets) then you will have become very familiar with #NannyWeekend. If not, let me fill you in. I took an overnight babysitting gig with my favorite munchkins and, to put it bluntly, it was amazing!
First off, these kids are one of my favorites to babysit. I used to watch them weekly, but with schedules and other commitments, it’s been a while since I’ve seen these cuties. Our families are really close and I consider them like siblings. I treat them as if they were my younger brother and sister. Kate is 8 and Art is 6 and when I told them I was turning 18 this week they looked at me as if I was turning 180.
Friday was the start of Nanny Weekend. I arrived at 8:30 am (no beauty sleep for this girl) and played Legos and tickle fight and Just Dance 4 until I dropped (literally, Art fell on top of me.) As we played Just Dance 4 and Kate forced me to shake my groove thang, I learned that I would be spending my weekend with two Directioners. Hallelujah, praise the Lord, it’s gonna be a good weekend! (More on these Directioners later) At this point their mom came back from an estate sale to pack her bag and I went home to eat lunch, pack my own overnight bag, and write a quick email before returning for the real start of Nanny Weekend!
I spent this last week being an intern for an acting company that put on a summer theatre camp for kids. It was a really great experience, but it definitely taught me a little about keeping my cool.
Of all the jobs that I do, all of them include children. Between my job working at my local children’s museum, being a regular babysitter, and working at various children camps, I spend 75% of my life around kids. And usually I enjoy every minute of it. However, working with 40 children mostly by myself, it really did test all of my child knowledge. And how well I can keep my temper.
Teaching children between the ages of 7 and 15 how to act can be a difficult process. Especially if you have to teach them a play in only 4 days. Being an intern meant that I had to the kids in check, help them learn lines, be their friend when they get overwhelmed, and be every other possible person the teachers or campers could need. Between Monday and Thursday, doing all of that was pretty simple. I didn’t have any problems with being angry and all the kids were pretty great. However, on Friday and Saturday, the days where everyone was high tension as we put the finishing touches on the final show, it was really hard to not just throw a tantrum.
The hardest was when we had the final performance and 40 kids, plus myself, were stuck in a very tiny room where we were not allowed to make any noise so that the people in the audience could not hear us. Young children do not know how to be quiet for an hour. So, I had to keep myself in check while I had 40 kids trying to talk to their best friend, trying to occupy themselves, trying to use the restroom every 5 minutes. It drove me insane. But I used these tips to not lose my col on these sweet, innocent, slightly loud children.
This fantastic picture of a child couch surfing reminds me of all the games I played as a child. We all played them. It was part of our imagination as little kids. And as I get older, I find myself playing them sometimes too. There are times in our lives (such as the games we played when we were elementary aged) that we will never forget.Read More