Tell us about yourself!
My name is Morgan Merkel and I live outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I am a wife, and dog mom to a hilarious rescue puppy! I love coffee and basically any kind of food (but especially Mexican food). I nanny adorable twin girls during the week! I run a nanny Facebook group called The Nanny Narrative. When I’m not working as a nanny, you will find me going on walks with my husband and our pup, working on my photography business, hanging out with the 6th grade girls that I mentor, relaxing at coffee shops and spending time with my family! I attended nanny school and started nannying after I finished there.
What led you to becoming a nanny?
I became a nanny because I wanted to invest in kids lives on a personal level! I enjoy that my day is never the same, and that you learn something new about these awesome tiny humans every single day! I love being able to be a little bit teacher, little bit nurse, little bit chef ( even though my cooking skills are below average haha) and a little bit bestfriend all in one day!! It really is the best job ever. I also really want to be a momma, so I chose a career that I could still have once that time comes but also to prepare me to be the best momma I can be.
Describe yourself as a nanny in 5 words.
If I had to describe myself as a nanny in five words… man that’s hard! “coffee fueled multitasking all day”. I currently nanny precious 11 month old twin girls, so multitasking is my middle name! It’s such a amazing job!
Describe your nannying approach. What is your childcare philosophy?
I love finding new ways to teach children about the world we live in. My approach is extremely hands on! I love the outdoors!! I had Amish sitters myself as a child, who never had electronics on for us, and I had the best childhood. I am very conscious of teaching little ones manners and responsibility, but try to do it in a fun & positive way. My goal as a nanny, is to make families lives easier and to ultimately help them flourish as a family unit!
What do you enjoy most about being a nanny?
The best part about being a nanny is seeing little ones grow and learn new things!! I love watching them try to accomplish a new task. One of my favorite moments was with my previous nanny kid. It was when he started moving his arm.. he has Erbs Palsy which is nerve damage in his right arm that effects his ability to move his arm properly. We did so much therapy/ sensory activities alongside his therapists and surgeons to get him improving. I definitely cried a lot watching him progress and become more independent! He is my little buddy!
What part of nannying do you find the most challenging?
I think the best but also for sure the hardest part about being a nanny is how invested you get into the children/families lives. You really become one of the family. Nannying is such a personal career field and nothing is harder than when your time is through at a job. My heart broke to leave my last little fella, even though it was because I was moving back to Ohio to get married (which is a great thing!!), but I was still heart broken. I have such a strong bond with this little guy. It’s crazy the love you have for a child who is not your own. Thankfully I get to go visit him all the time, and be like the fun aunt who buys him cute clothes and takes him fun places!! Last time I was there he kept giving me kisses and hugs, he is just the sweetest little man..
What advice would you give to someone just beginning his or her nanny career?
My advice to new nannies is always the same! WAIT FOR THE RIGHT FIT! If I could go back and tell my younger self to wait for the perfect fit no matter how tight money is or how much I want to be working, I would. I have loved all the kids I nannied for, no matter how long I was with them but most nannies will fall in love with any child they nanny for. It’s more than that, you need to make sure that you and the parents are on the same page and that you are being compensated justly for your work! It takes a village to raise a child, but everyone in the village needs to be on the same page. As much as you love your nanny kiddos, they don’t pay you! It’s so hard to remember that sometimes. Also, find nanny friends!! My nanny crew gets me through days when babies are crying and I need a good laugh! Most people don’t understand what it is like to be a nanny, so having other nannies who support you is very important! But also finding nanny friends who will love your nanny kids, and become part of the village that helps raise these little ones!
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
HAHA my typical day…. As I said before I am currently nannying little twinsies ! So my typical day is multitask, multitask, multitask LOL. Thankfully they are extremely happy babies, but everything is still times two! I work Monday-Friday! I adore my job!! These girls are so much fun. We are in the stage of furniture walking and standing by ourselves which is so funny to watch! I love watching them interact with one another and chat with each other… it is beyond cute! We attend a music class, story times and a fun swimming class currently. I work in the cutest little town, so we love to walk to the park and Starbucks (which is a lifesaver) during the day! They are getting so curious about the outdoors, which is my favorite. They love stroller/wagon walks, or being carried in the backpack. I cannot wait until the summer so we can get outside more!
What is your go-to nanny outfit?
My go-to nanny outfit is 110% yoga pants or joggers ! In the summer I wear running shorts and t-shirts. I am a very casual person, and the more relaxed I am dressed then the better I can play with little ones. I personally couldn’t nanny for a job that I had to be super dress up for! I love being able to wear running shorts to work and go play outside with my nanny kiddos.
How do you wind down after a long day on the job?
The second hardest part about nannying, is how exhausted you are after work. Your nanny family deserves to have a nanny who is recharged for the next day, so don’t feel bad taking time for yourself. Winding down after work is super important. When I lived with my bestfriend Brooke in North Carolina (who is also a nanny), we would binge watch tv after work like it was our second job hahaha. Now that I’m married I have a little more cleaning and stuff I need to get done before I can relax, but I still try to make recharging a priority. I love putting essential on and some in my diffuser while watching tv, taking a lavender bath, aimlessly walking around target, or just going for a quick walk with my dog.
Any childcare books, websites, or resources you recommend?
I love the book/app called The Wonder Weeks! It’s helpful for you and also for parents to understand what developmental changes are going on with your little one! I also run a Facebook page for nannies, called The Nanny Narrative, along with a few other nannies! Feel free to join us on there as well! We are a fun and relaxed page to share daily struggles, excitement and advice!
The gals behind Not Quite Mary Poppins are always looking to grow our bookshelf! What are your favorite children’s books?
- Pride & Prejudice: A BabyLit® Counting Primer – Jennifer Adams
- Peekaboo Kisses – Barney Saltzberg
- Piggies – Audrey Wood
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