Tell us about yourself!
Hi! I’m Krista. I am 22 years old and live in Northeast Ohio. I have been a nanny for four years. I currently work for an amazing family with triplet 3 year olds and a seven year old. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, working out, or binge watching Netflix.
What led you to becoming a nanny?
My family actually steered me towards nannying. I have always been amazing with children, so when it was time to choose a future career they mentioned a nanny training school. Truthfully, I turned down the idea at first after seeing the uniforms and thinking there’s no way I can be that proper all the time. I ended up reconsidering it after a lot of research and I I am so happy I did!
Describe yourself as a nanny in 5 words.
Silly, energetic, loving, adventurous, helpful.
Describe your nannying approach. What is your childcare philosophy?
Routine! The first thing I do when I start with a family is figure out a good routine and then we stick with it. I think all children need a routine they can count on to know what to expect, but with multiples I think it is so much more important to keep them on a strict schedule.
What do you enjoy most about being a nanny?
Seeing children smile. I love seeing their cute little faces light up with self pride when they finally learn how to spell their name or do a cartwheel for the first time.
What part of nannying do you find the most challenging?
Leaving! It is so difficult to leave the children after spending so much time together and sharing so many memories with each other. I am already dreading the day when I have to leave my sweet charges.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning his or her nanny career?
Be your own advocate. Ask to have a meeting as soon as a problem arises – don’t wait for it to become a bigger issue. Communication is the key to a successful nanny/family relationship.
What is your go-to nanny outfit?
Running shorts, a t-shirt, and tennis shoes.
How do you wind down after a long day on the job?
I will either put on my headphones and go for a run at the park or just go home and relax in front of the tv.
Any childcare books, websites, or resources you recommend?
I like The Five Love Languages of Children: The Secret to Loving Children Effectively by Gary D. Chapman & Ross Campbell and Unplugged Play: No Batteries. No Plugs. Pure Fun by Bobbi Conner.