Spotlight Sunday: Rachel

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Tell us about yourself!

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I’m 23 years old! Born and raised in New York! I am a full-time nanny to two amazing kids, B4 and G2 and one more on the way! I love my job and wouldn’t change it for the world. When I’m not being super nanny, I love hanging around NYC, looking for yummy places to eat and fun places to shop. I’m a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries and Grey’s Anatomy! I also love to post pictures on both my personal Instagram and I also have a nanny Instagram, nannying_in_nyc! Follow me on my everyday adventures with my nanny kiddos!

What led you to becoming a nanny?

I have always had a love for children. Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted my job to involve caring for children. I went into college thinking I wanted to be an Early Childhood Education teacher. As I ended my freshman year, I realized that being a teacher wasn’t really for me. This is when I switched my major to child and family studies. Towards the end of my senior year in school, I started thinking about becoming a nanny. I started researching everything I could and then started to pursue a little bit more about it when I graduated from college. With everything I read, I knew this would be the perfect job for me. And with that, I found my first nanny job last year and I’m still with the same family today!

Describe yourself as a nanny in 5 words.

Dedicated, hard-working, loving, creative, organized.

Describe your nannying approach. What is your child care philosophy?

Almost everything can be, and SHOULD be, a fun and positive experience!

What do you enjoy most about being a nanny?

I love that everyday is different! I’m not just sitting in front of a computer at a desk all day! My office changes day by day! Whether we are visiting a park to play, or going to the zoo to see some animals, we are always doing something different to have fun!

What part of nannying do you find the most challenging?

One of the most challenging parts of being a nanny is that sometimes we have long hours. By the time my day ends, I’m so exicited to head home, eat dinner and climb right into bed! But thats what weekend naps are for, right?!

What advice would you give to someone just beginning his or her nanny career?

Be yourself! Don’t pretend to be someone you are not just to land the job! You will find the perfect family to nanny for when you are being yourself!

What is your go-to nanny outfit?

Anything that is comfy! I always need to be ready to get down and dirty with the kids! T-shirt and shorts in the summer and sweatshirts and leggings in the winter! Easy, comfy and something I don’t mind getting messy!

How do you wind down after a long day on the job?

Scrolling through my Instagram feed, binging different shows on Netflix and watching videos on Youtube!

Any childcare books, websites, or resources you recommend?

I would not survive the nanny life without the plethora of nanny Facebook groups, nanny Instagram pages and of course Pinterest! Thank god for Pinterest!

The gals behind Not Quite Mary Poppins are always looking to grow our bookshelves. What are your favorite children’s books?

Don’t Press the Button by Bill Cotter, Let’s Play! by Herve Tullet, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle. Harold & the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. I can honestly go on and on about my favorite children’s books! I love to read to my nanny kiddos!

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