What other profession besides nannying do you wake up, go to work, and suddenly end up spending the night at your place of employment, only to wake up and work again?
People never understand me when I say that my life revolves around my nanny family’s life. If something is going on in their life, it’s a part of mine as well. If they move to a new house, I move to a new house; if they’re hosting an event, I’m hosting an event; if they have a family emergency, I have a family emergency. It isn’t rare for a nanny parent to call or text me before or after my day to ask me a question or remind me of something that’s going to be happening. It also isn’t rare that something comes up and the parents aren’t home on time. Or, like today, I suddenly plan on sleeping over because one of my nanny parents got a serious injury this afternoon and they’ll both be at the hospital until late tonight.
Sometimes it can be difficult when situations like this come up. Maybe I had plans, or maybe I’m just really tired and want to go home. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. I can’t just leave the kids. Flexibility as a nanny is crucial, because you really are your nanny family’s lifeline, especially if they don’t have other family around. They rely on you like a third parent. The burden can weigh on people differently, but I’ve learned to adapt to and lean into the chaos of my job. This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve had to sleep over at my nanny family’s house on a whim, and it definitely won’t be the last.
What I love about my job is that I can play a part in easing my nanny family’s daily tension and helping their lives run more smoothly. I mean, that’s the goal, isn’t it?