• Kristina Cherep

Why I Love My Job

Yes, I'm a full-time nanny. No, it's not the same thing as babysitting. There is a difference between babysitting and nannying. I work 50+ hours a week and care for three kids as if they are my own. I wake up the kids every morning, pick out their clothes, get them dressed, change their diapers, feed them, bathe them, play with them, potty train them, calm them down after temper-tantrums, and much more. I love it!

Being a full-time nanny is being an extension of a family. It's like being another parent for kids that aren't even your own. Yeah, it's not the same thing as being a teacher. Yeah, my degree allows me to be able to be a teacher. No, I do not plan on going into teaching just because I have my teaching license in two states. Choosing between nanny or teacher, I choose nanny every time. I have been a full-time student teacher before and I absolutely loved it, but there's something about full-time nannying that I love even more.

Being a teacher, you have to spend hours outside of your work day making lesson plans, answering emails from parents, and much more. They do most of their work outside of their workday. Props to you teachers out there! You also have to keep track of and teach at least 20 students at the same time. It's not that I don't think I can handle teaching... I did my student teaching with 26 Kindergartners in a Chicago Public School. I didn't choose teaching because it's not my calling. My calling is not to teach kids geometry or the scientific method. My calling is to take care of kids and teach them all kinds of life lessons and even sometimes academic lessons as well. Another bonus, I also make the same amount I would have made being a teacher!

My dream career is to open up my own daycare and preschool. That's why I'm going back to school in the summer. I have always enjoyed working with kids under the age of six and absolutely love those ages. I love being able to teach kids the building blocks whether it's teaching them to walk, talk, use manners, learn their ABC's, learn their numbers, or much more. I am also interested in teaching kids a second language. I have started to learn Spanish. I wish I had learned it when I was learning English... it would have been a lot easier! I not only want to open up my own daycare and preschool, but I also want the daycare and preschool to be multilingual. Not just with English and Spanish, but with any language a kid is able to speak!

Anyways, sorry I get excited when talking about my dream career! The reason why I love my job is because I get to spend my days with three kids who I have gotten the chance to know. I see them as my own and think of them even outside of my work day. I get to teach the one-year-old how to walk and talk and the three-year-old twins how to play nicely, how to go 'potty', and basic academic lessons and skills. Yeah, I have to change dirty diapers, but I also get asked daily, "Can I have a hug and kiss?" Until I have my own kids, these I see as my own! This is not only a job for me, but it's getting me ready to be a mom one day too.

I love my job whether you want to call it 'glorified babysitting' or not. I don't see it that way. I see it as taking care of kids who I love and see as my own. I wake up every morning excited to go to their house for the whole day. Plus, when I go home I get to spend quality time with my husband and puppy! I still think of the kids at home, but I'm not spending hours creating lesson plans or answering emails. I absolutely love my job and I cannot wait to eventually have my own daycare and preschool some day!

My Grandma always brags to me how her job never feels like work and that's how it should be! I am lucky enough to brag in the same way. I wake up every day excited to see the smiles and hear the laughs of these three wonderful children!

Both nannies and stay at home moms need to get more credit! Just because we don't have a fancy office or have to dress up to work does not mean our days are easier than yours.

P.S. There truly is a difference between a babysitter and a nanny if you didn't know that or learn that by reading this post. Look it up!