There are many young people out there who just can’t wait to become a parent; that is until they get a job as a nanny. If you were an only child who was not raised around young children, you couldn’t possibly know how tough parenthood can be until you become responsible for the care someone else’s kids. You can take some comfort though, in the fact that you are getting paid for it!
Too many young people these days don’t understand responsibility. They graduate from high school with no concept yet of money, how to earn it or how to spend it. They literally have no idea what they plan to do with the rest of their lives. They are still primarily in their selfish phase where they still expect that “free ride” parents bestow upon their children, provided they are in school and showing some sort of attempt at following the rules we set forth for them while they are still living as young adults under our roof.
There is no better way for a young adult to gain some new found appreciation for every mother and father in the world, not just theirs, than taking on a the job of a nanny.
Today’s Guest Post is by: Kelsey Clark, editor-in-chief of FindANanny. She loves to write and share information about nannies and nanny services.
I think every twenty-something, unsure of their future, male or female post high school graduate should spend at least one year caring for young children. Not only will teach them responsibility but it will also provide a little insight as to what a parent actually goes through in the name of love for their children. They might even change their minds about having children of their own.
A temporary career as a nanny could also provide a young person with money for college and a roof over their heads other than ours for a period of such time in which they will gain respect for what we do as parents. There is nothing like the experience of raising children; I don’t care how patient and understanding you think you are. Kids will test you to the extent of your ability to think rationally, act rationally, do the right things and not to mention do all this on limited amounts of sleep. Did I forget to tell you that as a general rule, kids don’t like it when we sleep? Well they don’t and they show this dislike in the form of many rebellious acts. Taking off from our set boundaries, destroying the house, getting as filthy as they can, letting the family pets loose and calling let’s say Tokyo; just to name a few.
What you are going to have to remember, as you take on the career of a nanny to someone else’s children, is that you have most likely done each and every one of these horrible things when you were a child, if not worse.
So, until you have awakened to a trashed house with the kids nowhere in sight and have about two hours before their parents come home to clean the house, find the kids in the mud outside somewhere, bath them thoroughly, locate the dog, feed everybody and oh yeah, worry that they are going to tell their parents that you fell asleep in the first place, you will not be clued in on what it’s like to really raise children.
Being a nanny can be an eye-opening experience. If you are thinking about having children but you haven’t been around them for the long term, I highly recommend at least trying out babysitting for a while first. You may change your mind!