And the gold medal goes to……
I was asked to babysit tonight for a family I spent many a Monday babysitting for. They were my first real babysitting gig and several years later I am enjoying their children every bit as much as I did the years before. It really got me thinking about my babysitting history and where it all began. As we sat downstairs (the ten year old, twelve year old, and myself) watching the Winter Olympics and coming up with crazy Olympic races for ourselves I started to reminisce about my winning games as a babysitter and a nanny. So I thought I’d share a few of my medal winning moments with you all.
I’m going to go ahead and say tonight is well deserving of the bronze medal. We were having so much fun getting into the Olympic spirit that we decided to make every commercial break an opportunity for our very own Olympic race. First we had the showering competition. Each of the two competitors raced to see who would be the fastest at showering and bring home first place. Where showers typically take 15-20mins in this household we had first place at 03:46:53, with second place coming in at 4:24:34. After making sure the correct shampoo dosage had been used and promptly rinsed out our winner was proclaimed!
Our second competition was between three candidates. The boy, the girl, and the nanny. Each competitor had to see how many push-ups they could do in just 25 secs. My ten year old charge was the winner of that race!
Next up was the sit-up race in which this proud nanny took first. We were laughing and having so much fun that bedtime seemed extra sad this night, but each have just fallen asleep with a winning smile plastered to their face which reassures this nanny that she is in the right profession.
While that was a winning round for the nanny game Olympics, I am confident that the summer I watched four sweet little rascals was worthy of the silver medal for its awesome nerf gun wars. This particular family had loads upon loads of guns and ammo at our disposal and we took pride in our well outfitted games. We strapped on our gear and set out in full stealth mode against our opposing teams. One of my favorite parts about being a nanny is getting into play mode and being a kid again. This game was an easy win for everyone!
Hands down the best game I have ever played as a babysitter/nanny was a game we came up with after watching an episode of myth busters. I was babysitting for a family that I am still close to to this day (Their children are more than old enough to be watching themselves, and one is even driving my old car, but every so often I contact them for a visit, or they ask me to come horse-sit. Yes. HORSE-sit. Which I LOVE). This particular episode of myth busters was featuring a movie myth where Catherine Zeta Jones was sneaking through lasers designed to keep her out. She blew makeup powder on the lasers and then was able to see where each one hit. We thought this looked so fun that we just HAD to come up with a way to create a similar obstacle course ourselves. We searched the house high and low and alas! We found some yellow yarn. By the time we were done setting up for this game their entire living room looked like a giant spider had come to weave a web. There was yarn EVERYWHERE. We raced and played through that course and tried over and over to see who could get through without touching our so called “lasers.” It was a game like no other and provided so much fun for hours. After we were all done and the parents got home, their kids were so proud to announce that not one shred of yarn had been wasted since we just rolled it back into a ball for the next time. They were happy, and their parents were happy. Both of which made for a happy nanny.
Being a nanny can be so stressful. Type in the popular hashtag #nannylife into any social media outlet and you’re bound to see many complaints coming from the nanny scene. Honestly, it makes me sad to hear and disappointed to see. I’ve tasted the good and the bad of nanny life and throughout it all can still proudly say there is no other profession I would rather be in. So this one is for you nannies!
And the gold medal goes to…… all you nannies out there who aren’t afraid to get down and dirty. To play and romp around like a kid again. To put smiles on those precious faces and invest in these impressionable souls. You deserve a gold medal.
Comment below and share a time you or your nanny was deserving of a gold medal!