This week I started a nanny position with two different families. M-F I work in the mornings with a 3yo boy and a 5yo girl. The girl really likes art projects and playing make believe games. The boy goes with what his sister wants to do, but if it’s just the two of us we play on the swing set and throw balls for the dog.
I’m with the other family just once or twice a week in the afternoons. They have four kids, but I just stay with the younger two while the older brothers are in school and mom runs errands. I can see why mom prefers to have someone stay with them at home while she goes out. They’re 2.5yo twin boys and they have boundless energy and mischief going on. They totally egg each other on and seem to plan their trouble together. They’re pretty easygoing, though. One boy was born without one ear and the other has partial hearing loss, so their mom said that she thinks half the time they can’t hear you and the other half of the time they ignore you, haha. I play with them for an hour, then they go down for a nap and I just read and watch TV for the rest of the time. Pretty easy gig! They also have a dog who keeps me company and plays fetch/naps with his head on my lap.
Not going to lie, I was really excited when I found out that both families have big dogs I can play with, too. The moms were both saying “oh, I hope they don’t both you- just put them outside if they do”. Actually, I’m pretty sure being able to have vicarious dog ownership is the biggest perk of the job.