This summer I’ve had the opportunity to work as a full time, 44-hours/week nanny to two boys, 7 and 12. To the same the least, it’s been an interesting and a much-needed learning opportunity to me, especially since growing up I was the oldest and only had one brother–so our home was never filled with dirt and boyish things, we mostly had Barbies scattered on the floor.
So here’s a peak into what my oh so exciting summer routine has been the past 4 weeks:
7:50 a.m.: Yes, even though it’s summer, I still have to wake up early and arrive to the home where I nanny before 8 a.m. Fortunately for me, this upcoming semester my earliest class is 10 (I FINALLY get to sleep in!!). I usually hope that the boys are still sleeping so that I can have at least a few minutes of peace and quiet before the day starts.
9:00 a.m.: After figuring out what to serve for breakfast (and every single day reminding the younger boy that, no, he cannot have 3 breakfast items–I know his parents wouldn’t allow that) I help the boys with the daily reading and worksheets. This aspect has definitely taught me patience, as I have completely forgotten what it’s like to be 7 and not be able to understand how to read every word or do basic algebra. It’s a fun experience watching him improve with each page and problem, nevertheless.
11:00 a.m.: Like clockwork, the boys always want breakfast at 11 o’clock. This part of the day makes me feel like a full-fledged mom (“What would you like for lunch?” “I don’t know.” “Okay, how about chicken?” “No” “Spaghetti-Os?” “I don’t like those.” “Okay.. how about leftovers?” “No let’s have pizza” “We’ve had that three days in a row, we’re not having pizza again”). Plus they always insist on some sort of dessert afterwards. Regardless, I’ve learned a lot from this part of the day. I learned how to cook a homemade pizza. I also learned how to use a can-opener–which I spent 25 minutes working on before finally googling “How to Use a Can Opener”. I also learned how to use a dish washer. At least I’m learning these basic household functions before moving out in August!
1:00 p.m.: After spending a large majority of the day watching TV, I usually attempt to carrel the boys outside and play. Or I pick up the boys from an array of summer camps on any given week. I’ve learned that boys somehow always drag dirt into my car. It’s unfortunate because I’m a compulsive neat freak.. fortunately, I think that this has taught me to stop trying to control everything (one of my biggest flaws).
3:00 p.m.: With two hours left and most of the day behind us, the boys are bound to get into some sort of fight–leaving me to play ‘bad cop’. They’re either fighting over the couch or the remote, or simply attacking each other for no apparent reason. It sometimes even ends in tears and a screaming ‘Get out of my life!!’. Either way, I’m always pulling them apart and reminding them that they can both share a three person couch. Oh well, I can’t blame them, I’ve been having these petty fights with my siblings for years.
5:00 p.m.: At this point, I’m ready to go home and relax. I’m so blessed for such a great and all in all, not too difficult job, but I have found that being a nanny to two boys–or any children for that matter–is no walk in the park. I have a new found respect for parents. (Also, I don’t want kids for at least another 8 years).