Nanny gifting

I am finishing my nanny  job with the most amazing little one & her family next week & I am getting rather sad….

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She is an amazing 1yr old girl with character to spare & I want to give her & the family a special gift. I was going to do a photo book then I thought it could be like a handover book for the new nanny with pictures, cute stories & things she likes to do in it so it will also serve as a memory book.

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Do you have any good ideas or have you seen something similar or better?

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Saying goodbye to my little one

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I need help fellow nannies.

I am finishing with my current family in 4 weeks & I am dreading the goodbyes. This is the longest nanny position I’ve had (8 months) working between 6 or 7 days per week. I have spent a great deal of time with the toddler & I will definitely miss her.

I am also worried for her losing a friend & having to adjust to someone new on top of beginning nursery full time in the mornings.

Are there any tips you can offer to help the process be less heartbreaking?

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Hello again, hello

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Sorry for the unintentional hiatus folks. I guess life got in the way. My previous post was around 7 weeks ago & rather depressing – I can assure you that I have not been in the throes of a breakdown since then! Honest. I have just been working, breathing, making poor choices, laughing, sleeping & surviving. Same as yourself?

I’m still in Switzerland, living by Lake Geneva & working as a nanny. It has been intensely hot throughout July with temperatures in the high 30s & even 40 degrees! As a fair skinned Irish I have been doing my best but still sweating & struggling. Thankfully we’ve had a few days where it hasn’t been insanely hot so I feel normal again. I was worried my internal organs were poaching in my fleshy juices. When that is one of your life issues you know you need to reassess your living arrangements. My delight has been a post work swim in the lake, followed by a good book & a beer in the last light of the day. It has been so refreshing & it feels good for my soul.

I have been working a lot of overtime so I haven’t been able to explore Switzerland as much as I would like. When I do get a day off I have a lot of admin, cleaning, Skype calls, sleep & washing to catch up on. I have a fun group of international friends I see at the weekends to keep my mild alcoholism & craving for mischief alive. They are my regular weekend respite from the nannying. They are great people but, god, I miss my friends. The ones who know me inside out & who can make me laugh with one facial expression. I can get very needy for these pals at times like today.

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I’m not sure how much people pay attention to my blog or like it. In case you do, I will  endeavour to fill you in on what I’ve been up to & what is coming next.
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Nanny life

I have made the transition from seasonal nanny to full time, live in, nanny. I’m unconvinced whether this was my smartest move.

I’m not really a nanny. I have no formal training. My childcare experience stems from growing up in a big Irish family – If you were old enough to look after yourself you were deemed capable to look after younger cousins. It comes natural to me, I generally find it easy & if I were at home I would no doubt be doing this free of charge for family.

When people ask me what I do I seem to mutter under my breath what I’m doing ‘at the minute’, as though I’m ashamed. Looking after other people’s children & being chosen & desired for the position is a big privilege & responsibility. I feel that this job is not as professional as my career in healthcare that I studied at university & struggle to find a full time job in. Maybe it’s because I put more time & effort into graduating? I feel like a failure for not working in this field & any other job will always come second to working in the sports healthcare. I watch sports on tv & yearn to work in that environment again. Nannying is not bringing me closer to it or doing anything positive for my cv.

I feel quite old to be working as an untrained nanny. Is this something people do in their late teens/early 20’s? Should i not be settled with my own family by now? Should I be hiring a nanny for my brood of children?

All I can do is throw my arms up in despair, save some money & make the most of it. It feels better than yachting….. Better for my sanity hopefully. I will certainly have more freedom & will hopefully make more friends.

In the end it’s not about my job title or personal feelings of shortcomings from not attaining my dream job – yet. My quality of life in a country I have not picked for myself, with no friends or links, & not speaking the native language,  will be difficult – hopefully just to begin with.

Wish me luck on my new adventure! Any nanny word of wisdom, or other, are always greatly welcomed x

Time to pack up my life

The upheaval is on the horizon. In the next week I shall be moving to Lausanne. Time to have high hopes of reinventing myself, my lifestyle & my future. This will all fade, of course, when daily life & work happens – but I live in hope. With every move I endeavour to find improvements in my self & my happiness. I imagine I will continue to do so for years to come, despite the apparent lacking success rate.

The thought of packing up my life again makes me feel weary, but this is the lifestyle I have picked so I have to deal with it. Tough shit to me. I’ve made my temporary bed, time to make it somewhere else again & lie in it.

My second ever ski resort

I’m on the move again. I’m nannying in another ski resort in France this week. I’m super excited about going to a different ski resort! Despite doing 3 ski seasons I have only ever stayed in 1 resort. Sadly, I’m a bit bummed that I can’t snowboard when I’m there because I’ll be working every day. I hope the family are nice & the kids are super fun & well behaved.
As per usual, this was a last minute decision. I heard a family needed a nanny & said I would do it before I asked too many questions. I need to protect myself against the unknown more & stop care freely embracing it. I have a feeling my good fortune is going to run out soon & I may find myself needlessly in a difficult situation. Best not think like that & continue to keep my head up & remain positive & optimistic.
I will keep you updated on my progress. So far I have packed quickly, last minute & without too much difficulty. I forgot my toothbrush – no idea why my behaviour is that of a rookie traveller. Maybe I subconsciously wanted some retail therapy in the form of buying a new toothbrush? I’m probably due a new one anyway. Although maybe I’m too lax about travelling & packing. I have my key items that I would struggle without & the rest are luxury items which make my life much easier.
I have to get the train to Geneva airport then a 3 hour transfer to the resort. I hate travel days but at least I’m not flying!
Wish me luck! x

My Alpine Life

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As predicted, I am straight back to work when I get back to Verbier. Nannying or massaging by day & babysitting by night. I am lucky I am not a big skier as I don’t have the free time to actually ski! I will hopefully be working non stop through to the end of February – & hopefully saving enough money for my next few adventures. I need to write a bucket list to weed through what I really want to do & see in that big wide world.

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I’m still enjoying nannying…. (She says trying to get a crying toddler to sleep). I have been fortunate to have good kids, the days go quickly, the families are nice & the pay is good. I recommend it to anyone who has childcare experience. I’m not sure if I’m using all my maternal instincts up now & when I have my own kids I’ll be so over children by then…. The risks I take to make a wage!

I need to look forward to what’s next on the agenda. 2015 is going to be my busiest most jam packed with travel & adventure year! Bring. It. ON!!!!!!

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How we do changing bags on the slopes

How we do changing bags on the slopes

It’s a wonder what distraction can do to your plans. When I left you I was giving myself a week to organise this nomadic life & sure enough, almost 3 weeks later – I have not. I have not booked flights. I have not made arrangements. I have not even given it a moments thought. It’s amazing what throwing yourself into work can do to your idle daydreaming!

I have been busy day & night nannying. Not exactly what I went to university for…… *frowns at degree*

I am enjoying it & paying my bills so that’s acceptable. Right???

*Cries into my chocolate chaud*

*Tears up Sports Rehabilitation degree & regrets years of wasted time, money, cpd, volunteering, networking & skill honing*

I don’t have any nanny qualifications but being Irish & growing up in a big family with around 50 cousins can do wonders to build up many, many  reluctant hours of undesired childcare experience. I have been very lucky because the children I have been minding have been very easy & manageable. Many parents have told me that my laid back attitude (which I wasn’t aware I possessed) makes the kids content & happy in my company . The parents can relax knowing their babies are being looked after by a competent former childcare slave. I guess this is the part where I thank my family for the enforced hours of childcare labour they encouraged! Basically my confidence & competence is attributed to my cousins’ survival under my youthful care.

If you wish to follow my progress I give updates on my twitter account when I have a moment….  @nulskii #livetweetbabysitting

All plans are on hold while I am busy working. I am as ever awaiting that elusive call to work in Formula 1 or another travel opportunity. Is ‘Waiting for an opportunity’ an actual plan? Can I get away with that? As long as I’m earning while I’m basking in phenomenal views & great company, I don’t feel too bad about staying put.