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THE ABC’S OF ESSENTIAL NANNY VITAMINS March 20, 2013

ATTITUDE- A great attitude goes a long way, an attitude carries an altitude of how you will proceed with your day. An attitude is contagious and as a nanny you become a role model to the children that are under your care, so a positive attitude is vital.

BELIEVE- As a nanny, you must believe in what you do. A great nanny is unable to reach her maximum potential unless she can believe in her skills.

COURAGE-its defined as a quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc. Courage is a characteristic a nanny must have in order to be effective in caring for children. You cannot be afraid, or else the children pick up on it and adopt it as their own characteristic.

DETERMINATION- you must be determined to make a great impact in the children’s lives. You must be able to have the capacity to establish the right guidelines in a child’s lives.

EFFERVESCENCE- you have to portray an enthusiastic behavior towards the children you care for. Children need to know that they can be free to express themselves without being put down

FRIENDLY- a nanny that shows kindness will find it easier to relate with children. In order to build a trustworthy relationship with the children you have to prove to be friendly.

GREGARIOUS- you have to be a nanny that is sociable and willing to be in the company of other nannies.

HONEST- they say honesty is the best policy. Being able to be honest with your clients is a valuable character that no money can buy. Honesty creates an open line of communication, which is what you want

IMAGINATIVE- you have to be creative and be able to come up with ideas on how to keep the children busy and entertained that will instill both educational and developmental skills.

JOYOUS- A happy caregiver makes a happy child. A sad countenance relays insecurity towards the children, so making sure you are happy in the presence of the children is very important

KNOWLEDGEABLE- A nanny that is knowledgeable can be very valuable to the family she works for. Take time to keep yourself updated on safety concerns, health foods, e.t.c

LOVE- is what they say makes the world go round. A nanny without love is like the day without the sun. Love promotes growth in the inside and out. Children need to be loved.

MATURITY- A nanny must also prove that she can be able to psychologically respond to a circumstance or situation in an appropriate manner.

NURTURER- children need to feel nourished emotionally, so it is important for a nanny to cultivate a nurturing spirit

OPEN-MINDED- being able to be receptive to ideas in a moments notice is essential. Children love to come up with creative imaginative ideas and having a nanny that can be pliable and open-minded is ideal.

PATIENCE- Is having the ability to bear, no nanny should ever care give without the ability to bear with children’s unpredictable behaviors. This is one of the most important characteristics every nanny must have.

QUINESSENTIAL- if you can represent the most perfect or typical example of what a caretaker should be, it will definitely be of value to the children you care for. They will carry that example for the rest of their lives and will probably practice the views they have learned from you to the people around them

RESPONSIBLE- a nanny has to prove to be accountable and have the capability to make mature rational decisions.

SUBMISSIVE- a teachable spirit goes a long way. Being able to listen to your employers is valuable. Remember you are hired to enhance THEIR family values not lead yours.

TIME-MANAGEMENT- without having the ability to manage time, developing an effective schedule or routine is impossible. Children are most responsive to routine so the ability to be time conscious is a plus

UNIQUE- what positive thing or character about you makes children drawn to you? You cannot a strong effective nanny if you are looking to compare or compete with other nannies.

VIGOROUS- a nanny has to possess physical and mental strength.

WITTY- laughter is medicine to the soul. Being able to characterize humor is important to the children.

X-RAY- examine yourself daily. Are you emotionally/ mentally stable and capable in giving yourself wholly to children without losing your cool in a moment’s notice?

YIELDED- be a nanny that is willing to give yourself as required to the children needs.

ZEALOUS- You cannot be an effective nanny unless you are passionate in what you do. When you are zealous about care giving it becomes more than just a duty, it becomes a true passion.

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