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Lauren The Nanny

Time Management

The past few months have gone by faster than I ever thought was possible.  I have juggled an internship, 16 hours of classes, a completely new environment and two very busy kids. I have to say, I have not done my best while having this hectic of a schedule. But as this semester comes to an end, I look back on my mess ups and see where I excelled or where my efforts were poor. With all of this, I have created a list to follow for next semester. Because it truly is all about time management.

  1. Use a calendar (the sooner the better)
  2. Learn to say “No”
  3. Know your deadlines
  4. Prioritize
  5. Eliminate your time wasters (15 minutes for social media a day!!)
  6. Create a daily plan
  7. Be fully present
  8. Stop procrastinating
  9. Do not spread yourself too thin, you can’t do everything (and that is ok)
  10. Clean your room 
  11. Save your syllabi
  12. Get on a sleeping schedule (college late nights are not good for you)
  13. Do not neglect your friends
  14. Plan your outfit ahead of time
  15. Go easy on yourself!!!!!

I did not follow these tips well this past semester and I wish I would have. But if we all start to get organized with at least one part of our life, it will typically flood over to the other aspects of our life. It will allow us to not be as stressed with what is coming next. It will open more possibilities of being joyful and enjoying where we are in the moment.

As a nanny, I have to teach my kiddos to learn how to stay organized with all of the activities they have going on. But most importantly, I have to know their schedule like the back of my hand and apply these tips to not only my life but theirs.

Hopefully this will come in handy for you and your kiddos too!

xx Lauren The Nanny

When The Kids Are Away

When the kids are away, the nanny will pray.

This past week my two kiddos have been abroad for their spring break. I have had more time to myself this past week than I have had the entire semester. It has been a week of reflection and resting. As a nanny, I think we often forget to reflect how we have learned and grown as time passes. Being a nanny can be one of the biggest roles in your kiddos’ lives, and it deserves to be taken seriously.

I have gone over the past two months in my head throughout this week.  I have thought of the many triumphs and failures that life has brought. I have reflected on how I have been a role model, personal cheerleader, chef (ha ha ha) and math tutor to my kids over this period of time.  I am so proud of the way my kiddos carry themselves and everything they have accomplished this year.  However, for myself, and I am sure you as well, there is always room for improvement.

When I need improvement, I go straight to the Word. I turned to Proverbs 22:6 NLT.  It says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” If you continue reading, verse 11 says, “One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend.” As I reread chapter 22, it hit me on what I need to improve on. I need to teach the kids I nanny how to love people purely, how to treat people kindly and how to be faithful even at a young age. The best way to teach them this is with my actions and how I approach them and everyone I encounter.

As this week wraps up, I pray that I will be an example for them. I pray that they will have the King as a friend. And I also pray that wherever you are, whatever child is looking up to you, that you are being an image of God and that they will grow up in the love of Christ.

xx Lauren The Nanny

4 Easy Snacks

I don’t know about you guys, but immediately when my kiddos get in the car at pick-up line all they are saying is, “I am staaaaarrrving.” So of course just like any smart nanny would do, I Pinterest fun snacks that will be easy to make and the ingredients will typically be in the pantry.

Our first snack is:  Banana Sushi

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 4 tablespoons of Nutella (peanut butter will do the trick as well)
  • 2 taco flour tortillas, soft

Instructions:

  1. Microwave tortillas on paper towel for 10 seconds to soften.
  2. Spread each tortilla with 2 tablespoons Nutella.
  3. Peel banana and place the banana on top of your Nutella coating.
  4. Roll tortillas tightly around the banana.
  5. Slice into half inch pieces like sushi.

So far it has been a big hit!

Our seconds snack is:  Apple Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, sliced and cored
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Spread peanut butter on top of the apple slice.
  2. Next sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

This one of their favorites!

Our third snack is:  Yogurt Drops

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt
  • Sprinkles or mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Spoon the yogurt into the bag. Squeeze the air out and zip it shut. With scissors, cut off the corner tip of the bag to create a small hole.
  2. Then squeeze out your drops!
  3. Freeze for at least an hour, then scrape off the tray and enjoy! For storing, keep them in an airtight bag or rinse out the container they came in and use plastic wrap.

This is great for on-the-go!

And our fourth snack is:  Ham and Cheese Quesadilla 

Ingredients:

  • Ham
  • Mozzarella
  • Small flour tortillas

Instructions:

  1. Over medium heat, place a tortilla in
  2. Add cheese and ham
  3. Flip every 1-2 minutes
  4. Remove when crisp
  5. Cut into 4’s
  6. Serve!

My kiddos beg me for this one!

I have made these four snacks on numerous occasions, and they are always a success. I hope you and your nanny kids can try these out too! Enjoy!!

P.S. If all else fails, take them to get ice cream. They will be happy about that!

xx Lauren The Nanny

 

Everything You Can Learn From 10 & Under

I believe one of the best perks to being a nanny is the opportunity to view life the way kids do. Kids are brutally honest, they typically find joy in everything and they are wiser than everyone thinks. My kiddos are teaching me daily what it looks like to love people purely and to see life in a better light. Here are a few life lessons I have learned so far from my 10 & under:

  1. My kiddos are at the age where they think they can do anything; failure isn’t even in the same category as they are. Seeing them live their life like that has been an eye-opener. With that being said, they believe in themselves unlike any other. Any challenge, opportunity, big test and basketball game that comes their way they greet with optimism. They know they are going to be just fine and will strive to do their best. It is constantly teaching me to believe that I am good enough at whatever comes my way, as long as I will believe in myself. And if you truly wholeheartedly believe in yourself, you can go a long way.  They have shown me to have big goals again and to go after them because as one of them would say, “Lauren, what is stopping you?”
  2. Life is life and there are times when it doesn’t go our way. I think this is a neat way to learn from a kid. Sometimes they make a bad grade or don’t get the part they wanted in the school play, and they become confused and upset. The cool thing I have learned is that they ask themselves the hard questions and want to know how to fix it and how to do better for next time. For a college student, life’s struggles are way to familiar, and I think we forget to ask ourselves what we did wrong and truly dig into it. I think sometimes we just want to push it aside instead of trying to find ways to overcome it. They have taught me to learn from my mess-ups and to keep going and to try better next time.
  3. Kids purely love people. They see people for who they are; they recognize it and call it out. They learn from one another and watch every move. There have been several occasions when my kiddos will get in the car and they are talking about all the good qualities their friends have. They talk highly about their teachers and love to tell me how awesome they are. And when they see people being mean, it upsets them.  They don’t understand it. Because to them it is so easy to simply be kind to people.  In God’s kingdom we are taught to love like He does. But because we are human, we seem to mess that up more often than not. My kiddos are teaching me daily to simply be nice, kind and loving to everyone I encounter. I think if we surrounded ourselves with more little humans and watched how they love one another, we would all be in a better place. Because I know I am.

Who would have thought these young kids would teach me life lessons. The funny thing is they don’t even know it, thats just how they live their life! I am so thankful that I get to learn from them and watch them become who they are becoming. I hope you get the opportunity to learn from little kids because it will truly blow your mind away.

 

xx Lauren The Nanny

When It Is Sunny And 75

Days like yesterday are days that I love the most.

It was sunny and 75 in Nashville, Tennessee. The entire day all I wanted to do was be outside. When you’re a nanny, these are the days you look forward to. You can do so many things when it is pretty out. Typically, my kiddos and I will play a game of basketball or throw the baseball. But I had an idea as I was waiting in the pickup line–popsicles!!! I don’t know if you have ever been to 12 South, but it is home to one of the yummiest gourmet popsicle places, Las Paletas.

Right as the kids jumped in the car, I quickly asked what their homework was.  The second we were home we were finishing homework and changing into what uniform they had to wear for one of the thousand sports they had to play that night. And we were off!  Happy and laughing on our way to popsicles.  We even grabbed a football to throw at the park. The best part was there was NO arguing!!! Woohoo, nanny win!

These are the days you remember and the days that make you grin ear to ear. If you nanny, or if you don’t, you should take advantage of those sunny and 75 days. There are plenty of places in the Nashville area to explore or to go and relax. Grab your kids or your friends and go enjoy the beautiful day! They will not forget these fun days, and neither will you.

xx Lauren The Nanny

How To Make Mornings Easy

In the summertime, I had the privilege of seeing my kiddos at 7 A.M. every single morning.  Wow. Early right? Yeah, I thought so too. Every morning they were hip hype about life and ready to go.  They had more energy than I would have the entire day. I was amazed by it. Typically, I would lay on the couch and dose off for a few minutes as the reruns of cartoons played on the television.

Then there were some mornings where the kids would be dragging and I would be hip hype about life.  Those mornings were fun.  I made the mornings easy and joyful for those tired blond-headed kids. I did what every smart nanny would do, I made pancakes!! I even cut up fruit and scrambled some eggs.  It was so simple. Yet, it brought the biggest smile to their faces.

If you are a nanny and need some advice to make mornings easy, go buy a box of Bisquick, follow the directions below (or on the box) and whip up yummy breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Original Bisquick™ mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Directions:

  • 1 Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with cooking spray, vegetable oil or shortening. (Surface is ready when a few drops of water sprinkled on it dance and disappear.) 
  • 2 Stir all ingredients until blended. Pour by slightly less than 1/4 cupfuls onto hot griddle.
  • 3 Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden. Note: If you like thin pancakes, use 1 1/2 cups milk.

If you wanna make the morning more fun than it already is, add some chocolate chips into the mix. Also ask the kids to help, they LOVE pretending like they are chefs and thinking they can do it on their own!! These mornings are the ones I don’t ever want to take for granted, I hope you don’t either.

xx Lauren The Nanny

5 Reasons Why You Should Nanny In College

Second semester of my Freshman year, I made a decision on a whim to take a job as a nanny.  Throughout the past year I have received the best learning experience, little joys and triumphs with ten-year olds, and have become a sidekick to one of the best families I know. I am a wholehearted believer in being a nanny during college and here is why:

  1. Responsibility!!! As you begin college, whether you moved away from home or you not, you get an overwhelming amount of freedom.  You are getting a little taste of adulthood and you feel like you can do anything– wrong.  It can be great at first but then all of a sudden you have way too much laundry to do, your math professor doesn’t understand you don’t like math  (nor does he care), and you are trying the best to make friends, and be a “normal” college student. You typically will have a lot on your plate.  For me, nannying has taught me so much about balancing everything that life throws at us.  It has taught me what I need to get done what needs to be done before going out with my friends (or taking a nap.. let’s be honest here).  Being fully responsible for two busy kids can be challenging at times.  But I’ve learned it’s all about time management and staying focused.  Who would have thought an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old would have taught me that!
  2. I have never been more appreciative of my parents than I am now.  In this day and time, it can be very challenging to raise little humans to be good people.  It can be difficult teaching manners and how to love people when people aren’t very loving back.  My kiddos parents have done an exceptional job of raising their children.  They are respectful, caring, and very responsible for such a young age.  But, with every kid, there will be days they don’t feel like it and they won’t corporate.  It has taught me how much parents truly love their kids and that they really do want what is best for them (what?!?!- my sixteen year old self). It has taught me that I really hate the question “why?”.  I am sorry mom for asking that a million times.  It has also shown me how tiring it can be to be an involved parent.  The couple I work for has high demanding jobs and they still show up to every practice, every ball game, and every dance recital.  I am so grateful for parents who did that too.  And now I know it wasn’t easy at times and they needed time to themselves or to just simply go to sleep.  But being a parent can be so rewarding too and my parents reminded me that every day.  Thanks mom and dad, you guys truly rock.
  3. There is nothing better than becoming apart of these sweet kids lives.  I watch two very adorable children and I love them so much!!! I get to see all of their little triumphs and victories.  I get to hear about how cool Star Wars is and how I should really watch Chopped Junior more often.  I also get to love on them when their day didn’t go well (this calls for cupcakes).  But most importantly, I have been able to watch them grow and turn into who they are now over the past year.  I couldn’t be more proud of them.  If you ever get the chance to nanny, do not take it lightly how you get handed the opportunity to make a difference in a positive way to their life.  Love them well and laugh with them a lot.  But also teach them to be who they need to be and please don’t forget to be a good example.  They will look up at you and watch every action more than you’ll ever know.  I am trying my best to never take it for granted, your time is always limited!!
  4. I personally think my college town is the best but I might be a little bias.  Because of the college I go to, I get the wonderful treat of  living in Nashville, TN.  In the summer I was able to nanny full-time and I was able to live in my college town.  It was the coolest thing ever.  I subleased a house with some good friends and it made me feel like I truly lived there and belonged there.  Ya know, not some dorm room.  I plan on staying in Nashville after graduation so it gave me a little taste of what it is like to be here permanently. It also gave me opportunities to “dig my roots” as this Kentucky girl would say.  I met several people who I wouldn’t have if I had not stayed this past summer.  And those people will forever be an important part in my life. If you are lucky enough to get to stay in you college town for the summer, dig your roots and enjoy it!!!!!!
  5. Last but definitely not least, you get to become apart of a family away from home.  Coming into college, I didn’t know a single person, I wasn’t too familiar with the town, and I really missed my family.  After taking this job, I felt relieved.  I had met two of the coolest adults that I get to learn from and become a sidekick to their family.  They have made me feel at home and loved and appreciated.  I will never be able to thank them enough for that.  Take advantage of the family you get to be apart of when you nanny.  Get to know them, don’t just be a face they see everyday.  Learn from them,  they are much wiser than you and more than likely cooler than you too.  Also love on them, they have stressful days and you get to be the one to take a little stress off by doing the dishes or folding the towels.

If you can’t tell, I love my role as a nanny.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I hope you take the chance to experience what I have.  And I hope you love it as much as I do!!

 

xx Lauren The Nanny

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