Caregiver; a family member or paid helper who regularly looks after a child, a sick elderly, or disabled, person. 

In my family’s case, we had to find a nanny to care for our 2 young kids. And, for any parent, this is one of the most daunting tasks, out there; finding a nanny. You are entrusting your kids, to someone else.  

If you are reading this and scratching your head, like, “what’s the big deal?”, you either don’t have kids, or, haven’t yet had to pick a caregiver. Let me try to put it into perspective for you. You are trusting another human being with your kids’ lives. 

This person is alone with your kids, all day. Your most treasured babies, are in the care of someone, other than you, every day of the week. It is the ultimate exercise of trust. 

This is why it is a meticulous selection process. Sometimes, you find that person through referral. A referral is the most helpful, and least frightening way, because someone else who you trust, is recommending the caregiver. Other times, you spend hours searching online. And, this search, is the scariest. Because, as you know, people can be whoever they want to be, online. It’s terrifying. I’ve heard stories, and I am thankful we got a referral.

Thankfully, we had the best case scenario for our family. Our first nanny evolved from our sitter into that of our nanny. Then, our second nanny was a referral from a friend. This minimized the worry, the wondering, the anxiety that every parent carries when faced with choosing a nanny. 

People may look at a nanny and think, “wow, they have an easy job, just looking after a kid all day”. Well, that is not the case. 

It is the most important job. A jog of the highest responsibility. I hope all caregivers understand how critical they are. 

I also hope they have someone that thanks them, appreciates them, and reminds them how important they are, every day. 

There is no amount of money, that would really pay what this job deserves. 

Presently, with my changing jobs, we had to move our son into a full day preschool. This was an incredibly difficult move to make, because we couldn’t keep our beloved nanny. Our nanny became family to us. So, changing to preschool felt like moving a mountain, because we had the best nanny. 

When I see how loved my kids are, I am grateful beyond what words can express. It brings tears to my eyes to see it in my kids’ actions, in their faces. All of the nanny snuggles, laughter, artwork, photographs, crafts, and adventures; they’ve absorbed these things. Their experiences with their nanny helped build a solid foundation, further growing their self-esteem, creativity, brainpower and confidence. 

Thank you. I know it’s not enough, but thank you. Thank you for loving my kids as if they were your own. You will be in our hearts and in our lives, just in a different capacity, always. You are stuck with us, imprinted in our lives.

To my readers, that have a caregiver, say a special thank you to him/her, this week.