It was my first year in college when I started my first nanny job. I took care of two kids. A 7 year old boy and a 5 year old girl. The family was located in Frisco, I lived in Irving, and went to UNT (Denton) for school. Oh man, how I miss those days. My car hated me for all the driving. I would fill up my car every 2 days. I actually wrote a post giving advice to nannies or soon-to-be nannies, here. It was so much fun and I loved it. You learn to handle uncomfortable situations.
I was a nanny with this particular family for 6 months. The summer was fun. We went to waterparks, the library, movie theaters, so on and so forth. Taking the pup to the dog park was interesting, because he was a rescue and was still being trained. The more I got to know him though, it was obvious he was just one big ball of fun who loved to wrestle with other dogs.
It’s my fault 🙁
Just like in any job, mistakes are inevitable. However, my huge mistake was heartbreaking. Tucker, the dog, wanted to go outside. I let him go do his thang in the backyard and at the end of the day we couldn’t find him. When my boss looked for him, she asked when was the last time I had seen him. After mentioning that he was in the backyard, her mouth dropped.
There was a plank missing on the fence that needed to be repaired. Of course we all ran outside and looked around the neighborhood to find Tucker. Eventually my boss called shelters nearby, and she found Tucker. The lady at the shelter yelled at my boss. Saying she was irresponsible, and if she couldn’t take care of Tucker, he needed to be adopted by another family. During the rest of my time there, Tucker was never retrieved from the shelter. My boss was so upset about how that lady talked to her. Man, I wonder where Tucker is now.
I felt horrible about losing Tucker.
Summer came and went, and school was back on. I picked up the kids from a private school everyday. We went straight home. I prepared a snack for them, they rested, and then we got chores and homework out of the way before 6pm. The kids had activity filled weeks. Gymnastics, tennis, tai kwon do, and piano lessons. They were very active, and loved to be outside. Even when it was over 90 degrees outside.
First and foremost, I loved the kiddos. They were insane and amazing. Seriously, they were small terrorists but then they’d hug you and tell you they love you. It’s awesome. Nannying isn’t for everyone, and it’s a huge responsibility. I have so many stories to tell about my adventures as a nanny. I’ll get to them, I promise. What’s one mistake you won’t ever forget you made at work? To be fair, losing someones pet is quite impactful. It really sucked, especially for the kids.