No I’m not chained to the wall making pizza dough or scrubbing the floors with a toothbrush. It’s a unique role that comes with plenty of amazing moments and challenges. During the week I usually make breakfast and then teach the three girls English. Then we usually will do an activity (swimming, baking, sports). Then the girls and I will set up and make lunch. Food and family is the priority, this being said every meal usually take an hour to an hour and a half. The table is set together, the meals are prepped and cooked together, and everyone eats together, until everyone is done. In the afternoons and nights I am free, but I tend to hangout with the family after I am done working out.
I face unique challenges being a nanny in a different country. I take care of a 4 year old named Angela, a 10 year old named Illaria, and a 12 year old named Alicia. The youngest knows only a couple words in English, and the other children can say simple sentences. I love the kids from the bottom of my heart, but it can get exhausting watching three kids especially when you don’t speak the same language. I feel like I’m a referee in a hockey game half the time, because you never know when they are going to start fighting each other. There are times I feel like I can’t do enough and I hate it. We were about to go out to the park and one of the children looked at me and said “Paige I’m not beautiful”. My heart broke. It’s been weeks since she told me this, and It still deeply bothers me. I still constantly look for ways to let her know she is beautiful, and I hope to help her never feel like that again.
Each day with these kids is filled with amazing moments. They often want sit next to me on car rides, at dinner, and join me on my runs. One time I was foam rolling, and the 4 year old grabbed a bowling pin and tried to do the same thing. Another time, I was stretching and one of the girls asked if she could join me in “gymnastics”. Everyday is different, and I’m learning.