- I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and talk with Nickey, a professional nanny and the founder of The Nannyhood. Read on to hear her story!
Would you please tell me a little about yourself?
Hi! I’m Nickey. I have been a professional career nanny for the past 13+ years and have had the privilege of working with some pretty rad kiddos all over the world! Some of my jobs have included travel nanny adventures and working in high profile positions. I am also the founder of The Nannyhood! The Nannyhood creates community & fosters friendships for nannies in their cities through “Hoods” (meet up groups)! It places value on resources and advocates for Nannyhood.
And just so you can get to know my personality a little better, here are some INCREDIBLY important facts about me (you may want to write these down):
- Disneyland is my happy place. When I lived in LA I used to spend my days off there journaling and munching on churros.
- I had a moose who lived in my backyard growing up and sometimes I’d feed it pancakes.
- I name random strangers and try to guess their back stories. A lot. It’s a real problem.
- I have a major taco addiction. I could eat them for every meal.
- I make my bed everyday-even it its before I go to sleep.
- I pretend I’m in a movie on a daily basis.
- I collect people’s stories and turn them into art. People are the coolest.
Let’s be friends! You can link up with my adventures and The Nannyhood here:
How did you get into nannying?
Honestly, (like many others) I fell into it. I have always adored children and grew up sitting all the time. I was offered a full-time nanny gig by an acquaintance when I was 18 years old and I never looked back! #NannyLife
Nannying definitely comes with its own stigma. How have you worked to fight this in your personal nannying experience? Do you have any advice for those facing the judgmental and ‘less than’ treatment from others?
Yes! This is most definitely a pet peeve of mine. . . and I try to handle it with as much grace and patience as I am able. I will admit, after being told, “you need to find a ‘real job’!” or asked, “you’re STILL just babysitting?” a thousand times. . .I occasionally feel like I may explode (I am human). I find that at the end of the day, battling this stigma is just as simple as educating people who simply don’t understand. I have to calmly explain the difference between hiring a babysitter for a day night vs. employing a nanny as a full-time employee. A nanny is a luxury item- they are private in home childcare. When I explain what it is that I actually do all day and that I’m like a surrogate parent. . . I find that 80% of the time a light switch goes off in their countenance.
What has blessed you most about working as a nanny?
Being welcomed in as part of an extended family. There is something so beautiful and humbling about parents entrusting you to care for their most precious treasures. When I find my unicorn family for that season and truly share in the milestones, the hard times, the sweet moments. . . I thrive. I love that I have extended family all over the globe now that I stay in contact with, travel with, and continue to love.
I also love the magic. I love that I have the opportunity to keep the magic of childhood alive everyday while I am at work. When I think about how much my childhood impacted me and how often I think back on it- I am always trying to be mindful of how I am treating and what I am teaching the littles in my care. I heard quote once that “they may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel”. I want them to remember that I made them feel safe and special. I love to get them using their imaginations and seeing all of the wonderful stories, worlds, and artwork that they create. It’s all magic.
How did you come up with the idea to start The Nannyhood? Would you tell us a little about what you hope to do with your business?
After a few VERY difficult nanny jobs and a lot of burn out, I realized as a nanny that my life was WAY better when I wasn’t doing it alone. No one really understands a nanny life another nanny- and community/support is SO important. I left my sweet little Manhattan apartment and drug my tired self to Colorado Springs to be around family and refocus. I started a local nanny group in Colorado and made us a social media handle to use throughout the month in between our outings. Turns out people liked it! It’s been a super humbling experience to revive emails from nannies asking for my advice or requesting Nannyhoods in their city. I am definitely enjoying watching it all unfold.
What kind of leader do you strive to be for the nanny community both personally and through The Nannyhood?
I strive to be the ultimate cheerleader and connector in everything that I do. At the end of the day (when it comes to The Nannyhood) I am passionate about connecting nannies to lifelong friends, mentors, resources and anything else that will edify them in their nanny career. I hope that I would always come off approachable and kind- and that The Nannyhood would feel like an oasis for all who are lonely or burnt out.
Where do you see The Nannyhood in the next 5 years?
Well, that is such a brilliant question! I want to keep some things up my sleeve (wink*) BUT I will say that I want to see thriving & flourishing “Hoods” popping up all over the place. We are looking to launch some Hoods internationally later this year, which is super exciting! I love watching our little group from Colorado grow not only locally-but all over the planet! It’s so much fun to watch!
A special thank you to Nickey who took the time out to share her story! I admire her drive, her passion and her conviction to help others in the same way that she needed help a while ago. She has a heart of gold and I am happy to say that she has become a great friend! I look forward to working with her more in the future and I know that The Nannyhood has a very bright future ahead. To learn more about The Nannyhood and what they are doing, please remember to skip over to her site: The Nannyhood.
Have a blessed day, ya’ll!