I’ve been taking care of kids and babies since my first cousin was born when I was 7 years old. My family always called me the baby whisperer. Now that I have a child of my own, I want to spend as much time with her as possible, and inviting other children into our home to play seems like the perfect way to do that.
I took my first babysitting class when I was 12 and watched my parents friend’s children. I became a full-time nanny to a little boy, who’s now in high school!, when I moved back to Seattle in 2003. I then took over my family’s shop, a children’s clothing boutique, and continued to babysit on the weekends and was an evening helper to a family with three small children.
My daughter and I are currently enrolled in Co-Op Preschool through South Seattle College, and I love the parent education I’ve been receiving as part of our enrollment there. Positive discipline and play-based learning really struck me as the best way to raise my child, and I’d love to pass that way of learning onto the children in my care.