In the Business of Motherhood

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Staff Writer

In the rush for summer job placement, one of the most tried-and-true areas to find work is in the field of nannying.

Junior business administration major Grace Riley recalls her summers of service to three children from the ages of eight to eleven. Her duties included staying with the children from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., a normal work day for the average summer job. Though Riley was given the position through fellow members of her church, the nanny placements that students find in ads or at College Nannies and Tutors often include a similar job description.

“Being a nanny really taught me a lot. I learned to be responsible and also selfless because I was taking care of people,” Riley said.

The rewarding task of taking care of children is a summer job that can be life changing, or at least eye opening to what full-time parenthood is like.

Nannying also provides unique challenges. Junior social work major Bonae Twedt says distance and scheduling are challenges for her, especially since she nannies during the school year. Some tips Twedt gives for those looking for a job as a nanny are to, “really look into the resources online, make appointments and apply to certain job offers because there are a lot of families looking out there for nannies and I’m sure there are plenty of nannies looking for families.”

Twedt nannies for a family she found through an online resource; and College Nannies and Tutors are two agencies she mentioned.

She loves caring for the family’s six-month-old baby.

“Nannying is a very good job; not only for the pay, but also for the joy of children,” Twedt said.

However, taking care of children is a tiring task, and the responsibility involved creates a heavy load for some. Riley comments that along with having to take care of the special needs boy, the most difficult part of nannying was finding productive things for the children to do.

“Go into it thinking you will have to work hard,” Riley says. “It’s not as easy as people think. Nannying is challenging but also rewarding.”