It’s a huge thing this Nannying gig. Really huge. In some cases, it can implicate life and death situations. Especially when concerning the care of babies and small children. The care provided by an adult or someone deemed responsible for children is hugely significant.
Recently I had a traumatic experience. A child placed in my care was injured, and I couldn’t have done anything reasonably foreseeable to prevent it. The ordeal once again called to mind the significance of my job as a nanny and made me question something.
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The Incident + Injury
Bub banged her nose quite severely on the arm of the couch one day not long ago. She was bouncing around excitedly and face planted the couch. The result was some severe carpet burn, some blood and a whole lot of crying! It looked worse than it was, and once we had calmed down I was able to stop and think and assess the damage. I could see that she didn’t have any immediate bruising around the nose and eyes.
After a good half an hour of consoling my poor little munchkin, some serious off-key lullabies and a warm bottle to send her off to peaceful, I just cried my eyes out and now I’m exhausted sleep, I turned on myself. The full weight of criticism came attacking and self-doubt was rife in my head.
How could I have let this happen! Her mum leaves her entrusted in my care and look what happens! This is not good enough, imagine if it had have been more serious! This is my first day back at work after having four days off over Christmas. Maybe I’m not cut out to be a nanny. Clearly my motherly instincts are desensitized after having time off. Maybe I’m not a natural after all.
After this I called MumBoss to tell her of what had happened. I filled her in on the details and let her know that Bub was fine save for a large red bump on her nose. I then divulged my anguish, telling MB that I was so sorry to have let this happen, On My Watch! To which she said:
This kind of thing happens all the time. She’s getting more and more mobile these days. She’s not aware of her spacial distance just yet. If it wasn’t you, it would have happened to someone else! Don’t blame yourself! I’m just glad you were there to do some first aid and give her cuddles. You’re her other mother you know! Don’t feel bad. I accidentally left her sitting on the couch the other day and walked off to the kitchen to put her nappy in the bin and next thing I know she’s fallen off the couch and face planted the carpet. There was a deafening thud! So I know what it’s like.
After some reflection I went back and just sat watching Bub sleep in her cot, checking constantly to make sure she was still breathing. So I guess I do have all the motherly instincts after all. The ordeal got me thinking of the heavy responsibility we take on as nannies and other child care providers.
The responsibility we bear to care for other people’s children:
1. When driving them in the car.
2. When giving swimming lessons in the pool.
3. When taking them out and about in busy places.
4. When walking them to school.
5. When overseeing all education and developmental milestones.
6. Even down to the ‘feed them responsibly, bath them safely, provide emotional and mental support effectively’.
So I state again, with strong conviction, and with 110% dedication to do my every bit to make sure that my little children do not experience hurt. I say: not on my watch! For I attempt to be Superwoman, or at the very least, Super Nanny.
Further Reading: 5 Things About My Job (The Nanny Life)
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