I finally get it

Yesterday at work ya’ll – it finally happened. 

I have been working as a nanny for this family for almost 2 months now. It’s been a learning curve, but for the most part, it’s been great.

After Christmas, the schedules changed for the French tutor and me. I don’t like to call her the babysitter anymore because really her main function is to help with French homework. Her weekly schedule has been cut basically in half. I started this week with 30 minutes less each day, but next week, I start 30 minutes earlier so really I only miss out on 30 minutes Saturday mornings – no biggie. I get to sleep in that extra time.

Saturdays are usually a mix between relaxation and chaos. I’ve only worked a small few (3 or 4 actually since the holidays were mixed in there) and after the crazy week I just had with the kidlets, I didn’t know what to expect.

I arrived at 9:30 and 3 out of 4 were out of bed and finished breakfast. The mom left for some appointments and I had a whole list of things that needed to be done. But, but 11 3 out of 4 were finished all their chores! It was awesome. At 12, they needed to practice piano and that went great too.

Since the youngest helped me take down the Christmas tree (my chore for the day), I helped her with her chore and then we played on my iPad. She likes this one app called “build a bug” – where you get to select your bug’s shape and colour it and feed it food, wash its face and then take a picture before starting the next one. Here are some of her creations.

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The app adds in the eyes and the legs and stuff. But at one point, while listening to her brother practice piano, she just on the arm of the chair I was in, laid her little head on mine and snuggled in close while she created more and more bugs. It was one of our first real moments together and so precious.

The three girls even made a video story together all morning – with no fighting!! Again, precious!

The boy though – mom’s of boys I need your help!! The kids normally take showers at night, but it was very clear he did not take a shower the night before. I asked if he was going to take one before getting dressed and he said he wasn’t, then when he changed, I kind of kept hinting at him that maybe he should just wash up a little bit. He had some serious

The kids normally take showers at night, but it was very clear he did not take a shower the night before. I asked if he was going to take one before getting dressed and he said he wasn’t, then when he changed, I kind of kept hinting at him that maybe he should just wash up a little bit. He had some serious deodorant needs going on!!

How much should I push this issue with him? I don’t want to embarrass him, and luckily we were at home all day, but W.O.W. I tried to be like “just go wash up a bit and then keep playing your game” but it didn’t happen. He was fine with it all day….but I kind of want him to start taking responsibility for noticing when he needs to wash up…but stepping in when he’s already used to his own routine and way of doing things, I don’t want to push too hard.

So anyone? Parents of boys? Readers who used to be 9 year old boys? Any tips? lol

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10 thoughts on “I finally get it

  1. I have a son… who is just about 12 (birthday is in 4 days)… but I haven’t had this problem. But… even if I did, I’d tell him to shower and why. But… I think it’s totally different because he’s my kid. I agree with the suggestion to tell the parents. Oh… and my boy didn’t need to start using deodorant until about 6 months ago… so, while he was 11. Most of what I’ve read says using deodorant usually starts with puberty… with all the other lovely changes that are to come. My son hasn’t had anything else happen yet… (at least not that he’s told mentioned…). And UGH I am NOT looking forward to my daughter hitting puberty.

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