First of all, please introduce who you are and what you do when you’re not babysitting?
My name’s Kate and I grew up in the beautiful Mount Maunganui, which is where I first joined TBSC. I now live in Auckland, and am an intern psychologist, in a doctoral clinical psychology training programme. I love spending time at the beach, and with my friends, and try to go home to Mount Maunganui whenever I can to visit my family and my dog.
What was it that got you interested in becoming a babysitter?
I started babysitting when I was 15, so have spent half my life looking after children. I’ve always loved spending time with kids, and knew that my career would involve this, so babysitting just made sense for me.
What new experiences, skills gained, challenges etc have you had as a babysitter that you didn’t expect when you started?
My experience babysitting meant that I was lucky enough to spend a year as an au pair in the USA, and had so many incredible experiences while living there. It was both challenging and rewarding to be a part of someone’s family, and to play a significant role in the lives of their children.
What is the proudest moment you’ve had so far as a babysitter?
I am proudest of the relationships that I still have with many of the families that I’ve worked as a nanny and babysitter for over the years. I’m so lucky that I get to keep seeing these families, and spending time with the children that I’ve grown to love. It’s amazing to watch them grow and change from little babies, into little humans making their own path in the world.
What about the funnest moment?
I always love doing an activity with kids, from science experiments to baking, to arts and crafts. Seeing the wonder and pride on a little face when they learn something new or discover a new strength is amazing.
What has being a babysitter meant for your life?
Being a babysitter has had a major impact on my life. It has financially supported me throughout my many years of study, and allowed me to keep going on overseas adventures. It has also given me a lot of experience working with children, which is important for my work, and also provided some insight into what it’s like to raise children, which gives me a lot of empathy when working with families.
What are you next big plans or dreams that babysitting will help you get to?
The end goal for my study is to be a clinical psychologist who works with children and young people. Babysitting continues to provide both financial support as well as experience, and it brings a nice balance into my life. Spending time with children is such an enjoyable change from spending time with a text book.
What would your advice be for anyone who is thinking of joining The Babysitters Club as a sitter? And why?
TBSC is an incredibly company to work with. As a sitter I feel safe and supported, and they allow me to be flexible when life gets busy. I would highly recommend joining TBSC if you want to be a babysitter.
Finally, any advice for people who are dreaming of doing what you did?
For me personally, whatever the goal is I’m working towards, I try to be focused but also allow balance in my life. It’s possible to be hard-working and driven, but to also enjoy lying in the sun on a tropical island.