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CareFinder Babysitter of the Month: Gaby
At CareFinder, we are proud of our diverse, talented community of babysitters. The CareFinder team puts a lot of time and effort into finding sitters who are not only qualified and trustworthy, but who will also work well with the equally amazing and diverse community of families who use our platform.
Every month, we like to showcase a babysitter who epitomizes what the CareFinder community is all about. This month, we're highlighting Gaby.
Gaby is originally from Indonesia and speaks English, Indonesian and conversational Japanese (which she is studying while here!). She's had experience babysitting and as a science tutor for high school students. When she's not babysitting through CareFinder, she also works as an accounting consultant.
Gaby studied biomedical engineering while in university and is happy to help your family with nutritional meal planning, groceries and cooking, in addition to doing arts and crafts and having fun with your children!
We asked Gaby a few questions to learn more about this rock star babysitter!
What drew you to babysitting?
I love to take care of people and in addition to that, I really enjoy teaching and sharing with people. I think children are the world's most curious students. I get to do what I'm passionate about and have a great time at the same time.
What do you like about working on CareFinder?
CareFinder has been professional and incredibly supportive since the day I registered myself as their sitter. They are up-to-date with current policies and take great care of their sitters. Working in a different country is challenging enough, but CareFInder has made it easier! I feel at ease knowing that they've got our back!
What do you like best about babysitting?
The children. The look on their faces when they learn something new. Generally it's (almost) always exciting to be around children. Children see the world through a different lens, and I'm so lucky to be able to accompany them through that phase. Their imaginations are so fascinating.
What do you find most challenging about babysitting?
Of course it's not always sunshine and rainbows! Kids do throw tantrums from time to time. I think the key is to understand that children have difficulties on controlling their emotions. The most challenging part is when parents and sitters don't see eye-to-eye on something. Of course, as sitters, we must respect how parents feel and act under certain circumstances. Having discussions with parents when you don't feel like it's working out and then looking for a compromise that works for everyone has worked out for me.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Reading, writing and cooking.
In what ways have working with kids impacted your life?
I sometimes get caught in the cycle of "Weekdays: Work, Go Home, Sleep, Repeat." And, yes, I understand that is what "adulting" sounds like.
But, when they hold my hand as we walk from school and tell me that, "The neighbour's dog is so fluffy because it came from the Unicorn land and Mr. Unicorn made the dog a fluffy coat," it's just so beautiful. Every day is another surprise!!!!
I still have so much to learn, but hopefully, later on when I have my own kids, I can look back and utilise these experiences.
Do you have any fond memories or stories from babysitting?
Eating yoghurt after a long school day with one of the kids I'm babysitting on a bench, while counting yellow cars that drove on the other side of the street. He won the game
What's your philosophy when it comes to caring for children?
Make children feel safe and loved so they can express themselves and want to learn new things without being afraid to make mistakes, with age appropriate boundaries.
Anything you'd like to tell us...
Thank you for giving the opportunities to have this amazing part-time job! It's like having a vacation from my daily 9-5, full -time work.