The kids.

The kids.

When I tell people I’m a nanny they always say, in an almost disbelieving way, But how do you watch kids if you can’t see? This always surprises me because I’ve been watching nieces and nephews since I was 11 and it never occurred to me that this would be an unusual activity. So I’m writing this blind girl blog to explain some things. The kids I watch have more rules than other kids may have. The little kids have to stay on the same floor of the house as I am so I can hear what they’re doing at all times. All dangerous or very messy items are kept out of reach. The older kids have to leave doors open when playing unsupervised so I can listen. No kids are allowed in the kitchen when cooking is happening. This means for me I interact with my kids more than most nannies would. I get down on the floor and play games with them. A few weeks ago my 11, 8, and 3 year old invented a game that actually used my blindness. We played tag where the kids tried to sneak past me unnoticed, once tagged the child had to sit on the couch until all the children were captured. The kids found this endlessly entertaining. It made me smile because it was a fun use of my “disability” at work. I think it really just comes down to paying attention to what’s going on in the room. Where are the kids? What are they doing? If you can answer both of those questions, and kids are safe and happy you’re doing your job well.