Thursday, 12 May 2011
So, after my post 'The Pros and Cons of a Rewarding Job', I decided that the cons outweighed the pros a little too much. So I've decided to list the top ten things about what I like about being an au-pair and why the job is really worth considering for those people who don't have any other commitments at the moment.
Not everything is about having lots of money. My sister has always been the money orientated person. I've always looked at things with a different perspective. As long as I don't have to support anyone but myself, money isn't much of an issue. I'd rather be doing something I enjoy for little money than something I hated for lots of money.
So, onto my top ten!
1. Working with children - There is nothing more rewarding than this unless it is along the lines of saving people's lives and helping others. I find this more than satisfying. I never know what is going to happen when I wake up - whether Mikie or Ellie will learn a new word or a new action; or Jack and Alana will say something that will have me in stitches from laughing too hard. There is nothing that puts a bigger smile on my face.
2. Seeing a new country and culture - I have learned so many new things from living in Ireland. I have explored new places and I've fallen so in love with Ireland that I do want to settle down and work here permanently. I have also learned that I shouldn't be ashamed of my writing or that I want to have a career in writing. It's something that I've kept a secret for too long now and since been here I've learned that it's something I want to commit to and pursue.
3. Seeing how others live - I have learned so much about the Irish and how other families live from the people I live with. It's left me open-minded about a lot of things and I know that I'll take away a lot from this experience - maybe even a mixture of my own parent's parenting skills and Mary's when I leave and have a family of my own.
4. It doesn't rain as much as people say - I got told that all it did was rain in Ireland. It doesn't rain as much as they say though. Or I haven't experienced as much rain as everyone else has. In fact, I've seen more rain in the south of France where my parents live than in Ireland itself. I've experienced either a lot of sun here, or a lot of snow; but not so much rain.
5. Tractors and cars - I know so much more about tractors and cars now. Even down to the makes of them. Jack is tractor and car mad. He knows all the logos of cars and which color tractors are what makes. It amazes me and he teaches me new things about them every day.
6. Laughter - Kids never cease to be funny. They always say and do funny things (or at least here in my experience)! And I love it. I have many laughs each day the kids teach me so much about life and living it. They show me how to enjoy life without even realizing it.
7. Wanting my own family - I want my own family more than ever eventually. I can't wait to have kids. I've always wanted them but since working with these four children I've wanted it even more. Of course, I can wait, but I can't wait until it happens (if that makes any sense!).
8. English - Believe it or not just being in an English speaking country means a lot to me. I struggled back in France as I'm not a language person and struggled to learn the lingo there. Here it's simple to get a hold of everything I need or asking about it if I can't.
9. Stress - Back in France I had a lot to stress about in regards to my own family. Here I don't and it helps a lot. Working with kids can be stressful but I don't let it stress me out. And that's good as my epilepsy is stress related. Less stress = less attacks.
10. Fun - I have fun every single day and wouldn't trade it for the world. Yes, one day I'll leave to pursue bigger dreams like my writing career or having my own family, but until then I won't trade it unless I have a good reason (or unless I'm suddenly fired!).
And things are only getting started. Mary is going to be teaching me to drive this summer. Apparently we're starting with Tractors in fields as they are from farming backgrounds and that's how they learned when they were younger.
It's going to be so much fun and I can't wait. And I know that that won't be the end of the good experiences. Every day something great happens and nothing (at the moment) can give me a bigger smile on my face than this job.
And I'm one of the lucky ones - to be doing a job I love. Many people are stuck in jobs they hate because they have to be there to support their families and to pay bills/debts. I don't.
So Momaroos, what are your top things to do with your children, family and friends? What do you enjoy about being with your children?