I nanny for a 1 year old girl (BabyGirl) and 4 (A/Master of Disaster) & 6 (J/Whiny Magee) year old boys. As you can imagine I hear some of the funniest things ever said. Master of Disaster actually asked me once "Jessica, why are you so bossy" And my response was,"because I'm the boss"
They belong to a pool and tennis club; and after a week of taking the boys to swim lessons there, I felt comfortable enough with the layout and staff to take them there for a the day. Neither of the boys can actually swim. J can touch with no problems and A can just about touch but can't really walk around in the water. They both hate to get their faces wet or go underwater. I watched them "jump" off the side of the pool with their swim instructor all week. Really it was them holding on to her hands and falling into her. I was having them actually jump off the side of the pool and into my arms. I contemplated not catching them so they could see that going under isn't all that bad, but I knew doing that would ruin any trust I had built. So I kept telling them "I'll catch you. Have I ever dropped you?? Will I start now?" They both did a good job jumping while holding my hands. Then A jumped into my arms and we were all excited that he did it and was such a brave boy. Then what did I do? I let go of him. And what did he do? He sunk to the bottom. After some major tears, I convinced him that it was such a cool thing. He got to go underwater. J didn't get to do that. J was too scared to do that, A was so brave. He then started to brag to J that he got to go underwater.