Buuuuut ... if I didn't talk about ANY, specifically fun memories, that would make for a very boring blog :) Allow me to deconstruct:
Getting to know new people can be challenging, even for the most outgoing of folks. Add a child's keen awareness and sensitive sense of environment to that recipe, and things can get a little....sticky. I always found that ice breakers was helpful, but I had my own version of icebreakers, and it didn't include any questions ...
** Disclaimer: the following story is not a recommendation for ALL nannies or babysitters - it is a reflection on my experiences; and I caution you to always use your best judgment when introducing a new game with children and/or a family. **
Back to my icebreaker. Our scene opens in a suburban kitchen:
It was one of the first evenings with my new family - an adorable duo of kiddos that stole my heart from just the sparkle in their eyes. Here they were ... in front of me ... so sweetly quiet, mild and beautifully polite ... I could just eat them up like yummy ice cream! "Hmmm", I thought to myself ... "Ice cream".
I looked into the sparkling eyes before me and said: "how about a snack?!" The wide-eyed faces of wonder nodded back at me and, with that moment, I went straight to the fridge.
I discovered a can of whipped cream - the perfect "weapon" to break the ice. I swiftly, without the flutter of a wink, knelt down in front of the new, little man in my life and dolloped him right on the nose with heavenly, sticky fluff.
The laughter that ensued; the glorious giggles of pure joy and surprise still ring in my ears today. We had broken the ice with a whipped cream fight in the kitchen (which Nanny and the kids, of course, cleaned up with careful detail).
To this day, that memory is still one that my kids" and I talk about - something that is just ours; and was the beginning of our love affair. It is not something I have replicated with any other family, for I like to customize moments, not imitate. Every child deserves their own memories with their Nanny ... and, just like in life, things can get scrumptiously messy :)