After a brief stint in the world of coffee and type-A personalities, I decided to get back to doing what I love: working with children! Those that know me best know that I love kids and worked as a preschool teacher for years. In fact, I first began working with children when I was barely a teen: I volunteered in preschools during the summers when I was age 13, 14, and 15. A few years later, I began working at The New School, a non-profit preschool and private school, and also earned my Child Development Associate (CDA). My favorite age is three- and four-year-olds; they’re super curious and fascinated by pretty much everything the world has to offer.
A couple of months ago, I was hanging out with my friend Dawn, chatting about how I missed working with kids. She suggested I start a babysitting business here in Rincón. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of it before! Although Puerto Ricans don’t really seem to use babysitters, Rincón is home to lots of American transplants, especially in the winter, and is visited by thousands of tourists each year. As far as I know, no one is currently marketing themselves as a babysitter with full-time availability. Since I’m experienced and certified in CPR and first aid, I’m not just a random person sticking your child in front of the television for a few hours. I provide developmentally appropriate games and activities, in addition to my charming personality. Haha.
And so Rincón Babysitting was born. I started a marketing blitz, with the help of my awesome neighbor Ellen and Vistaprint’s sweet deals. I ordered several hundred business cards, refrigerator magnets, post cards, a car magnet, created a Facebook page, and started to get the word out with local vacation rental companies. I even placed an ad in El Coqui, Rincón’s monthly community magazine. I kicked things off in the beginning of January, and February was booked solid! I’m having a great time getting to know the children and their families, and best of all, I look forward to work each day. My Puerto Rican adventure is getting better all the time.