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Summer Job

Hello, hello, hello, everyone!! Counting the days to start or go back to uni??? I am!!!!

Today I thought after telling you last week about my “Highest Pressure Opportunity” that it would be nice telling you all about my summer job.

This summer was my second summer taking care of an 8-year-old girl. She is adorable.

I firmly believe that working with an individual child is very beneficial as it helps us focus on the difference between children.  Also, working with an 8-year-old has improved my confidence when planning activities for an older age than what I’m used to.

This experience has allowed me to go back and become a child again, playing and having no worries, just me and my small imagination, escaping for a few hours from being an adult.

The things I was doing with her were mainly arts and crafts as they’re my favourite. We made a paper pool for her LOL Dolls, animal face masks also for her LOLs, and we even designed our own house made from Lego. She loves LOLs and she has a full collection of dolls, so most of the games I planned were designed to include her toys in them. With her imagination and mine, we were coming up with such amazing games that sometimes I forgot that I was 20 years old.

I am very passionate about what I do, and if I am including learning while I am promoting play, the result is even better. During this month, my child was learning to use money when we were playing shops and learning digital time when we had to book LOLs appointments for a hair salon. But the thing I loved the most is seeing her in her swimming lessons, as she was making significant improvements every day. Now she swims by herself, and I feel very proud of her.

I always look for the experience, rather than anything else. If you have the opportunity to work in something you truly enjoy, don’t doubt and do it because everyone gets tired of routines. However, if it’s something you enjoy, you will always feel motivated to continue.

 

“First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare.”- Walt Disney

 

R.A.



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