“We have a tendency to put on our superwoman cape and think we can do it all. We are capable of a lot, but we need help… not just any help; quality help.” – Janene Marshall-Gatling
Janene recalls earlier years when she was the busy mom of two young children; she was always looking for babysitters. She struggled with the all-too-common “mommy guilt” while on the hunt for the right people to assist with the children’s care. After an exhausting search, she managed to retain teenage twins who eventually became like family. In her words, she finally felt “that good feeling of someone genuinely caring for her children”. It allowed her to alleviate some of her guilt and make time for herself. Her journey through motherhood ignited her discovery of College Nannies and Tutors. She realized how valuable quality and flexible care is to every family.
“We provide peace of mind. Parents can actually enjoy themselves because kids are enjoying themselves.” – Janene Marshall-Gatling
While everyone has different needs, she starts each initial consultation the exact same way… Janene asks two questions: Where can we help you? How can we help you? There are no turnkey solutions; each family receives tailored care to fit their lifestyle. She’s had some parents who need daily full time care, while other parents provide the day-to-day care and simply need a couple of hours twice a week to reset. There are even emergency options where highly-qualified nannies and babysitters are available on-demand.
Janene’s staff consists mostly of nursing and teaching students from local colleges. She requires each care provider has experience with children and references so parents may feel confident in the care being provided. Her ultimate goal is to allow parents to take their own timeout in order to recharge; she knows this is only possible if the parents know their children are in good hands.
“Leverage the support of others to build the village that’s so necessary in providing the growth and development of your children.” – Janene Marshall-Gatling
While children are a tremendous blessing, they demand a lot of energy from their parents. It’s easy to get lost in the daily routine of their development. Far too often, parents feel burnt out and overwhelmed. Janene advocates for parents by encouraging them to make time to care for themselves so they may be their best version for their children.
Take time to be intentional in seeking out quality care, not just for your little ones – but for yourself as well!
To learn more about South Naperville College Nannies & Tutors, please visit their site at collegenanniesandtutors.com/NapervilleSouthIL.
By: Erin D. Wikstrom
Headshots courtesy of Megan Drane, Firefly Nights Photography.