Dear Nannies,

We’ve seen the quote from Mr. Rogers floating around a lot right now on social media – “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Well, nannies, that includes you, and we see you.  

You are on the frontline, and the support you are providing should not be underestimated.  You are caring for someone else’s children, so that they can provide care for others, or keep their own businesses alive, thus keeping jobs available for others and our economy moving forward.  More than that though, you are providing comfort to children who are probably a little confused right now – let’s face it, we’re adults and we’re confused.  By providing comfort to children, you are providing comfort to their parents, as well.

You are showing everyone just what it means to be a nanny.  Nannies are heroes, problem solvers, teachers, role models, silly dancers, craft-wizards, coaches, best friends, story-tellers, and the list goes on. You offer warm hugs, friendly smiles, a listening ear, and are a source of calm when the world feels a little out of sorts.  If you’ve seen Frozen 2, you are ALL of the characters wrapped in one – you’re a little bit Olaf (“we call this controlling what we can when things feel out of control”), a little bit Anna (“do the next right thing”), a little bit Kristoff (“my love is not fragile”), and a little bit Elsa, bravely facing the unknown.

Remember that your impact reaches farther than you know – your support for families, supports everyone. By taking care of the youngest in our society, and guiding them through this time, you show them the way. They are looking up to you, and they will reflect your own kindness and compassion.  We’re grateful for you, and we thank you.