08 Jan Sitter Spotlight: Emilyn B.
How’s this for an only-in-New-York experience: your kiddos’ babysitter could be aspiring opera singer Emilyn “Emi” B., who’s in grad school studying voice at the Manhattan School of Music. The lovely Emi is already a star at Hello Sitter, consistently receiving top reviews and referrals for her creative, kind, and relaxed vibe. “Our kids LOVED Emi. Will be looking for her to pop up in the future,” raved mom Sarah D. in a review. Whether she’s singing her favorite song to help kids shake off any separation anxiety, or or playing “race” to tackle clean up time, Emi delights kids and their grown-ups alike. Get to know this skilled NYC babysitter now!
Hometown: Orwigsburg, PA
Has her: B.A. in Voice from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY
Also on her resume: Music teacher and camp counselor
She 💛’s to read: “The Curious George stories, they are definitely a new favorite of mine! Besides that, I’m a fan of the classics: Where the Wild Things Are, The Velveteen Rabbit, and especially Corduroy. It’s hard not to love the books your own parents read to you when you were a little kid!”
Let’s pretend: “It’s so amazing to see the joy that kids have when they’re being creative, whether you’re building a race track and racing stuffed animals, pretending you’re on an ocean adventure during bath time, or turning dinner into a birthday party for a favorite doll. My favorite thing to do with kids is be creative through playing pretend, or telling stories, or making a craft.”
Emi’s pick for the best with kids in NYC: “During the holiday season, the Met always does a short opera in English for kids (this year it was The Magic Flute) which is always super fun! There are a lot of smaller opera companies that have performances or outreach programs for kids, which are usually very popular and kids love it!”
If only we could say that!: “I never lose my patience and even when there’s a problem or difficult situation I can always find a way to laugh and have a little fun. I never let a bad mood, temper tantrum, or accident stop the fun for very long.”
Tricks of the trade: “If things aren’t going well or the kids are especially grumpy, I use my secret weapon: dog pictures. I’ll promise the kids that if they are really good and on their very best behavior, I’ll show them my super cute puppies (my family has four dogs – a goldendoodle, a cockerpoo, a maltese, and a 10 week old yorkie!) before bed. So far, my secret weapon has never failed!”
True words: “The most amazing thing about working with kids is being able to experience how their joy instantly brings joy to everyone around them. When I babysit, I get to be a part of a child’s happiness and creativity, which is so incredibly rewarding and why I love this job!”
The parents say: ★★★★★
“Emi is amazing! She has a very calm sweet demeanor and is very creative. Our son loves her!” – David W.
“Emi was kind, at ease and the kids enjoyed her. She’s coming back again tonight! Thank you.” – Michelle S.
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Uniquely talented sitters like Emi are readily available on the Hello Sitter app. From world languages to musical instruments to sports and the arts, our sitters are diverse in their interests and abilities in addition to being well experienced in childcare. Nearly all of our sitters have an undergrad degree, and quite a few have graduate degrees completed or in progress. Many are in NYC pursuing their dreams of performing, creating, teaching, or inspiring. We’ll soon introduce a feature to allow parents to search for sitters based on their extracurricular skill set. Until then, you can always view sitters’ languages, instruments and sports played, and artistic endeavors on their individual profiles.