Meet Casey Long! Our Spotlight Sitter featured this month in Charleston. Casey is one of our go-to sitters we us for nights and weekend babysitting jobs. Casey is a Junior at the College of Charleston and is also pursuing a degree in nursing and plans to go to PA school. We always get great feedback from families who use Casey and we are happy she is part of the Your Happy Nest Charleston babysitting team!
Where are you from originally?
I was raised in Catawba, SC, a small town just outside of Charlotte, NC.
Do you speak any other languages besides English?
I am partially fluent in French and know a little bit of American Sign Language!
How long have you been working with children?
Honestly… as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I rode to school with my
neighbor. Every morning, I walked over to my neighbor’s house to helped get the younger child ready for
daycare (changed out of pajamas, changed diaper, fed breakfast, etc.) while the mother helped get her
daughter ready for school.
Do you have a favorite age and why?
I absolutely love babies! Honestly, who doesn’t? They are so interesting to watch because they are
experimenting with their senses and learning about everything they come into contact with. In college, I
took at Motor Learning and Development course, and I learned all about the progression of gross and
fine motor development in babies. For me, it has been amazing to learn so much about babies and then
be able to actually apply my knowledge when caring for children.
Funniest babysitting moment:
Last summer, I worked at a sleep-away camp for kids in California. Many of the campers were from all
over the world. During one particular session, I had 3 young girls from China. None of the girls spoke
English and they were sent to our camp in order to be fully immersed in American culture. One evening
at Dinner, I was sitting beside one of the girls and she began frantically waving her hands and squealing
in Chinese! I had absolutely no idea what was going on! She was pointing to her mouth with one hand
and was holding something with a closed first in her other hand. She grabbed my hand and dropped a
wad chewed up food into the palm of my hand and opened her mouth to show me that she had lost a
tooth! I immediately shot up from my seat and grabbed her hand to rush her to a nearby bathroom. We
ran into the bathroom (while I still had this wad of food in my hand), and I cupped my other hand
underneath the sink faucet to demonstrate her how to rinse some of the blood out of her mouth. Now
imagine: this child does not speak English and this was one of the first teeth she had ever lost, so she was
just as shocked by the situation as I was. I cupped my hand underneath the faucet to catch a handful of
water to show her how to rinse her mouth out… but for whatever reason, she insisted upon sipping the
water from my hand instead of her own! At this point, I finally decided to take a look at this wad of food
that I had been holding for a few minutes now. In the center of the wad, I found a small tooth! When we
left the bathroom, I found a zip lock bag to put her tooth in to take home and later that night, I snuck a
small prize underneath her pillow.
Favorite thing about working with kids:
They are so imaginative, creative, and curious! They want to try everything! They are eager and do
everything so wholeheartedly.
Favorite place to bring children on an outing in Charleston:
I love the outdoors, and especially the water; so naturally, I picked a destination that encompasses both
of those! There is a beautiful little waterfront park off of Harbor View Road, called Demetre Park,
formally known as “Sunrise Park”. There are tons of neat things to see/do there – everything from
collecting shells to watching tiny fiddler crabs. It’s also a great picnic spot and admission is free!
Favorite activities to do with kids on a rainy day:
I live downtown, so I absolutely love bringing children to the SC aquarium! If you have not been, I highly
recommend going! There are great exhibits, hourly shows, and a touch tank!
What is your educational background?
I am currently a junior at the College of Charleston. I am an Exercise Science major and Public Health
minor. After graduating from CofC, I am looking to apply to PA school.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to cook, to spend time at the beach, and attempt crafts/d.i.y. projects off of Pinterest.