Name: Crystal Crawford
Hometown: Martinez, Georgia
Tuskegee University 2008, B.A. Psychology
Savannah State University 2012, Masters of Social Work
SS: We like sitters who move & shake. What keeps you busy when not Sensibly Sitting?
Working as a social worker keeps me very busy when not Sensibly Sitting. My caseload requires lots of attention and detail to writing. So after a long day at work, you can usually find me in a coffee shop sipping on an iced coffee while working on documentation. When not Sensibly Sitting on the weekends, you can also find me volunteering in the community. I currently volunteer for the Peachtree Road Farmers Market and the Susan G Komen for the Cure Greater Atlanta Affiliate.
SS: Can you share with us a memorable babysitting moment?
One of the first Sensible Sitter families that I worked for had a son that was really in to the Olympics. He especially loved the volleyball team. In recognition of the 2012 Olympics, we created our own volleyball game and DIY scoreboard. We had a blast imitating the players! I even let him win since he wanted to be the United States team. It was awesome to see a young child so infatuated with the Olympics because I remember when I younger and pretended that I was on the ‘96 Olympic team. That moment brought back a lot of memories.
SS: Do you like to implement things you’ve learned in your professional career in to your sitting sessions?
Yes! Studying child psychology and working as a professional social worker has helped me to understand how the child mind works. This allows me to relate to the children and interact with them in a healthy way. I love using positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior. For example, if the kids help clean off the table after dinner, I’ll give them a verbal praise. Acknowledging their behavior and giving praise for their success empowers them to want to do it next time the table needs to be cleaned off.
SS: What have you learned from the children you work with?
The children that I care for have taught me that a passion can become your career. It’s amazing that I’m getting paid to do something that I truly love. Caring for children has always come naturally to me and the children that I work with are a constant reminder that it takes a special person to care for children. I’m so glad that I’ve found my passion and have the opportunity to share that passion with the clients of Sensible Sitters.
SS: How have you enjoyed your time on the Sensible Sitters Team?
I truly enjoy working with Sensible Sitters Atlanta office. I’ve also enjoyed participating in recruitment events because this gives me an opportunity to share information on the amazing service that this company offers. Plus, we have connections with Laughing Pizza. Kids go crazy when I tell them that I met Laughing Pizza!