That's a good question, and the answer is: a lot! Finding a babysitter on your own is a tricky endeavor, and even after you find a babysitter that you believe is the right one you may find out they are not, and then you have to start the process all over again...ugh!
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The way the world works has changed in so many ways, from more choices to where our children go to school, the way our children play and participate in the world, and the simple way at how we acquire babysitters, and childcare professionals.
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Remember the good old days when your babysitter was the neighborhood kid down the street, mom, dad, or aunts and uncles? I'm sure you do. I do too, but those days are gone; with teenagers increasingly having lives at an earlier age due to planned activities to keep them out of trouble, parents paying their teenage kids to do chores, etc, plus the re-location of so many families to places that they don't have family around; the role of babysitter has become much different than it used to be.
I have NO idea how parents do it when they are sick. Recently I was sick for 2 weeks from a cold, and the stomach flu. One day I couldn't even lift my head up to answer texts, and operating my business was nearly at a stand still. You can't stop being a mom or a dad! For those who have spouses that can fill in that's got to be super helpful, but for those who don't it has to be a nightmare, not to say it isn't a nightmare for everyone maybe just less of a nightmare.
Okay you need a little break from all the chaos that living in a child’s world gives you on a consistent basis. Should you take a break while they are awake or only while they’re sleeping? What if you need to make a quick phone call to make a doctor’s appointment or arrange a play date? Should children EVER be left alone unless secure in their beds asleep?
Once upon a time when I was working retail and selling women's clothing I heard them say more times then I can count that they couldn't possibly wear what they had on even though they liked it because their children would make fun of them and tell them that they couldn't wear it OR their husbands would tell them the same. Should your style be dictated by your children and a man that normally wears jeans and t-shirts? My answer is a simple; no.
These are your fashion consultants? REALLY? I think women and moms need to own their own style, and if it isn't acceptable to your family then boo to them!
I think women need to find security with their own selves. What do your clothes say about you? What happened to the woman who took risks in her style? Did she die when she got married, had children, got older? It probably did; but does your style still reflect you? If you've always been a yoga pant, jean, and t-shirt gal then you will always be that, OR did you start dressing that way because it was easier and more acceptable to people around you?
As an older woman I struggle with my style all of the time. Body changes and age makes it difficult for me to find things I feel good in. In the same token I don't let others: children, men, etc tell me what is good for me to wear. It all depends on how I feel in it. Of course, I have the sense to know that running around in a tight low-cut shirt and tight jeans at 57 is probably not a good look for me (it might be for others but not for me). I, frankly, am not a jeans lover. I wear them because they are readily accessible but today I only have one pair in my drawers. Reaction from others to what I do wear is that think I'm dressing up or my style is unusual; I have more than one item from this website, and no, I'm not promoting it I just want you to see my style. It suits me because I find it comfortable, stylish, and a lot of fun.
So now that you are thinking about it look on the web and find your style. There are lots of quizzes out there, Etsy also has so many fun vendors. I also recommend that you don't listen to the "experts" because they will vary and normally your perception of yourself and body type probably is tainted.
So have fun, and let your style shine.
Oh, my word are you sluggish? Are your kids irritable? Are you having a hard time getting back into the routine of "normal"? I have to be honest, I am. I just realized I haven't written a post since December 14th! Obviously I got into the holidays without even knowing I had. I look back at the holidays and they weren't THAT exciting for me. They weren't filled with parties, dinners, cocktails, decorations or running around buying presents so how I ended up not blogging is beyond me. Needless to say I am struggling to get back into my routines. As a business owner I can definitely see a reduction in business growth due to my...holiday drag. I'm actually forcing myself to write today in my jammies since I put it off it may never happen. All I can say is; thank goodness for coffee.
As a childcare provider, and an older one at that, I've noticed a trend; parents aren't necessarily parenting anymore. Children have control of the household, and parents are jumping through hoops to make the children happy, and in return; teachers, babysitters, nannies, and other childcare givers are having a more and more difficult time making sure children are safe, not hurting others or each other, teaching, preparing meals etc. Families too are suffering the consequences by having a chaotic home.
I can't tell you how hard it is to find people that take babysitting seriously. During my time operating an agency that places babysitters for ongoing, permanent, or on-call positions I've heard and seen it all, and I'm still surprised at the laissez faire approach that people try to get away with when talking to me about why they want to babysit. If I were a parent I would want someone like me to take on the recruiting process. It is one of the worst parts of doing what I do. People don't show up for interviews, don't return your calls, show up late for interviews, come to an interview dressed inappropriately, and so many other things.