Who is the leader of your family? Is it you, your spouse, your parents, your children, or is it you?
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Crafting doesn't have to be finger painting, glue, water colors, crayons, play-doh etc. It can also be about introducing children to different artists, and trying to imitate what they do. It is a lot of fun and educational. It also gets me excited to do things with them. This practice has also been about me educating myself on different appropriate artists that are fun to look at and imitate with children.
When you walk out your door don't think that you are leaving your children with someone that isn't worried about your children. They may not worry as much as you do but, believe me, babysitters and nannies worry constantly about your children. Some of the biggest frustrations that caregivers have are that they have to be a little more strict because they feel responsible for the safety of your children while they are in their care. Babysitters also worry about your home because we don't know if your children are allowed to use furniture as jungle gyms or bouncy castles. So to pare it down we've broken down our most common worries when we have your children.
Can I just start this blog off with: I am sick to death of pictures of children online doing crafts that turn out perfect, AND everything is soooooo clean! Every craft I plan will inevitably be messy, and so messy that I will wish I hadn't done it. Plus the ones the kids do don't even come close to the picture of the craft they were making! So drop the expectations and remember that this should be all about fun, learning, sharing, and achievement for you and them.
Why do children feel entitled? It is shocking how much children rule the household. Everything is done for them. They can't find their shoes; guess who finds the shoes for them (the first two guesses don't count)? Kids don't like what's for dinner and you make something else. You, housekeepers, babysitters, and or nannies all do everything for children including making sure they are entertained. Gone are the days when children are forced to find activities for themselves. I remember telling my mom that I was bored and she'd respond with: "great, you can go in and do the dishes, or mow the lawn, vacuum the house, clean your room." The list could be pretty extensive so I learned never to tell my mom I was bored and learned to find my own activities.