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?
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.
When you go with a babysitting agency to find your babysitters there are a lot of things you should consider; but the most important is: what do I get for my money and is it of value to my family.
This month we are going to provide a REAL activity that is a great tactile developmental idea that will assist toddler age children.
It's the first of the month, and time again to craft with us. I know we could probably do a craft post more frequently, but everyone has craft ideas, and Pinterest is full of them. When Babysitters In a Pinch posts a craft; we've done it, tested it, and will usually share pics that will never, ever look perfect because we are really, truly, crafting with kids; not doing it for THEM.