It's only April! Yeah I know, but if you're like most parents you will procrastinate making arrangements to have your children in camps, STEM programs, or even childcare; then, the last day of school you will slap yourself in the head and start the summer childcare scramble! Don't do it to yourself. Start now and you will have a worry free summer. If you; wait a lot of camps will be filled up, and then you'll really be hurting.
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I'm an old fuddy duddy because when I was growing up spring break applied to college students, not me when I was in elementary school. Now kids of all school ages have spring break and I really don't know how parents do it. I mean don't parents still have to work all year round? What do you do with the kids? Do you go on a vacation? Do you arrange childcare? Does one parent take off of work? Being a parent is so much more complicated then it used to be.
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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.
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.
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.