As I follow blogs, things to do with children, activities, etc there seems to be a disconnect. The majority of activities are targeted towards women and their children (notice I said majority NOT all). This is 2013, and men are more in the picture then they ever have been in the past.
Babysitters In a Pinch
I'm sure this isn't original but now that I'm a grown adult, and looking back on some of the things my mom kept from my younger years I wish I had more. This got me thinking about time capsules, and creating family time capsules that families can do together.
Time capsules have been made fun of but we are always keeping family memories so why not streamline our memories, and get the whole family involved? I know if my sister and I had made time capsules we would have saved Christmas cassette tapes we made every year with us singing Christmas Carols, and recording our yearly changes in our lives. We did this tradition from when I was in 6th grade until a freshman in college. My sister was 11 years older then I and she had children in those years. It is such a sad thing to report we no longer have those tapes. Tapes with laughter, creativity, swearing due to mess ups, and sheer honesty and love shared between sisters gone. I remember and cherish those times with my sister, and it is sad we no longer have access to those recordings.
Family traditions are important to build bonds between siblings and parents, and it doesn't need to be time consuming. A time capsule is simply a way to keep memories that are important to you. Once a year you can simply take all of the photos, and refrigerator crafts, write the wonderful things your family did the past year and put it in a time capsule. Of course edit some what you put in it, and put in the pictures, crafts and memories that are important. This should be a family decision not just a one parent or both parents; the children should be involved once they are old enough to participate.
Easy Time Capsule Creations:
- Decide how often you want to create a time capsule i.e. yearly, every two years, every 5 years
- When will you open the time capsules?
- Choose containers that will hold the belongings easily, and that are airtight
- Choose a storage spot; will you bury them, will you store them in the attic, backyard, safe, any place that an be secured from prying eyes
- Make simple guidelines of what should be kept and what notes and letters will be included in the capsule
- If you start with your first child begin your time capsule with their birth, and include your feelings about the birth. Once your first born is old enough around age 3-5 years old you can begin asking them what should be included in the time capsule.
- I suggest you don't establish this tradition around the holidays. Holidays are already crazy busy. Maybe on one of those delightful family holidays like Mother's Day or Father's Day to spend time either opening or creating the new capsule as a family.
- My ideal would be every 5 years, start one, open it after 5 years, and create a new one the same time.
- Decide what you would like to keep in the next time capsule, and if there are any carry overs from the previous capsule.
- Don't make this a trudge. This activity should be a delightful full of love, and not really super organized. Make it time for sharing memories together. Eat some snacks, laugh, love, and know you are a family that is creating beautiful memories that are sacred and precious.
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Excellent babysitters are rare, hard to find and harder still to keep. Whether you hire a sitter for a night out or to provide permanent daycare, letting them know what you expect is essential. It is confusing for children to have one set of rules for dad, another for mom, and ‘who is this stranger ordering me around?’ Whether your sitter is the kid next door or a fully vetted pro from an agency, everyone needs to be on the same page.
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To quote Winnie the Pooh, "Oh bother" a gentle way of saying I'm frustrated, angered, disappointed, etc. Simply put babysitting is a challenge and much different then parenting and teaching. Babysitters need to make a connection with a child immediately while adhering to family rules, keeping children safe, making snap judgements as to safety and what is really allowed by parents and what is not. There are always details missing, and kids will inevitably tell a babysitter that they can do something when they probably can't.
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The other day I was watching crap TV, "Hot Bench" and one of the cases was about a caregiver and one of the judges said: "sorry to say this but you're just a babysitter". I was offended simply put. Why does that term "just a babysitter" make me hot? Well, as a babysitter you are in charge of a life....a LIFE! That doesn't constitute a "just" title. I believe that if you want quality childcare you need to treat and expect babysitters to be professional. As an owner of a babysitting agency I treat all of my babysitting team as professionals, and I expect them to represent my company in a professional way.
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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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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.