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5 reasons you need a babysitter

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jun 28, 2020 8:45:00 AM

The Coronavirus has sent family life into chaos and fear. It is understandable that parents are feeling overwhelmed because there is a high amount of stress and an increase of responsibility not to mention working from home while the kids are running around and needing care themselves. Family life has changed and studies show that parents are struggling with how to best serve their children and their family as a whole. Here is a list of reasons you should and need to get a babysitter.

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Topics: family, Telecommuting, babysitter expectations, Coronavirus, childcare and the coronavirus

10 reasons to love a babysitter

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jun 21, 2020 8:45:00 AM

I know it is difficult to leave your children with someone that isn't family or even someone you know personally. I will tell you that no matter who you leave your children with there is no guarantee that something won't happen to the kids when you leave BUT you need to understand that there is no guarantee when parents have the kids for the simple reason that kids are unpredictable. We all know that kids can move like lightning, and you never know where they're headed; that is a certainty!  

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Topics: babysitting, childcare, Babysitting service for visiting families, family, babysitter expectations

how to choose a babysitter

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jun 7, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Now that you have children you need to choose childcare and you aren't quite sure how to do that. Should you get a permanent nanny, a part-time babysitter, go through an agency, or go to a website that provides listings for babysitters? It all depends upon what your needs are. It isn't a simple answer and the first thing you need to evaluate is what your family needs are in regards to babysitting.

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Topics: babysitting, childcare, parenting, family, babysitters In Denver CO, take a break from the kids, how to get help for new parents, new parents, babysitter expectations, babysitters in a pinch, childcare and the coronavirus, summer childcare

7 great coronavirus dates

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on May 8, 2020 10:00:22 AM

You May be at home but you can take time away from the kids!

Oh yeah the Coronavirus is here and it looks like it will be here for awhile but your relationship with your partner need not be sacrificed. You need time away from the kids probably now more than ever. The kids are always home, they are home for school, you're home with them working, they can't have physical plat-dates and you're organizing virtual play-dates, you're in charge of keeping them educated and entertained all the while your missing your partner besides just at bedtime. 

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Topics: babysitting, childcare, parenting, family, fun, parents working from home, take a break from the kids, babysitters in a pinch, health, Coronavirus

Dear Coronavirus

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Apr 25, 2020 2:33:04 PM

Dear Coronavirus,

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Topics: family, creating, thoughtful, Awareness, Community, gratefulness, Teaching, community service, appreciation, When you are sick and have children, memories, time capsules, Fathers, Dads, health, Coronavirus

more than ABC's: getting your kids ready for school

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Feb 21, 2020 5:37:00 AM

As parents most of us begin teaching our kids how to count, know their colors, and their ABCs but there's more to it then that to get them ready for school. Social behaviour readiness is as

 important, if not more so than abc's. I know, I just run a babysitting agency and what right do I have to speak to other topics

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Topics: parenting, success, adulthood, family, discipline, thoughtful, Awareness, Community, Teaching, independent children, Dads

3 Myths Dispelled When Crafting with Kids

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Feb 7, 2020 1:12:02 PM

Valentine's Day is upon us and it is one of the holidays where crafting with children is a must, exciting to plan, and helpless as to hohttps://pin.it/6jyip6dok5xjecw it will really turn out.

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Topics: parenting, raising successful adults, family, crafts, fun, creating, Hobbies, Teaching, appreciation, independent children, independent play, memories, new parents, yesmom, the next best thing, babysitters in a pinch

Inexpensive Child Proofing in 7 thorough steps

Posted by Erin Raub on Jan 17, 2020 5:28:56 AM

Poke into any parenting group, and you quickly learn that there are two main approaches to babyproofing your house: You can make yourself a little crazy (and go broke; did you know baby-proofing can cost $2400?!) by considering every eventuality, and then purchasing a product to prevent against it; or, you can take a more relaxed tactic, outfit your home with basic baby-proofing supplies, and then let your child’s behavior dictate what else you’ll need.

I (and my wallet) am in the second camp. There are so many baby proofing products on the market but, now that I’ve done this dance for a while, I know – baby proofing is all about your specific kid: What do they get into? What rooms do they frequent? What dangers exist in your home?

Here’s my low-stress approach (wine optional) to baby-proofing the house:

  1. Consider the Big Picture: Your Child + Your House
  2. Install Outlet Covers
  3. Breathe
  4. Start in the Kitchen
  5. Move on to the Living Room
  6. Baby-Proof the Bathroom
  7. Finish Up in Baby’s Room
  1. Consider the Big Picture: Your Child + Your House

Get down on the floor, and take a look at your home from a child’s eyes: What serious dangers are within easy reach? What hazards and challenges does your home present?

Relocate valuables and sand down sharp edges (or add corner guards). Store cleaning products, paint, hazardous substances, and other dangers out of the way, behind lock and key. Install high door locks. Place walk-through baby gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. For general safety, set your hot water heater below 120ºF.  Make sure you have fire extinguishers on each floor, and sufficient smoke and carbon monoxide detectors placed throughout your home. Secure heavy, climbable furniture (e.g. clothes dressers, entertainment centers) to the walls with furniture straps.

  1. Install Outlet Covers

Not going to lie: As soon as my kiddo could scoot, I went a little overboard with the plug covers. The good news is, outlet protectors are one of the cheapest and most useful baby proofing supplies you’ll buy, hands down. Babies are curious and they investigate everything, so think of outlet covers as inexpensive peace of mind. You can pick up a 36-pack of outlet plugs for just a few dollars, or get fancy with self-closing outlet covers.

  1. Breathe

The fun (not) starts here. Baby-proofing your house can be a stressful process: your mind is running through all the potential what-ifs and your parent-bear instinct is kicking in, all while your credit card is getting dinged. And dinged, and dinged.

Do yourself a favor, and take a deep breath. A little deeper. There, that’s it. Baby Proofing can be simple. You can take the relaxed approach. Your little one is going to be just fine. Now, let’s go.

  1. Start in the Kitchen

Confession: My oldest is 5, and the kitchen still gives me anxiety. Knives, and ovens, and open flames – yikes! The dangers are there, you’re usually distracted, and an accident can happen in an instant. So, let’s start with baby proofing the kitchen.

There are few oft-recommended gadgets I won’t recommend, at least not to start. Let’s take safety latches, for example: They can be a pain to open, they don’t always work, and they’re not really necessary, if you rearrange your bottom cabinets to hold baby-safe pots and pans. Lock up vitamins and meds, and place choking hazards, magnets, and cleaning products far out of reach.

So, what do you want? Some way to close your kid out of the kitchen, that’s what! A wide, extra-wide, or even super crazy-wide baby gate should do the trick. Then, grab a good cabinet lock (for your cleaning products, even if they’re up high). Leave the rest – the knob covers, the appliance locks, the burner guards – until your baby is walking and reaching. (I never needed them.)

  1. Move on to the Living Room

Your kiddo is going to spend a lot of time in the living room/family room/den, so this is one place you want to make very safe for baby.

Wobbly toddlers and new runners trip, slip and fall often, so start by slapping on a bunch of those corner guards we talked about earlier. Store knickknacks out of reach. Secure your fireplace with a hearth guard. Tape back any hanging blind pulls (they’re a strangulation hazard), or install cord winders, or indulge in that much-desired upgrade to cordless blinds. Baby-proof the TV, and don’t forget those with anti-tip straps. Make sure your outlet covers are in place, and tape extension cords down with electrical tape.

  1. Baby-Proof the Bathroom

Surprisingly, the bathroom requires just a bit of baby-proofing. Place medicines, soaps, electrical gadgets, and other potential dangers (e.g. your razor) out of reach. If you’ve set your hot water heater to under 120ºF, you won’t need any of those fancy water thermometers or other doodads.

What I do recommend is an easy-open cabinet lock (like strap locks or sliding D-locks), so you can keep at least one cabinet completely off-limits to baby. If your baby is fascinated by water, you might want to consider a toilet lock. Finally, a no-slip bath mat is a lifesaver (literally), when your kiddo is old enough to sit up (or – shudder – stand) by himself at bath time.

  1. Finish Up in Baby’s Room

Your little one will spend a lot of time in their room, so make sure their nursery is safe: Be sure your crib meets current safety standards. Throw away crib bumpers, and take blankets, stuffed animals, and other suffocation hazards out of the crib. Add outlet covers EVERYWHERE. Secure heavy furniture to the walls with straps.

A few other considerations: Our most-loved bedroom baby-proofing supplies boiled down to a single item that we purchased over, and over, and over again: finger pinch guards for the door. They are incredible, especially if you have breezes blowing through your home. (Hinge guards are also available.) In that same vein, you may also want to swap out your toy chest’s standard hinge for a soft-close safety hinge.

That’s it – the extent of my first-round baby-proofing for any house. Remember, as your kiddo grows and explores, you’ll learn more about what he does (and doesn’t) need, as far as additional child safety and proofing goes. (Great ideas here. Also here.) In the meantime, enjoy the milestones!

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Not Your ordinary Date Night: 7 extraordinary date ideas

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Sep 20, 2019 5:52:00 AM

Date night shmate night everyone says you need a date night. Do you really? I mean being married and parents can be pretty boring, and then you know you need to make some time to get away from the kids to reconnect but if you go to one more movie and dinner or WORSE a fundraiser for the school your kids go to you'll slit your wrists! You'd rather not have a date night at all; thank you very much. It's more of a bother then it is a pleasure. Am I right? Just one more thing you have to plan; UGH!

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10 Undeniable Reasons People Hate Babysitters

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Sep 13, 2019 6:12:00 AM

Hate is a very strong word but there is definitely a strong dislike parents have about babysitters' behaviors. It is hard enough to leave your children with a babysitter especially one you don't know but, unfortunately, leaving your kids with a babysitter is a necessary "evil" from time to time. 

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