Contrary to popular belief, not everyone, can be a babysitter. And not everyone who thinks they can be a babysitter can take on this profession. It's hard and it takes a certain type of person to love it. After 9 years of interviewing candidates as babysitters I always ask; "What do you enjoy about looking after children?" The reasons vary from watching kids to playing with them. Here are the most frequent answers to this question. Enjoy!
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Look, I'm not an expert and I'm not going to present myself as such. Parents are bombarded every day with "expert" opinion on how to raise their children but can I tell you, in my humble opinion, only you, the parent, is the expert. You know yourself, your children, and family dynamic better than anyone. You know what you want for your children and the kind of parent you want to be. Trial and error, yes error, is what will guide your success and create a parent that your children will love and respect as they get older. I know it is difficult to hear that your children are basically a social experiment but it is true. People, and of course children, are unpredictable and how actions and words are perceived by each individual is unpredictable. For example, I was talking to my niece who happens to be visually impaired the other day and she related a story to me about when she was in high school she got a good score on a science exam and the teacher said to the whole class afterwards: "You should be ashamed of yourselves with your scores. (My nieces name is being changed for privacy) Clara outscored all of you and she is virtually blind." Now this was supposed to be a compliment to Clara but she teared up when she told me because she took it to mean that if a blind girl can do well then you sighted people should have done better. Like because she's blind she should have been too stupid to get high marks on a test. Now that isn't at all what the teacher meant but that is how she took it. image courtesy of Nicole Schwartz book with the same name
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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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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