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5 Things You Can Do When Telecommuting & Have Childcare in your Home

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Aug 16, 2019 11:16:35 AM

One of the most confusing situations for your children and your in home childcare provider is when a parent works from home. Why, well the children don't know who to go to for permission or other questions they may have, the babysitter isn't sure how much you want to be involved with the childcare, and if they are still in charge of the children in a way that they normally are when you aren't home; the whole dynamic changes. When you telecommute or work from home, and have a nanny or childcare professional in your home at the same time you really need to have clear boundaries for you, the children, and the childcare provider. 

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Parenting Activity Ideas for Dad

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jul 19, 2019 5:40:00 AM

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.

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Do your children think money grows on trees?

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jul 12, 2019 5:33:00 AM

We live in an age where parents want to give more to their children than their parents did. This phenomenon has been going on for generations, and now we have children that simply have to ask for something and they get it. We are teaching our children that all they need to do to get what they want is just ask. I want a new nerf gun, I want a new iPad, I want a new Lego set, I want a new doll, I want a car, I want..... Is your response to this; "of course, here you go." OR do you talk to them about the cost of things, teach them to save for things, be patient in order to get some of the things they want especially the more expensive items? Do your children have an allowance? If they do, do they spend it all at once? Do they want to go to the Dollar Store, and spend it even though they want something that is more expensive? Do you give them guidance on their spending, and let them know that they can have the small items from Dollar Store OR they can save their allowance and get the latest Star Wars Lego set?

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10 steps to sharing memories

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jun 28, 2019 5:27:00 AM

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: 

  1. Decide how often you want to create a time capsule i.e. yearly, every two years, every 5 years
  2. When will you open the time capsules?
  3. Choose containers that will hold the belongings easily, and that are airtight
  4. 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
  5. Make simple guidelines of what should be kept and what notes and letters will be included in the capsule
  6. 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. 
  7. 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.
  8. My ideal would be every 5 years, start one, open it after 5 years, and create a new one the same time.
  9. Decide what you would like to keep in the next time capsule, and if there are any carry overs from the previous capsule.
  10. 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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Discussing 'Free Play' with your Babysitter

Posted by Neve Spicer (We The Parents) on Jun 21, 2019 5:48:00 AM
Photo by  Shuto Araki  on  Unsplash

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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Oh Bother!

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Jun 7, 2019 5:29:00 AM

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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Hotel Babysitting

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on May 24, 2019 6:14:00 AM

Traveling with children when you want to spend time with your significant other without kids can be hard. Now days, however, it really shouldn't be for the savvy and not so savvy traveler. Everywhere you go, especially metropolitan areas there are babysitting services in the area; all you need to do is find them and research them BEFORE you get to your destination. You need to do this because you need to find out the reputation of the agency, and get comfortable with them before you decide you want them to take care of your children.

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Just a babysitter?

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on May 17, 2019 5:32:00 AM

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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Children, money and competition

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on May 3, 2019 6:14:00 AM

In my lifetime I've seen so much change in the way money is viewed by children, as well as competition shared within adult and child minds. I don't think the changes have been healthy for our children. I'm actually not sure myself about healthy attitudes about money; but I do think the example of parents in how they treat money, and competition is what will have the most impact on your children.

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Summer is here: really?

Posted by Jaidene Anderlini on Apr 5, 2019 5:33:00 AM

 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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