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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Raising Children

Literally, my daughter has three hairbrushes, I was so sick of not being able to locate where she was putting them down every morning that every time I went grocery shopping I’d pick up a new one to save me some time. Did this work though… NO! Three brushes have all gone missing at once at times. Usually finding them stuffed underneath my daughters’ bed, or in the car, as she’s running out the door with it in her hand to do it whilst we travel to and from our destination.

Does this make my daughter unorganised? Maybe, but she’s twelve, and I’m not going to berate her over little things like this. I do remind them often of the importance of time management, and they generally listen when I count down how many minutes we have before we leave the home.

I don’t like to compare my kids either, both my kids are unique and have their own idiosyncrasies, so why do parents compare their kids? Perhaps, it’s because they only know their own children inside and out, and they are comparing what one child did against the other. Whilst I think this is OK during their early development to a certain extent, I truly believe that parents should remember each child comes into the world differently, they are uniquely going to be different throughout life too.

I think that as parents we all do what we know, we aren’t experts on raising kids, but we can be champions for our own children and teach them the confidence, respect and tools to be great members of society when they are older. We shouldn’t get complacent with this gift, our kids are the future, and we need to continue to show them respect, love, confidence, independence, nurture, encouragement, pride, strength, trust, and gratitude as often as possible. This will in turn help them grow up understanding these qualities and being mindful of others in society too.

Kids Share Room Without War

Extra storage with their beds

Storage beds are the wonderful and ingenious combination of extra storage and a roll out bed. This translates to more available space for the children – as the storage drawers can be ‘put away’ instead of taking up additional space in the bedroom. It also has the added benefit of an extra bed – for sleepovers made simple.

Transform one room into two

Simply dividing a shared bedroom with a room divider is a simple and effective way of creating a personal/ individual space for each child. This also means that you won’t have to do serious building alterations, as you can purchase a divider with an interesting and ‘hip’ design. Alternatively, you can also use a large bookcase/ set of shelves, which will grant you even more storage. Of course, you can combine the room divider and bunk bedsconcepts and create enough sleeping space for sleepovers for each kid as well.

Involve the kids

As mentioned before – children need to express their individuality. Allowing each child to give their input on their side of the bedroom will help them to just that. Remember that more often than not – children have their own ‘style’ and aesthetic – and want to add to their room’s theme/ motif. Having two definitive sides of the room will once again avoid sibling rivalry of who’s in who’s space. There are many simple, yet transformative ways of differentiating the bedroom’s sides. Be creative – use interesting paint designs, vinyl prints, wallpaper or even just different color walls on each side with a funky design.

Hiring Teen Babysitter

Look for Proper Training

You can ensure your children are in the safest possible hands when you’re not there by choosing a babysitter with certain qualifications. A teenager with formal training in first aid, CPR and various other emergency procedures may have vital life-saving skills. And any teenager who has taken the time to acquire such qualifications is probably trustworthy, conscientious and intelligent.

Introduce Your Sitter to Your Home

Take your prospective sitter on a tour of your home. This will give you a chance to show him or her where essential supplies, equipment and appliances are. This is also a great opportunity to talk about the rules of your home – for both the children and the babysitter. During the tour, draw the attention of your sitter to emergency procedures such as contact lists and meeting points.

Introduce Your Sitter to Your Kids

Before you entrust your children to the care of a sitter, you should observe some interactions between them. After an initial visit for a tour, invite your sitter back at a time when the children are around – just after school is perfect. Observe how the babysitter communicates with your kids, and look for evidence of natural supervisory skills. Everyone will need to get on with one another if the arrangement is going to work, so you should be looking for evidence of both fun and discipline.

Define Responsibilities and Expectations

It is important to agree on a specific set of responsibilities and expectations from the outset of the arrangement. You should be detailed in your approach to this process, and everything should be written down and kept safe for future reference. This list of rules and responsibilities should relate to your children and your sitter. You can include rules regarding bedtimes, smoking, eating, alcohol, visitors and absolutely anything that concerns you.

Discuss Discipline

Parents have their own way of disciplining their children and managing bad behavior – and so do babysitters. Talk at length with your sitter about how you approach discipline. Be very specific about how you want your babysitter to manage bad behavior. Consider introducing some simple disciplinary tools such as the “naughty step” or early bedtimes. Restricting access to toys and games is also a relatively simple and harmless way a sitter can discipline your children in your absence.

Talk about Electronics

There should be clear ground rules on the use of tablets, phones, and computer in your home. The internet is home to a wealth of inappropriate material, and just a moment of unsupervised access gives a child an opportunity to access some of it. The best course of action is to ban the use of all Internet-connected devices while you’re not around.

You may also want to create some rules about your sitter texting and where their cell phone is kept. Your sitter should never post photos of your children or any details about your babysitting arrangement on social media sites – so ban this behavior from the outset.

Explain Medicines and Allergies

You will need to decide whether or not you are going to trust your sitter with basic medications for your children. If you are, you should explain which medications are available, what they can be used for and where they can be found. If your child has an ongoing medical condition or allergies, you will need to explain these in great detail to your sitter before leaving them in charge. And make sure you explain what symptoms to watch for – and the procedures in place for dealing with them.

Vet Activities

While your sitter might have some fun and educational activities planned, you may not find them appropriate. Discuss the planned activities, and let your sitter know which of them are acceptable and which of them are not allowed.

Survive Market Day With Kids

Let them “drive” the grocery cart

Install your little one in the seat in front of the grocery cart and make sure to strap them in securely. This way, they can see you and all the grocery items lined up in the aisles, but can’t run around grabbing things and knocking over them. While pushing the cart, say things to your child like “Can you take us to the cereal aisle?” and let their imagination work as they pretend to be controlling your supermarket route.

Give them little tasks

It will make them feel important and instil in them a sense of responsibility. Small things like comparing sell-by dates, picking out the reddest apples, and locating the checkout counter with the shortest queue will let kids know that they also have a role in running the house. Don’t forget to thank them afterwards!

Play a grocery game together

Give your kids a piece of paper and a crayon each. Ask them to list down all the grocery items they will see that:

start with the letter ‘C’
are blue
are round