Go Green with the Kids

2 Mar

The trendy phrase “Going Green” is something that kids hear about frequently but what does it mean to them. Take a day to spend outside and explain to them what it means. Two girls that I babysit wanted to go down to the creek. I was excited to take them because so many kids forget about “The Great Outdoors.” Children are so consumed and more excited and entertained by technology than they are about the outdoors. So we went to the creek and we cleared out the leaves and the trash so the water would flow. They were so excited to hear the water. Everything was so quiet and you could hear the trickling of the creek. We found treasures (fun rocks, pretty leaves, etc) and hid them in a special place. Next week we are going to build a box, decorate it, and paint it to hold all of our treasures. Do some research on leaves, trees, dirt, etc. and teach something new to the kids. Take the time to look at all of the unique lines on the leaves. The great unknown of the earth is full of new experiences for the kids who have grown up with a cell phone in their hand. Plant something with the kids. Buy some seed and either get them a pot to grow something in their room or have them plant something outside. Teach them how to take care of the plant just like they would a pet. Teaching them appreciation for the earth will stick with them for a long time to come.

Tips on Marriage from a 5-Year-Old

25 Feb

I love how children posses so much wisdom and they say exactly what they feel; no filter. They don’t stumble over what they say trying to reword it to make someone feel more comfortable; they say exactly what is on their mind at that moment. There is a lot we can learn from little ones. Don’t discredit the thoughts of a child but instead listen to what they say with an open mind. They are constantly teaching me new things. I hope you enjoy this video. 🙂

A Heart to Heart About Being on Time

24 Feb

Alright, so today we are going to get a little personal about my day, my meeting, excuses and how this applies to you as a babysitter. I will start by saying today I had a meeting. A very important meeting which I have been excited about since last week. With that said, here is a timeline of my day leading up to the meeting.

8:00 am – Class begins

8:15 – I wake up to a call from someone in my class asking why I wasn’t there taking the midterm test

8:20 – I arrive at class in sweats, sleepy in my eye, and no makeup on to take the midterm test quicker than I had planned

9:10 – I finish the midterm and head back up to my room

(did I mention it is pouring down rain?)

9:15 – Arrive in my dorm, change, attempt to make myself presentable

9:30 – Walk/run to my car, which is 10 mins away from my dorm, in the POURING RAIN! I am leaping through puddles.

9:40 – Get in my car, start driving, and make a phone call to a client for a class in order to schedule a meeting today

9:50 – Pass the turn I needed to make and have to turn around

10:00 – Meeting starts

10:10 – I arrive

Obviously I am 10 mins late to my important meeting that I had been looking forward to for a week (did I mention I was dripping wet because of the rain and the 10 min walk to my car?). This is my life lesson on excuses and meetings:

1. Don’t be late. At all. Period. No excuse. If you have a babysitting job, give yourself PLENTY of time to get there and arrive 10 mins early (NOT LATE). Give yourself room for rain, wrong turns, traffic, and life. By being on time you show that you are excited about being there without having to say a word.

2. Make sure you are clear on the time. Before today I received an email from the person I was meeting with and it said “Lets meet at 10:00am-10:30am…” I read that as “Let’s start the meeting sometime between 10 and 10:30…” No the meeting was to last FROM 10:00am-10:30am. Make sure you are clear before arriving. People won’t be upset with you asking questions to clarify but if you’re late because of a misunderstanding that you didn’t clarify ahead of time…chances are they will be less than happy.

3. Don’t share your excuses with them. Because if you give yourself plenty of time then you shouldn’t have an excuse. If you are late, apologize and don’t let it happen again. Truth is, there is nothing you can do about it. The impression has already been made and anything you do after will be making up for that first bad impression. If you give yourself plenty of time and arrive way early, hang out in your car and catch up on some of my blogs that you may have missed. There is a phone friendly version.

I hope you can learn from my mistake and be a more timely person. Be a professional. As a side note, the meeting that I schedule while missing my turn, I was 40 mins early to, and I wrote this blog.

P.S. – Dear Anonymous, If you are reading my blog and I was late to your meeting today, or if I have ever been late to anything EVER, I am sorry and it will never happen again. 🙂 Lesson learned. And thank you for getting me coffee.

Make Your Own Pickle Sickle

21 Feb

Ok, so some of you might cringe at the thought of a Pickle Sickle but some kids just loves these and you can make a sickle out of just about anything. If you are not familiar with a pickle sickle, allow me to explain.

It is a popsicle made out of pickle juice. For those kids who love pickles this is a fun snack and treat. There are many ways you can do this. The way I grew up making these is I took a plastic cup and I filled it with pickle juice. Then I put a popsicle stick or a spoon in the middle of the cup and held it there by tape. Now they have fancy little popsicle makers for around $4.

Popsicle Maker $4

Remember you can make any juice into a popsicle. Try lemonade, tea, soda, chocolate milk, apple juice, etc.

These are also fun as ice cubes. Just pour the kids favorite drink into an ice tray for a new treat in a drink. Eat them plain or put a fruit punch ice cube in a glass of water for a new treat! There are ice trays with all kinds of fun shapes.

Heart Shaped Ice Cube Tray

Paradise Parfaits – A Treat for the Warm Weather

20 Feb

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A yummy treat for the warm weather.

Ingredients:
1 (8 oz.) can of crushed pineapple
1 1/2 cups of cold milk
1 (4 serving) package of vanilla instant pudding mix
1 banana, chopped
1 cup of sliced frozen strawberries
1/4 cup of flaked coconut

Add granola or vanilla wafers for a little crunch

Directions:
Pour the pineapple, milk and pudding mix in a bowl. Beat with a wire whisk for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the banana.

Spoon half the mixture into six parvati glasses. Cover with a layer of thawed strawberries. Add coconut. Top with remaining mixture. Put in the refrigerator until you are ready to enjoy!

Contest for FREE GIVEAWAYS!

18 Feb

 

Babysitter Blab is doing a contest for FREE GIVEAWAYS and you’re invited!! It is simple to enter. Just go to the top of the page and click on “CONTEST FOR FREE GIVEAWAYS!” Here are some details:


Enter to WIN!!!

What you win:

4 hours of FREE BABYSITTING from creator of Babysitter Blab Rachel Fenimore

Hannah Montana sing-along book with play microphone

High School Musical text-along book with play cell phone

Fully stocked craft set

5 Beanie Babies 🙂

How you win:

All you do is refer your friends to Babysitter Blab. For every person you refer, you and your friend are entered into the drawing. The more people you refer the more entries you get!! The person you refer MUST subscribe to the blog in order for the referral to count. The person who refers the most people WINS!

Contest ends MAY 1st! ENTER TODAY!

Puppet Show

18 Feb

Any craft that allows children to be creative is a good craft in my opinion. Today I was reading the back of a Chick-fil-A kids meal bag and I was reminded of a craft that I did when I was younger. Puppets! They are easy, fun and you can make them so many different ways. The two ways I am most familiar with is from a brown paper bag or a sock. All you need is some googly eyes, yarn for hair, different colored Sharpies or markers, maybe some buttons, cotton balls, and anything else you can think of. Add some clothes and maybe a bow tie with fabric or construction paper.

Once you make your puppets now it’s time for the show. Set up some sheets or blankets on chairs or a table and perform!!

Make up a fun theme for a show such as a trip to the ocean, a princess trapped in a castle, a day at the circus, fun in outer space, dinosaurs, etc. The possibilities are endless!!!

I was babysitting and we spontaneously decided to make a puppet and we didn’t have old socks or a brown paper bag. We improvised and colored a napkin, put it over our hand and put a rubber band around our wrist. You can make anything a puppet!!

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