Even if you leave your baby with a relative or close friend whenever you go to work or head out on an evening, you will find that you always worry that your baby is in safe hands. This is perfectly natural, as all parents worry about leaving their baby with someone else, even if it someone who they completely trust!
Sometimes, though, even the most experienced babysitter or caring family member could do with a little guidance from you about your child. Sharing some simple information with them could really make a difference and could prevent a difficult situation from turning into an emergency.
So, before you leave, make sure you write a quick note with some of the following information.
You should always let the sitter know where you will be. Make sure that they have a contact number for both you and your partner even if the two of you will be together the entire time. If you are going out for dinner, it’s also a good idea to leave the number of the restaurant.
Just think, you might not hear your phone ring in a busy restaurant, but the staff will also be manning the restaurant’s main phone. If you are going into work, leave your office’s number.
It’s also a good idea to leave contact details for a trusted neighbor or relative just in case the sitter can’t get in touch with you or your partner.
Special Dietary Requirements
Any allergies or dietary requirements also need to be mentioned in your note. Even if you have told the babysitter in person, it’s always important to write this down as well so that they do not forget.
When it comes to baby and toddler food, keeping it organic is a priority for many parents. If it is for you, you might want to also mention this in your note and let your sitter know where they can find the organic snacks and food in your kitchen.
Don’t forget to mention any food that your child shouldn’t eat just before bed, such as sugary snacks.
Write down the location of your first-aid kit so that the babysitter doesn’t waste any time looking for it if they ever need it.
You should also make a note of any health conditions that your child has that might need attention. For instance, if your child has allergies you should let the sitter know where their EpiPen is.
You might also like to leave your family doctor’s phone number, just in case!
Your Baby’s Routine
Babies love routines and knowing what to expect next. I’m sure you will have established one for the run up to bedtime. This will ensure that things stay familiar for your tot even if someone else is bathing them and putting them to bed.
By sticking to a routine, your babysitter will be able to sidestep any potential tantrums!
When you leave a note for the babysitter, you will find that you have more peace of mind and won’t worry quite so much!
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The selection that I've found for this week is especially useful, perhaps even inspirational, for the start of a new month and a new year--2017.
I've found some quality resources that are free, too, which is even better. Now, you may think that a freebie may be of lesser quality than a more expensive option. Nope.... these are really wonderful!
Take a bit of time to check them out. You'll find a wonderful printable for a child's room, an introductory course to gold foiling, a free guide for busy mothers- Creating a Daily Routine that Works- and a daily planner to help you create meaningful habits in your life and control your to-do list.
You'll find more information about these amazing resources below.
Itsy Bitsy Spider printable
If you're looking for a special print for your child's or grandkid's room, then this could be a wonderful option. This free printable is available as 8x10 or 12 x 12 size. Mounted and framed, it's a cute decor accent.
It might a good idea to package the print up and present it with a book about Itsy Bitsy Spider.
The Busy Mom's Guide to Creating Daily Routine that Works
Are you always tired? Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the tasks on you to-do list?
If so, this resource will be of real benefit for you. It's The Busy Mom's Guide to Creating a Daily Routine that Works.
This is another freebie and all you need to do to access this helpful guide is to sign up for Kayse's regular newsletter filled with encouragement and practical resources to help you slow down.
Simple Daily Planner- wattle design
Last, but not least, you 'll find a simple daily planner. This planner is especially useful for anyone who wants a to-do list that will help build meaningful habits into your life.
It also includes space to list your top priorities, any appointments, household chores for the day and your dinner recipe.
You'll also find a notes area and an encouragement to drink enough water for the day. Download and print this A5 planner and attach copies to A5 clip board. (I decorated my clipboard with scrapbooking paper.)
You can find this helpful planner here...
And, if you're looking for a daily planner that includes more detail, the Deluxe Daily Planner- Life is Looking Good may be just what you need. (See below.)
Just four resources but they have been a highlgiht of my week and I think that you will enjoy them, too.
Take a few moments to check them out and I'm sure you'll find these ideas are a wonderful way to start the new year- fun decor accent, a new course and skill, and planning ideas.
Let me know how you go and how they've helped you. And.... I'll be presenting another fabulous 4 finds next Friday.
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"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." --Aristotle
You know, I can't remember how many times I have gone shopping, parked, walked all the way to the shopping centre's entrance and then forgotten whether I've locked the car. Invariably I have, out of sheer habit. I just do it without even thinking.
Habits are like that.
While there are some habits that we may desperately try to overcome- smoking, negativity, overspending and more- other habits can produce a powerful and positive impact on our lives.
Here.... at the start of a new year, with 365 days ahead to fill with purpose and make a difference, 365 opportunities to grow a life of possibilities, meaning and impact.... I want to make this my best year yet. I don't want just regrets, backward glances and lingering memories of what's come and gone. I want to look ahead with excitement!
Over the next few days, weeks and months, I'll be sharing some ideas and some challenges -- that will help me and you, too, I hope- to find my best year ever. So look out for my '365 days' ideas and inspiration. (And, just a little hint- this article about creating meaningful habits is the first.)
So, what habits do you want to break? Maybe it's spending too much on lattes and other coffee shop delicacies; social media overload; focusing on 'things' over people; maybe you need to stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone; perhaps you want to stop saying 'yes' to every demand on your time.
And what about habits that you want to create that will have real impact on your life? I've listed 10 suggestions that will have a positive influence in a previous article.
But creating new habits isn’t easy. So here are six simple hacks that will make it a little easier. Use them until you’ve internalized the new habit and don’t need them anymore.
1. Schedule it and put it on your To-Do List
Sometimes we forget to do that new thing we were trying. Maybe we forget that we’re supposed to be having eggs for breakfast instead of a stack of waffles, or that we need to get that daily walk in.
Schedule your new habits or make them part of your daily to-do list until they become something you do automatically.
(If you want a hand with this you might like to consider the Mini Goals Notepad or this beautiful daily planner/ to-do list. Begin your planning for change now!)
2. Make it public and be accountable
Let family and friends know what new habits you’re trying to establish. They will call you out if you don’t stick to your plan and get you back on track.
You may even go as far as sharing it publicly on Facebook or write a blog about your new journey. Knowing that others read it and know about it might be just enough to keep you going when you feel like throwing in the towel.
3. Piggyback on a habit you already have
Whenever possible, add the new habit to one you already have. For example, if you fix a cup of tea or coffee at 4pm, and you want to get in the habit of taking a daily walk, make the new ritual to go for your walk and then come back and enjoy your tea.
It’s much easier to amend an existing habit or ritual than creating an entirely new one.
4. Make slipups costly
Here’s a fun idea. Put a jar on the kitchen counter and each time you slip back into your bad habit or forget to stick to the new one you have to put five dollars in the jar. It will quickly help you remember to skip that sugary food and motivate you to go out for that walk. For extra motivation donate the money to charity at the end of the month or hand it over to your spouse to go spend on him or herself.
5. Find a partner and help each other along
Find someone with the same or similar goal. This could be a workout partner or a diet buddy. Keep tabs on each other and encourage each other to keep going. It’s much harder to skip a walk if you know someone else is depending on you being there.
6. Make it a group challenge
If one accountability partner is good, a whole group is even better. And they don’t even need to be local. Find a supportive group online and challenge each other to stick to your new habit for the next 30 days or so. Not wanting to be the first one to give up will keep all of you going until you establish that new habit.
Give these simple little hacks a try. Keep using the ones that you find helpful until you have made new habits you can stick with without the help of any tools or support.
Key Takeaways: Things to do....
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