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Create Memories September 22, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — auntemma @ 7:41 pm

Hello there moms and dads! Being that I am currently a full time nanny to two very adorable children, my nanny life is always an adventure filled with laughter, cries, bribes, playdates, adventurous projects such as cooking, painting seashells…. E.t.c
Each of these things are cherished moments with the children. Sometimes it feels really great to have these moments that I tend to feel a sense of guilt as a nanny creating these everlasting joyous moments. Some part of me is proud to hear the children recite the memories of last month’s adventures, but also some part of me feels that perhaps they also need to be shared with the parents.
I understand that you have to work to try and make ends meet, but from my heart to yours please make time to create memories with your children. Fun activities are not only to be done with the nannies, but especially with parents. Do something that will bring a special bond between you and your little ones. I know that weekends are times yi probably want to wind down, but your child isn’t going to remain a child for long. Time really flies and you don’t want your child growing up remembering the fun things and places that only the caregiver brought about. On a personal level, my mother worked all the time, I rarely spent a lot of time with her. She was in and out of the country so often so it was up to my nanny to introduce me to adventures. As I have grown older, I realized how much I missed out hanging out and creating fun memories with her. Now she’s passed on and I really cannot rewind the time. Sure it’s tiresome being a working mother or father BUT you are a parent first before you are a CEO, sales executive and so forth. I must give parental kudos to Kimora lee Simmons, mogul, mum, model with various hats of entrepreneur opportunities. In all of that she still manages to give of herself 100% as a mother to her three children. Sure she does have the money to hire anyone she so desires, but to see her breastfeed her newborn (kenzo) at a essence magazine photoshoot was priceless. Even though she was late, her child came first! You can pay for quality care, but you can’t pay for quality parent sentimental
memories. So get out your icalendars and pencil in a date of a lifetime with your children that will be remembered always. Not just one time but enough times. Remember it’s ok to tell your nanny, once in a while, ” I would like to take tomorrow off and just spend quality time with my children”. Sure they will get on your nerves, but they are your children! Even though I never spend that much time with my mother, I cherished the times she would take me out of school for a couple of days and whisk me to a trip to London… Ahhhh! I hold those memories dear to my heart because I know how it made me feel as a child.

 

Back to school prep September 6, 2011

Filed under: BACK TO SCHOOL PREP — auntemma @ 11:19 pm
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Hey parents and caregivers, back to school season is here! As I speak to several parents and caregivers about this, the subject is often welcomed with three words.. ” I cannot wait”…lol. They cannot wait to send them off to school leaving their parents and caregivers handsfree and responsibility free, free from coming up with constant ideas on how to entertain your little ones, because school is a no brainer activity.
But are you really are prepared?,
Here are some tips to get you started.

Reset your schedules: often times during summer, schedules seem to be flexible due to travel, playdates, outings and what nots. Try and emphasize a routine that embraces the new school schedule a week before the actual first day of school.

Eating habits: eating healthy is essential for the little ones when going to school, focus on healthy snacks, protein breakfasts and vitamin dosages.

Immunizations: check with your doctor on the latest immunizations your child can take before going to school.if possible, get a dr appointment for your child’s annual
physical before school begins.

Let your child know: especially for the first time schoolers, you need to psychologically prepare them on what is coming. Videos and books are a great resource on preparing your child for school. For those that are on their second or third round, use their old school friends as an incentive to going back.

Organize: make sure you get it down the night before, lunch, clothes, backpacks e.t.c. As Parents or caregivers we take for granted on making sure we are organized. You had three months of not having to rush out and so the school season can be a rude awakening if not properly prepared. give yourself ample time. Overestimate your prep time rather than underestimate. It will save you from yelling and wanting to pull your hair out.

Be sure to discuss the routine with your little one over and over again, trust me it will make your back to school season a brez

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