Activities to Do While Kid Sitting

So you’ve just been hired for a sitting job. As much as you could just sit on a couch the entire time and watch TV or go on your phone while watching the kids, what’s really the fun in that? Plus, you’re not really interacting with the kids much. Whether you’ve been hired for a permanent or temporary job, here are some things you can do to make your time with the kids you are watching fun. –Visit a Nearby Park: In cold weather visiting a nearby park for the kids you are watching to play in may not be a sensible activity, but in warmer weather making a trip to a park is very reasonable. Going to a park with a jungle gym and/or swings will likely keep your kids entertained, or you can bring them to a park with more open space where they can ride a bicycle or scooter. Try during this time to be part of the kids’ good time, and make sure you have your eyes glued on the kids to assure their safety at all times. Also, switching up the park with other public spaces such as a museum, zoo, or amusement park every now and then is a cool idea, as long as you obtain consent from the kids’ parents beforehand of your interest in taking the kids to one of these places and when you desire to. –Take Them to See a Movie: Who said you can’t have fun watching a kids’ appropriate movie? Take the kids to see a movie every now and then! This activity is good for making...

National Heartworm Awareness Month

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month; by protecting our dogs, we can also protect ourselves from the heartache that can come from the loss of our beloved canine companion or the expensive and difficult treatment due to this preventable health issue. Established in 1974, the American Heartworm Society strives to stop the spread of the disease through both the distribution of funds for heartworm research and the spread of the information to researchers, veterinarians and the public. Through a series of infographics and videos, the organization gives animal lovers the knowledge they need to combat this killer. First off, what exactly are heartworms? If you’re unfamiliar with the name, heartworms are roundworms which embed themselves in a pet’s heart, lungs and/or blood vessels. Through the bite of a mosquito, canines can contract heartworms due to mosquitoes transferring infective larvae from a previous canine host on to a new victim. A heartworm can live out its life cycle in an infected host, mating and creating many more heartworms during that period it is there. Although it is more widespread during the summer months, mosquitoes can transmit heartworms all year long. Your dog’s annual vet visit should include a test for heartworms, regardless of whether the dog regularly takes a heartworm preventative. If your dog gets tested positive for heartworms, rest assured that most infected dogs can be successfully treated. Once your dog tests positive on an antigen test, the diagnosis should be confirmed with an additional and different test. Because the treatment regimen for heartworm is both expensive and complex, your veterinarian will want to be absolutely sure that treatment is necessary before starting....

Healthy Eating for Kids

Trying to make your child have healthier eating habits may be difficult, but remember that it’s never too late to change their habits – especially at a young age. Here are a few tips to get your child(ren) on a healthy track! Family Meals – Family meals are comforting for both parents and kids. Children like the predictability of family meals and parents get a chance to catch up with their kids. Kids who take part in regular family meals are also more likely to eat fruits, vegetables, and grains, as well as less likely to snack on unhealthy foods. Family meals are also a chance for parents to introduce kids to new foods and to be role models for healthy eating. Stock Up on Healthy Foods – Younger kids usually eat what is available at home, which is why it’s important to control your supply of foods when grocery shopping. Try to work fruits and vegetables into their daily routine, aiming for the goal of at least five servings a day, making sure you serve fruit or vegetables at every meal. It is also important that you make it easy for kids to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Healthy snacks include low-fat yogurt, peanut butter and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese. Limit fast food and low-nutrient snacks, such as chips and candy, but don’t completely ban favorite snacks from your home. Instead, make them “once-in-a-while” foods, so kids don’t feel deprived. Cut empty calories, such as soda and fruit-flavored drinks, serving water and low-fat milk instead. Get Kids Involved – Getting your...

A Guide for Senior Care

Finding a caregiver is not an easy task, but by reading this guide you can make the process easier on yourself and for those who you care about. Here are 7 crucial steps to finding the right caregiver. Make sure that the caregiver lives close by in case of emergencies. This way, if a situation arises, you can respond to it quickly by contacting the nearby caregiver. Make sure the caregiver is able to respond to you by text since an important meeting might keep you from calling. Do an extensive background check. Make sure they are CPR certified in case of emergencies. Also test them on medical terms so they have an idea of common issues with senior care. Make sure they have the proper vaccination. Seniors are already fragile, why burden them with a sick caregiver? Make sure they have their vaccinations up to date. The caregiver and the senior must have common ground. If they dislike each other, it won’t work out well for neither of them. If you are looking for a caregiver, FamilyCareOptions are able to help. Click here for more info on...

Origami Tutorials

Thousand Origami Cranes Origami comes from the combination of two terms, ori (folding)  and kami (paper). Thus, Origami is defined as the art of paper folding. The most common Origami are animals. And among the animals, cranes is the most popular because of the “Thousand Origami Cranes”. It is believes that your wish will be granted when you make 1000 cranes.  People usually make these cranes when someone is sick and they wishes them well. Check out these tutorials. Making a crane in steps   Example of an Action Origami Example of a Modular...

Make Vacation Stress Free With By Hiring A Hotel Sitter

Who wouldn’t want to go on vacation without having to worry about a single thing? Well while that may be not the case for most of us, there are ways to ease the stress of traveling and not worry about who will take of care of the kids. In order to make vacations great again, one has to look to hiring a hotel sitter. A hotel with a babysitting service is a great way to find yourself relaxed and not worry about chasing your child or not being able to have some time with your husband or wife. Nowadays a lot of hotels and resorts have babysitters on duty ready to serve your needs. A good strategy for this is doing your research and picking the right hotel/resort with the right sitter. A reputable hotel/resort will do its own background checks so you won’t have to. But if you want a peace of mind, go ahead and ask how they screen babysitters. It is definitely worth the extra time researching if you do not want to find yourself pulling your hairs out because you didn’t hire a babysitter. If you are looking for a hotel sitter, FamilyCareOptions are able to help. Click here for more info on hotel...

Don’t Leave Your Dog Alone – Hire a Pet Caretaker

  Dog are known to be man’s best friend. They may only be there a decade or so, but you are their whole life. When you finally decide to adopt a dog, you made a promise. When they are separated from their biological parent and siblings, you now became their family. You promise to feed them, bath them, and play catch with them. You may not be able to care for them for 24/7, but you can hire a pet caretaker to spend time with them. What is a Pet Caretaker? A pet caretaker is usually known as pet sitter or dog sitter. Their duties usually consists of dog walking, feed, bathing, and veterinarian visits. At Family Care Options, our dog sitters are interviewed, screened and background checked, with at least three years of experience. Request a pet caretaker service here or call us at (212) 748-8377. We offer dog walking and dog sitting services. Interested in taking your pet to a restaurant? Check out our list of New York City Pet-Friendly Restaurants...

What Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Potential Nanny

It sometimes can be frustrating to find the right nanny that provides all aspects of care to children on a full or part time permanent basis. This might make it difficult or even time consuming to decide the best match for your family. First of all, you need to determine which qualifications are the most important ones for you and then you need to look into the details. For example, initially you should decide if you are looking for someone has experience, early childhood development training, or both? Knowledge – Experience An experienced caregiver can supervise, interact, protect, and nurture your child in the best possible way. Hence, it is crucial to know if the candidate has previous experience or not. Have you worked as a nanny before? Why did you leave your previous job? How long have you stayed in your previous job? What is your knowledge of allergy management? Devotion If you are looking for a caregiver who is willing to cope with all the good and bad things happening to your family, here are some questions you can ask a potential nanny: Are you comfortable with simple chores around the house? What do people tell about you? What do you think about kids playing and interacting with others? How do you deal with a stressful job environment? Commitment If it is important to find someone who can manage different types of situations and take such responsibilities, you can ask these questions to the candidate: Tell me about your weaknesses? I see you stayed for only 3 months on your second job. Why was this? Are you ready for a drug-screening test before taking up this job? Have...

Learn How To Create Your Own Kid-Friendly Dreamcatcher

What is a Dreamcatcher? The dreamcatcher itself, consists of a large hoop with web-like structure on the inside, and strings of feathers and beads dangling on the bottom of the hoop. Dreamcatchers are sometimes called Sacred Hoops, because it is believed to protect people in their sleep, usually children from bad dreams. Ojibwa Dreamcatcher Read more about Dreamcatcher here. How to make a Dreamcatcher?  Check out these videos that teaches you how to make your own dreamcatcher!...

Everyday Foods That Poison Your Dog

Food can be the biggest attraction to dogs. You feed them twice a day but they ask for more. You train them with treats and sometimes they do more tricks than you asked for to get more treats. They just never seem to get enough. They’ll even give you the sad puppy stare when you are eating and it will make you feel bad for not sharing. But do not be tempted! Although humans and dog are different species, our anatomy are pretty similar. This suggests that if human can get food poisoning, dogs will too. The common types of food poisoning in humans are unsanitary food, but for dogs, it is the everyday food on your plates. Here is a picture of foods that humans may like but are poison to dogs: Check out other harmful foods to dogs here. The symptoms of food poisoning depends of what food and how much the dog ingested. The most common symptoms are as following: Vomiting Diarrhea Seizures Bleeding Irregular Heartbeat Loss of appetite Unable to urinate Look out for these signs. When you notice you dog having any of these symptoms, take your pet to the...