Why You Should Hire A Babysitter

Research shows that parents and guardians do not set aside enough time for themselves. Once you have kids, you tend to put all of your focus into making money and taking care of your children. Although a parent’s child should be their top priority, it is important for parents and guardians to find time to do other things as well. Whether it is picking up a hobby or establishing a date night, parents should hire a babysitter in order to create some healthy free time. Here are some of the main reasons why parents/guardians should hire a babysitter: 1. You have control of what your babysitter does If you tell your babysitter to give your child milk before bed or read them a bed time story, they will. Family members tend to do what they think is best for the child but a babysitter will make sure that they cater to your wishes. 2. You set the time and place Babysitters are grateful to get the job opportunity. They will be available whatever time you need them and if they are not, you can always call another babysitter. Family Care Options makes sure you get the service you need at the exact time that you need it. 3. There is no drama or strings attached If you tell your babysitter to put your child to sleep at a given time, they will do it with no questions asked. Grandparents or in-laws tend to make their own choices on the matter because they may feel entitled to do so. This is not always the case, but if it is, consider...

5 Benefits of Reading to Young Children

Most parents and care takers know that reading to a child is very important. Reading aloud to a child can benefit that child in many ways. Here are some of those ways: 1. Enhances Their Vocabulary Although children learn new words through hearing you speak and watching TV, listening to someone read a book is different. Reading a book with a child can help improve their auditory skills as well as help them learn how to read for themselves. The more words they learn, the quicker they learn how to read! Reading with kids will give them a head start on their education! 2. Gives Their Brain Some Exercise Statistics on child development have shown that reading to children positively affects brain activity. Specific areas of the brain are affected when they begin reading at a young age. Research has also shown that it will improve their likelihood to learn multiple languages. 3. Enhances Concentration Does your kid not like sitting still? Since the answer is most likely “yes,” consider reading to them to enhance their ability to focus. Children tend to lose focus easily, but reading enhances their concentration. Reading to them will help them develop the ability to stay still when they are told, which will benefit them when they start school. 4. Promotes Creativity And Imagination Although children are creative and imaginative by nature, reading enhances those abilities. Engaging in a book with your child will inspire them to want to think about how the story is going to end. It also inspires them to create their own stories. 5. Entertains Let’s face it, most children...

Which baby nurse is right for you?

Hiring a baby nurse to help out during the early days after a child is born is definitely a big help, especially for families where the parents are both working. These nurses are non-medical, and may work 12 to 24 hour cycles in which they feed, burp, diaper, wash, and even sleep-train your baby. These nurses can stay in your family from several weeks to a few months, but some moms may opt to just have them a couple nights just to catch up on sleep. So how do you make sure that these nurses are perfect for your family? It’s crucial that night nurses are CPR and first-aid certified, and also have extensive experience working with babies other than their own. Night nurses can also deal with sleep training, soothing and nighttime feeding, diaper issues, and establishing a schedule for your newborn. There are many responsibilities that come with selecting the perfect nurse for your baby, and we can definitely offer that at Family Care Options. Good...

Fun Activities for Seniors

It may be hard to find an activity for a senior that doesn’t put them in danger, as the activities they used to enjoy may be too difficult. But fear not! There are still activities out there that don’t require too much physical activity while still maintaining the good times! Here are some of them: Reading! This is a good way to keep the brain engaged, improving your memory, reducing stress, improving sleep, and delaying cognitive decline. Organizing a book club is another way to enjoy reading and socializing. Picking up a new hobby. There are several hobbies that don’t require a lot of movement, such as cooking, knitting, crocheting, gardening, playing an instrument, or practicing languages. Exercising. Whether they are sitting or standing, they can still benefit from movement to the best of their ability, with chair exercises or chair yoga routines. Get creative! Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpting allow you to bring out your colorful side, with research showing that creative activities can help people battling chronic illness to decrease negative emotions and increase positive ones. Spend time outdoors. Getting some fresh air or viewing some scenery is always a good, relaxing activity as well as a mood booster. Having visitors! Having any visitor, especially young children or pets, is a surefire way to bring cheer and reduce stress. Games! Movies, TV shows, or music. Any of these activities have the power to reduce stress, anxiety, and pain. They also improve immune function and sleep as well as memory. Charity work! Even if your senior isn’t very mobile, they can still give back to the community. Contact...

Walk This Way: A Guide To Safely Walking Your Dog

Dogs are fun to take care of, from their bubbly personalities to their loyalty and sense of protection. However, it may be a pain to walk your dog on a regular basis. There are also several things you should keep in mind when you walk your dog to make things easier for you. Here are some tips! Use a front clip harness if your dog pulls on the leash. Dog collars and harnesses that clip on the back promote more pulling. The right harness paired with proper dog walking techniques will definitely improve your walks together. Let your dog sniff around for mental stimulation. If you don’t want to stop often, decide what areas are appropriate, as well as safe, for your dog to explore. These smells provide your dog with stimulation and information, and it’s basically like a diary for them: it helps them keep track of what is happening in the neighborhood. Don’t use a retractable leash. They cause many hazards compared to traditional leashes. First, they make it difficult for you to keep in control of your dog, which will prove to be difficult in high traffic areas. They can also cause injuries to both your dog and you, as grabbing onto the leash for more support while your dog is moving can cause severe burns. Bring water for your dog! They have a harder time regulating their temperature than humans do, and since they sweat through panting they can easily become dehydrated during warm weather. Make sure your dog is wearing proper identification. Watch out for hot pavement in the summer. Place your hand or...

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...