Cherished Cherubs Blogs (73)

Thursday, 04 August 2016 10:13

How to discipline kids without smacking

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"We were smacked, and we turned out alright", I hear this often. Does it mean it is the only way of disciplining? Are we promoting smacking by smacking ourselves? How do we discipine without smacking?  

This week I read a great blog from a friend of mine and I could relate to so many of the things she was saying.  As such, instead or rehashing what she has aptly written, I would like you to read Kat's blog. Hope you find it food for thought.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 11:37

We have secrets about parents

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We hear secrets.

Break ups, affairs, illnesses, surprises, ‘night’ jobs, we hear a lot at Cherished Cherubs. But don’t worry, we are not about to air them, it remains confidential.

At Cherished Cherubs, other than co-ordinating babysitters we are often found supporting parents, cos it can be a tough gig.  

Our phone calls are about parenting,  relationships, and supporting through the hard times. These hard times can be sickness, work stress and relationship break downs.

Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:04

Will your kids cause your divorce?

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Will your kids cause your divorce?

Many arguments that partners have are over parenting techniques and practices. Difference in opinions can snowball all the way to the divorce court, is that what you want?

As they say, parenting doesn’t come with a rule book, so we have developed a list of questions to ask yourself and your partner. If you are your partner are both parenting under the same guidelines there will be less parenting stress and a more secure child.  

Open up the discussions by looking at the below questions, and see what works for your family. These questions can be used as a guideline for decisions to be made once your child is at an appropriate age.

Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:29

Pre parenthood test and what parent will you be?

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Thinking of becoming pregnant?

Here’s 20 questions to see how much you have actually thought it through.

Will you and your partner be able to parent together, or will it cause a break in your relationship?

Raising children will add stresses on any relationship.When there are two parents with two sets of values raising one child it is common that there are differences in opinion in parenting.  

Here’s a list of 20 questions to ask yourself and then discuss with your partner before you decide to become parents. This list is also suitable for those that have already started the journey to parenthood with pregnancy or a young baby.

Thursday, 09 June 2016 11:02

The Conscious Mother

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Toss aside parenting books and social media advice that you think will make you a better mother.  

Parenting advice from a new angle is here.

Read ‘Conscious Mother’ and you will know you are unique and you already have it in you to be the best parent you can be.

There were some pivotal quotes that Perth psychologist Kirstin Bouse made in her new book. I want to share them in case they also resonate with you today, and you will see why I love her take on parenting.

Ever wonder what goes into getting you the best babysitter we can in the quickest amount of time?

We want to make it as easy for you as we can, just one phone call or email and you have your babysitter all confirmed for the date you need.

From our end, behind the scenes, there is a lot more involved, and that is so we have a record of who you have had to babysit before, we know who we can call on to babysit, we have all your relevant information, and so we can ensure the right info goes out to the right people. We like to keep everything from a client’s perspective as well as a business perspective running as smoothly as possible.

Thursday, 10 March 2016 09:28

8 rules mumpreneurs need to know

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8 Life Saving Rules for new Mumpreneurs Starting Out

Mum’s are being pushed too hard when starting out in business. They are being told that all the pegs need to be lined up in a certain way in a certain time frame.

Who is putting the pressure on these mumpreneurs? Quite often it is the mums themselves, setting unrealistic expectations and listening to those around them.  So mum’s - stop pushing yourselves so hard. These are the rules:

How has a Perth babysitting agency helped the elderly in the NT communities?

It is stories like this that inspire us to all keep going.....

We work hard at what we do because we love it, and believe in what we do. Our goal is to help as many families as possible.  

When things get frantic it is easy to lose sight of just how much goodness is shared by the very simple things we do.

Should I stay home or go back to work when I have small children?

If you want to get parents worked up over an issue debate working parents vs stay at home parents. Some are very passionate in their outlooks. Some are doing not what they prefer or choose, but what their lifestyle and society has helped mould for them.

How you could be harming your children if you NEVER get babysitters.

I still hear some parents say they don’t leave their children with anyone, not even family. I am not talking about just in the newborn phase,  I am talking as in years. Is that what they really think is best for their child, or themselves?

Are you a babysitting or match making agency?

Matching two individuals for a romantic date, matching an applicant to a job, matching an outfit to an occasion, it is all about analysis, skill set and compatibility.  

As a babysitting agency, it is important that families and babysitters are a good match. We want parents to feel reassured, children to feel secure and babysitters to enjoy their time.

How do Cherished Cherubs Babysitting choose which babysitter will suit your family? There are a number of considerations that go on behind the scenes before you get the phone call to say who will babysit your child. Here is what we take into account.

Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:39

Perks of being a babysitter

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They say there are perks in all jobs. Here’s my list of benefits as a babysitter:

1. Primarily, you get to meet so many lovely families. – I generally find that the parents I babysit for are those that value their families and their time, and also the babysitter.  The interactions are respectful, friendly and genuine.  And the kids, we interact and all enjoy our time.

Thursday, 15 October 2015 14:45

Organising an event? What you haven’t thought of...

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What are things that go above and beyond ‘the norm’, and encourage people to say YES to an invitation or event.

Any individualplanner or event co-ordinatorknows the immense degree of effort that goes on behind the scenes to organise any function. Organisers need to co-ordinate the date and times, venues, promotion, invites, decorations, entertainment, food and beverage, and the list goes on.

But what are the extra things that they could be doing to increase attendance? 

What are the 6 best ways to make the babysitting run smoothly when you have a new babysitter coming?

1. Telling your child – Tell your child there will be someone new to care for them, but it is safe as you have organised it properly (supporting your stranger danger strategies) Tell them the name of their babysitter. There are books available that are about getting a babysitter, so read to your child on the days leading up to it. If they are older they may not like the term babysitter, feel free to use a ‘cooler’ name such as ‘uni girl to hang out with’.

The link is about integrity, or at times lack of. The more I hear feedback the more I realise that not all babysitting agencies operate under the same principles, that I thought were ‘a given’.To trust any business can be difficult, let alone one that you are leaving your precious children with.

From the questions we receive, the needs parents tell us they have and some of the comments we have also heard, here are some questions to ask yourself if you can’t decide on which babysitting agency to choose, because price should not be the main contributing factor with little lives ....

There are so many parenting ‘experts’ out there, how do you know which one to listen too?  

If you are a parent in Australia odds are you have heard of Maggie Dent.

Maggie is a parent, educator, author, speaker and for me a totally inspirational human being. She is knowledgeable about children from newborns right up to adolescents. What is it that makes her my inspiration?  

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:58

Parenting Stress Detox - Part 2

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Are you self sabotaging your parenting capabilities with these 6 issues?

Last week we looked at what could be happening for our children when the house isn’t running smoothly. This week we will look at what is happening for us, the parents/carers that may be influencing our less than perfect parenting skills.  

Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:31

Parenting Stress Detox - Part 1

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Time for a parenting detox. What is that?

Some days I can be a great parent, calm, understanding, nurturing. Other days, well all parents will relate when I say I won’t make mum of the year.

When things are not going well for a few days in a row I generally sit back and go, what’s not working? Is something happening for my children that I haven’t picked up on, is something not working in my world that is causing me to react in the way I am? Time to assess what it is and how to address these issues, detox the stresses.

Can you remember when your last date was? When you are childless it is common practice to go out at least once a week on a date or social outing.   

Once you become a parent those nights out become less common, if they happen at all!  And we can all understand how this happens, we get tired, we get busy with work, we don’t feel like it, it takes effort to get organised, is it worth it? I ask you though, what is the risk of NOT doing date night?

Is the first birthday party really for the baby, or is it for their parent’s ego?  

When a child turns 1 year, it seems to be on the increase that parents are spending hundreds of dollars on their baby’s party. There is booking of venue, deciding from a multitude of entertainer options, choosing which extravagant birthday cake, narrowing down which array of food the hired help will offer, and organising a variety of music options.

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