Cherished Cherubs Blogs (73)

What if you collapsed? What if there was emergency whilst the children were being babysat?  

I realised at a recent course that there are some things I have not been doing to safeguard my children at home enough. I urge all parents and babysitters to read the list below and see what you could also be doing to keep your kids safer.

uploadKissIn some countries it is common place to have a live in nanny, for other cultures it is frowned upon to pay for a babysitter. In the Australian culture it is common place to call on a babysitter when parents wish to go out. Usually family are called upon to help out as the first point of call. Given the amount of families that do not have extended family available to call on, then they must revert to paying someone to look after their cherished children. So what events justify paying for a babysitter?

Thursday, 02 July 2015 10:22

6 attributes of an inspirational personality

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Someone told me the other day that I was their inspiration, it caught me off guard, never thought of myself as inspirational to anyone.

It made me look at who I find inspirational in a person, and what qualities they hold. Here are the 6 attributes you may also find in an inspirational personality.

Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:34

Two things to do when emotionally not coping

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Sad CoupleWhen going through a tough emotional time, what are the two things you must do?

We guide and teach kids so they are resilient and aim keep things in perspective, but fail to adhere to it ourselves at times.

Thursday, 30 April 2015 00:00

I don't like the babysitter!

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What if you don’t like your babysitter?

They said she was good, why didn’t you like her then?

Getting a babysitter should be an exciting experience, for both the children and the parents who get to go out and get things done or have some fun.

What happens though if you get a babysitter but no-one is in a hurry to have them back again?

Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:00

Choosing a good babysitter

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Are you ready to enjoy a night free of stepping on plastic army men and tiaras barefoot, no washing crayon off the walls, or picking the apple sauce out of your hair? But how do you know if you have are a good babysitter when you aren't there?

What are the 7 steps to choosing a good babysitter?

Thursday, 12 March 2015 00:00

Does your child need a backyard?

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Are backyards a necessity when you have children?

My backyard was 1 000 acres when growing up, I think I was pretty spoilt on that front.  So when I went and babysat last night in the middle of Perth at an apartment that was the 13th storey high, I wonder how these families survive having the kids in such restricted areas.

Cherished Cherubs Babysitting pride themselves on being able to help many families around Perth with their childcare and babysitting needs.  But it is not just the parents who love having a reliable babysitter and benefit from the hard work of Cherished Cherubs Babysitting.  Here is what one of their babysitters has to say about working for the agency...

outcast_childEveryone wants to ‘fit in’ and be liked. As a parent we love it when our children have nice friends to play with. What about when they don’t seem to develop any close friendships, or worse still are rejected by groups?  Does that mean we don’t have lovely kids, or are the others just not nice?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:00

How do you know which babysitting agency to choose?

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A babysitting agency is ideal when you need a babysitter as the babysitters have already been screened and the agency can match a person  to your family from a list of available babysitters. Locals often know through word of mouth which agency to go to, but as a tourist or new to a city, how do you know who to call on when you are needing a babysitter through a babysitting agency? Already out of the comfort of home, in a new city, how do you know who to listen too?  

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Why can’t kids entertain themselves anymore?

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Are we doing too much for our kids so they don’t know how to entertain themselves?

As a parent I have never found myself saying so often ‘find something to do’.  As a working parent there are times when I do have to focus on my work and not be able to be interact with my school age children and so they need to occupy themselves.  School holidays means they are home more and I still have my work to do, so they have more hours to spend entertaining themselves.  I do not encourage electronic games, preferring imagination, creativity and physical activity.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 00:00

10 tiny moments to cherish as a parent

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We signed up for parenthood, is this what we wanted?  Last week I wrote about when being a parent is not so much fun (Last week's Blog), but there is a definite flip side.

Here are 10 special fleeting moments of being a parent...

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

10 moments when you will realise being a parent sucks!

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New parents take note, being a parent is not all fun n games.

I was around a pool the other day when a parent of a young child was descending the steps into a rather cold pool with her 2 year old on her hip.  She turned around and said ‘this is when being a parents sucks!’.  It had me thinking, yes there are times when it really does so when else does parenting fall in the not so much fun basket?

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

Should children attend weddings?

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Cherished Cherubs Babysitting have the perfect solution to this contentious question.

Spring and summer bring the season for Weddings!!  I love weddings, it is all about happiness and smiles, and catching up with people you don’t see too often.  As a bride it also brings decision making, months and sometimes years in advance.  Venue, flowers, dress, and guests are all the obvious decisions.  But what about guests that have children? 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Where do you stash the Christmas presents????

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sb10069274b-005It’s all great to be organised and have the Christmas pressies wrapped and under the tree early, but with kids this is riddled with spoiler alerts.  They feel, they drop, they sneak a peek, and it all takes the fun out of the surprise.

Layby is great, but I don’t want to be wrapping pressies all of Chrissy eve.

The alternative solution is, you have to stash the pressies somewhere, but where?  Kids know there are pressies somewhere, they will search.  So here are some suggestions as to where to hide the pressies to keep the kids guessing ….

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 00:00

Who would want to be a babysitter?!?!?

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Pooey nappies, tantrum kids, vegemite on white couches, who signs up for this type of job?

Julie from Cherished Cherubs Babysitting has written what her typical afternoon and evening looks like when she is asked to babysit with the Perth based agency.

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It is less than 7 weeks until Christmas!! Are you cheering or panicking?  Do you know what you are getting for everyone?

What is meant to be a festive time of year can often become stressful and upsetting. For parents there is often nothing more demanding than trying to organize shopping trips with their little ones in tow. I am not an avid shopper at the best of times, so if you add five times the number of people, long queues, impatient people trying to get prime parking, and Christmas carols over and over, well, a gift voucher for everyone from Bunnings is looking very appealing.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Our parents are petrified

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Cherished Cherubs deal with scared parents every week.

How does it feel to leave your baby with a stranger for the first time? I will tell you….PETRIFYING

Every time we receive an enquiry from a new parent I am reminded of my trepidation in leaving my own babies with a new person.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00

New to Perth?

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New-to-PerthThe emotional and logistical issues that come with moving to a new town, let alone a new country are enormous. Times that by 4 when you are moving with your partner and children. We were lucky enough to recently work with the BBC as they filmed a documentary on emigrating families.

It got us thinking about family supports. Many people move to be closer to family. But many don’t have this luxury, and it is becoming more of a luxury not a given as families are dispersed across the world.

It takes so long to settle in to a new place. You need to find a house and set it up, buy a car, start a new job, get the children settled, learn how everyday things get done in a new place and generally get your bearings. Time to meet people is limited, and when you do get time, where will you meet people you can develop good friendships with?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

Why use a babysitting agency?

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All sorts of things spring to mind when someone mentions getting a babysitter through an agency, but lets see what you really get……

We are all out to save some money, and for a night out, by the time you pay for a meal, drinks and taxi’s, babysitting is another cost to consider.

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Got contacted within two hours of my enquiry. Lee the babysitter has plenty of experience and we will use her again. - Robyne, 24 February 2019

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