Monday, 17 September 2018 12:06

When you have been in business as long as Cherished Cherubs Babysitting (16 years!), connection is made with literally hundreds of people.

As years progress children become older and parents no longer require babysitters. Babysitters relocate or life circumstances happen and they no longer work with us. Staff at organisations move around and we lose that regular contact.

As I was disposing of obsolete paperwork the other day, I came across many names that resonated with me. There were some ‘oh wow’ moments as the names of people I had not thought of for a long time appeared and memories emerged. I wonder where they were now, how had life progressed.

Thursday, 05 July 2018 12:21

Imagine this….

You are excited your pregnancy is progressing well, baby is due in a month’s time, your family are coming in a week from interstate to help out, all is going to plan, until…..

Your water’s break and you go into labour earlier than planned. Some quick thinking has to happen.  

Thursday, 21 June 2018 11:23

What is my unusual self care strategy?

Some think they would go insane if they used my self care strategy, and it may be a little unusual, but everyone has their own means of coping and looking after themselves.

Self care is necessary in order to be able to cope with the stresses of our world and get along with the people around us.  

Massage, shopping, gardening, socialising, yoga, these are all typical self care strategies people adopt to care for themselves. When adopted these techniques help with the mental health of individuals which in turn gives them the capacity to adequately help others.  

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 10:42

Do you know when a hill turns into a mountain? Bit of an obscure question?

This is the question we pondered the other day, and on investigation found that although there is a rough guideline, there is no specific point where a hill can be classed as a mountain, and it often depends on what is around that hill/mountain.

In a similar way, when does one become classed as successful? What is the criteria to meet this outcome?

Monday, 30 April 2018 12:07

Mother’s Day is meant to be about children showing appreciation for their mother. I find that this sets families up for a day of expectations and sometimes disappointment. How often do the mum's end up feeling not so special (dependent on behaviours of those around them), or children don't get the reaction they were hoping for from their mum.  

So how about we change this idea of Mother's Day?

Thursday, 22 March 2018 09:44

When parents separate it affects the entire family. Regardless of the adult issues, if the best interests of the children are the focus from both parents then that is the best outcome. 

How does Cherished Cherubs assist in these situations?

Thursday, 01 March 2018 10:01

Jo is a single mum. She works full time to provide for her and her 11 year old daughter.  Her daughter has a condition that makes her hard to manage at times. Living in a housing complex brings additional constraints to consider with management. Jo has limited supports of family and friends around that listen or help her. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:43

I love the photo of a drop of water falling into a pool and seeing the ripple effect. One drop  affects a whole larger area. 

This is reflective of life. Sometimes you see the effect readily, and other times you don't even know you were that very important drop that had an effect on the world.

After a couple of melt downs I used this ripple scenario with one of my children to show how just one of their actions affected an entire situation. 

Monday, 15 January 2018 13:07

With young children we encourage them to try new things and for the most part they are quite receptive to this. As they mature and turn into pre teens and teens, what one may view as encouraging can quickly be turned around to say you are pushing them.

Where is the line between encouragement and pushing???

Monday, 15 January 2018 11:12

That is easy to tell my friends.  "I had a bad day yesterday but I'm okay today."

But on the bad day, am I picking up the phone saying "I'm having a tough day". Generally no. Can you relate?

It may be something around our child, at work, in a relationship, or with health, regardless, we still react the same way.

The times that we should be reaching out to our family and friends we battle through and this in essence can make it worse than it otherwise could be.

Thursday, 30 November 2017 10:00

Which Christmases do you remember over the years?

What are you remembering about those Christmases? Is it the location? Is it the people? Is it what you did on that day? Or do you remember the presents you received?

Thursday, 16 November 2017 09:28

The people that cross our paths, it always interests me the effect they can have, and how we do not know the impact they will have on our lives, sometimes until years later.  

There have been many times when I have met someone, believed we had little in common, but then these very people have had an influence on my future endeavours, whether that be around my parenting, my lifestyle, my business or a multitude of other areas, or alternatively, I have impacted them.

Thursday, 02 November 2017 10:43

What is it that sets Cherished Cherubs Babysitting apart from other babysitting options?

Why do families keep returning to Cherished Cherubs and large hotels and corporations keep using and recommending us?

I can sum that up in one word – Personalisation.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 12:48

Are you instilling destructive emotional habits in your children?

Are you inadvertently imposing emotional abuse on your children? 

Will this follow them into adulthood? 

Thursday, 05 October 2017 12:37

LogoWhat is my company's story?

What do I want Cherished Cherubs Babysitting to be remembered for?

Is it about the journey, the entrepreneurial growth, the business or something else?

When I reflect, these are my thoughts on the journey of Cherished Cherubs Babysitting.....

Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:59

‘I hope you haven’t had her immunised’

What the, where did that come from?

Out shopping with my new baby a little while ago when out of the blue a man walks up to me and says ‘I hope you haven’t had her immunised’.

It sure did stop me in my tracks.  This is a complete stranger telling me his view on anti-immunisation, taking no consideration for me as an individual. He does not even know my name let alone my level of understanding about immunisation or history with previous children.  

When is the right time to air your view with the community?

Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:57

Ever noticed how a house with kids is never like the magazines? 

Are adverts for household furniture and haberdashery ever aimed at parents?

This is how they should sell household items to parents or future parents....

Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:36

What if I told you I could predict the date of your divorce?

It’s an algorithm really.  

  1. how old are you and your partner?
  2. how old are your children?
  3. now many date nights do you have?
  4. how much time is spent altogether in the family home?
  5. how aligned are your parenting beliefs and strategies?
  6. how much control do you take on?
  7. how often do you go out with friends, without your partner or children?

These will all have a dramatic effect on your relationship and how long you are likely to stay married. 

Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:21

It only dawned on me recently that I have never lived alone… ever, and I wonder how that has impacted my outlook on life.

Here is some Suze history. A middle child, I was bought up with my family until the age of 12 years. Due to isolation I would spend the next 5 years of my life at boarding school with over 100 other teenagers. Students don’t have money, so shared accommodation followed me after high school with my studies.  

From there I became a parent, and have had a growing number of children living with me ever since. In amongst that I have had other family and friends stay with me for extended periods (up to 3 years) so my home has been filled, continually. Some of my older children have left, but even today I still have 6 children living in my home and regular guests. 

Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:59

How do others describe you? Are you pigeon-holed as one thing but you are so much more than what people see you as?

Ness is a strong business woman, John an inspirational leader, Jane is Pete’s wife, Fiona’s an adventurer, Michelle is Jack’s mother……..What defines you as a person?

Testimonials

Mel was a sensational babysitter. She was a hit with the kids and we will definitely re-book next time we're in Perth and need a sitter. - Bradley, 23 March 2018

Our Babysitter turned up on time, had a great way with the kids and was very nice. Very happy with the service. - Lou, 4 April 2018

Extremely professional, reliable babysitter service! The babysitter we have had is simple wonderful with our son & follows his routine with ease. - Kate, 14 April 2018

Sandra was fantastic with my boys. Built a genuine rapport with them straight away. I would definitely book Sandra again when we are in Perth next. - Natalie, 6 June 2018