Creative Child Care for Work at Home Mom’s

child careIf you are a work at home mom (WAHM), you probably became one so you could spend more time with your children. However, there will most likely be times in your business when you will need to arrange for childcare. The following are some creative solutions to your childcare dilemmas.

If you just need an occasional sitter, try setting up a “child care group” with your friends and neighbors. Each woman can designate a time frame on a certain day of the week or month to be “the sitter”. Any of the Moms in your “child care group” who need a sitter that day can drop their kids of at the “designated sitter’s” house. The children will get to play and interact with one another and each Mom can get free childcare on an “as needed basis”.

Check with your place of worship as they may offer a “Mom’s Day Out” type of program where you can drop your children off for a few hours per day, a couple times per week. This may be a free or low-cost service. Also, check with local library as they may have “story hours” where you can drop your children off and the librarians will read the children a book and after the book is read, the children can participate in a craft, game or activity.

If you just need some “quiet time” to do some work, you can hire a neighborhood teenager to come over and play with the kids while you are tucked away in your office. You will have some uninterrupted “work time”, but will still be there in case ‘something comes up’. If you have regular meetings that take you away from the house, check with friends and family to see if they can help out by watching the kids. Offer your product or service in exchange for their time. They may jump on the offer!

And don’t feel guilty if you need to put your children in daycare part-time. Yes, you may have had every intention of working at home in order to spend time with your children, but, there may be times when your business will need your total focus. By taking that time and completing your business tasks, you will be able to focus 100% on your children during family time.

Do you have another creative way to find child care for your children, let us know, we all need the help sometimes!

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Do We Have an Obesity Epidemic in America?

question markDo you think we have an obesity epidemic in America? If yes, what do you think is the main cause of so many people afflicted with Obesity? Is it the rise of the fast food nation or the fact that we spend so much time in front of the computer or playing video games?

Tell me what you think.

Help Your Child Avoid Obesity

childhood obesityAccording to the CDC 12.5 million children in America are considered obese.

As a parent what can you do to help make sure that your child does not become an obesity statistic?

Dietary Changes – What you eat has a direct impact on your weight. How much you eat does as well. Common changes include greatly reducing baked goods and processed foods, (anything that comes in a package). Replace them with lean protein, lots of fiber, fruits and vegetables.

The idea is to make lifestyle changes you can stick with. Dieting is a short term solution.  Teach your child good habits now and chances are it will stick with them into their adult years.

20 Minuets of Exercise Daily – Require your child to turn off the TV and computer and get out to exercise at least 20 minutes everyday. Unless they have a specific medical condition that prevents activity.  Get up and walk around the neighborhood with your child, it will be great bonding time.

Exercise does more than help burn fat. Exercise boosts your immune system. It helps increase your metabolism. It also gives you a mood boost. You will start your child on a life long routine that will help them stay active and physically fit.

Get More Sleep– Sleeping allows the body and mind to both get rest. It also renews the energy in the body so we can be productive, energetic, happy people. Most experts agree that school aged children need 8-10 hours of sleep a night.  I personally always went with the high end for my kids, and made them get 10 hours of sleep, I don’t think a growing child can have enough sleep.

Keeping our children from becoming a statistic on obesity should be every parents concern and goal.  Starting as early as possible to teach them how to be healthy will go a long way to making them healthy adults too.