9. May 2012 21:08
Making memories with my kids is something near and dear to my heart. When they grow up, I want them to be able to point back to moments in their lives that stand out as noteworthy.
Since my kids are spread out over a few years, I’m pretty resigned to having to tailor whole-family activities to something my littlest can tolerate. This can be tough when you have a ‘tween who’s itching to go to a PG-13 movie, the golf course, or the mall.
With the recent release of The Hunger Games film, I faced this problem head-on. My oldest, who had read the book, wanted desperately to see the movie – and so did I! Not only did I want to check out the content of the film, but seeing a movie in the theater is one of those carefree pleasures that seemed to evaporate once I had children.
My solution was to leave the younger-than-PG-13 crowd behind with a Boston babysitter from a Boston Babysitting Service for a little one-on-one time with my oldest, not to mention the rare opportunity to get to see a movie before it becomes available on Netflix. Carving out that block of time for just one of my kids makes for a special memory not soon forgotten, and also liberates me from another afternoon dragging everyone to the park and endlessly pushing my smallest on the swings.
All parents who have more than one child sometimes feel pulled in multiple directions by the different interests, ages, and even genders of their children. We value our special, one-on-one time with each of our kids, and it’s important for each of them to feel important on their own terms. Some activities are more appropriate for one or two of my children, but not the whole family, and I’ve found that occasionally splitting up the group brings us closer together.
- Stephanie Ackerman
Co-Owner, SeekingSitters Boston Metro West
20. March 2012 00:39
Gena Schneider recently opened a SeekingSitters franchise location in the Inland Empire. Several months prior to opening up her own SeekingSitters franchise, Gena discovered SeekingSitters when the SeekingSitters Orange County franchise ran a daily deal. Gena thought that SeekingSitters was an excellent concept for a business and immediately started to do more research on the company. Gena discovered that there was not a SeekingSitters in her area that she could belong to, but after more research of the company Gena told her husband SeekingSitters was exactly the type of business she wanted to own. Gena believes that flexible childcare is a necessity for so many families. Providing a safe childcare solution is a concept that she is passionate about and the SeekingSitters business model allows her an opportunity to provide a needed service in her community while working primarily from home.
Gena said, “Transitioning from full-time stay-at-home mom to full-time business owner and stay-at-home mom means I have to structure my time each day very wisely, work efficiently within those time constraints, but also be flexible for when it doesn’t go according to plan.” She is able to make time to answer phone calls and emails that fit around her and her children’s schedule. Gena said “I make most phone calls during naptime or while they play at the park, and write follow up emails at night after they go to bed. I visit other businesses while my daughter is in her pre-k class twice a week, and conduct interviews at night after my husband gets home.” She believes that the hardest part for her has been to set and follow her office hours in the evening after her children are in bed. Most nights Gena has to set alarms on her phone to remind her to get up from her desk and call it a day.
SeekingSitters franchise locations allow businesses owners to offer families safe and reliable childcare in their area. For Gena, her favorite part of owning a SeekingSittersfranchise in her area has been the ability to reach out to parents and to the community with safe babysitting solutions. Gena said, “It’s very rewarding to take a phone call from a flustered and stressed out working mom who has a childcare need that doesn’t fit a typical daycare scenario. Say she works over an hour away and she needs someone to pick up her child from one place and get him or her to another for a lesson. Being able to say, yes, I can definitely help you with that and hear that audible relief makes my day as much as I am sure it just made hers.” She enjoys being able to help parents find a childcare solution that fits their needs and will work around their busy schedules.
She is excited that she found a company to work with that holds the same passions and principles as she does. Not only does Gena love providing services to families who are in need of a reliable babysitter to watch their kids, she also loves that the babysitter who has been matched with the family is certified and has had a background check done by an in-house private investigator. Gena said, “I love the non-negotiable emphasis on safety and how much work we do to ensure each of our members and babysitters safety on every babysitting event. I am extremely protective and picky when it comes to who watches my own kids. I feel very confident knowing that we have done as much as we can to certify that each professional sitter on our team has extensive childcare experience and competence as well as a passion for working with kids.” Every time Gena screens the applicants she remembers what the co-founder of SeekingSitters, David Kallweit, said in their training program “If I wouldn’t trust them to watch my own kids, I would never send them to watch yours." Gena sticks to this principle and makes it her mission to connect highly qualified babysitters with families who are looking for childcare.
If you are visiting or live in the Inland Empire area and have a need for a babysitter, get connected withSeekingSitters Inland Empire.
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