Today’s guest post comes from CareAcademy.com

No Care Without Self-Care 

Caregivers in the United States are a diverse group of individuals that represent approximately 17% of Americans. Nearly 40 million people that differ in age, gender, socioeconomic status, and racial/ethnic background have taken on the responsibility of caring for the needs of someone living with a chronic condition, a disability, or the impacts of old age on their own self-care.

Caring for a loved one can be one of the most rewarding acts you may perform in your lifetime, but it can also be one of the most challenging. Typically, family caregivers wear multiple hats; you are the nurse, the banker, the psychologist, and the chauffeur. Due to the wide range of responsibilities, your role is vital to the sustainability and longevity of your care-receiver.

In contrast, studies have shown that caregivers need to maintain their own self-care, as caregiving can have negative impacts on a caregiver’s health, both physical and emotional.

To ensure caregiver burnout does not occur, you must practice emotional hygiene with the same diligence you take when caring for your loved one.

Emotional hygiene refers to the practice of being mindful of our psychological health and adopting brief daily habits to monitor and address psychological wounds when we sustain them.

Continue reading for 7 Ways to Self Care When Caring for Someone Else 

Headed to Florida for vacation? There’s a lot of fun to be had for everyone! Kids – and adults – love traveling to new places and seeing all the cool things a different city can offer.  If you are

traveling to Miami there are so many fun places to go with your kids.  Check out some of our favorite family-friendly locations:

The Miami Museum of Natural Science , Miami Coral Castle Museum, Miami Metro Zoo, Miami Seaquarium  and  Jungle Island.

For kids one of the best things about vacation is the hotel.  I don’t know why but,  most kids LOVE the idea of staying in a hotel for a few days.

Parents, however, can find the hotel room a little cramped after a few days. Especially after long days and nights of sight seeing, parents can use a night away from the hotel and a  little time to relax and recharge.

TLC Family Care can help.  Our Miami office offers hotel babysitting in Fort Lauderdale,  Miami and the Palm Beaches!  Our hotel sitters are fun, reliable and screened.  They will come to the hotel with games and activities for the kids to do while parents enjoy an evening out. Your TLC Sitter will become your favorite part of vacation!

Visit our website to complete the hotel registration form.  TLC recommends booking your sitter prior to your arrival but last minute requests are welcome.

babysitters for the hotelVacations are a lot of fun for everyone.  Kids love traveling to new places and seeing all the cool things a different city can offer.  If you are traveling to Miami there are so many fun places to go with your kids.  Check out some of these family friendly attractions:

The Miami Museum of Natural Science , Miami Coral Castle Museum, Miami Metro Zoo, Miami Seaquarium  and  Jungle Island.

For kids one one of the best things about vacation is the hotel.  I don’t know why but,  most kids LOVE the idea of staying in a hotel for a few days.

Parents, however, can find the hotel room a little cramped.  After a long days and nights of sight seeing parents can use a night away from the hotel and a  little time to recharge.

TLC For Kids can help.  Our Miami office offers hotel babysitting in Fort Lauderdale,  Miami and the Palm Beaches!  Our hotel sitters are fun, reliable and screened.  They will come to the hotel with games and activities for the kids to do while parents enjoy an evening out.

Visit our website to complete the hotel registration form.  TLC recommends booking your sitter prior to your arrival but last minute requests are welcome.

Being a temporary nanny for TLC for Kids is a lot of fun. Your schedule is flexible, you meet lots of families throughout the St. Louis area, and every day of work is new. But sometimes not knowing whether or not you will get a job is stressful. Instead of getting anxious and staring at your phone, hoping it will ring, it is much easier to build a clientele of families who will request you.

But how do you do this?

If you follow these steps, it’s easy. Trust me.

1. Ask Questions. When you first arrive to a new family’s home, it is common for them to ask you questions: What are you in school for? How long have you been with TLC? Parents ask these questions to get a better idea of who you are (and since they’re leaving their most precious people with you, it’s important they feel comfortable with you). But they also want to see if you fit in with their family. To show them you are invested in meeting their needs and understanding how their household runs, you can (and should) ask them questions too: How long have you been in St. Louis? Do you have a regular TLC nanny you use? Do you get a babysitter often? When they answer these questions, build off them. Here’s an example:

Nanny asks, “How long have you guys lived here?”

Parent says, “We’ve lived here for about 15 years. I got my masters at St. Louis University, so we’ve stayed put ever since.”

Nanny replies, “Oh, really? I’ve been thinking about going to SLU for graduate school. Did you like it?”

If you can find a commonality with the family, they’re more likely to remember you (and like you. After all, most friendships are based off common interests).

2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings. Doing temp work on the weekend is a fun job—the family asks you to come at 5, you play with the kids until they are in bed by 9, and you get to go home at 11. You’re only taking care of the kiddos for four hours, so what do you do for the two hours you have between 9 and 11? This two-hour block is your time to show the family why they want YOU to come back. Even if the parents didn’t ask for you to do any household duties, look around and see what can be done. Check if the dishwasher needs to be unloaded or reloaded. If there is a laundry basket sitting out in the living room, fold the clothes. Are the kids’ toys in tossed in a corner of the living room? Straighten and organize the toys. These tasks take approximately 10-15 minutes each to complete and the parents notice EVERY time. The parents come home to a spruced-up home and happy, sleeping kids—what more could they ask for?

3. Leave a Personalized Note. At the end of every job, you should be filling out your “What We Did While You Were Away” sheet. The bottom of the sheet has a spot for comments. This is your last opportunity to show the family why they should have you back. If the kids said something clever/funny/sweet, write it down. The parents want to know how much you enjoyed spending time with their bright little one. Or if you learned that the parents need sitters often when you were asking them questions at the beginning of the night (see step 1), write down your availability. These comments show the family you enjoyed your time with their children and you want to come back.

Following these steps will allow you to say goodbye to the anxiety and time spent waiting for a job. The TLC phones will be ringing with families asking for YOU.

Flu season is quickly approaching! Peak flu season is from November through March.

Flu Facts: ~Five to twenty percent of the US population get influenza each year. ~More than two-hundred thousand patients are hospitalized each year resulting in around twenty-thousand deaths. ~Patients at highest risk are young children, pregnant women, patients with chronic medical conditions (diabetes, heart and lung disease) and those over age sixty-five.

Flu Vaccine Myths: “The flu shot made me sick” – The vaccination cannot cause flu. The virus is killed or weakened during the manufacturing process. You may have been exposed to a non-flu virus or to the flu prior to the vaccine taking effect. “I’m healthy, I don’t need a vaccination” – Even healthy patients can spread the flu to a grandparent or child, placing them at high risk for complications. “The shots aren’t safe” – Allergic reaction to the flu shot is very rare. Patients with a history of severe egg allergy or prior reaction should not get the vaccine. The possible risk of Guillen-Barre Syndrome is one to two per million vaccinated which is much lower than the risk of severe influenza. “It’s too early for the flu shot” or “It’s too late for the flu shot” – The US Center for Disease Control recommends getting the flu shot as soon as available. Flu season is unpredictable and starts early some years. Cases of influenza can occur as late as May, so late vaccination can still be protective.

Contact your physician’s office for information about availability of the vaccination. If your physician’s office does not carry the vaccine, it is given at local pharmacies.

St. Louis and Miami Back Up Care:

TLC for Kids was one of the first agencies in the country to offer sick childcare. Our professionally screened sitters can come to your house and care for your sick child.  You can go to work with the assurance that your child is in good hands.  Our emergency service is open after hours until 9:30pm and early in the morning to answer your calls and set you up with a great babysitter.  The TLC emergency service is one of the many ways we are here to help you with all your childcare needs.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.   TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Are you planning a family vacation to South Florida?
There are a few things you need to remember when preparing for a family vacation to the beaches of Miami or Fort Lauderdale.
1. Find a family friendly resort.  Hotels like The Fontainebleau, The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, and The Lowes Hotel are great places that both your and your kids will love.
2. Bring swimsuits, hats and sunscreen.  One of the great things about visiting South Florida is the weather.  You can enjoy a day at the beach year round!
3.  Plan some rainy day activities.  There are lots of fun things to do besides going to the beach.  Check out the Jungle Island, The Miami Children’s Museum, and Butterfly World.
4. Set a Date Night.  Just because you are on a family vacation doesn’t mean mom and dad don’t need a night out.  Contact TLC for Kids Miami for  a hotel babysitter in South Florida.  Our sitters are experienced, screened and available to come to the hotel.