Sitters Unlimited of Southern CA

safe, licensed, prescreened babysitters, pet-sitters & adult companion care

Archive for May, 2009

May
31

Keeping Children Safe When with a Caregiver

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Keeping Children Safe When With A Caregiver

by Kathleane O’Leary, Director of Sitters Unlimited – a Southern CA babysitting & childcare agency serving Orange County, San Diego County, Los Angeles County & Riverside  County.

In our work with children we are always concerned about safety. I’d like to pass on to you some basic guidelines and child safety tips we’ve developed and which I hope will help to keep your child(ren) safe when in the care of a school, church nursery, babysitter, or older child – in other words, anyone other than yourself.

I would like our families to know that all of the babysitters here at Sitters Unlimited (Orange County & San Diego County) practice our Keep Children Safe policies.

Click here to receive our free report “Keeping Kids Safe When With a Caregiver”. Hopefully this report will help you to have a little more peace of mind when your children are in the care of someone other than yourself.

May
30

Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers – Local Listings

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Here is the place where you can get in touch with a pet sitter or dog walker that lives and works in your local area.

Pet sitters & dog walkers please place yourself in this directory by leaving the following information IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW in your comment:

  • City and State or Metropolitan Area, you service
  • Your name and/or business name
  • blurb about your business
  • contact info
  • include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace or other contact ID if applicable

You’re welcome to suggest a category that you don’t see listed.

This directory is for business listings. If you wish to connect with other parents on a social level you may post a comment here.

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA enjoys providing a way for local businesses to connect with local families we cannot provide specific recommendations or endorsements for any of the services listed here.

May
30

Mom to Mom Parenting Board

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Check out the parents chat rooms at MomtoMomChat.com

Meet up with other Moms on the parenting boards or join in on a parents chat rooms room just for Moms.  Enter one of their giveaways and get a site for your baby – all for FREE!

May
29

Connecting With Other Parents

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Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA values our relationships with the many parents who trust us to care for their families. We thought that some of our parents may want to connect with other parents, either to share theirfamily care experiences or to ask questions that other parents may be able to help with. As you can see by the information that we invite below you do not need to live in Orange County, CA or San Diego County, CA both of which are areas served by Sitters Unlimited to connect with other parents.

This post will be continually updated with new contacts. To be added to this post and to make it easier for othe parents to find you, please leave the following information in your comment IN THE ORDER BELOW:

  • City and State or Metropolitan Area, you live in
  • male or female
  • age of child(ren) and/or indicate if your interest is in adult care
  • work at home, work outside the home, stay at home parent
  • single parent (if you are looking to connect with other single parents)
  • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace or other contact ID

You’re welcome to suggest a category that you don’t see listed.

BUSINESS LISTINGS – This directory is not for business listings. If you wish to list your business you may post here.

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA, enjoys providing a way for parents to connect with each other we cannot provide specific recommendations or endorsements for anyone listed here.

May
28

Stop Bullying Now!

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This post originally linked to a Government Resource on Stopping Bullying which had all sorts of games and educational materials, however that site no  longer exists. We’re thankful that BackgroundChecks.org reads our blog and reached out to us with their comprehensive resource that will educate you and help you stop bullying both cyber bullying and physical bullying.

May
27

Find Local Family Friendly Businesses

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Have you been frustrated trying to find family friendly services such as a tutor, music teacher, sports coach …? Well this post will be continually updated with new family friendly businesses. To be added to this post please leave the following information in your comment IN THE ORDER LISTED BELOW:

  • City and State or Metropolitan Area, you service
  • category you wish to be placed under
  • your name and/or name of business
  • blurb about your business
  • contact info
  • include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace or other contact ID if applicable

Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers please post your listing on this page which is specific to your service.

You’re welcome to suggest a category that you don’t see here.

This directory is for business listings. If you wish to connect with other parents on a social level you may post a comment here.

Now for the legal stuff: While Sitters Unlimited of Orange County, CA & San Diego County, CA enjoys providing a way for local businesses to connect with local families we cannot provide specific recommendations or endorsements for any of the services listed here.

May
27

Benefits of Free Childrens Coloring Pages

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The Benefits of Coloring For Children

Coloring is a great way for children to practice holding a writing tool, a precursor to learning to write. Holding a crayon (or any writing tool) develops the intricate muscles in the hands, fingers and wrist. Developing these muscles increases a childs ability to use all hand-held tools.
Art is often used as a way for children and teens to express themselves in therapy or just for fun. It’s a way to get outside of whatever is going on in your head and relax or express something that is difficult to say out loud. I often set my little ones down with a coloring book when they are acting out as a way for them to relax and focus on something other than the stressful situation.

When children color inside the lines they practice coordinating a complex set of perceptual skills. They learn to use their eyes to control both the large and small muscles in their arms, hands, fingers and wrists. Their ability to use eye tracking and focusing skills improves, which helps them later with reading.

Free Coloring Pages

Children love to color and we love to encourage creativity, but lets face it, a two year old can scribble their way through an entire coloring book in one afternoon, which is why we were excited to find these free sources for printable childrens coloring pages.

Huge Selection of characters, holidays, puzzles, etc.

Free Coloring Pages, also games & activities

Crayola – need we say more (:

Coloring Book Fun

Coloring Book Fun – is a well categorized site that also includes an educational section. We love that they also have a Basic Shapes section – a hard to find category that is perfect for very young artists. You can also sign up to be notified via email when new pages are added to the site.

Print them out and let the crayons fly!

childrens coloring book bargains

free childrens games, activities & crafts

It’s addictive! We’ve continued to find more free childrens coloring pages, free games and activities that can be printed out. These are great for car trips. Print out a stack and stash them in the backseat along with a set of crayons and you’ll never here “are we there yet?” again 🙂

PrintActivities.com – printable worksheets for preschoolers, kindergarteners and grade schoolers, math worksheets, puzzles, mazes, and so much more.

ABCteach – thousands of printable worksheets & activities, over 35,000 pages!

Activity Village – for parents, teachers and children to find coloring pages, childrens crafts, home schooling resources, puzzles and more. Bonus: they have lots of fun activities for kids, organized by seasons.

Free Kids Crafts – free kids craft ideas including free printables, holiday crafts, coloring pages and more!” />

Kidzpage.com has hundreds of free kids games, puzzles, activities, coloring pages, clip art & more for children, families, parents and teachers. They also have free online games, puzzles, educational games, printable activities. More printables are added on a regular basis for kids, schools and family fun.

Note: if you would like to recommend your favorite site for free coloring book pages please leave a comment in the Comments section.

May
27

CA Poison Control Hotline Free Phone Stickers

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Poisoning is one of the most common childhood injuries.

Most of the time poisoning happens in your own home. Things that are poisonous can look just like something that is good to eat or drink. Children are curious. They like putting things in their mouths, especially if it’s colorful (as most candies are) or smells good. If you think a child has ingested a poisonous substance you should immediately call your local Poison Control Hotline. Keeping that number handy for an emergency could be a lifesaver.

CA Poison Control System Free Phone Stickers – US Only

Materials are FREE if you live in the Washington, DC metro area which also includes Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland; Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Falls-Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties in Virginia.

Stickers, Magnets & Brochures (brochures are for KS only).

Sitters Unlimited of Orange County & San Diego County CA encourages you to please take a moment to order a free sticker or magnet and post it near your phone in a central portion of your home.

May
27

KinderArt: Recycled Crafts Projects for Kids

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KinderArt ® Art From Recycled Materials is a fun little website with some great ideas and instructions for recycled craft projects for kids that will help you turn your trash into treasures! Check it out for recycled craft ideas.

May
27

Companies Who Support Childrens Charities

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IsaKids Essentials – this childrens multivitamin has a tasty all-natural base of fruits and vegetables. IsaKids® does not use artificial colors or flavors. Every purchase helps support Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline.

Kellogg Company – supports various family and child related charities, including Action For Healthy Kids.

Office Depot – supports children through their National Backpack Program, Kids in Need Teacher Grants and many more programs.

If you know of a company who supports childrens charities please leave a comment here and we’ll add them to this page.