Metropolitan Sitters

November 3, 2010

Filed under: NYC Resource,Parent Resource — admin @ 1:28 pm

As many of us know “dining out” with a child can be a difficult task.  Thank goodness for Carla Sullivan and her mini munchers website!

Mini Munchers is a website that gives you access to several children’s menus in NYC!  It also has a fun and incredibly useful rating system (indicated by crayons) that can save you time and prepare you for any outing.

According to mini munchers founder, Carla Sullivan, the restaurants are ranked on:

  1. Stroller-friendly entrance?
  2. Easy access to table (With stroller)?
  3. Highchairs and/or Booster seats?
  4. Bathroom? (Location, Changing table, Handicap stall)
  5. Crayons or other entertainment?
  6. Kid’s cups? Straws? Kid’s drinks?
  7. Varied Menu?
  8. Reasonably priced/good value?
  9. Timely Service? (How long does the food take? How long before check comes?)

The website also has a feature that allows you to search for restaurants based on cuisine, location and cost.

Next time you are planning a long day out of the house please make sure to take advantage of this terrific resource!

October 13, 2010

Metropolitan Sitters & NY Metro CPR

Filed under: Child's Health,NYC Resource,Parent Resource — admin @ 2:22 pm

Metropolitan Sitters has teamed up with NY Metro CPR!  Every month Metropolitan Sitters will host a CPR Course led by Jason Mundy, owner of NY Metro CPR.  Jason has been teaching CPR since 1997 and is excellent at creating an informative, yet enjoyable classroom experience. 

Jason will teach us:

-Ways to prevent emergencies

-What do and how to know if a child is choking 

 -When to know that CPR should be performed and how to perform it

-The difference between Child & Infant CPR  

After the course each sitter will take home a procedural booklet and will receive a certification card that is valid for 2 years.

In September alone we held two courses allowing our sitters who do not already have the certification to learn and practice in a small class setting.

Our CPR courses are just one way we are able to provide a safe environment for the children and families we work for.

September 3, 2010

5 healthy kid approved snacks!

Amy Shapiro, registered dietician/nutritionist and founder of AWS Nutrition shares with us ‘5 healthy kid approved snacks’ 

 

1.      GNU Flavor & Fiber Bars:  Created locally by a father for his 4 year old daughter this snack bar tastes like a treat while providing fiber to keep kids hunger at bay.  The American Heart Association Eating Plan recommends that children older than two get the majority of their calories from complex carbohydrates high in Fiber.  This bar, which is easy to toss in a lunch box or backpack, provides just that! 

2.      Edamame:  Full of fiber, protein and heart healthy fat, edamame is the perfect snack and children LOVE it!  You can eat it hot or cold so it is easy to serve at home or pack into a lunch box.  Also a ½ cup provides 10% the RDA of Vitamins A & C! 

3.      Hummus:  All kids love to dip, dip, dip so why not get them to eat veggies dipped in hummus?  If they simply won’t eat veggies then whole-wheat pita or whole grain crackers work too!  The perfect combination of protein, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids to keep their blood sugar stable, their tummies full and brain development going.  It is also fun to eat with friends. 

4.      Peanut butter pinwheels:  Simply spread all natural peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla, sprinkle with granola, raisins or sliced banana then roll up and cut into ½ inch slices.  This snack is not only easy to make but it has staying power.  The protein and fat in the peanut butter paired with the whole grains in the tortilla will help your child perform at their best without getting hungry!  Also try Almond butter, which has 3x the calcium of peanut butter for variety on the same treat!

5.      Home made banana ice cream:  make your own ice cream by freezing 2 whole bananas cut into chunks.  Once frozen add to a blender, add 2 TBSP non-fat milk (or any other milk substitute) and blend until smooth!  Scoop into a cup or a cone.  This is just about the easiest way to get your child to eat one of the two servings of fruit they should have a day!  Bananas can help to prevent anemia and constipation since they are good sources of iron and fiber and this potassium rich fruit also helps to improve brainpower and focus!

 

June 18, 2009

We were interviewed by Brilliant Event Planning!

Filed under: Ideas and Activities,NYC Resource,Parent Resource — admin @ 4:35 pm

 

I was recently interviewed by Sarah Pease from Brilliant Event Planning. 

Please check out her blog at: http://brillianteventplanning.com/blog/ to see my advice on childcare at weddings.

May 5, 2009

Fun Activities for Babysitter & Kids!

Filed under: Ideas and Activities,NYC Resource,Parent Resource,Summer — admin @ 12:34 pm

GREAT ideas for child and babysitter…

Make a Lemonade Stand!  Find a good spot close to the child’s home where you can set up a small table.  Pack a cooler with ice, lemonade mix, water and cups.  Before heading out, create a “business” plan and some ground rules with the child.  How much will our lemonade cost?  How much should we bring?  Make sure the child knows how to correctly give change–good math lesson.  When you’re done help the child add up all those quarters!

Yoga, yoga, yoga.  There are several yoga studios in NYC that offer “mommy & me” yoga classes.  Yoga is a wonderful way to improve a child’s confidence, concentration, physical strength and body awareness.  The Elahi Yoga Studio on the Upper East Side caters particularly to children.  They offer classes to children from ages 15 months up to 10 years.  While many of their classes are held in a studio, some are held in NYC parks.  Elahi Yoga has offered one FREE session to all Metropolitan Sitters and the children they are watching.  Find more info at: http://elahiyoga.com/

Central Park Picnic!  With the help of the child, put together a basket of kid-friendly picnic foods.  Pack other picnic/park necessities: blanket, activities, and a camera to capture the day you had.  I recommend heading to Central Park where you can find an endless array of areas to picnic, my favorite spot is close to the lake.  After your picnic, make a visit to the Children’s Zoo at central park.  Children’s Zoo admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, and FREE for anyone under age 3.  Children will love seeing the baby lambs that were born in March!

 Make A Play!  Making a play is not only fun and imaginative, but it also helps improve a child’s reading skills.  Find a reader’s theatre script online, re-enact a child’s favorite movie or book.  Help the child create costumes, use facepaint (if okay with parents), and find a voice that fits their character.  It is NOT important for each child to perform this perfectly.  But, it is important for each child to have fun using their imagination.  When the child’s parent returns home perform the play for them.  This is a great way for the parents to see how you have spent time with their child.  Metropolitan Sitters is fortunate enough to have SEVERAL babysitters who are theatre majors and would be perfect for this activity.

STORYTIME!  Many children enjoy being read to, especially if the book has a captivating plot and terrific illustrations.  Barnes & Noble, The Strand Bookstore, McNally Jackson as well as Borders bookstores in NYC offer FREE weekly children’s readings. Their interactive storytelling will be fun for both child and babysitter.  Check their websites for times and locations.

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