Powering Down: The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

Is your child getting enough sleep?  We are phasing out of the days where kids run around all day and play outside until the street lights come on.  In today’s world, a lot of kids are entertaining themselves in a new way and it may be affecting their sleep.  About 75% of elementary and middle school children have access to some type of electronic device in their bedroom.  The extra stimulation, light and sound can make it harder for children to relax and get enough sleep.

The solution?

Try to limit screen time at night and at least 1 hour before bedtime.  Instead, try unplugged activities like reading, games, exercise or quiet time.  Keep in mind, adults should lead by example in this department and use the time as quality time with family.

Lack of sleep can lead to decreased concentration in school, a weakened immune system, increased risk for obesity and moodiness.  Kids ages 5 to 12 should be getting at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep.  So, let’s power down at night so we can power up in the morning for a successful day!

The Reasons I Became an Entrepreneur

The Reasons I became an Entrepreneur

The truth is I was young and fearless. I started my first company when I was 24. I had been a nanny since I was 19 and really felt like I had found my perfect job. Sure, I had people give me the “when are you going to get a real job” face but I felt confident in my chosen career. I had always grown up really just wanting to be a mother. I had never dreamed of running a company and certainly would have not seen my self as an Entrepreneur. But I feel life guides you and priorities change you.

Olive You Nanny was created in 2004, while still being a nanny. I knew this industry, I knew what nannies wanted and worked for many families, so knew what families needed. I took a year to do my research and jumped through the hoops of the department of Labor.

And there I stood….open for business!

 

I was busy immediately. Thankfully we are still busy today, in 5 states and 14 AMAZING ladies who run Olive You.

I had my first son a year after I started OYN. Juggling motherhood was far from easy. I didn’t want to miss the milestones, so working from home was the best of both worlds. Adding two more kiddos to the mix came even more challenges but I’ll save that for another blog post called “How to manage your crazy life with kids and a business!”

As I multitasked through phone calls, diaper changes, nursing while making breakfast, consultations and interviews I thought…I really have it all. Sure, I likely have ADD and have an ongoing list a mile long in my head, dirty laundry piling up, dog hair on the floor but I wouldn’t change a thing. I feel fortunate to have a amazing husband who has a “normal” job and insurance. This is how I make this dream a reality.

It’s a perfect match.

Author: Sarah Davis

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So Much Fun in the North Shore!

Have you have recently moved to the northern suburbs, or are you contemplating a move? There are plenty of great, kid friendly businesses to keep your little ones (and you!) entertained and even meet new friends! When I started doing nanny placements in the north shore, I have to admit, I wasn't that familiar with the "burbs", and had to quickly familiarize myself. What I found were so many wonderful places for parents (and nannies) to meet, have fun, and even learn. I feel good things should be shared, so here are just a few of my favorite finds.

Play Spaces: Indoor play spaces are great for so many reasons. I love them for pre-crawlers to beginning walkers especially, because they mirror the park experience without the "Oh wait, don't put that in your mouth!", or "Oh no, what did you just crawl through?!" aspect. They are also great for any age when the weather isn't cooperating. Little Beans Evanston and Growth Spurts in Wilmette are two great options. 

Beyond a Toy Store: The Sensory Kids Store  in Wilmette, was created by a mom of kids with developmental differences, and is the first of it's kind. While this store may cater to kiddos with developmental differences, it is a wealth of knowledge for all parents and kids of all abilities. I love a store I can walk into and know that every item was hand selected with care and purpose, and The Sensory Kids Store certainly qualifies.  

Kid Friendly Eats: Be on the lookout for a great new spot opening soon in Northbrook. The Jar Bar is a genius idea from a mom who understands the need for quick, healthy options outside of the city. They are set to open in April, and with offerings like Cookie Dough Overnight Oats, I'm definitely planning a trip! Jar Bar will be a great, kid friendly spot to meet friends for lunch, grab a portable lunch to take to the park, or swing through for breakfast on your way to the train. 

Party Like a Rockstar: Our friends at Chicago Kids have created a new resource site, Basharoo. This site gives you everything you need for party planning in one place. How great is that?! Basharoo lists locations, entertainers, rentals, and even photos of parties for inspiration. 

Hopefully this list encourages you to explore the beautiful north shore suburbs. This is just a small sample of what it has to offer. Do you have a favorite spot?

Author: Jessica Schwartz, North Shore Placement Specialist

Evanston's beautiful beaches! 

Evanston's beautiful beaches!