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🤔 What are your favorite activities to do on the first day with a new family? 🤔

Diane Hoelter
June 23, 2018

Last week we asked you "What do you wish parents knew about your job?" and you had so many great answers!  This week our question is:

What are your favorite activities to do on the first day with a new family? 

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Cami in Huntley, IL
June 27, 2018

I love doing what the children want to do, if they would like to go to the park, I will take them to the park and if they just want to play inside, then we will play inside. I like to let the child decide what he/she/they would like to do.

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Meet each other and have fun playing or cooking

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User in Sylacauga, AL
June 25, 2018

I would have to say a game of uno, or maybe even a board game, along with some type of tasty drink and snack. Something fun along those lines.. to break the ice and get to know each other, personality wise.

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Depending on the time of year and what the weather is like I love spending time outside. I also love making something special and personal, finger painting, drawing a picture, a cute little poem.. something to show the parents that we are thinking of them !

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Martha in Alameda, CA
June 25, 2018

I very much enjoy Parks. Yes. Picnic with games. I like art activities. Maybe cooking a lunch together.

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  1. BUILDING & DECORATING PAPER GOODS: I like this because it's fun, easy and typically, mess free. None of the children I've ever taken care of knew how to make items such as paper  boat or mask prior to me teaching them. So, this has been one of my go to first day activities for over a decade. 
  2. CREATING A BIO BOOK: This helps the children and I to get to know each other and bond by creating something together. When we are done creating and decorating the book, we store them in a designated safe area to serve as a reminder of the other person’s info: from birthdays to likes and dislikes and so on. Those books may or may not see the light of day again, but it served its purpose of helping you break the ice and foster a relationship with the children. 
  3. BAKING: A lot of children are quite picky about what they eat, but not so much when it comes to goodies. So, baking something simple like cookies or cupcakes is a sweet way (pun intended) to kick off the relationship.
  4. FOLLOWING THE CHILD'S LEAD: This means that I allow the children to show/tell me what they want to do. I provide easy prompts (e.g. can you please show me your favorite toys) because it gives them an idea of where to start. Also, using prompts can help to ease shy children into the process. One of the benefits of following their lead on the first day is that it allows me to learn about them in an organic and authentic manner. Also, it's a good opportunity for children to 1. take charge and 2. show me (or nannies in general) their world on their own terms.

Getting to know them , then after that I’ll get to know what are the boss like me to do and there children.. preferably I like to have some activities outside Bc they learn instead watching tv or doing nothing.. they need to engage outside so we can see what are they like with other children so that we get know them.. they will learn a lot if there are more activities.

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Anna in Iselin, NJ
July 1, 2018

On the first day with a new family, I like to gauge what the child(ren) really like to do in line with their age and imagination. (Being around kids so much, you start to see some patterns!) Usually, with 2-8 year old boys, Legos, cars, even blowing up balloons and playing toss with them keeps them engaged. Random games with their everyday toys is a huge plus to winning them over. Little girls are always more structured in how they like to play. I try to come up with a make-believe story, have a coloring session, or even play "store." Stories and thought behind them is what keeps girls truly entertained. For older kids, my biggest draw has been getting to know their favorite shows and talking to them more as a friend than an authority figure. Then I break out electronic Monopoly. They love it, and I suggest you go to Target and pick up this game because it is a sitting game changer for the older kids.

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On the first day with a new family I would love to do activities that interest that family to get a better sense of who each person really is and connect with them while doing something they love!

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An exciting activity for us to engage in on the first day of meeting a new family would definitely be to take the children to the library and encourage them to select a few books they that catch their attention. I have found that allowing children to pick what interests them is an excellent motivator for them to read versus one picking one out for them. However, if they are very young children who cannot read on their own, I would make the selection and read it to them. Also, I would take them to the local park for a stroll around the park and play games with them as they wished me to.

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A "sit down" game or walk to the park is the best way to casually get to know the children you care for. The dominant siblings, attention lovers, shy and things they like to talk about and do.

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1. Learn more about the child I am caring for (e.g. Interests, hobbies, challenges/achievements). 2. Ensure I have a plan for all special care tasks. 3. Have fun!!

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My favorite thing is to get to know the house. Typically kids anywhere between the ages of 3-12 love to show me around if I turn it into a game! Asking the kids questions such as "Where is your favorite place to play?" and "Where do your favorite snacks live?" gets them involved and helps you quickly learn where the essentials are.

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Introducing myself, showing all the members of that family that I am dedicated to making their family happier, less stressed out, and more active. When I am actually on the job I like to (If this means babysitting) I ask what their favorites are (food, games, hobbies, colors, ect.) Then I like to put that info into acting by having fun with the childrren

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My favorite activities to do on the first day with a new family is art activities. Any type of coloring or painting is great! If the child is older, they will talk and ask questions as it is easier to open up when not getting stared down by the new babysitter. While coloring with little children, babysitters get to gauge their physical and mental skills since all kids grow at their own pace. Plus everyone loves coloring and painting!

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I like to take them to the zoo or a farm! Super fun and interactive!

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Depending on the the age. Play a game, take them outside if the weather permit.

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A good activity to do on the first day is going for a walk to a near park.

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Brisa in Downey, CA
July 12, 2018

Play games and get to know each other.

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