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❄️How do you manage family time with caregiving during the holiday season?❄️

Diane Hoelter
Nov. 26, 2018

Last week, we asked: "What are you thankful for?".  This week our question is:

 

How do you manage family time with caregiving during the holiday season?

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Andrea in Norwalk, CA
April 18, 2019

Scheduling priorities is essential. Managing family time with care giving during the holiday season will be accommodated.

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I have a responsibility first and foremost to my employer--this is true with any job. If any conflicting family events come up, it is important to communicate that with the employer. Beyond this, how I would manage is purely situational and requires empathy within my specific situation.

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User in Vancouver, WA
April 18, 2019

The family and I plan ahead, for vacation, holidays, etc. I want them to have time together and also myself with my family. All of this is possible with proper planning and communication.

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Don't do holidays

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Kate in Weatogue, CT
April 18, 2019

I am always making sure that i am there to feed to the pets no matter what. I have house sat for more then one cat, for 5 days very often. Holidays are no issue and I will make sure that im am there for what ever they need.

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Hi, I recently moved to Vallejo, my information says San Francisco, because I have always worked in the Marin area and also y Have a room in San Francisco. I have 18 years of experience and excellent references. I care newborns up to 6 years. If you would like to know more about me please contact me. Thank you.

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Cameron in Portland, OR
April 10, 2019

Have open communication with both your family, and your employers. As long as you are honest, and do your best to work with everyone, i doubt their will be any problems. At the end of the day we caregivers are human beings too, and have to be assertive to be successful in both family/work domains in life.

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I am a caregiver.

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Hi Ipek, I have experience with newborns and infants my last job ended 23 days ago I had a boy 2 1/2 and the baby 6 months. I have excellent references, I'm punctual, responsible, extremely careful, in 18 years I have never had an accident with children.

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Even though it's a Holiday, I will still come work if needed.

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Kelly in Milford, MA
April 8, 2019

usually, I'm not hired on holidays but I have babysat on NYE for the past for years. But if you have plans, your welcome to decline and spend your holiday with your family.

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User in Denver, CO
April 6, 2019

Give them plenty of notice!!! Be honest and let them know you'll need the time off if family is traveling to you.

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Christine in Buford, GA
March 30, 2019

Easy, do not overcommit yourself. Communication is so big and make sure both the families involved with your life schedule and that you are communicating with them.

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I would just say and be honest my family spends time during the holidays together and I would like some time off

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Jennifer in Gardena, CA
March 19, 2019

DECORATE IS MY MIDDLE NAME

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Melanie in Richmond, KY
March 15, 2019

I think it's best to let the parents know that the holiday season is important to your family.

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As a professional caregiver I make sure that those I serve know, in writing, the days I will be taking off prior to being hired. Unless you are working for an agency, it is up to the person or family you are working for to make additional arrangements. Always remember, you are a professional

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For my job, I'm given the three main holidays off(thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day), so if they plan a trip around that time I do not go with them. But I'm expected to go on the trips with them if they start the day after. Basically I just make sure that my work won't keep me from going home. But it is quite difficult.

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Get it straight when you are needed and when family is available. Grandma doesn't need you to be with her, nor does she probably want you. Think of what you'd like to do for the Holidays, first and put it all out there as soon as possible from the time you ever begin working for them.

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How do we manage family time: The value of time-"time is gold" so we use it in a meaningful way like playing together our likes and dislikes. Reading good books and make it fun by answering some questions written on a rolled strips of paper. The one who got the most answers will get the a rewarding surprise. Cooking together and teaching them the value of sharing work, play and eating. Going to the park and visiting some friends and relatives also helped everyone develop friendship and camaraderie among friends, relatives and families as well.

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Most people are free from work during the holidays and want to be alone with their children. I leave it up to the parents to decide if they want a caregiver during these times.

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First is my job and then my family during holiday season.

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Anne in Duxbury, MA
Feb. 24, 2019

Normally you would have Holidays off. Probably not paid for though

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I work my schedule around my Nanny position, my job is important and comes first.

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Dawn in Newton, NJ
Feb. 10, 2019

help out wrapping

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Amy in Zuni, VA
Feb. 10, 2019

Start early. Ask your family what are their expectations and days off are. If there seems to be a conflict, work together,have a give and take attitude and mutual respect for one another. Also, see if there is any give and take with situations. For example, if it is imperative that your family needs care during a very important gathering of your family during the holiday, see if for an exception, their children can be brought to your important gathering. This is not something that is a daily occurrence but work together to accomplish things. Amy C

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make special games, nice gifts, make it personalized for each person .

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umm maybe try to discuss those situations with the parents or guardians and ask if you can be home for the holidays

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In case a family call for help or to seek any advise from a caregiver it will be very nice to respond quickly and in a respectful manner once the caregiver is now part of the family.

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have fun and treat the children as humans, kids are not property

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we're thankful whatever we have!

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helping parent with any activities plan and let to know to children about Holliday season we are celebrating.

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That's a tough one. The family you sit for should understand that you want to spend time with your family during the holiday's.

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I am a single adult whose children live in the same city and frequently invite me over for dinner. I maintain a busy schedule and keep everything written down. I work 5 mornings a week at a retail store, two evenings a week I volunteer at church and three afternoons a week I babysit. So scheduling is a must. Then when I am with my family I can direct ALL my attention to them and give them my quality time.

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Caregivers must be able to give help to parents when they are in need with their help.

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Family time is so important cause it the time you have to learn about what important in your spouse, and children lives. You have to balance working, and spending time with your children.

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Brooke in Petal, MS
Jan. 2, 2019

Take a break and see your family

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during the holiday I be with my family and do family thing with my grands and just enjoy my children

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Accordingly and with consideration to the individual ways the holidays are celebrated; that and good food and fun games!

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Tiffany in Bush, LA
Dec. 18, 2018

I try not to work on major holidays, like Christmas or Thanksgiving. I feel that every family should be together during those times, but I am always open to work New Years Eve or Halloween.

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In this case there should be an agreement and need to sacrifice or consider to each other not always but once in a blue mood.

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I do not work full time, so working in time for myself and my family isn't an issue for me right now. My MB has the week between Christmas and New Year's off and therefore, I will as well, which gives me a nice break!

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Susan in Debary, FL
Dec. 4, 2018

I lost my husband 5 yrs ago. I have no family so no Holidays.

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Marva in Greer, SC
Nov. 28, 2018

With all do RESPECT, I do not celebrate holidays, but I respect people that do..I have no problem with working on Holidays.

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