with children can be an exciting and wonderful adventure. It can provide
your family with many memories that will last a lifetime. Research,
planning and a lot of organization can help make the difference between
a vacation that needs a vacation to recuperate, or a vacation that
was invigorating, adventurous and restful, all at the same time. Keeping
in mind, you want your time spent with your family to be healthy and
safe for everyone.
Parents are demanding daycare services when they're on the road. In
fact, family vacations also mean some special time for Mom and Dad
to unwind for a few hours without the kids. Hotel concierges are prepared
to arrange for in-room nannies to watch the kids while the parents
head out for a romantic dinner or take in a show.
With younger children, especially when they are first starting to ski, try to pick times of the year when the weather is mild. You want the sun and the stars all lined up and everything in their favor. You don’t want the snow blowing in their faces and frostbite on their tiny noses. March is the best month. It is beautiful spring time skiing and the weather is warm. Remember to drink a lot of water, and I mean a lot. You need to stay hydrated in the higher altitude.
My family and I recently took a trip to Mammoth to visit Small World Child Care. I wanted to see what it was like as I had never left my children there when they were younger because I had too many reservations and did not feel comfortable leaving my kids with an unfamiliar daycare. I now wish I had visited this center a long time ago. I sat down and talked with Director Debbie Teller, and she really put me at ease. This is a great daycare center. Debbie and her staff were very professional and they made me feel so welcomed. During a tour of the center, I noticed the infants were all playing happily and were very well attended to. "The key", Debbie says, "is her staff". "They are very friendly and understand that they are complete strangers to the children. They know that the children need extra one on one attention and hugs and kisses". They try to get them involved into the program right away. Another key component is that they are one of the few that offer infant care. There are a lot of parents who have children under the age of two who want to ski and they provide that service for them.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when leaving your child with an unfamiliar and/or temporary daycare facility:
- Research on-line about the facility and find out any reviews. Chat with other families about their experiences there. Make sure the daycare facility you choose is licensed, and find out how many staff people are in each classroom.
- Call ahead well in advance to reserve a spot for your child. This will ensure that the facility will be adequately staffed.
Arrive to your destination early enough to take a tour of the daycare
facility, meet the staff and observe the facilities’ cleanliness.
This could make all the difference in the world.
Parents are finding it possible that they can enjoy so many things
other than skiing. Drop-in childcare centers are cropping up in a
variety of places that you might not expect, from shopping malls to
casinos, gyms, grocery stores and country inns among others.
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