Tag Archives: We’re Kids Too

Like you, we are or once were kids too. We enjoy spending time with our parents now that were adults and we learn from the advice they gave us as children. Here, we share our stories about adulthood and childhood memories.

Lessons in Babysitting

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Now that I work at Step2, I don’t have as much time on my hands to babysit as I used to––maybe once in a while on weekends if someone calls me, but throughout high school and college, I was always pretty lucky to find a lot of work as a babysitter. I believe this fun, rewarding job taught me some pretty important life lessons about creativity, work ethic, accountability and the importance of fun! Here are some lessons I learned from babysitting:

  • Kids are natural creatives: Kids are basically superhuman when it comes to their innate levels of creativity. As an art student, life could be stressful and crazy, which would put a damper on creativity. During my time babysitting, drawing and crafting with the kids after class was always so inspirational that it sometimes gave me ideas for my own projects for school. I believe we have a lot to learn and observe from children’s artwork. They are always coming up with fantastic ideas and creative concepts and they hardly seem to get “creative block” the way adults do.

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  • Be timely and respectful and your clients will keep giving you work: When I first started babysitting, I was just a kid myself and I learned some basic lessons about acting like an adult and having respect for others’ time. I found that the sooner I got back to people, the more babysitting gigs I would land. I also learned that building a good reputation would earn me more clients in the long run. Eventually, this led to me being  able to get several babysitting gigs a week through college.
  • Cooking is actually fun and awesome:  A lot of times the families that hired me would actually trust me with ingredients & a recipe , and when I didn’t totally mess it up, it was a huge confidence booster. Eventually, cooking dinner for the kids became my favorite part of the evening! Babysitting definitely demystified cooking for me and I discovered how fun it could be
  • It’s okay to make a huge mess: I learned that the cleanup was well worth play dough on the kitchen table, or DIY pizza toppings, or playing in the rain outside, and muddy shoes. Babysitting isn’t supposed to be boring! A clean kitchen table is temporary, but fun memories last.
  • Laughter is the best medicine: We all know kids are hilarious, and in my mind the humor of what they say far outweighs any ear-torture of a screaming temper tantrum. I got to a point where I had to start writing down all the funny stuff that  I was hearing. They really are true comedians!
  • Time flies:  A lot of the kids I used to watch are now old enough to be babysitters themselves! Some have even graduated high school by now. So, I’ve learned that no matter what, it’s important to live in the moment because time goes by so quickly.
  • Parents are real-life superheroes: We all know that kids can be difficult sometimes. But at least I could go home at the end of the day. All of the parents I’ve worked with have some serious multitasking and superhero skills. They taught me the true meaning of work ethic, the importance of team work, and just how much one person can accomplish, which is a LOT. Not only do they seem to have productivity superpowers, but the parents that I know are quite obviously superheroes in their kids’ eyes! Anytime I feel overwhelmed, I think about other people who do so much more than me and it gives me the added motivation to get things done. Parents are really inspiring in how much they do!

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Did you ever babysit? What lessons did you learn?

About Teresa: 
IMG_1965Teresa works in Creative Services at Step2. She’s also a visual artist, a bookworm and a diehard Incubus fan. When she’s not drawing or painting, she’s going to concerts, playing with her two dogs, Augie and Lucy and going on hiking adventures with her boyfriend Matt.

Gaining Another Mom and Dad

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Written by Nicole as a part of the We’re Kids Too series

In less than nine months, I’m getting married and becoming a part of another family. So many emotions have come over me as each day passes and I get closer to becoming a Mrs. I’m excited for all the new adventures that married life entails, but most of all I’m thrilled to gain another mom and dad. I’ve mentioned before that I come from a single parent household and, for the past 25 years, my mom has done everything she can to take care of me, in addition to taking on the role of both parents. She did a wonderful job and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for her guidance and support.

When I first met my future mother and father-in-law, I was so nervous; I really wanted them to like me and know how much I cared for their son. From the moment we met, we hit it off. I felt like I was already talking to my family. They’re generous, wise and personable; all that I could ever ask for in my future in-laws. Not only have they made me feel included in their lives, but they’ve also included my mom in family celebrations and outings. I guess you could say my mom and I are a package deal.

It’s truly a blessing that our families get along and we’re able to spend so much time together. I never imagined that I could ever call someone else “mom” and I really never thought I would have the opportunity to finally call someone “dad.” It makes me smile knowing I have such a bond with my fiancé’s parents. After all, they’ve made my fiancé into the man he is, the man that I fell in love with.

This is a hectic and chaotic time, as we plan the wedding, but honestly, we couldn’t have made it this far without the support and help of our parents. As I walk down the aisle, I will know all this stress will be worth it and I won’t be sad (even though I know I’m going to cry) because I’m not leaving my family to join another, we are combining our two families together. And I’m gaining another mom and dad!

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About Nicole
NicoleNicole is a DIY advocate, amateur chef, runner, soon-to-be wife and pet lover. She is the proud owner of two large cats that she claims act like dogs. If Nicole isn’t cook or crafting, she is out exploring new restaurants and attractions around Cleveland, the city that has taken her heart and anchored her to the ground. Nicole is the Digital Online Merchandiser at Step2.

 

Thanksgiving Traditions

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Written by Matt as a part of the We’re Kids Too series

I believe the best time of the year is now upon us. Not only have the leaves dropped here in Northeast Ohio, but so has the temperature. This can only mean one thing- my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is quickly approaching. Thanksgiving is not only my favorite holiday for the vast amount of food or the all-you-can-watch football, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because of my family’s traditions.

Ever since I can remember, I would wake up on Thanksgiving morning and the wonderful aroma of the dish my mother was making would fill the house. My family would eat a small breakfast together before piling into the car to travel about an hour and a half to my grandparents. The car ride always felt like an eternity because of the excitement to see everyone. Our family Thanksgiving gathering consisted of getting to see my grandparents, all my aunts, all my uncles and all eighteen cousins. We would always have a huge Thanksgiving spread, the typical kids table and adult table and we would always have a rousing game of “Bingo” after dinner, including prizes (enough for everyone to have at least one).

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Even though we lived the furthest away from my grandparents, we would always seem to stay as long as possible. When I was younger, I never understood why we would stay so long. However, now that I’m older, I realize the real reason.  We stayed because Thanksgiving, to us, is about being thankful for the things you have in life and what my family is most thankful for, which is having each other.

What are some of your family traditions? What are you and your families thankful for this Thanksgiving?

About Matt
BioPhotoMatt is a major sports fanatic. Whether it is cheering on the Cleveland sports teams or hitting the links at the local golf courses, he can usually be found browsing for new additions to his baseball card collection. He also enjoys traveling and is hoping to visit all 50 of the United States someday. Matt is part of our Digital Communications Team at Step2.