Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
At ISA we know that after each national disaster Job Opportunities are impacted. Things slow down as people seek greater understanding of breaking news, with internet and social networks reporting on devastating events. Our hearts reach out to Oklahoma and many of us feel that no words could express our sorrow for their loss. We felt the same during Sandy and other emergency disasters on our shores.
Oklahoma is a devastating national tragedy that every parent dreads (to be cut off from their children). It’s the teachers who once again are the heroes, throwing their bodies to cover and protect the kids under their care. My concern extends to how we can do better in our domestic help field. Working in Household Help Jobs often includes care of children and infants or housekeeper-childcare services that overlap.
Among other things Nanny job descriptions require caring, teaching, guiding, and protecting children. It’s a job that needs to include greater awareness inclusive of possible national emergencies. TIP: Check with and support your local FEMA and Red Cross, and take their preparedness programs to better equip yourself. Sign up for updates. Include your volunteer work on your resume, and if you’re already on a Job, encourage Parents to become involved with FEMA programs along with other local government agencies in your area. Offer your volunteer work at Fire Departments that hold voting days. Encourage people to vote for disaster relief support.
If you’re in Los Angeles there is a way to help people working at the L.A. Mission, Goodwill, local schools, food banks and food pantries, hospitals, and other community outreach programs. If your resume does not already reflect your volunteer work, start to include some. People are greatly encouraged when we’re helping each other. A kind word and thoughtful action goes a long way.
Where we live the threat of earthquakes is real. We are required to have 72-hour emergency packs. Have you prepared yours and for the children you work with? We also need to undertake courses providing safety to ourselves and others. Fortunately, we’ve never had an earthquake that required us to use a 72-hour pack.
Learning is perhaps our greatest asset. Science Daily reported that a recent study on world climate confirmed that over 90% of all related science reports proves that climate change is caused by humans. The report stated that amazingly (a word they used), despite this known fact, a small percentage of scientists still argue their doubt. The rest worry that the public believes them. This article was referenced in the science magazine Nature. Nobody can argue a 20-foot wide Tornado was an anomalous event that will not return. Tornados in Tornado Alley were far smaller and caused greater damage. See more on world Tornadoes of 2013.
We need to always be looking forward into the future. Americans bring some of the greatest disaster relief expertise going abroad (often at their own expense) risking to volunteer assistance to others after emergency events worldwide. They put their lives on the line domestically giving the same generosity of support that we’re famous for. Early warnings was some of the reason for the low loss of life in Oklahoma. Too much heartbreak for people who lost loved ones. Situational aspects cannot truly be covered when an event of this magnitude occurs.
People and businesses came forward to spread their love and hope for Oklahoma. Acts of heroism and kindness emerged for people to be reunited. To rebound from such events will take some time and care. Operating hand-in-hand will help bring a thriving community back on its feet a year from now. Talk to one another about things you’ve learned, and how to improve our local and federal assistance programs. Small local programs can have huge net impact.
Physical and material life after disasters is not the end because our national and personal spirits are stronger. Keeping our spirit strong is most important and a lifelong endeavor. As we move into challenges of the future our prayers are with Oklahoma, and with all people everywhere who’ve endured such loss. Each of us finds our own way to pray and/or give thanks. We are one human family. We emerge better together, so Share the wealth of your love freely. We value, thank you, and appreciate your support and patronage!
Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
ISA staffing has clients in Washington DC, and we love taking care of their domestic help staffing needs. From our Clients Gallery (see past clients here), you will note that several of them served our country as Presidents and Vice-Presidents, Ambassadors, or elected and appointed officials, among other duties of public service. Working under public pressure is always stressful demand, the right staff is critical to maintaining interface between a private and public life in so many ways. Including taking care of high profile children who by extension need specialized care and protection.
We are famous for expertly staffing high security jobs. We also proudly staff nannies, governess, childcare, baby-nurse, housekeeper-nannies, housekeeper-childcare, and other domestic help staffing with our renowned experience.
Most celebrities try to live as ‘normal’ a life as possible by taking their children to public outings to experience what other kids are doing. Parents and their childcare staff members make an effort to give them a diverse childhood that’s culturally enriched. TIP – for a great family outing the National Gallery of Art is holding a children’s live animation and short films program for ages 5 and up, running February 5-6th. See more on Glorious Foods and browse family programs or sign up for their newsletter notices.
Our own LACMA has diverse family programs well worth attending. See their schedule at Next Gen for arts and education programs and projects you can become involved with supporting the museum. I’ve borrowed some of their sage advice and added my own. Someone you know may love getting Our Best Advice on expanding childcare skills.
TIPS for visiting museums with kids:
- Don’t try to see everything – 20 minutes to one hour is plenty of time in the galleries. With NexGen you can come back as often as you like.
- Let your child decide what to see. Ideas may come from their favorite things, hobbies, or a school project.
- Not sure where to start? Ask the welcoming volunteers and information desk who are eager to help. The Andersen Building is always a great place to begin.
- Have a seat, you can sit on the floor! Just don’t block any doorways. Some galleries also have benches.
- Start with, “What do you see?” Children are very observant and wonderful storytellers. Let them tell you what is going on. If you bring a mini-recorder you can have them speak into it and playback later.
- Photos are not allowed in some areas but kids can make drawings in sketch books.
- Burn off some wiggly energy in outdoor gardens and park spaces, don’t stay indoors.
- Find events that allow kids to paint and participate in art projects, read books, and hang out.
- Many facilities have Family Sundays so check them out, tell others for a fun group outing.
- Have plenty of water on hand, children get thirsty and water fountains sometimes too far away.
- Be sure to know where all the emergency exits are located. We never know when they’re necessary.
- Know how to reach security and emergency medical treatment on premises ahead of time.
Take your children to Museums often. You set an early tone of excitement for the Arts, along with teaching them how much good dedicated philanthropy does for our communities. Those memories become part of our childhood dreams carried with us throughout life. Please support museums everywhere, and write us about your adventurous outings with kids to include.
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