Travelling with children

 

Only a couple of weeks of holidays left but there still seem to be families taking a last minute holiday before the kids return to school.  Whether it’s a trip to Bali, Fiji, or interstate you seem to spend ages working out what you will do that is suitable for the whole family.  Finding family friendly hotels and outings require a fair bit of planning.

Happy New Year

We are thrilled with the launch of Angela’s Angels late last year and hope to build on the great response we received. Thank you very much for your support.

Celebrating Christmas with a dementia sufferer

This year we are faced with the heartbreaking decision of whether to invite my mother-in-law to Christmas lunch.  She will no doubt join us, but how long should she come for? What will she eat? Does she enjoy coming out? My mother-in-law has dementia.

 

Dementia and Driving

I am sure we all know someone who we don’t think should still be driving. It may be a spouse, parent, grandparent or neighbour. But how do we stop them? Will they be offended? Will they hate me for thinking this?

The Sandwich Generation

My generation is now being called the “sandwich generation”. I am part of a generation of people, typically in our thirties, forties and fifties, responsible both for bringing up our own children and for the care of our ageing parents.

How do you explain to a six year old that Grandma has dementia?

My sister recently faced this.  She had had discussions with her two children (aged 6 and 4) that Grandma had a sick brain and thought that was all they needed to know. Then one day my nephew told his friend at school that he had a “sick brain like Grandma”.  Poor little boy was just finishing a fortnight of swimming lessons and he was tired and got a little confused one day so he put two and two together and unfortunately came up with anything but four.

Coping with a Baby

Having a baby can be one of the most special moments in your life, but sometimes it is also the scariest. You may have a partner who works long hours, or is a FIFO worker, and you spend hours at home looking after this tiny baby who is totally dependent on you.  Your partner, through no fault of his own, is not able to offer you the support you so desperately need.

How to Choose the Perfect Angel

When it comes to making the decision on who you will be letting into your lives, you need to ensure you make the right decision.  Regardless of whether the Angel will be helping out with your own family as a babysitter/after-school carer, with your parents as a companion or as a cleaner when you are not home you must be able to trust them and know that they can complete the tasks with a minimum of fuss and supervision.

Looking After Mum

No matter how much you think you are prepared for the birth of a baby, nothing really prepares you for life with a baby.  You can attend classes and learn about pregnancy and the birth but that is only the start of your new life. There are no classes in how to handle a child who never sleeps or who constantly cries. At first you can cope with missing a night’s sleep but after a few weeks it becomes increasingly difficult to concentrate and enjoy this wonderful time.

 

Exciting First Three Weeks in the Life of Angela’s Angels

What an exciting three weeks in the life of Angela’s Angels. Since launching the website last month over 700 people have registered and are looking for work Australia-wide. Our focus is now on advertising our website to potential hirers who need some help around the house.