Dec. 6th, 2012

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Care taking is not the easiest thing to do in the world, especially when it comes to babies.There are some things you have to learn to be an expert care taker...and then there are things you should already know just from common knowledge. Its not rocket science. That's why I don't understand why people just don't know some of the most obvious things. It's like they don't even consider using common sense. Prime example, I was sitting on the couch one day at home and I started eavesdropping on a conversation my mom and sister was having.

"Is everything okay with Nah'la?" my mom said with a worried look on her face.
"I don't know she's fussy and I have no idea why" my sister said in a puzzled tone.
"Well I know she's not hungry for sure because she just ate not even 30 min. ago" my mom said reassuring my sister.
"I don't know what to do" my sister sounded frustrated.
When I heard my sister say that, that's when I knew it was my time to get up and do something. So I got up to see what the problem was. The first thing I did was check my niece's diaper to see if she was wet. Not only was she wet but she had left us a little present too.

I looked straight at my sister and asked did she check Nah'la's diaper. She said no. ??????? What do you mean "no"?????? Common sense would have told her to check the diaper first. It's not that hard to look inside a diaper. That was just so unbelievably stupid to me. I changed my niece and she stopped crying just like that! It was like magic! After that I turned to my sister and said sarcastically "Oh yeah that was real hard." You use common sense in your everyday life. It doesn't stop when your'e taking of someone. As a matter of fact, that's when you should use it more. You have to use every inch of knowledge you have in your brain when your'e taking care of a person. You never know what could be wrong. That's why you use common sense. Common sense almost never steer's you wrong. Take it from me I should know. I use it all the time!


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 Us expert care taker's are good at a lot of things. We know how to be loving, caring and comforting when necessary. We know how to make things better when something is wrong, while playing the role of a friend and a protector.But we also have our downfalls. In my three years of care taking I have had my share of struggles. One of which being a novice care taker of babies.

I didn't just wake up one day knowing what to do, I gained care taking skills over time and got better.I had to learn a lot and I made mistakes along the way. I taught myself a lot too, knowledge that's useful for different situations. When I first babysat, it was harder than i thought it would be. I mean i was only watching a 2-year old baby. How hard could it be?  It was VERY hard. I didn't know what to do at times. I just knew I loved taking care of kids. I learned that when your'e watching children ages 2-7 you have to really WATCH them. You can't take your eyes off them for a second because they get into any and everything. They can put themselves in danger sometimes that's why you have to be very careful. You have to watch them at all times. I also had to teach myself how to adapt to different babies quickly. All babies are not the same. Their likes and dislikes vary. If I was care taking a baby for the first time, I had to learn what they're like quickly so I could make them happy and be a successful care taker.
 
I soon got the hang of things and before I knew it I was an expert care taker. I knew what to do when something was wrong no question's asked. Don't get me wrong, I'm not perfect I'm still learning. I just know more than I did before. I'm improving more and more everyday. Being a novice care taker was one of the biggest struggles I ever faced. But it got easier over time. The more learned, the easier it got. Now it's not hard at all. Hell, I could care take with my eyes closed!

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