Tag: family

Insider’s Tip: How to Keep Your Babysitter Happy

The relationship between a family and a babysitter is unique. Parents entrust their most prized possession, their children, with a babysitter. They are rusting their sitter to be an extension of them; to uphold the house rules, keep their kids safe, and care for them the same way they would their own kids. In a way, babysitters often become part of the family so sometimes the lines of professionalism get a little blurry. The familial feelings are definitely not one-sided. I’ve only gotten to experience the babysitter perspective, but I can attest to the fact that after spending a lot of time with any family, they do begin to feel like my family. I’m ferociously protective over the kids and feel genuine pride when they accomplish great things. After working with many families, I’ve been in situations where I’ve been really happy with my job and others where I dreaded going. Upon reflection, I realized there are several things parents have done (subconsciously or not) to keep me happy and I think other parents could benefit from a few insider’s tips. (more…)

5 Affordable Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

I don’t know about anyone else, but Mother’s Day really sneaked up on me this year. I think it’s because it’s one of those holidays that’s not on the same date every year. Nevertheless, it is here and I’m excited to celebrate my favorite girl. I got a gift for my mom over the weekend, but it dawned on me that some of my fellow royals may still need to get something for the special women in their life. As always, I’m here to help and found 5 affordable last-minute mother’s day gift ideas any mom would be thrilled to receive. (more…)

High-Functioning Depression: What it is & How it Looks

Over the past few days I have binged watched the entire first season of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix Original Series (based on the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher) that tells the tragic story of a teenager’s decision to end her own life. Not to reveal too much, but over the course of the season we watch everything that led up to Hannah Baker’s death, get to see all of the events from her perspective, and learn that her classmates basically had no idea the harm they were causing her. The show controversially addresses mental illness, specifically discussing the taboo topic of suicide. After finishing the season, I spent a few days reflecting on my own mental health and decided it was time to share my own experience with depression with the hopes (as always) to encourage anyone who needs and happens to stumble upon Royalty in Reality. (more…)

My Top 3 Dog-Friendly Places in St. Louis

Spring is doing its best to make an early entrance, with warmer temperatures and confused blooming plants. Though I’m in no way an outdoorsy person, I’ve been loving these warmer temperatures and trying to spend a little more time outside. I’m not the only one at my house happy to see winter coming to an end, the dogs are ecstatic too. Trips to go potty have gotten quite a bit longer and I basically have to drag them back inside. They also seem more eager to go on car rides so I’ve decided to make an effort to start hanging out at more dog-friendly places. (more…)

3 Lessons Taught by Teenagers + Thursday 3 Link Up

As I get older, it seems that I learn lessons in places and situations I least expect. In case you’re new here, when I’m not at my 9 to 5 or working on the blog I’m babysitting. The family I currently babysit for has two children, H and E, and I’ve been with them for the past 2.5 years. H and E are 13 and 11 respectively, so I’ve gotten to watch them grow from basically kids to teenagers. While it is my job to keep them safe, get them from point A to point B, and be a positive role model while in my care, I realized last night that they have had quite the impact on my life these past couple of years. (more…)