Time Out for Mom & Dad
There comes a time when Mom & Dad really have to get their lives back on track with each other. The children
are going to be around for many more years, but your spouse won't be if you do not get some quality time
It is difficult, believe me I know, to find the time and energy to have an adult relationship while you are so
busy raising your children, but you owe it to yourself to take a time out every now and again, and a
romantic night might just rejuvenate you more than you expect!
You can also take time out to Pamper Yourself, it doesn't need to be for hours at a time. Even a 15
minute break can work wonders - for your whole family! Every member of your household will benefit from a less
stressed Mom, so think about it, and then do it, take some time off. You deserve it!
A Night Out For Mom & Dad
by: Jennifer Shryock
Is your babysitter watching the kids and your k9 family member?
It is Saturday night and you have planned for a babysitter to entertain and care for your children while
you have a date with your spouse. Aaaahhhh adult time! Your sitter arrives and greets the kids and your eager dog.
As you go over the rules, meal plan and emergency numbers your furry family member follows your every move. He even
almost models how to diaper the youngest one. He is excited and not sure what is going on, but he is thrilled to
have a new person to pay attention to him. You give hugs, kiss the kids Goodnight and give a pat to your pup as you
head out. In your car you mentally go over the details to be sure you told the sitter everything. You drive off
confident you have covered it all.
But have you? What about your dog? Do you know how this babysitter feels about dogs? Have you provided an
area where the dog can be put so that they can focus full attention on the kids? What about if there is a
thunderstorm? How will your dog react and what should the babysitter do?
It is important that parents learn about safe kid & k9 interaction so that they can help plan and
prepare anyone who will be responsible for their children while they are away from home. When parents leave the
home the dynamics change. This can create confusion for some dogs. Planning ahead sets everyone up for success. I
suggest that parents find a quiet and secure spot for their k9 companion while away from home. Provide a stuffed
kong or some kind of unique treat for these times. This will allow your babysitter to focus their full attention on
the kids. If confining your dog is not an option then I encourage you to educate your babysitter about safe kid
& k9 interaction. Learn about the signs and signals your dog offers to indicate stress.
Dogs and kids often share a unique bond. This is something to cherish. It is important to remember that
they are dogs and perceive things very differently then we do. Learning about canine body language and behavior
helps you to ensure a safe and loving bond between your canine and all family members.
For more information please visit www.familypaws.com or email Jen@familypaws.com.
About The Author
Canine behavior consultant Jennifer
Shryock is a canine behavior consultant that specializes in safe Kid & K9 interaction.
Jennifer has a duo degree in Special Education/Elem Ed from Kutztown University and is
currently enrolled in Cynology College where she will obtain a diploma as a Canine Behavior