Month: July 2015

10 Silly Ice Breakers for Effective Communication with Kids

Getting to know someone can make even grown ups feel uncomfortable.

Kids feel nervous too when meeting some like a new baby sitter. No Non-cents Nanna shares 10 silly icebreakers to help you make kids feel more comfortable.

Keep reading for links to busy bag ideas from No Non-cents Nanna

Effective communication with kids can be fun! 10 silly icebreakers from No Non-cents Nanna Love it when you share-Go directly to post to pin and leave a comment for persimssion. Copy right Malika Bourne


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  • When we set effective boundaries those around us know what is expected of us.
  • Busy Bags for kids are helpful tools for baby sitters to carry in the Baby Sitters Bag of Tricks.

Dozens of the Best Resources for Kids Busy Bags

8 No Non-cents Nanna Rules for Babysitters

Rules 9 thru 15 to Help Us All Feel Happy and Safe




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The pharases I shared above have been around quite awhile with no known copyright owner. I created the image on My ScrapNook , so please be respectful fo the copright by giving credit to this source.

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No Non-cents Nanna on Making Good Choices

Life is about making choices that may keep us constant; improve our lives or make things more difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is now forcing us to make choices we never had planned to make.

No one chose to get infected with a novel virus.

Unfortunately, not everyone who was contagious made good choices to self-isolate by staying home. So, we are at where we are with children staying-home-from-school and with parents uncertain of how the bills will get paid.

As parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, neighbors it is our job to help each other, especially our children to stay calm. We all have a job to do to help one another by doing our best to stay at home: a very good choice.

We may not like having to stay at home from school or work. We will have emotions that we would rather not chose to have- that is OK.

Parents will have to sit down to tell their children that we CAN still do many things to do though our choices are now limited. We CAN make the best of this situation.

What are some choices we can make while we wait out this crisis?

  • chose to wash our hands when we should
  • choose to be kind
  • choose to keep learning new things every day
  • choose to start a new habit
  • choose to keep up healthy routines
  • choose to communicate effectively
  • choose to listen to and follow directions to stay safe.

There is no better time to talk to our children about community helpers.

  • Do you know how and when to use 911?
  • Do you know how to find resources by calling 211?

“In times of crisis, a timeless quote from the late Fred Rogers tends to emerge again and again on social media: “Look for the helpers.”

His mother reminded him to find these people in times of tragedy and anxiety, and it continues to ring true because of the man who made the comment.

“You can always find people who are helping,” he said. Fred Rogers died in 2003.”

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5 Things Babysitters Should do BEFORE Parents Leave the House

This old No Non-cents Nanna cuther eye teeth on caring for small chidlren:

She started out as a the Crabby-Appleton for 2 younger sisters, but, later earn she could earn 25cents and hour by baby sitting.

Read 5 tips on what to do before parents leave you as the  baby sitter alone with the kids!

No Non-cents Nanna Trick of the Tradfor Baby sitter and grown up in genral. Copy right Malika Bourne all rights reserved. Persmission to share only when shared directly from post.


These tips are shared to you by Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna who encouarges you to Make Good Choices! Meet the No Non-cents Nanna at Hidden Treasure in Fountain,Colorado


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8 No Non-cents Nanna Rules for Babysitters

This old No Non-cents Nanna knows it is time to take some of her babysitter’s rules out of moth balls. Rules to keep every one safe really can be fun for everyone.

Meet the No Non-cents Nann is her youth. Nanna knows all children feel more happy and safe when they have boundaries set consisitently.


Mary Poppins inspired me with her spoon full of sugar and now I have the No Non-cents Nanna way!


No Non-cents Nanna encourages gentle touches and inside voices.

Here is what I know from years  decades of working with children as a big sister; a babysitter; Sunday School teacher; a Register Nurse….I almost forgot the mommy and grand mommy role.

  • Children feel more secure when they know the boundaries.
  • Having written rules help everyone know what is expected of each other to feel happy and safe.
  • Do know what the family’s rules are. Are they posted?—

Children really do want rules to help them know what is expected of them.

Babysitters need a list of rules that may be structured a tad different from the family rules.

Sometimes the kids have no idea what a house rule is- have your rules anyway for their safety.

  • You will need to be firm and consistent with those rules with in reason.
  • All of your efforts as a babysitter is to keep the children safe.
  • Build trust befeore some emergency occurs.

Rules don’t have to be mean or overly strict in order to have enough control to keep every one safe.

Children need discipline ( to be taught) but rules don’t need to always be strict or mean to get childrens to follow through.


8 rules baby sitters love kids to follow according to No Non-cents Nanna

Here are some suggestions that are light and fun. *

1.Please use gentle touches.

2. Please use your inside voice.

3. Please walk inside.

4.Always know where your baby sitter is at all times, even if she evaporates in thin air.

5.If you are an elephant NEVER sit on the baby sitter’s lap.

6.Only the babysitter is allowed to open the BABY SITTING  BAG.

7.Laughing on the ceiling is not allowed.

8.Only eat gummy worms BEFORE brushing teeth.

If you have to eat worms, please do so BEFORE you brush your teeth! declares No Non-cents Nanna

*The RULES may not be  age appropriate for babies.

Of course, I have more rules…

..but for now, I am Malika Bourne the No Non-cents Nanna saying, “Make good choices!”

This post was re-purposed from Nanna’s  Spot Rule #13 Never Eat Yellow Snow

Here’s a peak at a no frills NO NON-CENTS NANNA BAG  with first aid supplies.

 Please note: Malika Bourne, author of No Non-cents Nanna is also the founder and owner of No Non-cents Nanna Heart Felt Play Store. Some posts may contain shameless self promotions that link to Heart Felt Play Store catalog with related products sold in the catalog.

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No Non-cents Nanna’s Brings Babysitting Tricks of Trade out of Moth Balls

This old No Non-cents Nanna know we all have to start somewhere when learning how to care for small children.

As a teen age babysitter my big survival tool was all the Tricks and TREATS had in my MAGIC BAG. Now I’m getting old with 6 grandkids- those tricks still work.


This old No Non-cents Nanna is full-of-it..Babysitting Tricks of the Trade. It is time to bring old #childcare #tips out of moth balls.


How would like to see more of No Non-cents Nanna’s tips?

Edited 11/30/2019


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