These 3 nurse-approved tips will keep your family healthy this winter

The best way to get over a cold? Don’t get one in the first place.

‘Lol’, you say. ‘I have kids in school.’ It’s true that colds spread faster in schools than anywhere else, and there’s no failsafe way to keep yourself and your family from getting sick. But teaching your kids these three habits can significantly cut down the risk of them– and the rest of you– getting sick.

As part of their training, all Jaleesa babysitters learn cold prevention best practices. Some child carers have special expertise, like Oussayma. Oussayma is a five-star Jaleesa babysitter, and a student in her last year of training at the Lebanese Red Cross nursing institute. She shared with us her top tips for cold prevention this (and every) winter.

These aren’t rocket science, or breaking news, and yet who isn’t guilty of a hygiene slip-up? Instill these habits early in your kids, and be a good example: it’ll save days of sniffly misery this winter.

  • Wash your hands often, and properly (here’s how). This means before eating, after touching others, right when coming in the house. Wet your hands with warm water before applying soap, and lather for at least 40 seconds. Sing whatever song they’re into at the moment while you’re washing your hands together to make sure you’re lathering long enough (Oussayma recommends the Happy Birthday song, twice). If you’re around someone who has a cold already, wash your hands twice as often.

    Also: hand sanitizer is not a replacement for soap and water. Throw it away and wash your hands instead.
  • Don’t touch your face. Germs live on your hands, and are transferred to your body by touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Besides, rubbing your eyes causes wrinkles. So hands off!
  • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve. Teach your kids to cover their mouth when they sneeze or cough, and not with their hands! Germs on hands get transferred as soon as they touch something (you or their siblings, most likely). Even Elmo knows this one.

Got a question about keeping your family healthy this winter? Post it below and Oussayma will write you back.


Unlock your child’s learning through play

As a mother, I know that creating an environment for children to play and still have an educational and structured learning experience is not always easy. However, incorporating play time and fun into education is important for their development of critical skills such as team building, storytelling, and creative thinking. This unique blend of fun entertainment with education and learning is cleverly coined “edutainment,” an approach that is beneficial for all types of learning through playing. The act of “playing” can often have an even stronger role in supporting a child’s long-term development.

Edutainment is one of the most important elements that Jaleesa trains their sitters to incorporate into their interactions with your children, and from our experience with C2C is the future of children’s development and learning.

Some benefits to edutainment include:

  • Engaged learning: By having fun while learning children absorb more information by being engaged throughout the entire learning process. It also improves motor skills and creative thinking and problem solving while learning.

  • Learning retention: Children learn best by using their hands and
    experimenting with new ideas and concepts. The act of doing while learning enhances their retention of important information because they can associate it with a concrete action such as a story they made up or a game they played.

  • Improved social skills:  Edutainment allows children to develop more interactive social skills and team building opportunities that build higher confidence and ability to adapt to social settings in the future.

  • Positivity and resilience: By creating a fun environment for children to learn and absorb information, they are able to overcome challenges (like solving a tough math problem) in a playful way, therefore developing a more positive approach to education. Play allows children to achieve small goals while learning, and this sense of accomplishment can often lead to long-term positivity in a child’s development.

This is why Jaleesa is so important. Jaleesa has a commitment to quality child care, as well as providing customized edutainment opportunities from arts and crafts, coloring and games.

What are your favorite edutainment activities and experiences? Let us know in the comments below!

Christelle Fakhoury is Managing Partner of C2C, an events company she founded in Beirut in 2004. Its mission is to provide children and youth with opportunities that enhance social, emotional and physical development.


4 ways arts and crafts supports learning

Back to school season is in high gear, and now is the time to find ways to further your child’s learning inside and outside the classroom. Our Jaleesa sitters know how important these after school learning opportunities can be. Many of our child carers are teachers themselves and others have a wide-range of expertise in art, robotics, theater, and music.

Arts and crafts is a great way to not only engage them creatively but also support their long-term growth and learning development. Arts and crafts helps develop the following skills:

    • Problem solving and critical thinking Arts and crafts allows children to solve artistic challenges, and plan how pieces will fit together. This ability to think critically about their art projects builds resilience in kids as they overcome challenges.

    • Motor skills Keeping hands busy with even simple activities like coloring supports kids’ physical development.

    • Communication skills and self-expression This one is self explanatory! Kids can express themselves and their budding personalities.

    • Builds self-esteem Finished projects foster a sense of accomplishment and pride.    

Jaleesa child-carers are well equipped to help keep your child learning and engaged after school. Book an after-school session with them today!

4 ways to boost your child’s immunity before school starts

School is round the corner and although, as parents, we look forward to settling into our quite routines those endless sick days loom large. As children spend the day in close proximity with so many other children, getting sick seems inevitable. This need not be the case and here are a few tricks you can adopt early on to ensure your child is less likely to catch a nasty illness.

  • An early bedtime: we all know an early bedtime is a good idea in order to have well-rested adults and children alike but did you know that lack of sleep actually compromises a child’s immunity? Sleeping early and consistently every night is imperative to building a child’s immunity and having a healthy happy child. Need a bigger incentive to setting an early bedtime for your child? Doing so will ensure a less cranky child next day and an easier morning routine.
  • Healthy eating: eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and unprocessed food is important all year round but especially so during school days. Offering children foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E has been linked to a strong immunity. Foods rich in these vitamins include: broccoli, cauliflower, fish, eggs, carrots and pumpkin.
  • Plenty of active time: a sedentary lifestyle and long afternoons spent in front of the TV or an Ipad has been linked to everything from increased child obesity to a compromised immune system because of the lack of physical exercise. Get those kids active by planning afternoon family activities outdoors and try limiting screen time to no more than 2 hours per day.
  • Get more fresh air:  the importance of outdoor play and getting fresh air by taking the children to less polluted areas like up in the mountains has very important to give their body that clean oxygen needed to build its defenses. But the air inside the home is just important, if not more so, than the air we breathe outside. Try to invest in air-purifying house plants like Areca Palm or Aloe Vera or else in an air purifier or essential oils like Eucalyptus that work to clean the air.

Sana Toukan is a Nutrition Health Coach and a mother of 1 who made Lebanon her home 3 years ago after living in London and  Dubai. She is a passionate cook and prepares almost all meals at home which is what prompted her interest in learning more about healthy food and how to make balanced meals for the whole family. Sana is a strong advocate of lifestyle changes including shifting to whole foods and fitness to change one’s overall well-being, having achieved this over the years for herself.

A parent’s checklist for kids oral health

On a parents’ list of major milestones, first toothbrush doesn’t quite carry the same emotional heft as first steps or first words. However, it doesn’t mean it’s not important.

Encouraging children to follow proper oral health habits is vital — not only because it reduces the risk of cavities, but also because it has a number of other effects on children’s health. Good dental hygiene at a young age can help prevent orthodontic issues later in childhood, as well as improve self-esteem and confidence.

For these and many other reasons, there’s no such thing as “too early” when it comes to teaching kids how to take care of their teeth and gums. Even before they’re able to stand, children need to be shown the way toward good oral hygiene habits.

This includes drinking water and milk instead of sugary juices, cleaning their gums with a soft washcloth (even before teeth emerge), and limiting snacks. As kids get older, parents need to encourage their children to make dental health a priority and continue with good habits.

This checklist provides parents with information on each stage of their children’s development to keep first cavity off that list of milestones.


Author bio: Dr. Sheila Harris is owner of Natomas Crossing Dental Care, a leading dental practice in Sacramento, California. Since graduating from Northwestern University School of Dentistry, she has become one of the top general dentists in Sacramento and is a proud member of several dental organizations.

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Jaleesa’s top babysitters come to Beirut’s historic Phoenicia Hotel

Jaleesa, Lebanon’s trusted child care platform, and the Phoenicia Hotel, will be working together to provide trusted, excellent child care to visitors to Lebanon.

The Phoenicia is a historic five-star luxury hotel just off Beirut’s Corniche. The hotel has served Lebanon’s most notable guests since 1961, and is part of the worldwide InterContinental Hotels group. The hotel is committed to creating unforgettable and enriching experiences for its guests from all over the world.

Families staying at the Phoenicia will now have access to the very best of Jaleesa’s 80+ trained, trusted child carers. Guests are now able to book Jaleesa’s award winning child care around the clock. Kids can have fun in the room or the hotel grounds with trained, trusted family-reviewed child carers, while parents explore Beirut or focus on work.

Angela Solomon, CEO of Jaleesa, said:

“We are so happy to be working with the Phoenicia. A landmark of hospitality in Beirut, its detail-oriented, thorough approach to guest services is a perfect reflection of Jaleesa’s emphasis on quality, trust, and development-focused child care. With a cadre of specially selected babysitters, we know that Phoenicia’s guests will have a wonderful stay, knowing their children are in safe hands.”

Hannes Schneider, General Manager of the Phoenicia, said:

“At Phoenicia Hotel, we care about our guests’ wellbeing and comfort and strive to meet their every need. In search for a partner to nurture our little guests, we have selected Jaleesa.  Since we started to work with Jaleesa, we are able to provide parents with trusted, professional and personalized childcare. As there is nothing more important than children, Jaleesa’s services help us to significantly add to the overall guest experience of our esteemed clients.”

More information:

  • Media inquiries: COO Stephanie d’Arc Taylor
  • If you would like to work with Jaleesa as your corporate child care provider, please contact Partnerships Director Lara Ghibril:
  • To find trained, trusted child carers in your area, sign up here:

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3 essential questions parents should ask in babysitter interviews

Finding the best babysitter for your family is a big job. It’s almost like dating: you need to find someone who fits with your lifestyle, schedule, and location. And you have to get along with them too!

Jaleesa vets babysitter applicants from all over Lebanon in our four-step security and vetting process. This includes a criminal record check by Lebanon’s ISF, two reference checks, a phone interview, and a final in-person training in professional skills and basic child development. (Click here to find babysitters in your neighborhood.)

Deciding whether a babysitter is right for your special family situation is up to you. Here are some basic questions we recommend asking potential babysitters to get conversations started.

With which ages do you have experience?

The perfect babysitter for your family will have experience with children the same ages as yours. Obviously, someone used to taking eight-year-olds to their after school activities might not have the skills required to look after an infant. Similarly, someone used to soothing newborns won’t have the energy needed for a rambunctious two-year-old. Make sure your sitter has the type of experience your family needs.

Follow up questions:

  • What are your favorite activities to do with kids the same age as my child?
  • What is your favorite age group to work with and why?
  • For newborns: How do you put a baby to sleep? How would you prepare a bottle? How would you change a diaper? How do you prevent choking?

What emergency skills do you have?

Jaleesa provides opt-in First Aid & CPR certification courses delivered by the Lebanese Red Cross. One of our babysitters even saved a life with the skills she learned at one of our trainings! Ask if your babysitter has a current First Aid & CPR certification.

Follow up questions:

  • How have you handled emergencies in the past? (Make sure to ask for specific examples.)
  • How would you childproof this room? Do you see anything that could be a problem?

What would you do if my child breaks a rule?

Handling kids well when they’ve misbehaved is arguably more important than bringing fun activities to a session. No child is perfect, and you want to feel confident that a babysitter will be your ally when it comes to making sure your rules are followed. The most important thing here is communicating the rules of your house, and what you expect the sitter to do in various situations– even if she personally would approach the situation another way.

Follow up questions:

  • How have you enforced house rules in the past, like no screentime or no sugar?
  • How can you tell if a child needs a hug or a stern warning?

After you narrow down your list based on the first in-person interview, you’ll want to introduce the babysitters to your children as well, to be sure everyone gets along. We’ll post some tips for the first meeting with the children in an upcoming blog!

In the meantime, what other questions do you think are necessary, or good to know? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Why employers in Lebanon must become more parent-friendly

Work… we love it. OK, OK, sometimes we hate it (though not at Team Jaleesa, of course). But it’s an essential part of life for most parents, both moms and dads.

Many customers at Jaleesa reach out to us when they have to return to work after maternity leave. Lebanese law doesn’t give generous leave, so we have many moms with three month-old babies who can barely imagine leaving their new baby for eight hours a day. We’re happy that we can help make that experience more pleasant for both moms, dads and babies, by connecting them with a trained and trusted nanny.

But that wrenching moment is just the first in many challenges that working parents face.

And awareness is finally growing about how important it is to support parents in the workplace. The World Economic Forum says that if women participated equally in the global economy, GDP growth would increase by $28 trillion by 2025. And issues with child care are the single biggest barrier to returning to work for moms (according to a survey by Momsnet, reported in The Guardian).

It’s not just a macro-economic issue. Companies across Lebanon are staffed by parents at all levels. And those parents don’t stop being parents when they go to work.

We’ve been working with the HR department of a major Lebanese company, who told us 55% of their 3,000 employees are parents. If they each take the global average of six sick days a year to look after kids, the company is leaking over $850,000 in lost productivity. Can the company, or the Lebanese economy, afford that?

Major challenges for Lebanese companies

And that’s not all. If a company doesn’t have the right parental package, it can face other major challenges, like:

  • Productivity: imagine trying to focus on work while worrying about the cost or quality of child care, or watching the clock because you have to rush off at 3:30 to pick up the kids. Employees who are satisfied with their work-life balance work 21% harder, according to a survey of over 50,000 companies.
  • Recruitment: not being able to attract top talent because the package isn’t adapted for modern family-work life.
  • Retention: 83% of millennials say they would leave their job for one with a better family care package. And every time a business replaces a salaried employee, it costs 6 to 9 months’ salary on average. For a manager making $40,000 a year, that’s $20,000 to $30,000 in recruiting and training expenses (source).

Turning a problem into an opportunity

On the plus side, when employers have a positive approach towards employing and retaining parents, they can realise gains like:

  • Gender Parity: creating a work environment where women can succeed. If you were ever in any doubt about women’s value in the workplace, check this article full of killer statistics.
  • A Diverse Labor Force: access to a wider pool of men and women
  • A Skilled Labor Force: access to a wider pool of skill sets and competencies
  • High Employee Retention: minimizing the high cost of turnovers

So how can employers in Lebanon turn the problems into opportunities? That’s the billion-dollar question for companies and the Lebanese economy. We’re working with some top companies currently to work out the answer. And YOU can help us get there:

  • Working parents, let us know what you need and want from your employer, by emailing or sending us a Facebook message.
  • Employers, if you would like to make your business a top performer with happy staff, contact our Partnerships Director, Lara Ghibril. Email her now at

… and finally – if you need child care NOW, sign up to our site. In five minutes you could be chatting with qualified nannies near you.

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Jaleesa’s superhero babysitters come to the Smallville Hotel

Here’s our press release announcing an exciting new partnership with the Smallville Hotel in Badaro!



Jaleesa, Lebanon’s trusted child care platform, and the Smallville Hotel will be working together to bring great babysitting to visitors in Lebanon.


Smallville is named after the ‘small city’ that is Beirut, and is an urban design hotel in Badaro, designed to be the perfect reflection of the ideal city we dream of. At the hotel, everyone is a superhero in his or her own way. In January 2018 the team won the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice award for being ranked in the top 1% of hotels.


Now families’ stay at Smallville just got a bit more super! With Jaleesa’s award winning child care, guests can book babysitting around the clock. Kids can have fun with trusted, trained babysitters, and parents can relax and experience the city, or focus on work.

 Photo: (left to right) Jaleesa co-founder Hassan Bayloun, Smallville Hotel Head of Guest Relations Ibrahim Badran, and Jaleesa Partnerships Director Lara Ghibril, with the partnership document

Photo: (left to right) Jaleesa co-founder Hassan Bayloun, Smallville Hotel Head of Guest Relations Ibrahim Badran, and Jaleesa Partnerships Director Lara Ghibril, with the partnership document

Angela Solomon, CEO of Jaleesa, said:


“We’re so happy to be working with Smallville. Their fun, high quality and innovative approach matches perfectly with Jaleesa’s values of excellence, trust and nurturing kids’ development. With a troupe of specially selected Jaleesa babysitters, we know that guests will have a wonderful stay knowing their kids are in safe, trusted hands.”


The Smallville team said: “We strive to provide our guests with the best emotional and unique experience while staying at The Smallville, coupled with our Just Ask personalized services. Jaleesa, with its trusted and quality child care, is a great complement to what we aim to offer for our guests’ needs.”


 More information:

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Ramadan Kareem!

Ramadan kareem from the Jaleesa family to yours!

Whether your family observes Ramadan or not, this can still be a spiritual time for kids and family. Ramadan’s not just a month of fasting, it’s also about spiritual reflection, doing good deeds, and spending time with family and friends. Whatever your faith, here are some ideas for bringing the spirit of Ramadan into family life this month.

I’ve been back in Lebanon for six years and every year, Ramadan has been in the heat of summer. My family isn’t Muslim, and it always amazed me how my friends and coworkers have found the strength to fast all day. But thanks to their incredible patience, they have taught me a lot about the spiritual experience of Ramadan.

Out and about in Beirut

Lebtivity has details of great iftars and events around town. If bedtime permits, the kids can vent some energy with a stroll along the Corniche afterwards – take the bikes and scooters of course 😉

Older kids might enjoy a more hands-on foodie experience at the KitchenLab Iftar + Cooking class, for friends and family.

Ramadan at home

Your kids might be curious about what Ramadan really is. This video for kids (in English) can help explain. And educational books like Magid Fasts For Ramadan can help kids reflect on the values we share.

Online resources like this one have tips for parents to make Ramadan enjoyable for your children, and boost their energy if you or they are fasting. Ideas like keeping a Ramadan journal and decorating the house together for Eid can be fun for families of all faiths and help build kids’ understanding of the communities we live in.

These tips for healthy eating in Ramadan are great for all as well – a perfect excuse to widen the kids’ taste with treats like coconut water. And whether you are fasting or not, it’s a good moment to check in on whether you’re all getting a balanced diet with plenty of protein.

How to handle the cooking and the kids…

If you need an extra pair of hands at home this Ramadan, let Jaleesa take care of the kids while you focus on other things. Within five minutes you can be chatting online with experienced babysitters in your area – sign up here to get started.

Ramadan mubarak! Wishing all the Jaleesa community a month of peace and happiness.

:) Ramadan wishes

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