“Financial Tips for Being Able to Retire as a Nanny”

Working as a nanny isn’t like working in a traditional job. Instead of working for a company, nannies work for an individual as a household employee. The nature of the industry means that nannies change jobs more frequently than those in other careers and, consequently, they don’t have the same company sponsored options when it comes to saving for retirement. If a caregiver wants to make nannying her career, it’s essential that she put a smart financial plan in place that will allow her to … [Read more...]

Parent’s Role In Child Development Programs

It’s no secret that a child’s education plays a significant role in her development during early childhood and is a determining factor in her success as an adult. Helping young children to acquire the skills they need to progress and develop along the prescribed timeline is one of a parent’s most important jobs. Understanding the role that parents play in the development and expansion of new skill sets in early childhood allows you to work more closely with the preschool or child development … [Read more...]

“5 Ways to Deal with Empty Nest”, Marcia Hall

With the kids back in school during the days, stay at home moms and nannies of school aged children may find that they suddenly have lots of time on their hands.  It’s not unusual for the excitement of the first day of school to quickly give way to feelings of loneliness.  To alleviate that loneliness, here are five things you can do now that the kids are out of the house for several hours. Organize the house – Summertime is full of fun vacations and busy activities.  It is not a great … [Read more...]

Parenting, 10 Reasons Spanking Your Kids is a Bad Idea

While spanking kids is still a practice adhered to by some North American parents, it’s one that is met with its share of controversy and opposition. In fact, according to the Global Initiative to End Corporal Punishment of Children, 33 countries around the world have enacted laws that protect kids from being struck in any form or fashion by adult authority figures. Spanking is somewhat ingrained in the cultural fabric of many American families, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging to … [Read more...]

21 of the Best Blogs Helping You Organize Your Closet

No matter how big your closet is, you probably wish it was bigger, however do you really use all of the stuff you have crammed inside of it? Sometimes it’s hard to part with clothes and accessories that you’ve spent money on, and easier to simply continue cramming more stuff in your closet. Believe it or not, though, you will actually feel better once you clean out and organize your closet.  These 21 blogs will give you advice on what clothes you need to keep for a basic wardrobe, how you … [Read more...]

Toddler to Take a Nap

7 Tips for Getting Your Toddler to Take a Nap Half the battle of early parenthood is just getting your child to go to sleep. And it’s not just the overnight rest that’s a challenge: the magical nap time can be just as tricky. Toddlers usually switch from two naps a day to one around 18 months, but just because they’re taking fewer naps doesn’t mean those naps aren’t helping. Dr. Jodi Mindell says that toddlers are going through “a marathon of development,” and that quality rest is “the only … [Read more...]

Choose the Right Cell Phone for Your Child

BACK TO SCHOOL - Choosing the Right Cell Phone for Your Child, a Challenge! While the idea of having a cell phone in elementary school was about as far-fetched as landing on the moon for today’s parents, there’s no denying the fact that technology has evolved at a rapid enough pace to make that situation a very feasible one for kids just a generation later. Determining when your child is ready for the responsibility of a cell phone is so largely dependent upon the maturity level of your … [Read more...]

9 Free (or Nearly Free) Activities Nannies Can Do With Their Kids

For a nanny, entertaining kids can take a lot of time, energy and ingenuity. How often have you heard the complaint “I’m bored” come from someone who’s surrounded by things to do? The good news, though, is that you’re never far from free, reliable entertainment, especially if you do a little homework first. If you’ve been stuck searching for affordable activity ideas, these might come in handy: Go to the Park A classic, and with good reason. Going to the park is a chance to get … [Read more...]

Encourage Your Nanny to Host/Attend Play Dates

Play dates can be a hot-button issue for parents and their nannies, with both parties often falling on opposite sides of the fence. As a nanny employer, you may want to think twice before you forbid play dates outright or choose not to encourage your nanny to host or attend them with your child. There are a host of benefits that can come with participation in a play group, both for your child and his nanny. These are ten of the reasons why it may be smarter for you to provide your nanny … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Reconsider Naming Your Kid Something Awkward

When you bring a new life into the world, you’re charged with a host of very serious responsibilities that will impact the happiness and well-being of that child well into the future. One of the first and arguably most important of those tasks in the earliest moments of your little one’s life is the choosing of her name. You’ll want something that’s unique enough to allow her to be an individual, but common enough that she won’t be forced to answer a laundry list of questions about the origin … [Read more...]

Women & Childcare, 50 Tips for Setting Babysitting Rates

50 Tips for Setting Babysitting Rates   As a babysitter, your most important job is watching and entertaining children. This is no small task; children are full of energy, and even a job that lasts only two hours can be exhausting. IMAGE Unfortunately, babysitters are not always paid what they feel they deserve, or even what they truly deserve. So, how do you determine what to charge for your services? Tips on Rates by Area Consider the area of the country you are living in and … [Read more...]

How to Hide Electrical Wires: Computers, TVs and Appliances

Electrical components are an increasingly essential part of everyday life. From the television, media player and cable box on your entertainment center to the computer in your office and the lamp on your desk, it seems like everything is plugged in these days. While dangling cords are unsightly and lend a cluttered appearance to an otherwise orderly room, they’re also a hazard for households with small children. Kids can wrap themselves in dangling wires to the point of strangling, use them … [Read more...]

Witnessing Verbal Child Abuse, How to Take Action

As a childcare provider, you will hopefully never witness the heartbreaking and infuriating image of a child being abused by her parents. Verbal abuse, while just as damaging as physical abuse, leaves no physical marks and is rarely followed up by a social services system that’s flooded with other issues. As a childcare provider, your job is to protect and care for the children under your charge. When it’s a parent who’s harming them, though, it’s not always easy to know what to … [Read more...]

CHILDCARE, 10 Signs Your Child Has Chronic Bad Breath

There are a lot of things that cause people to have bad breath. Usually, brushing your teeth and tongue will get rid of annoying bad breath, but sometimes there can be something more serious causing the problem. How do you tell if there is a problem with your child’s breath? Here are a few signs that their halitosis might be chronic. Strange looks from others when your child is talking – If strange looks are on the faces of listeners when your child is talking, you may want to … [Read more...]

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