Children the Importance of Volunteering

“Teaching Children the Importance of Volunteering: Nannies and Children”   As a primary caregiver, it is natural to want to raise a child who is focused on others and who has a sense of responsibility to society. Children, though, do not always naturally possess these traits, especially when living in a culture that caters to an “it’s all about me” ideology. Showing children how to be selfless versus simply telling them how to be selfless may be the key to unlocking the compassion within … [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...]

How to Get Your Child to Sleep

How to Get Your Child to Sleep Without Lying with Him/Her Have you become a regular in your child’s bed?  While the practice of lying with your child to help him get to sleep can be stressful, it’s not as uncommon as you may think. Babies typically fall asleep in their parents’ arms while feeding, so it makes sense that they will continue to associate their parents with sleeping. But don’t worry, you don’t have be used as a pillow forever. Here are some ways to get your child to sleep on his … [Read more...]

Teaching Manners to Your Kids, 15 Blogs to Help!

A few decades ago, children were expected to be seen and not heard. They were taught to be polite and always exhibit good manners. As the years have passed, however, it seems these values have become less important. Are these ideas old fashioned now?  Not according to these 15 blogs. Using proper manners is a sign of respect, and a way for children to show that they care about other people’s feelings. Kids aren’t born knowing good manners, though. They have to be taught them, usually from a … [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...]

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...]

CHILDCARE, How to Prevent Second Story Window Falls

How to Prevent Second Story Window Falls   Since the number of children falling from windows each year averages around 5,200, and at least one in four of those falls is serious enough to warrant hospitalization, taking the necessary precautions to ensure that kids don’t end up tumbling out of a second-story window is essential. So important is this safety concern that an annual National Window Safety Week is held to raise awareness of the dangers that can accompany a fall out of a … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Active Kids Happy on Rainy Days

Keeping Your Active Kids Happy on Rainy Days   There are some children who are completely satisfied to be inside on a rainy day just reading or playing quietly. Then there are the children whose energy seems to make the entire house pulsate and groan with the words “rain, rain, go away, come again on another day”! I have one of these children and it has been challenging to say the least keeping them entertained on days when going out of doors was impossible. When I say impossible, I … [Read more...]

Newborn to Toddler, how to get a Full-night’s Sleep

From the moment you bring your newborn home until he’s well into the school-aged years, the one thing you’re likely to always want more of is sleep. A full night of restful sleep can become so rare that it can almost seem mythical to the parents of toddlers, but there are some things you can do to stretch out the time you’re allotted. If your child is waking in the obscenely early hours of the morning and you can’t seem to get him back to bed, these tips can help you establish a routine … [Read more...]

Guide for a Man Attempting to Raise Women

Raising girls is much different than raising boys. Girls tend to be more emotional, affectionate, and have different methods of logical thinking. For the father who may feel overwhelmed about how to raise a daughter, these tips may help keep you on task. Horseplay – Although rough-housing is common in most households, girls tend to be more sensitive to physical violence. There are exceptions to every rule, of course. However, rough-housing with your girls could turn them into Tomboys. … [Read more...]

Childcare, 10 Rules for Safe Outdoor Winter Play

With rising childhood obesity rates and the increasing illnesses that accompany a sedentary lifestyle, it’s no secret that kids should be encouraged to get outside and engage in active play, through creative recycling winter craft ideas. As the lower temperatures approach, so does cold and flu season, which can be greatly exacerbated when kids are held indoors where germs can easily be spread through respiratory droplets and exhalations. Keeping kids safe while they’re out in the cold, … [Read more...]

6 Reasons Your Child refuses to do Homework after School

Many parents struggle with getting their child to complete homework after school. Rarely is a child ever anxious to get back to work when he returns home from school, but there are some ways that you can make homework less of a struggle for both you and for your child. To make getting your child to do homework less of a chore, you have to begin with understanding why he is resistant to doing homework in the first place. She is exhausted from a long day at school School is exhausting – … [Read more...]

Parenting – How to host a kid-friendly ‘Afternoon Tea’

While the concept afternoon tea originated in France, contrary to what most people believe, the English made taking an afternoon tea fashionable. The English usually take their afternoon tea between 4 and 5 o’clock in the afternoon, whereas Americanized versions of afternoon tea tend to be held between 3 and 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Children may not care for tea, most enjoy the pomp and ceremony that comes with a traditional high tea experience. Here’s how to host a kid-friendly … [Read more...]

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