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High Cost of Childcare in the US

Families in the US are spending a large percentage of their take-home pay on child care.  According to Child Care Aware ® of America*, the US Department of Health and Human Services defines affordable child care as that which consumes approximately 10% of the family income.  However, in most states, the average cost of child […]

Grandparent’s Day

Grandparents’ Day is a day to celebrate grandparents and thank them for all that they mean to (and do for) their grandchildren.  Here are some things that families can do in recognition of this special day. Family Crafts Handmade greeting cards from grandchildren Photographs of grandchildren in handmade frames (i.e., popsicle stick sunflower frames, construction […]

Playdate Challenges

Playdates are wonderful social opportunities for children.  However, playdates can come with some challenges.  These challenges are discussed below in question-and-answer format. What are the most common challenges that parents and nannies experience associated with playdates? Coordinating schedules with others associated with the playdates Activity planning Communicating adequately with the parents and childcare providers of […]

Preparing Your Pet for Your Family Relocation

You are moving.  That requires extensive planning regarding the sale of your existing home and subsequent purchase of a home in your new community; disconnecting and connecting utilities at the homes; the packing, transporting, and unpacking of your household inventory; and helping your family members prepare for and adjust to the change.  It isn’t just […]

Male Babysitters

Babysitters used to be almost exclusively female, male babysitters have become more common in recent years.  What are the benefits of hiring a male babysitter? A male babysitter can be a masculine role model in a household without a father-figure. A male babysitter may be able to connect with and relate to the kids in […]

How to Get Out the Door with Your Baby

You’re tired.  The baby just went down for a nap.  The house is a mess.  You’ve got spit-up milk on your shirt.  You’re pretty sure you smell like the diaper you changed not five minutes ago.  This is not the time to be going out and about, running errands and accomplishing tasks outside your home, […]

Creativity in Kids

Creativity: in Western culture, we see it more frequently among kids than adults.  The pressures of adulthood in our society, the way we educate our kids, and much more contribute to the marked decline in creativity as most of us mature from infancy to adulthood.  Further, studies show that creativity among kids in our culture […]

Second Children… Are They More Mellow than First-Borns?

Are second-born children more mellow than first-borns?  The answer is that it depends on multiple variables.  Read on for more information. If “mellow” is defined as lacking in energy and being sedentary, then second-born children, anecdotally, do not seem to be significantly more or less mellow relative to their first-born siblings.  Second-born children may be […]

Helping Aging Parents Transition to an Independent or Assisted Living Residence

Your elderly parents are in their golden years.  They no longer need their big house:  the two of them just rattle around inside its spacious walls.  Bedrooms sit empty, long unused since the “kids” became adults and had families of their own.  Utility bills are needlessly high as they are heating and cooling large amounts […]

The Importance of Family Fun

In our society, we struggle to keep the pace.  We rush home from work to prepare dinner for the family.  After dinner, we hurriedly pack the kids in the car to get them to their game, dance class, music lesson, or other event on time.  As soon as that’s done, it’s time to go home, […]