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How Parents Can Help Kids Develop Emotional Intelligence (and Why It Matters)

According to the Random House dictionary, emotional intelligence is defined as the “skill in perceiving, understanding, and managing emotions and feelings.”  People who understand what they feel, why they feel as they do, and can shape their feelings and how they manifest in behaviors are thought to possess emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence is at the heart of healthy self-knowledge.  Emotional intelligence is […]

Common Resume Mistakes

Resume mistakes are made by even the best of us, no matter what the education and proficiency of the job seeker may be.  Listed below are some of the most common resume mistakes made by caregivers (nannies, babysitters, senior caregivers, etc.). Inattention to detail.  This includes typographical errors, punctuation problems, grammatical errors, etc.  It is […]

Preparing for a Caregiver Interview

You are a caregiver (nanny, babysitter, or senior caregiver), and you are job-seeking.  You need to be prepared for interviews so that you can ensure that the job you accept is a good fit for you.  Here are five topics you need to think about and prepare informed questions on in advance of interviewing. What […]

Caregivers Negotiating Their New-Hire Compensation

Caregivers often find it uncomfortable to negotiate with their new employers about their new-hire compensation.  They fear that they will be perceived as greedy or, even worse, lose the job opportunity due to the perception that they want more compensation than the employer is willing or able to pay.  Here are a few tips to […]

Adopting a Pet Before Having Children

You and your spouse would like to be parents some day.  You two have lots of love to give, and you do not want to wait . . . to do without some little one (or not so little one) to love, cuddle, nurture, and protect.  So, you are considering adopting a dog or cat.  […]

Caregivers Job Seeking While Employed Full-Time

Being a caregiver can be a 24/7 responsibility.  When a caregiver knows his/her job is ending (the youngest child is old enough not to need a nanny anymore or the elderly employer is being placed in a skilled care facility, for example), or when the caregiver otherwise decides it’s time to seek a new job, […]

Teaching Your Child to Count

Math is omnipresent in our world:  at grocery stores (i.e., price per ounce, pound, item, etc.; tax calculation; total bill calculation; etc.), with our banks (i.e., running a balance in our check registers, reconciling our monthly account statements, etc.), with our childcare providers (hourly pay rate times hours worked equals gross compensation), in our kitchens […]

Paternity Leave

In the United States, many new fathers do not take paternity leave upon the births of their children.  The federal Family and Medical Leave Act allows fathers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid paternity leave, subject to certain qualifications, but how many fathers can afford 12 weeks of unpaid leave?  In much of […]

When Your Toddler Won’t Hug Relatives

Your toddler refuses to hug one of his relatives.  The relative appears to experience this as rejection, and you want to soothe hurt feelings.  You also want your toddler to feel safe and secure hugging his loved ones as you want him to be an affectionate child.  Here are some tips to help you accomplish […]

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