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Sitter Sharing

You want to set up a sitter sharing arrangement.  You and your two best friends are on a budget.  You never get date nights with your husbands.  It’s time to do something about that.  Here is how you can set up a sitter sharing arrangement. First, you and your two best friends need to ask […]

Disrespectful Behavior in Children

Parents of pre-teen and teenaged children are often heard complaining about experiencing disrespectful behavior from their children.  Is this really new behavior from their children?  What is the cause of this behavior?  How can parents and babysitters help their children through these difficult times?  Is this really new behavior?  Disrespectful behavior naturally ebbs and flows throughout […]

Fun Things Babysitters Can Do with Kids during the Holiday Season

You’re a babysitter . . . not just any babysitter . . . no, you’re a GREAT baby sitter.  You want to help make the holiday season wonderful for the kids that are in your care.  Here are some fun things you can do with your kids this holiday season.  (Note: make sure that you […]

Ho Ho Ho-ly Cow! Where Am I Going to Find A Babysitter at This Time of Year?!

The holiday season is hectic at best.  Your usually busy schedule becomes almost unmanageable when you add the spate of personal and professional holiday parties, all the holiday shopping (most of which has to be done when you’re not with your kids so they don’t have a preview of their Christmas gifts), and the myriad […]

How to Deal with an Autistic Child

You’ve just learned that your toddler has autism.  You feel crushed, but you know you need to formulate a plan for how to move forward.  How can you best deal with your autistic child? Speak directly and often to your child. Autistic children learn language more slowly than do children who are not autistic. By […]

A Positive Babysitter?

You want your babysitter to be a positive caregiver for your children.  What behaviors should you be looking for when interviewing babysitter candidates?  Does your babysitter: smile easily? laugh easily? exhibit good eye contact? speak using a variety of pitches or tones? discuss the silver lining in each cloud? (This information can be obtained by […]

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

Mornings are always crazy.  Johnny asks for five more minutes to sleep in.  Janie takes what seems like a five-hour shower.  Joanie spends so long doing hair, make-up, and wardrobe that she seems completely oblivious to the passage of time.  Some days, it seems it’s all you can do to get your kids off to […]

At What Age Should Kids Begin to…

Kids develop their competencies at varying rates.  While you need to assess your kids’ skill levels and teach them how to perform tasks accordingly, what follows is the typical age range that is generally applicable for each task listed below. Tying shoes ~ 4 – 6 years Eating with child’s knife and fork ~ 3 […]

Fun Activities For the Fourth of July

Independence Day is rapidly approaching.  What fun things can your babysitter do with your children to celebrate the day? 1. In the days leading up to Independence Day, read aloud to the children the Articles of Confederation, the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or other printed materials on Americana. Discuss what life would have […]

Babysitters: How to Put Kids to Bed with Minimum Fuss

As babysitters, we know that some kids go to bed easily.  They do what you ask them to do in a timely and compliant manner.  Oh, but then there are those kids who beg for five more minutes of play time or drag out the bedtime ritual . . . and the kids who lay […]