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100 Tips for Nannies and Families

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Helping Your Toddler with Decision-Making Skills

High functioning adults make good decisions.  Everyone knows this, right?  Ok, then how can you help your toddler with decision-making skills? Speak with your toddler about the flow of logic you use when you make decisions.  For example, “I would really love to buy that sweater, but it’s really expensive, and I think I’d be […]

How Being a Pet Owner Prepared Me for Becoming a Parent

Being a parent is a richly rewarding but tough job.  Kids don’t come with operator’s manuals, so parenting is often mastered through the equivalent of on-the-job training.  First-time parents often feel unprepared, but, from my experience, being a pet “owner” (or, as I call it, a pet parent) can foster the development of a lot […]

Rejection in Childhood

Rejection is a part of life.  It happens both in childhood and adulthood.  Sometimes it’s constructive (in that we learn and grow from it); sometimes it’s destructive (in that it leads to feelings of worthlessness, depression, or anger); sometimes it has elements of both.  Often, the difference between constructive rejection and destructive rejection centers around […]

Why does my toddler pull her hair out while sleeping?

Your toddler may seek the sensation (touch) of holding onto or pulling something firmly. Your toddler may be pulling out her hair as a self-comforting behavior.  Perhaps she is overly tired, has stress or anxiety, etc.  (Toddler stressors include teething, bringing home a new sibling, conflict within the family, and divorce.) Either way, your first […]

Introducing a New Cat to the Family

So, you’re adopting a new family member!  Congratulations!  Cats can be wonderful additions to your family: they can provide 12 to 18 years (assuming they are indoor-only cats) of love and merriment to your household.  They can also teach your family about how to love and understand others who may view the world differently than […]

Toys Safety Concerns

We at Care4hire.com think most parents are very safety-conscious.  Well-meaning family members, who may not be as keenly aware of the abilities and habits of the recipient children, sometimes shop for fun-looking or media-hyped toys without thinking about the age-appropriateness of the toy.  Most store-bought toys bear suggested age ranges on their packaging or labeling.  For example, a toy may […]

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 […]

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 […]