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How to Help Your Kids Overcome Fear of Pets

Your kids are afraid of dogs or cats (or both).  You want your kids to be comfortable with dogs and cats because pets are omnipresent in our world.  Here are a few tips to help your kids overcome their fear of pets. Determine the cause of the fear.  Did your kids have a bad experience […]

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 […]

Healthy Holidays for Your Kids

Most people think the holiday season is the time to throw off their kids’ sleep cycles, give them sugar rushes and crashes, allow poor nutrition and over-consumption, and find other unhealthy ways to celebrate the holidays.  While each of these may be ok from time to time, they are unhealthy, so parents may want to […]

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 […]

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How to Tell Your Kids You are Downsizing your House

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family about the downsizing.  Speak openly with your kids about your downsizing, why it’s happening, and how it will affect them.  For example, you may say, “When we bought this house, we were raising five kids.  Now, three of you are in college.  We don’t […]

Explaining a Medical Crisis to the Kids

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family about the situation.  Be honest with your kids about what is going on and how it will affect them.  For example, you may say, “You know that Uncle Joe’s been sick since he came to live with us.  When he got sick, he couldn’t […]

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 […]

Preparing School Lunches for Your Kids

You make lunches for your kids to take to school, and you’re looking for some tips on improving your process.  Here are a few tried-and-true tips for preparing school lunches for your kids. Prepare in advance as much as possible.  Each night, you can place a bag of chips, a baggie containing fresh fruits (i.e., […]