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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 […]

Preschoolers’ Peer Relationships

Your pre-schooler has friendships with his/her peers, children the same age as s/he.  You observe occasional difficulties in these relationships.  Are these normal?  What is “normal” among preschoolers’ (three- to four-year-olds) peer relationships?  How should parents, caregivers, nannies and preschool teachers handle difficulties in these relationships? Preschoolers are just beginning to learn about self-control, socialization […]

Boredom Busters

You hear it from your kids a lot.  “I’m bored!”  You flash back to your own childhood: you didn’t say that regularly like your kids do.  What’s going on here?  What do you do about it? As our culture evolves, we are re-orienting to 24/7 activity.  When you were a child, stores probably closed each […]

Is Your Babysitter a Positive Caregiver?

You want your babysitter to be a positive caregiver for your children.  What behaviors should you be looking for?  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? discuss the future with anticipation and excitement? give praise or […]

What Do You Do with Your Kids When School Is Not in Session?

You work a full-time job.  Your three kids, all school-aged, have summer breaks, Christmas breaks, and various other weekdays off periodically throughout the year.  What do you do with your kids when they are not in school but you need to be at work? You can ask a friend or family member to watch your […]

Win Tickets to Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show ~ Omaha, Nebraska

Care4hire.com has teamed up with Feld Entertainment and is giving away 1 family 4-pack of tickets to the 12pm production of Disney Live!  Rockin! Road Show! in Omaha, Nebraska at the Civic Auditorium on October 23, 2010.   Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and your favorite Disney friends for a hilarious talent search in the new Disney Live!  Rocking’ […]

When Does Helping Your Child with Homework Become More Your Work Than His?

As a parent, you want to help your kid succeed and protect him from failures.  What should you do when your kid’s struggling with his homework?  Should you let him struggle?  Should you let him submit homework that you know is riddled with errors?  Where’s the dividing line between helping him with his homework and […]

Hiring a Babysitter for the First Time

You are preparing to hire a babysitter for the first time.  What all do you need to do to be well prepared for successfully employing a babysitter?  A brief list follows. Determining what job tasks you want the babysitter to perform (just childcare? feeding? house cleaning? transporting? administering medications?) Determining what traits and skills you […]

Helping Kids Avoid Holiday Melt-Downs

On the radio you hear the lyric, “Oh, it’s a holly, jolly Christmas . . .”  and you think, “Really?”  The kids are making their 104th lap around the kitchen, their commotion has caused the cranberry sauce to go flying across the room resulting in a festive red pattern on the carpet and walls, the […]