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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 […]

Goal Setting and Achievement

You want to teach your kids to set goals, get to work on them, and ultimately achieve them.  How can parents and babysitters help kids with this life lesson? Talk to your kids about the goal setting, progress, and achievement in your own life. Talk with your kids about what goals they would like to […]

How Should a Babysitter Deal with a Child Who Bites?

You are babysitting for a child who bites you.  How can you help this child learn not to bite? 1. Remain calm. Do not react with anger. 2. You need to determine why the child is biting. Is the child teething? Is s/he trying to learn about his/her world through oral exploration (putting things in […]

The Over-Protective Parent

Over-protective parents.  What does that term really mean?  Society is changing, and the “norm” for parents is changing too.  Below, I will touch on these and other elements of the label of “over-protective parent”. When I was young, forty years ago, many cars did not have seat belts at all.  We would go for car […]

Children: Learning about the World and Their Place in It

From birth, children are learning about themselves and the world around them.  Using their five senses, they form opinions about who they are, what the world is like, and how they fit in it.  You shape how your children frame their world view, how they build their self-image, and how they come to see their […]

Getting Your Kids on a Schedule

Your two kids, a newborn and a toddler, desperately need a schedule.  You, your spouse, and your two kids have widely diverse wake and sleep cycles that increase your daily stress, make your kids (and you) a little crabby, and leave you sleep-deprived.  How do you get your kids on a schedule? The structure that […]

Expecting Too Much from Toddlers?

You have a three-year-old son.  You are going out for dinner and want him to behave well, sit still, be quiet, stay clean, and not say or do anything that will embarrass you in public.  Do you have reasonable expectations for your toddler?  For most three-year-olds, the answer would be no.  However, different children mature […]


We all have frustrations every once in a while.  As mothers, we need to be careful how we respond to our frustrations because our kids are watching us and will repeat our behaviors.  What follows is guidance on frustration management: it is in question-and-answer format for easy reading. Q:  Should moms share with their kids […]

Cooking for Picky Kids

Your kids are picky eaters.  How do you get them to try something new?  Or just eat their veggies? 1. Allow your kids to help plan the menus. If they have voice in their meals, they are more likely to accept those meals. 2. Have your kids help you prepare the meals. Let your kids […]