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100 Tips for Nannies and Families

The advice in this book comes from Candi Wingate, President of Nannies4hire.com.
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What to Tell your Kids if You Can’t Afford Their College of Choice

Be honest with your child about what you can afford and what his/her options are.  For example, you may say, “I know you really wanted to go there.  It’s a great school with a great program in your intended major . . . and several of your friends are intending to go there too, so […]

How to Tell the Kids When You Are Getting a Divorce

Sit down with your kids and tell them as a family that you’re getting a divorce.   Provide them the comfort of knowing that their parents still love one another but simply cannot live together as husband and wife.  Reassure them that this is not because of the kids or anything that they said or did […]

How to Make Your Child More Independent

You want to encourage your child to be an independent person.  Here are a few tips to help you accomplish that objective. Lead by example.  Be independent yourself.  Speak with your child about why independence is important to you and how you manifest independence in your own life.  For example, you may say, “Have you […]

How Much Should You Know about Your Kids’ Online Activity?

Kids often fail to appreciate that hazards to which they can unwittingly expose themselves on the Internet.  They may share their personal information and images with people they don’t know well or don’t know at all outside the digital world.  This information and/or these images (even those that, at first glance, may appear harmless) can […]

Benefits of Date Night

You and your spouse have been married for years.  Your married life has become a harried collection of appointments:  work, the kids’ games, play dates, doctors’ appointments, etc.  When you all get home in the evening, you are ready for some quiet time spent decompressing at home.  Sounds good, right?  Wait a minute!  When do […]

Transitioning from One Nanny to the Next

Your nanny has given her notice, and you’ve selected her replacement.  Now, you need to plan for a smooth transition from one nanny to the next.  Here are a few tips to make that transition as seamless as possible. Ask your outgoing nanny to keep a record of the tasks she performs and the times […]

Outmoded Parenting Rules

According to ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “The only thing that is constant is change.”  Similarly, parenting rules change over time.  Read on for outmoded parenting rules. Axioms Spare the rod; spoil the child. This axiom extolls the benefits of using corporal punishment on children.  Today, such corporal punishment is considered abusive. Children should be seen […]

Remember your Nanny During Nanny Appreciation week

Remember the nanny in your life during National Nanny Recognition Week.  September 21st -27th, 2014 is a great time to acknowledge your nanny for all she (or he) does for your family.  During this week, families are encouraged to focus on the positive aspects of the nanny profession, including the important role nannies play in families’ […]

Guns, Play Dates, and Parental Due Diligence

As a parent, you want to ensure your child’s safety.  When your child has a play date at someone else’s home, you rely on the parent(s) in that home to watch over your child’s safety just as you would if you were present.  However, different parents have different levels of risk tolerance.  How can you […]

Having More Than One Child

Parents of an only-child who find themselves expecting their second child often think, “This is only one more child.  It’s not a major change to go from one child to two children.  It’s not like we’re having sextuplets!”  This position sounds reasonable enough, but, alas, it is seriously mistaken.  Let’s discuss why raising two children […]