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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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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 […]

Raising Well Organized Children

What’s the secret to raising well-organized children?  How can you instill strong organizational skills at an early age? Recognize that children have inborn personality traits.  Some children seem to gravitate to an organized existence.  For other children, “going with the flow” seems much more consistent with their nature.  It is important that you value your […]

Foster Parenting

The Peace Corps says that working for it is “the toughest job you’ll ever love”.  The same may be said for foster parenting.   Becoming a first-time foster parent represents a significant change in your life and in your family member’s lives, so contemplate the pros and cons and make the decision that is right for […]