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100 Tips for Nannies and Families

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Parenting Shortcuts

Most parents take shortcuts from time to time; there’s not enough time in the day to do everything to exacting standards.  To attempt to do everything with exacting standards is to set oneself up for failure, go crazy in the attempt, suffer from needless stress, and potentially damage the quality of the relationship and the […]

RIE Parenting

RIE is an acronym for Resources for Infant Educarers.  Read on to learn about RIE parenting. When/where did it originate?  RIE was founded by infant specialist and educator Magda Gerber in 1978. What is its main tenet?  The main tenet of RIE parenting is the belief that parents and caregivers should recognize infants as complete […]

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 […]

Biggest Pre K Parenting Mistakes

No parent is perfect.  We all make mistakes from time to time . . . daily, actually.  We want to be watchful for mistakes and try to correct them so that we can parent better over time.  Here are some of the biggest and most common mistakes we make when parenting pre-k kids. Inconsistent rules […]

Reversing Ineffective Parenting Habits

Kids don’t come with operator’s manuals.  You can’t get a PhD in parenting: it’s a learn-as-you-go kind of gig.  Sometimes, you have to change some of your parenting techniques because you recognize that they simply aren’t effective in achieving your goals.  Here are a few ways to help you reverse ineffective parenting habits. Explain to […]

The Best Unsolicited Parenting Advice

Receiving unsolicited parenting advice can be irritating, but, every once in a while, you can be the surprised recipient of a real nugget of wisdom.  Here are a few of those. *When your little one is crying, it’s most likely he’s either hungry or sleepy.  Start there:  feed him or rock him to sleep. *Get […]

Boosting Kids’ Self-Esteem

Kids ages five to 12 years old often exhibit self-doubt.  They don’t think they’re good at a particular task, even though they may actually be quite good at it.  Here are some things you can do to bolster your kids’ self-esteem when self-doubt is surfacing. 1. Praise your kids’ abilities and accomplishments. Praise often. Praise […]

Childcare Lessons My Nanny Taught Me

My nanny is a seasoned professional.  She really knows her stuff, and I have learned a lot from her.  Here are a few of the many lessons learned from someone who has experience raising a variety of kids. 1. No matter how much I want to be liked by my kids, I still need to […]

Engendering Conscientiousness

You want your kids to grow up with a strong moral compass.  You want their actions to be guided by their consciences.  How can you engender conscientiousness in your kids? 1. Lead by example. Make sure that your own actions square with your conscience. Your kids watch what you do (even when you think they […]

Helping Kids Understand Fairness

Kids should be taught about fairness from their earliest interactions with others not only from parents, but nannies and caregivers as well . . . when they steal their buddy’s toy for the first time, for example.  One-year-olds do not have the ability to conceive of the concept of fairness, but the lesson should be […]