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Child Care Provider Checklist

Wednesday February 9, 2011

There are certain pieces of basic information that must be provided for caregivers, whether using a sitter for the afternoon or enrolling your child at a weekday day care center. This goes double for a child with special needs.

While it's not necessary to divulge every detail of your child's history, you should make sure the provider has enough information on hand for their day-to-day care -- and in case of emergency.

Your phone number and a doctor's phone number are just the minimum. Refer to this sample checklist (mid-page) as a good starting point. Once created, keep the list saved on your computer where it's easy to update and print more as needed.

Tips for New Working Moms

Saturday January 15, 2011

After returning to work from maternity leave, many new mothers will start to worry about their company's "mommy track", or the work-life balance your company gives working mothers. Balancing your home life with the rigors of a pressure-packed work environment is not for everyone and talking to other working moms in the company will provide a good idea of what the future will hold.

If the company you currently work at seems too demanding and would take away from what you need to do at home, perhaps a more easy going employer and a relaxed working environment will give you what you need to provide for your family while having the time and energy to be a great mom at home.

Winter Fun with the Family

Monday January 3, 2011

The holiday hype may be over for most families, but luckily for everyone, there are still endless opportunities for having winter fun with the family.  Here are some activities and ideas you can do while it's cold outdoors.  For starters, how about setting family fun goals for 2010?

Top 7 Ideas for Involving Kids In Setting New Year's Goals

Friday December 24, 2010

Making resolutions for the New Year can be a fun family activity.  Instead of spending big bucks on entertainment this New Year's Eve, why not settle into a cozy night with family and celebrate all the hopes and plans for 2010 together?  There's much to be thankful for and you might have so much fun together you'll want to plan special outings for family fun throughout the year as well.  Happy New Year everyone!

Keeping Your Kids Safe Over Winter Break

Friday December 17, 2010

Your kids are probably already counting the days to the holidays, not just for the seasonal celebrations, but also from a well-deserved break from school.  Often, parents can't afford to take as much time off from work as kids get from the school year.  So, how do you make sure you keep your kids safe and happy over winter break?  It's not too late to make plans, but you had better hurry!

Making Young Houseguests Feel at Home

Friday December 3, 2010

Are you planning to host houseguests over the holidays?  Any young children in tow as well?  If so, make sure that you take extra care in providing a safe and inviting home away from home for them to encourage them to feel comfortable  in their temporary surroundings.  Here are ways you can make houseguests of all ages feel welcome!

Ways Child Care Providers Can Express Appreciation of Kids in Their Care

Friday November 26, 2010

Most child care providers try and provide an inexpensive gift to children under their watch during the holiday season.  For some, it is a simple treat or homemade craft.  Others spend a little more and may purchase a book or other item that can be shared with parents at home.  Regardless of the dollar amount spent, a simple and heartfelt gesture means a lot to parents and the children themselves.  Consider these ways caregivers can express that lovin' feeling to their special kids this year.

Teach Kids to Give Thanks by Writing Thank You Notes

Monday November 15, 2010

My child's school is having every child write thank you notes for a variety of reasons, and I couldn't be happier.  Too often, parents say kids aren't old enough to write a thank you note.  However, scribbles, stickers and just about anything that a young child can do can serve as an initial sign of thanks, so hard can it be, really?  Truth is, we as parents get lazy about having our kids write notes.  That's a shame!   If you even are thinking about your child saying thanks for something, then a thank you note is in order!

Preschool Summer Camp?

Thursday July 15, 2010

Is your preschooler ready to go to summer camp? Many preschool summer camps operate out of nursery schools and daycare centers, but there are some things parent need to take into account before they send their preschoolers to camp.

If your preschooler is potty-trained and can deal with being without a parent for a decent stretch of time, then those are good signs that your kid may be ready. There are full day and half day camps, so choosing the right length for you and your preschooler is important. The location of the camp, the staff, the cleanliness of the place, logistical transportation options, and of course the cost are all factors that need to be taken into account when deciding whether your child is ready for summer camp.

Camp Mom Tips and Tools

Tuesday June 15, 2010

Not sending your kids to summer camp this year or going on a vacation and need some things to do with your kids during the long summer months? Taken from our guide Terri Mauro's great Camp Mom tips, here are some great ideas to make the summer days with your kids, entertaining, enlightening and a whole lot of fun.

Outdoor activities in your backyard, local park or pool and the beach could be supplemented with arts and crafts, cooking and baking, and movies and museums for the rainy days. Juts because your kids are at home doesn't mean they need to have a boring summer. Use these tips to make sure your children have a summer to remember at Camp Mom.

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