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Child Care: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
How Much Should You Pay Your Babysitter?
How much is the going rate for babysitters?
What Should You Expect to Pay for Daycare?
Cost is always a factor when choosing childcare, so how much can parents expect to pay if they choose a daycare center?
How to Find Childcare Outside of Working Hours
While jobs are increasingly requiring nontraditional hours and days outside the 9-to-5 schedule, child care centers haven't gotten the message. Very few child care businesses operate on weekends and evenings. So, what are families to do?
10 Questions You Need to Ask Before Picking a...
You like the location and accept the established rate. What other questions should you ask before making a decision regarding a child care center for your kid? Here are 10 top questions to ask in determining whether the child care provider choice is right for you and your family.
The Perfect Solution When You Need a Last...
Craving for an evening out with your spouse without kids? Or, did the babysitter call in sick an hour before she's due at your home? More and more families are opting for a guilt-free and cancel-proof option of using drop-in child care. As a result, centers are prospering and may be popping up at a location near you!
10 Ways to Strengthen the Relationship Between...
Building a positive relationship between parent and child is one that requires work and effort. Here are 10 simple ways to enhance the bond between parent and child.
Top 10 Things Child Care Providers Want YOU To...
Child care is a profession, not a babysitting service. And, as a business, there are certain things that
25 Essential Questions to Ask a Babysitter...
Before you choose your child's babysitter, consider these all-important questions to ask to feel comfortable and confident in leaving your youngster under someone else's care.
6 Tips When Using Grandparents as Child Care
Having grandparents provide child care is a great idea for many families. Here are 6 things parents should consider before getting into this caregiver relationship.
When Is My Infant Old Enough To Be Placed In...
How old should your infant be before being placed in daycare or a child care setting?
Top 12 Trends in Child Care
Child care is changing, and most agree it is for the best. What are some of the latest trends in child care and what should parents be looking for when making an all-important child care decision?
Before You Consider a Career in Child Care
Interested in a career in child care? Is it to remain with your own children while earning an income or because you find being with children all day rewarding and enriching. Keep in mind that child care isn't for everyone!
7 Ways to Keep Your Kids in Their Own Bed at...
Your children have their own beds. So, why won't they stay in them all night? Here are some tips for helping the transition to bedtime a more smooth one.
Effective Ways to Stop Your Child from Hitting
Disciplining a toddler is no easy matter. But certain behaviors have to be stopped at once. Hitting is one such behavior. What can you do to put a stop to a child's hitting before someone gets hurt?
Top 10 Fun Activities for Teaching Fire Safety...
Fire safety does not necessarily need to be a serious or scary topic for kids. The key is for the kids to learn how to escape from a fire safety; not to become scared of being in a fire. By tailoring activities and lessons to the age of the child, lessons can still be taught...while kids have fun in the process.
10 Tips to Get Your Kids Up and Ready in the...
Getting kids up and ready for the day is one of the chief laments of stressed parents. Do toddlers dawdling, kids not eating, wardrobe fights, and tears and outbursts sound like your morning routine...at least on occasion? Here are ways to de-stress your start of every day.
8 Warning Signs of a Bad Babysitter
Short of using a monitoring system or nannycam that truly captures all activities throughout the home, how do parents really know if the babysitter they've hired to watch their kid is doing a good job? Here are telltale signs to watch for you need to find someone else to watch your kids.
8 Fantastic Ways to Stop Kids Fighting
Kids fighting is a child behavior that is listed at the top of undesirable child behaviors. But the child behavior of fighting is common; the key is to know how to deal with and not let it turn into bullying or something worse.
Child Discipline - Is Spanking a Child Ever Okay?
You either favor it, or are very strenuously against it. Deciding whether to spank a child as a form of child discipline creates strong emotional response, with little to no common ground. Your age, whether your parents spanked you, and your sense of control over your kids may factor into your belief system as well.
Top 6 Child Discipline Techniques to Try
Effective discipline is a constant challenge that all parents and anyone who works around kids face. Figuring out the best tactic for an effective disciplinary approach varies from parent to parent. Every kid also responds differently as well, making discipline in itself difficult! Here are some techniques to help you decide approach and then practice what you pick!
10 Things About Using Grandparents for Child Care
If you're lucky enough to have your child's grandparents living nearby, chances are you've already used them for child care. But whether it is for occasional babysitting or for full-time care while you work, here are things you should consider first.
Top 10 Tips for Teaching Kids About Fire Safety
Child care providers, teachers and parents alike should partner together to teach children of all ages, and especially youngsters, about fire safety. Here are 10 tips for teaching fire safety for kids.
The Pros and Cons of Using a Nanny Cam
More and more folks are using nanny cams in their homes. While it may give peace of mind, you should know the pros and cons.
Top Reasons to Consider Family Child Care
There are many options to consider when choosing child care and family child care remains a preferred choice for many parents.
Before You Decide to Hold Your Child Back from...
Waiting a year to enter start school can help benefit kids throughout the rest of their school years, right? Experts are mixed and their pros and cons to both decisions. In the end, parents typically know best.
Child Care Etiquette: What Is and Is Not...
Child care is the action or skill of looking after children by a day-care center, babysitter, or other providers. Child care does not include bringing your child to work, to therapy, to birthday parties they were not invited to or putting them infront of an electronic babysitter.
#SoGladTheyToldMe: Mothers Share Real, Honest...
#sogladtheytoldme is a viral media campaign reminding new moms that motherhood can be challenging and encouraging women to share their honest experiences and feelings about the transitions to motherhood.
Talking Back: Unacceptable Child Behavior Needs...
Talking back is one of those unacceptable child behaviors that unfortunately seems to becoming more common. How do you get it under control...and fast?
Child Behavior and Discipline - Calming Sibling...
It's no surprise that a previously only child may start acting out and sometimes downright ugly to parents who are expecting or have just brough home a new baby. The key is to stop those behaviors with some strong child discipline and lay the anxiety to rest.
Teen Babysitters Wanted
Babysitting can be a good way to make money for teenagers, and offers flexibility in terms of hours of locations. Here are tips on what to do to get the job ... and a return sitting gig as well!
Potty Training a Child in Daycare Takes...
Potty training a child in daycare requires parents and providers to work together. Here are communication tips to make training a successful team effort.
What is a Mother's Helper and How Does the Job...
What is a mother's helper and is the job different than that of a babysitter or in-home care provider? The answer is yes. Learn what a Mother's Helper does.
The Importance of Saying Goodbye To Your Child
Start goodbye rituals with your child at a young age to help soothe separation anxiety
Top 8 Ways to Advocate for a Child with Special...
How should parents advocate for their child with special needs? Here are top ways to go to bat for your kid.
Tips For Saving Money On A Daycare Budget
Many care providers charge a supply fee each year for children; others factor in materials into their weekly or monthly costs. But supplies are expensive, and whether it is a separate fee or not, smart shopping is imperative to make those dollars stretch as far as possible. And parents can--and should--help out as well. Here are some tips for saving money on a daycare budget.
What Is Fifth Disease?
: What Is Fifth Disease? : Fifth Disease is a contagious viral illness commonly spread among children,
Top 10 Questions To Ask Your Caregiver
Parents typically want to know everything about their child while they're away from each other, and a conference provides the ideal opportunity. But, what crucial questions should parents ask to get the information they really seek?
Nanny
Mary Poppins she's not. What exactly is a nanny and what job responsibilities does she perform?
What is Daycare for Kids?
What exactly is daycare for kids and how is it different than other types of care options?
Night Nannies Provide Exhausted New Parents...
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Top 10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Choosing Child Care
Many parents pick the wrong child care, or even type of care, and then wonder why their child is unhappy. Avoid these pitfalls when choosing care for your child, and everyone in the family will be happier because of it.
Taking The Bite Out Of A Biting Child
What can a parent do to stop the destructive, painful and socially unacceptable child behavior of a biting child?
When Your Youngster is Let Go from Child Care
You've spent countless hours researching caregivers and child care options, only to find the perfect fit for your family. But the feeling isn't mutual, it seems, after you receive notice that your child is being terminated due to behavioral, academic or even fundamental philisophical concerns. Child providers are entitled to release kids from care, and more and more centers and even in-home providers are doing it to provide a more successful operation overall.
Is Your Kid Too Sick To Attend School or Daycare?
Your youngster says he doesn't feel good. But is your sick kid well enough to go to school or be around other youngsters? How do you know? What symptoms should you look for in your sick kid?
Child health and safety: What you should know...
If your child hits her head but doesn't lose consciousness and seems okay, is she? Maybe or maybe not. Here's what else to watch for.
Before You Hire a Babysitter: Questions to Ask...
Before you tell a babysitter or child care provider she's got the job of watching your precious tot, be sure to take the time to ask for and then check out references. Here are things to consider when interviewing references.
Will Preschool Education Make A Child Ready for...
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Biting Child: What Can Parents Do To Stop A...
What can a parent do to stop the destructive habit of a biting child?
Questions To Ask A Potential Child Care Provider
You've decided what your looking for in a daycare or child care setting. Now, ask your potential provider these 12 questions to determine whether it's the right fit for you and your family.
Before You Find a Babysitter: Signs You Have...
How do you know that the caregiver you've picked will provide quality care? Before you leave your kids under someone else's care, review these signs you've got the best babysitter.
Before You Hire A Babysitter: What You Should...
Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, occasions exist when a babysitter is necessary. The teen down the street is anxious to earn some extra cash, but is she right for your child? Or, is the retiree a better option? Here are some tips to help you choose a sitter that will result in a safe outing for all.
Kid Behavior: Teach Kids the Art of Inside Voices
Have you ever noticed how most kids have a voice pitch of "loud" and "louder?" Why is it that kids, especially
What is a Family Care Provider?
What is a family child care provider and how is that different than an au pair or a babysitter?
Child Health: Teach Kids to Help Stop Spread of...
There are many good health habits adults can teach kids to help minimize the spreading of germs. The healthy habits should begin at home and then reinforced at a child's care setting or school.
Afterschool Child Care - Number of Kids Home...
Millions of kids go home to an empty house after school, and the number of unsupervised kids after 3 p.m. has risen over the past five years.
Do men make good child care providers?
There's no doubt that the child care industry is comprised mostly of women, but does that mean men can't be child care providers? Of course not! With the same training, men can become qualified and highly sought-after care providers as well.
Don't Do It! Never Leave Kids In Car Alone
You're just dashing in to pick up a jug of milk, so there's no harm in leaving your child in the car for a minute...right? Wrong! For various reasons, hundreds of kids each year are involved in potentially fatally accidents when left unattended in a vehicle.
10 Things to Ensure Before a Relative Cares for...
What are the pros and cons of having a relative care for your child?
More School Districts Offering Child Care as...
More school districts are beginning to offer child care as a perk to keep teachers of young children working and happy.
Consider Options, Priorities Before Selecting...
Nobody said finding a child care provider who is right for your family would be easy. But with so many choices out there, there is bound to be an child care provider option that is right for you and your family. Here are quality child care options to consider and considerations to narrow the search.
Reader Reviews: Read or Write About Child Care...
Choosing child care gets easier when you can read about parent reviews about what they think is good (or not). Read about the opinions of others, or write your own child care review for posting. Early childhood educators can also provide courtesy listings of their facilities for inclusion on a state map for easy reference.
Child Discipline - Do Time-Outs Really Work...
Whether time-outs are effective discipline depends on how they are used, who you ask, and how you apply the discipline.
Teach Kids About the Reasons Behind Saying Sorry
Child experts agree that kids shouldn't be forced to say "sorry" when they do something wrong. However,
Top 10 Tips for Keeping Toddlers Safe and Sound
They're everywhere and into everything, and toddlers are injury prone and adventure bound. So, how do you keep your fearless adventurers out of harm's away during these curiosity-driven, no-bounds times on the go? Here are top tips for keeping toddlers safe and sound.
Before You Hire a Nanny : Research and...
Employing a nanny, au pair, or long-term babysitter in your home is an increasingly popular choice with families. No longer are nannies just for the rich and famous; many middle-class families are choosing this type of care option for greater convenience, safety, and job flexibility.
Book It! Reading Activities Make It A Joy For...
Reading should never be a bore! Reading activities can be built into part of summer's fun activities...parents, child care providers, and day care centers just need to be creative on how reading activities are built into the day!
How Do I Stop A Child From Playing With His...
Most kids at a certain stage of develop discover their penis or vagina, otherwise referred to as
Have A Kid Sleepover That's Fun and Snooze-Worthy
Slumber parties are a rite of passage for growing up with many kids, and having a successful sleepover requires some preparation and planning on the part of parents.
Tyrant Toddler Behavior
Toddler behavior like temper tantrums, fits, and all-around bad behavior can make a toddler seem like the boss. Here are ways to help toddlers overcome the terrible terrors of misbehaviors.
Quality Family Time: It's All In The Balance!
Enjoy and interact with your child's friends. Yes, really! Letting kids "hang out" at your place gives
Why Does My Child Behave For Caregivers But Not...
If your child behaves for teachers, nannies and babysitters but misbehaves for you, there might be something deeper going on. Power struggles, unmet needs and inconsistency are all behavior triggers for kids.
Safety Tips: Parents Should Prepare Kids For...
Not a week goes by when there is not a news report or alert concerning an abducted or missing youngster. What safety tips can parents do to help ensure their loved one is out of danger?
Child Discipline - The Bad News About Using...
What parent hasn't bribed a child to stay quiet, do something he doesn't want to do, or to try a new food. While bribes typically do get the desired action in the short-term, parents may be unwittingly setting up a power struggle and a kid who won't do something without expecting something in return.
Do You Need to Pay Employment Taxes for Your...
Are families accountable for paying in Social Security, Medicare taxes and to file IRS Schedule H for teenage babysitters? The IRS has an answer to that.
How Can I Find Good Quality In-Home Child Care?
Finding good quality child care isn't always easy, especially with a parent highly concerned about safety (and who isn't nowadays?). Providers offer suggestions.
Can a Child Care Provider be Exempt from Being...
Not all providers are required to have child care licensing. Child care providers who are not licensed, however, do not receive inspections for health and safety and may have different staffing and ratios, training, and experience. But, child care licensing may not be needed in all cases.
12 Best Personalized Teachers' Gifts Under \$25
You absolutely love your child's caregiver or teacher. Here are 12 inexpensive personalized teacher gifts that will show your gratitude.
State-Funded Preschool Programs Lacking
A difference of a few miles can mean whether a child has access to a high-quality, state-funded preschool program such as Head Start, according to a new study by the National Institute for Early Education Research. The complete report is available online.
When is my child old enough to stay home alone?
: When is my child old enough to stay home alone? Letting an older child stay home while you run a quick
Amazing Grace: Tips For Teaching Child Manners
Children today are generally less respectful and demonstrate less good manners than children of previous generations. Teaching a child manners is important so that kids learn respect and tolerance in a diverse world, while at the same time able to succeed socially in any situation. Here are tips for getting started.
Is It OK to Discipline Someone Else's Child?
Is it OK to discipline other people's children and how would you react if a stranger disciplined your child?
Choose A Daycare That's Right for Your Child
Choosing a quality day care program that is right for your child can be a challenge. There are so many options--each with different philosophies, structure, staffing, programs, costs and hours. How do you make an informed decision?
Before You Buy Kid Clothes: Comfort, Practicali...
Before you buy clothes for your youngster for daycare or school, there's more you should know besides whether there is a school dress code. Here are suggestions from care providers and educators to ensure happy and comfortable kids!
When Kids Fail
No parent likes to see his or her child fail. Failure, however, can be transformed into a learning experience that actually improves your child’s ability to succeed in the future.
Involve Dad In Early Child Care Programs
Dad's today are more apt to want to be involved with their children in others ways than coaching sports teams and being the financial breadwinner. At the same time, dads are facing longer hours at work. What can be done to help dads become more connected with their kids?
How Do I Start A Playgroup?
: How Do I Start A Playgroup? I've just moved to a new area and would love to start a neighborhood playgroup.
The Economy's Impact on Child Care
Today's tough economic times are taking a toll on family budgets, and as a result, some parents are opting to pull their kids out of organized child care. Instead, they are relying on other options, and hoping for the best.
Is There a Crisis with Child Care?
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Online Babysitting Services Can Be A Click Away
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Top 10 Tips to Find Quality Child Care: Parents...
Quality child care abounds in most areas: the key is knowing where to look and what to look for. An important first step is determining what type of child care is right for your family. Quality child care options can include day care, in-home child care, nannies, au pairs, pre-school, and even you as the provider. Check out these options!
Has Your Child Care Provider Cleared A...
A background check for a child care provider can help you feel more confident that your child is in safe care. Not all providers are obligated to pass an initial or follow up background check. Here are some tips for finding a child care provider you feel confident your child is safe to be around.
How Can I Help My Child to Feel Included at...
Kids often don't want to talk about it, but being excluded at child care or school can have a life-long impact. Parents can help and may need to make some decisions for their child if the problem doesn't get resolved.
Connect With Kids By Volunteering At School/Day...
Student achievement and confidence are closely tied to positive parental involvement in a student's education. So, how do you get involved? Easily. Here's how.
Find Your Next Babysitter with This Funky New...
Want to find a babysitter? Urbansitter.com is a website and app where parents can book babysitters recommended by people they know through Facebook connections. Search sitters by date & time, book jobs, and even pay online.
How Can I Get My Employer to Offer Child Care...
Employers CAN help support the cost of child care, and often it doesn't cost them a dime. Here are ways to ask your employer to help.
Do You Do Your Child's Homework?
So much for teaching kids responsibility and learning reinforcement. A new survey says that more than 40 percent of parents nationwide do their child's homework.
Art and Kids
According to the American for the Arts, art can have a positive impact on kids with their academic achievement, attendance, creativity, and social well-being. Parents seem to agree too, according to a new poll.
Check Your Childcare's License
Does your daycare have the state-required child care license? Is it current? Check and be sure.
Parent Teacher Conference: Make The Most Of...
Talking with your child's teacher by scheduling a parent teacher conference in a non-threatening, non-hurried setting is the best way to find out information that can enhance your child's learning and growth.
Top 10 Tips To Make Potty-Training A Success!
Reaching the decision to begin potty training is the easy part. The tougher one is tackling it successfully so the end result pleases both parent and child. Here are some tried-and-true tips.
The Great Day Care Debate
Does day care make kids behave badly? Are their social skills more advanced, or are they just more mean? Do kids in day care have great vocaulary scores? Does the quality of child care make a difference when kids enter school? Welcome to the great day care debate.
Tipping Your Child's Care Provider or Teacher
The holidays and end-of-year are two standard times that many families show their appreciation of their child's care provider, teacher, and even school bus driver with a tip. Should you, and if so, how much?
What Parents Should Know About Swine Flu and...
Concern over the swine flu (H1N1) continues to grow in child care settings, school districts, and communities across the country and world. As a result, young children--who don't understand anything about the swine flu--can become scared or anxious. It's important to talk with your child, even very young ones, to show them positive ways they can keep healthy and free from getting sick.
Kid Super Heroes Needed to Help Save the Planet
Kids old enough to throw away their own trash are old enough to learn how to recycle, save energy, and help wildlife. Here are kid friendly ways to get started now in helping to save the world!
Teaching Our Youth to be Environmentally...
Earth Day isn't the only day kids should learn about environmental awareness and conservation practices. With frightening news like global warming occurring more quickly than anyone initially thought, the time to get young kids to develop a social conscious is now. Hurry!
Home Child Care: What is the Role of a Nanny?
What do nannies do in a home child care setting and how do they differ from a babysitter? Most nannies urge families to think of them as an extended member of the family and to value their training and expertise.
Kid Play Date Protocol
Having a successful play date for all kids and parents involved can require planning and communication. Here are important protocols to note to help everyone leaves happy!
Your Child Hates Pre-School: What Can You Do?
Your child hates pre-school. What can a parent do?
What should you do when uninvited siblings/gues...
You're on a limited budget and pay per child for your youngster's birthday party. Everything is set until some invited guests are accompanied by uninvited siblings. What should you do?
Child Safety: Drivers and School Bus Safety
Child Safety: School time means additional child safety concerns, especially around school zones and school buses. Parents and motorists in general should be extra cautious to ensure the safety of our most important commodity: Our children! Page 2.
15 Home Flu Remedies from Moms and Dads
When your little one comes down with a cough or a cold, what home rememdies do you use? I asked parents to share their home rememdies.
Which sports are best for my child with asthma?
Are some sports better than others for a child with asthma? Of course, and your child's daycare or school should be aware of asthma triggers when planning physical activities.
6 Ways to Make Your Kids Want to Get Ready in...
Do you dread getting your kids ready in the morning? Here are 6 fun ideas to improve your morning routine, keep everyone happy and get out the door on time.
Top 10 Ways Care Providers Can Express That...
Special occasions are not the only time child providers can utilize to promote their adoration for kids in their care. Caregivers can show their lovin' feeling toward their charges through special notes, attaboys (and attagirls), photo creations, and other memorable keepsakes. Here are top ways to show kids you care. And, parents, take note: these ideas work just as great for creative ways to tell your own kids you love 'em!
Keeping Kids Safe Around Cars
Protecting kids around cars and while backing out of driveways or parking lots requires full motorist attention. Here are tips to ensure driveway child safety for kids to avoid needless tragedies.
Is There a Chemical-Free Way to Remove Head Lice?
: Is There a Chemical-Free Way to Remove Head Lice? Is there a way to remove head-lice without using
Book Review: Einstein Never Used Flash Cards
I'm one of those parents who has utterly fallen into the trap of running myself--and my three children--to
10 Common Childhood Illnesses
Winter brings cold and flu season. Get the lowdown on common childhood illnesses and tips for helping your little one with a speedy recovery.
Top 10 Considerations When Evaluating Your...
What better time than now to revisit your child's caregiver and child care setting to ensure your choice remains what is best for your child and your family?
Child Care Is Hardest During Inclement Weather
When schools close due to inclement weather, the most common reaction is that area daycare centers and family child care do the same. But what happens when you are still expected to work? Page 2.
Fire Safety for Kids Should Be A Year-Round...
Fire Safety should be observed year-round and adults should constantly reinforce fire safety lessons to kids. The holidays create increased risk for fires, and children should know what to do in the unlikely event of a fire in their home or child care setting.
Child Behavior: Writing Thank-You Notes
Good manners is something that should be emphasized by parents and child care providers alike, and it's never too soon to start. Teaching kids to give thanks by writing thank you notes is a gesture that should be taught, and kids should understand that expressing gratitude is a part of opening presents.
Babysitter
There are a variety of terms for individuals who work in in-home child care jobs. Babysitter is a common term and is not just for the care of babies.
Is Cost of Child Care Too High?
Does the cost of child care seem high to you? Often, you get what you pay for, and finding high quality child care that also meets your budget can be found.
Brat Attack: Stopping Tantrums
Nothing makes a parent cringe more than toddler meltdowns--especially when they occur in public or at the most opportune times (is there ever a good time?). Here are ways to combat and minimize brat attacks in their tracks.
Peaceful Images Child Development, Lancaster,...
Parent review of Peaceful Images Child Development
What is a Caregiver's Role in Reporting...
Should caregivers need to know how to report suspected child abuse and/or neglect?
Tough Economic Times, Expense Means Some...
Any working parent knows that the cost of child care can eat away at much of a paycheck. In tough economic times, the cost for quality care services may have to go, especially when parents are struggling to put food on the table.
Choose the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Child
There are so many different types of camps. Find the best camp for your child!
What to Ask When Choosing Daycare for Your Child
Whether it's an Parents Day Out offering, a church-based part-time care preschool program, or choosing a full-time daycare for your child, picking the right care setting takes time. Here are some quick questions to ask to get you thinking about the right answer!
Kid Chores Teach Responsibility, Family...
Giving kids chores can help teach responsibility and make them feel more valuable and involved in the family. Don't let chores become a negative issue or something to fight about by following these tips.
When Drop and Go Becomes Drop and Run
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Toy Donations: Be Sure Items Are Worth Sharing
Kids outgrow toys as they change and grow, but gently-loved toys are always appreciated by those less fortunate. Other key toy donation times include following Christmas and birthdays, when duplicate or unwanted/underappreciated toys and items are sometimes received. But before you send them off to charity, please be sure that the toys are worthy of sharing and are in guarantee of a smile on a child's face.
What Can I Do To Help My Kid Overcome Low...
With today's emphasis on academic and athletic performance, social pressures and on-the-go families, kids can often develop low self-esteem. If this happens to your child, here are ways to help.
Career in Child Care - Loving Kids Isn't Enough...
Tough economic times often lead to an increase in the number of people opting to become child care providers. Sometimes, it is due to a parent losing a job; othertimes, it is because the cost of daycare is too much on an already-stretched household budget. But a career in child care involves much more than simply loving kids!
Before You Catch Spring Fever, Check Out These...
It's spring, and time to shed those winter doldrums and get outdoors to smell the flowers and enjoy the warming weather. The spring season offers all sorts of fun and entertaining holiday and mild-weather activities for kids. Parents and providers alike should look over this list of events, key dates and even lesson plan ideas when planning seasonal fun and enrichment.
Can We Talk? Tips on How to Talk to Kids &...
Seemingly overnight, your kids who previously were NEVER quiet suddenly have nothing to say. Consider these parenting tips on how to talk to kids to keep the lines of communication open and to know what's going on in your child's world.
Top 12 Kid Gifts Made Quick and Easy!
Your child's class is exchanging token gifts for a special occasion or holiday, or your kid's care provider, coach or teacher wants each parent to contribute something special to be placed in a goodie bag. What can you do and how much should you spend? With a little creativity, you can create a memorable gift from the heart without spending much dough. Here are gift ideas for under $1 each.
Should My Child Get The New Meningitis Vaccine?
A new meningitis vaccine is being recommended for preadolescents (ages 11-12) or as students enter high school or head off to college. The newly-approved vaccine helps protect against meningococcal disease.
Limes, Grapefruit and Even Celery Don't Mix...
Many of us enjoy a limeade or lemonade, savoring the last enjoyment of sucking on the fruit slices. But before you head out into the sun, be sure to carefully wash your hands and around your face or else you might end up with what appears to be a case of poison ivy or bad sunburn.
Head Lice and School Means It's Nitpicking Time
Head lice - Schools and child care settings are prime opportunities for head lice. And while head lice sound disgusting, the probably is high that a great majority of kids will have the unfortunate experience of being infested with them at least during their school years. Luckily, they are pretty easy to treat.
Finding Backup Child Care
You've got the child care arrangements. But what happens when your child care provider can't work? Or your child is too sick for child care and you can't stay home? Develop a Plan B child care backup plan for peace of mind.
Is Your Child Happy At Day Care?
Don't just wait to see if your child is happy and content at daycare...plan a visit and see for yourself!
Dealing With Female Bullies
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When Providers Must Say No to Child Care
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Honey Calms Coughs
Folk remedies may indeed have some of the best answers for calming a child's cough. A recent study indicates that a teaspoon of honey seems to quiet children's coughs and help them sleep better.
How To Build A Child's Self Esteem
How can parents help to build a child's healthy self-esteem? Page 2.
Killer Bug: Staph Outbreaks Prompt More...
A number of deadly cases from MRSA (commonly known as staph) infections is changing the ways schools,
Finding Quality Child Care While Away from Home...
Finding child care while on vacation or out of town can be somewhat...well, scary! How do you really know your kids will be taken care of properly and kept happy and safe?
Affordable Kid Options For Summer Fun
Summertime sometimes presents a dilemna for working parents on how to safely and affordably entertain their children and provide them with often sought-after enrichment activities as well. What are some great ideas for some summer fun?

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