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Child Care: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What Should I Pay a Babysitter?
Want to know what to pay a babysitter? UrbanSitter released its 2015 National Childcare Survey results on rates for babysitters and other child care providers.
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!
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?
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Killer Bug: Staph Outbreaks Prompt More...
A number of deadly cases from MRSA (commonly known as staph) infections is changing the ways schools,
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.
8 Back to School Tips From Real Teachers
It is back to school time! Here are 8 tips from teachers that will help you and your child start the school year on the right foot.
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.
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 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!
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.
Parenting Tip: Use Caution When Labeling Kid's...
Writing your child's name on personal items and clothing helps return the commonly left possessions back to your often forgetful kid. But, use caution when labeling these items; prominent identification could make your child a target.
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 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.
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Mary Poppins she's not. What exactly is a nanny and what job responsibilities does she perform?
What is a Mother's Helper?
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.
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.
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.
Payment Systems May Mean More Timely Pay, Less...
Writing checks to pay for child care is quickly becoming a thing of the past at many daycare centers. Problems with bounced checks coupled with the hassle of weekly payments has led many family and day care providers to go to systems like debit cards or even recurring charge agreements. For subsidized child care, laborious paperwork and tracking may also be a thing of the past, as some states are taking it a step further by instituting a new e-childcare solution.
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.
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.
What is Daycare for Kids?
What exactly is daycare for kids and how is it different than other types of care options?
Is a Preschool Education Important?
Many parents questions whether a preschool education is necessary. In preschool, children learn social and emotional development, behavior management and academics.
What Should Daycare Cost In Your State?
Thinking about sending your child to daycare? Find out the costs for both center-based daycare and in-home family care, by state.
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!
How to Hire a Babysitter For Your Vacation
Bringing a babysitter on your family trip will make it feel like the vacations you took before you had kids. Whether the babysitter assists with daytime activities or watches your kids while you go to dinner, a sitter is sure to help make your trip more relaxing.
Night Nannies Provide Exhausted New Parents...
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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?
5 Tips to Prepare Kids for the First Day of...
Going to daycare or pre-school for the first time can be scary and confusing. Here are 5 easy tips for parents who are sending their kids to preschool or daycare.
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.
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?
10 Celebrities Who Babysat Other Celebrities
Celebrities are just like us...they babysit and need babysitters! Check out 10 celebrities who babysat other celebrities when they were young.
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.
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.
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?
Your Child Hates Pre-School: What Can You Do?
Your child hates pre-school. What can a parent do?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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
Biting Child: What Can Parents Do To Stop A...
What can a parent do to stop the destructive habit of a biting child?
Drivers Should Be Extra Cautious During School...
Back to school and child safety are two key thoughts on every parents mind in the fall. Motorists should heed special school zones, watch for school buses, and parents, educators and providers alike should team up to make sure safety practices are followed to keep children out of harm's way.
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.
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.
Online Babysitting Services Can Be A Click Away
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
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.
The Final Word on What to Pay a Babysitter or...
What to pay a babysitter or a nanny varies across state. Read what UrbanSitter learned about babysitter rates.
Some Signs That You Have the Best Babysitter
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.
10 Things to Ensure Before a Relative Cares for...
What are the pros and cons of having a relative care for your child?
Never Leave Kids in Car Alone
Parents, it is never ok to leave your kid in a car alone. Learn about the dangers of leaving kids in a car and how to prevent it.
40 Things You Can Do With an Extra Hour of...
If you had an hour of child-free time, how would you spend it? Get a babysitter and give yourself a break. Parents, you deserve it.
7 Books To Help Prepare Your Child For Preschool
Starting preschool is a big step for a child. Below are 7 great books on topics such as separation anxiety, what to expect and making friends to help your kid get ready for preschool.
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.
Nanny Interview Questions: Infant Edition
Returning to work after maternity leave can be a overwhelming and stressful experience. If you choose to hire a nanny, it is important you find someone you trust and someone who has exprience with infants. This article provides suggested interview questions to ask nanny candidates when hiring for an infant.
5 Tips for What to Expect for Preschool Parents
Preschool can be very scary for parents. Janine Huldie gives parents tips on what to expect for your kids in preschool.
What Is Fifth Disease?
: What Is Fifth Disease? : Fifth Disease is a contagious viral illness commonly spread among children,
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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?
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
6 Tips For Having Children At Your Wedding
Choosing whether or not to invite children to your wedding is a personal decision. If you choose to, check out these tips to make the experience more fun for everyone.
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
American Camp Association: Parent's Guide To...
The American Camp Association (ACA) helps parents navigate the camp experience. ACA provides comprehensive summer camp resources for families, including expert advice from camp directors on selecting the right camp, camp readiness, child development and other issues important to families.
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.
UrbanSitter's 2015 Back to School Survey
UrbanSitter.com surveyed families across the U.S. to learn more about their back to school readiness, what they spend on after school childcare, their shopping habits/budgets and school day routines.
When Providers Must Say No to Child Care
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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.
The Price of Neighbor Kid Care
If your house is the preferred hang-out, the title may come with the extra cost of feeding the neighborhood kids along with extra consideration in providing supervision and esssentially child care. Do the pros of knowing where your kid is and what he's doing outweigh the extra costs associated with friends? Here are thoughts on this topic.
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.
How Do Providers Care For a Kid with an Injury?
How does a child care provider accommodate a kid with an injury? It's important that parents and providers have a common understanding about health and safety during a child's recovery time.
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.
When a Kid Damages a Tooth
Child care providers, coaches and parents alike: take note! What do you do when a child chips or knocks out a tooth? Here are important steps to take to try and minimize the damage.
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!
Dealing With Female Bullies
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Trick or Treating Time! Halloween Safety for...
Before your kids gleefully go trick or treating this year, here are some safety tips you should know to make sure the occasion is spook-tacular!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Health Tips Concerning Ozone and Air Quality...
The sun is shining and it's warm and inviting. So, what should parents and child care providers know before allowing their children to play outdoors? The answer might be in every breath you take. Page 2.
Ways to Afford the Child Care You Really Want
Annual child care costs are typically higher than the average amount families spend on groceries each year, according to the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. What this means that families are struggling to afford any child care--much less high-end or highly-desired care options. A new national program is helping parents to afford the programs they really want.
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.
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.
Nanny jobs: Down economic times mean pay, perks...
When times are good, qualified nannies are often sought-after, and parents are willing to dish out tantalizing pay, benefits and other perks for those nanny jobs. When the economy is sour, however, nannies no longer rule. Some formerly sought-after nannies are even finding themselves desperately in search for any type of nanny job.
Babysitter Costs Too High? Try a Co-Op
Want a babysitter, but costs too high? Cut babysitting costs with a babysitting swap or babysitting coop. In a swap and coop, parents exchange babysitting services. Inexpensive and easy.
How Can I Help My Child Adjust To Daycare?
We all feel anxious when put in a new situation, and starting your child in a new daycare is no different. Parents can help alleviate some of the jitters that are normal in a new environment by following these tips.
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.
When Drop and Go Becomes Drop and Run
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What is a Manny?
What's a manny and would you consider hiring one to look after your kids?
Help! My Child Is Not Adjusting To Day Care!
: Help! My Child Is Not Adjusting To Day Care! "Help! My toddler is not adjusting to her new day care.
Can You Reason With A Child?
"Are you even listening to me?" What parent hasn't ever said this, or certainly thought it, when attempting
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!
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.
15 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe During School...
School breaks give kids and caregivers much-needed refueling time, with relaxed schedules and more play time. During these breaks, however, children may get the impression that rules also have been relaxed, an assumption that can lead to dangerous situations or even accidents. Child safety is just as important during these breaks as when school is in session.
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?
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.
How To Build A Child's Self Esteem
How can parents help to build a child's healthy self-esteem? Page 2.
Child Care May Cost You More Than College Tuition
Child Care Aware released the 2014 report about the child care crisis and high costs for parents.
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.
Nanny Interview Questions: Twin Edition
Finding a nanny to care for twins can be a challenge. It is important to look for a carefiver with twins experience. This article provides suggested interview questions to ask nanny candidates when hiring for twins.
Returning to Work? 6 Tips To Feel Emotionally...
Returning to work after maternity leave is a hard and emotional experience. Check out some tips to help you feel better those first few weeks back at work.
Top 10 Tips when Going Public with Kids
The public beastly behavior can start when your child is just under a year or age and continue, well, for what seems like an eternity! Taking your youngsters with you on public outings is as much feared as it is often a necessity. That's because trips to stores, businesses, restaurants, and other public places can bring out unbecoming behavior in your kids. Here are ways to tame that beast-like behavior.
Child Safety: Keeping Kids Safe at Amusement...
Child safety is the key when taking kids to amusement parks. Whether they are your children or you are a child care provider, here are safety tips to keep in mind.
Preschool Tips At A Glance
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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.
Top 10 Things to Do NOW for Finding Quality...
Perhaps you were a lucky one who took the summer off or an extended break from work and didn't require child care services. Or, maybe your pre-schooler had a non-traditional care setting at a camp or enrichment setting (or even family help) that is coming to the end. With a change in routine and care arrangements looming, have you and your family adequately prepared for quality child care services?
Top 5 Backpack Picks
Purchasing a backpack is easy. Finding the appropriate one based on the age and size of your child is more of a challenge.
Learn the Signs of Special Needs and Act Early
A chubby-cheeked cherub doesn't mean parents shouldn't watch for slow development or special needs. Many developmental delays can be recognized early to allow children to begin receiving therapy/treatment prior to entering school, and parents should learn the signs and act early.
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?
Avoiding Carsick Kids
There's nothing like having a kid who gets carsick to put a damper on vacations or even a trip down the highway. Here are some prevention trips to try to make the outing a success for everyone.

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