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By Robin McClure

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  • Top Ways to Foster a Child's Creativity Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
    Aahhhh, the magic of childhood! It's a time when when kids' imagination have no limits. Creative children view the world as endless possibilities and adventures, and can imagine their life as a p...
  • Before You Find a Babysitter: Signs You Have the Best Caregiver Created: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    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 Leave Your Kids at Home: Warning Signs of a Bad Babysitter Created: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    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.
  • Before You Stress Out: Check Out These Favorite Parenting Tips Created: Wednesday, October 19, 2005 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    Can a person have too many parenting tips to consider? In today's busy world where issues, dilemmas and expectations are everywhere, the answer is probably not! Here are top parenting tips about kid care on an assortment of topics.
  • Before You Decide to Hold Your Child Back from Starting School Created: Friday, February 10, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    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.
  • Before You Buy Kid Clothes: Comfort, Practicality Rule School Dress Code Attire Created: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    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!
  • Before You Consider a Career in Child Care Created: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    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!
  • Before You Choose Child Care: Check Out the Green Factor Created: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    Experience, education and personality may be a perfect match between a child care provider and family, but many parents are taking it a step further by checking out a home or center's overall "green health" before making a decision.
  • The Pros and Cons of Using a Nanny Cam Created: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014
    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.
  • Can We Talk? Tips on How to Talk to Kids & Get Them Talking Too Created: Thursday, June 25, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    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 kno...
  • Has Your Child Care Provider Cleared A Background Check? Created: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    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. Her...
  • How Can I Help My Child to Feel Included at Daycare/School? Created: Tuesday, May 16, 2006 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    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 ...
  • What should you do when uninvited siblings/guests show up to your child's party? Created: Monday, January 28, 2008 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    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?
  • Nanny Created: Monday, April 19, 2004 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    Mary Poppins she's not. What exactly is a nanny and what job responsibilities does she perform?
  • Questions To Ask A Potential Child Care Provider Created: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    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.
  • New Jersey Child Care Provider Web Sites Created: Saturday, August 18, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    Courtesy listing of New Jersey child care providers, programs and services that feature web sites" itemprop="description"> Wednesday, October 03, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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  • Taking The Bite Out Of A Biting Child Created: Sunday, August 01, 2004 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    What can a parent do to stop the destructive, painful and socially unacceptable child behavior of a biting child?" itemprop="description">> Wednesday, April 28, 2004 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
    The last thing a sick child typically wants is to take medicine. How can parents make it easier for the medicine to go down without having to try the Mary Poppins' way of a "spoonful of sugar?"
  • How Do Providers Care For a Kid with an Injury? Created: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
    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.
  • When Is My Infant Old Enough To Be Placed In Child Care? Created: Thursday, April 07, 2005 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
    How old should your infant be before being placed in daycare or a child care setting?
  • Talking Back: Unacceptable Child Behavior Needs To Be Stopped Now Created: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
    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 Anxiety Created: Friday, February 27, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014
    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...
  • Teach Kids About the Reasons Behind Saying Sorry Created: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014
    Child experts agree that kids shouldn't be forced to say "sorry" when they do something wrong. However, that doesn't mean kids should be off the hook either. Parents should take the opportunity t...
  • 10 Things About Using Grandparents for Child Care Created: Tuesday, February 03, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 06, 2014
    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 whil...
  • Many Parents Underestimate Value of Early Education Created: Friday, February 17, 2006 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Early childhood education research shows that even very young children have an enormous capacity for learning. Experts typically agree that a structured learning environment can help youngsters to...
  • Recession taking a toll on child support Created: Wednesday, May 06, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Job losses are forcing more parents to seek changes in their child support payments. The end result is that everyone suffers: the parent who is trying to do the right thing but is out of a job, t...
  • Teaching Our Youth to be Environmentally Responsible Created: Thursday, March 27, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    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 thou...
  • Creating Joy in Kids Created: Saturday, June 14, 2008 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    It's one thing to raise kids who are safe but it's another to ensure they are happy. While some children seem happy almost all the times, others display early traits of disenchantment with life. ...
  • Top Questions to Ask a Prospective Child Care Provider Created: Friday, June 15, 2007 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    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...
  • Is There a Chemical-Free Way to Remove Head Lice? Created: Thursday, September 15, 2005 Updated: Thursday, June 05, 2014
    Studies show that head lice have become increasingly resistant to chemical treatments. What to do? "Combing" wet hair is four times more likely to rid scalps of lice. But there is a technique to...
  • Kid Behavior: Teach Kids the Art of Inside Voices Created: Friday, April 13, 2007 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    Have you ever noticed how most kids have a voice pitch of "loud" and "louder?" Teach your tot the seemingly little-known pitch lovingly called an "invoice voice." Then, encourage your child to pa...

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