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Published: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:21:37 +0000

 



What Should You Expect to Pay for Daycare?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Tax Credits Every Parent Should Know

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

For the 2015 Tax Year, it is important to know what tax deductions you can claim for simply having a child.



12 Questions To Ask A Potential Day Care Center

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



What Should I Pay a Babysitter?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Effective Ways to Stop Your Child from Hitting

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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?



What Age Should a Baby Be Placed in Child Care?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

How old should your infant be before being placed in daycare or a child care setting?



Top Trends in Child Care

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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?



Childcare Options For The Modern Family: Day...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Choosing between daycare, a nanny/babysitter for your child is a very important decision. Tammy Gold guides parents on how to choose the best child care for your family.



8 Fantastic Ways to Stop Kids Fighting

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Child fighting is common, but the key is to know how to deal with it and not let it turn into bullying or something worse.



Is Spanking a Child Ever Okay?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



10 Ways to Strengthen Parent-Child Relationships

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Improving parent-child relationships takes work. Parents can deepen their bond with children by creating rituals and spending quality time with them.



The Perfect Solution When You Need a Last...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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!



Before You Consider a Career in Child Care

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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!



25 Essential Questions to Ask a Babysitter...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Before You Hire A Babysitter: What You Should...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Regardless of whether you work inside or outside the home, occasions exist when a babysitter is necessary. Here are some tips to help you choose a trustworthy and reliable babysitter for your family.



Help for Parents Trying to Find Quality In-Home...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Parents can learn to find quality in-home daycare by following these tips. Finding the right childcare isn't easy, but it's far from impossible.



Top 10 Things Child Care Providers Want You To...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Child care is a profession, not a babysitting service. And, as a business, there are certain things that



When Will Child Care Be a National Economic...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

In 2015 President Obama proposed new child care tax cuts, a credit to help two earner families and a proposal for more sick and paid maternity leave.



Child Care May Cost You More Than College Tuition

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Child Care Aware released the 2014 report about the child care crisis and high costs for parents.



When Is it Appropriate to Discipline Another...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Is it ever okay to discipline other people's children? When a child is unruly and putting others in harm's way, it may be necessary to intervene.



10 Tips to Get Your Kids Up and Ready in the...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Getting kids up and ready for the day is one of the chief laments of stressed parents. Here are ways to de-stress your start of every day.



The Final Word on What to Pay a Babysitter or...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

What to pay a babysitter or a nanny varies across state. Read what UrbanSitter learned about babysitter rates.



When Your Youngster is Let Go from Child Care

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

You've spent countless hours researching caregivers and child care options, only to find the perfect fit for your family.



When is my child old enough to stay home alone?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

: When is my child old enough to stay home alone? Letting an older child stay home while you run a quick



Affordable Kid Options For Summer Fun

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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?



Top Child Discipline Techniques and Ideas

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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!



Should I Use A Nanny Cam?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Before You Decide to Hold Your Child Back from...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Do Time-Outs Really Work With Toddlers?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Whether time-outs are effective discipline depends on how they are used, who you ask, and how you apply the discipline.



What Can Parents Do If Their Child Dislikes...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Your child tantrums and cries before going to daycare or preschool. What can a parent do to solve this problem?



Is a Preschool Education Important?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Many parents questions whether a preschool education is necessary. In preschool, children learn social and emotional development, behavior management and academics.



10 Things About Using Grandparents for Child Care

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



How to Stop Your Child From Talking Back

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Talking back is one of those unacceptable child behaviors that unfortunately seems to becoming more common. Check out tips to change this bad behavior.



Tips for Teaching Kids About Fire Safety

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Tips for Parents Seeking to Employ a Nanny in...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Employing a nanny, au pair or long-term babysitter is an increasingly popular choice for families, but parents should do their research first.



7 Ways to Keep Your Kids in Their Own Bed at...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Why School Districts Are Providing Childcare to...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

More school districts are offering childcare to teachers to keep educators with young children working and happy and to lure in newcomers with kids.



Night Nannies Provide Exhausted New Parents...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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7 Activities for Teaching Kids About Fire Safety

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Fire safety does not necessarily need to be a serious or scary topic for kids. Here are 10 fun activity ideas that child care providers, parents and teachers alike can utilize to get the safety message across while still having fun in the process.



How To Prepare a Sibling For a New Baby

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Potty Training a Child in Daycare Takes...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Potty training a child in daycare requires parents and providers to work together. Here are communication tips to make training a successful team effort.



Teach Kids About the Reasons Behind Saying Sorry

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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Does Daycare Influence How a Child Performs in...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Learn about the pros and cons of daycare on a child's social skills, academic performance and behavior with this review of the benefits of preschool.



What is Daycare for Kids?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

What is daycare for kids and how is it different than other types of childcare options?



New Legislation Aims To Give Parents Paid Time...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

New legislation in California is hoping to give working parents paid time off to attend school-related activities.



What is a Mother's Helper?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

What is a mother's helper and is the job different than that of a babysitter or in-home care provider?



Before You Hire a Babysitter: Questions to Ask...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



What Should Daycare Cost In Your State?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Thinking about sending your child to daycare? Find out the costs for both center-based daycare and in-home family care, by state.



Why Lime Juice, Grapefruit and Celery Cause...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Adults and children often develop sunburn on summer days after consuming lime juice, grapefruit or celery. Find out how to prevent phytodermatitis.



5 Steps To Coordinate Discipline With Caregivers

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Discipline is not effective without consistent limit setting and consequences by all caregivers. Learn how to stay consistent with disicipline using these 5 tips.



3 Areas Your Child Needs Consistency

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Sleeping, eating and discipline are 3 areas where all caregivers should follow the same routine for the benefit of the child.



5 Ways to Involve Dad In Early Child Care...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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. What can be done to help dads become more connected with their kids?



Top Reasons to Consider Family Child Care

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

There are many options to consider when choosing child care and family child care remains a preferred choice for many parents.



Parents Can Bond With Kids By Serving as a...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Student achievement is tied to parental involvement in education, making it important for parents to volunteer at their child's school or daycare.



8 Warning Signs of a Bad Babysitter

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Do Men Make Good Child Care Providers?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



8 Back to School Tips From Real Teachers

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Tips for Parents and Caregivers on Teaching...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Parents and caregivers should teach children manners to help youth learn respect and tolerance and to succeed socially in any situation.



6 Tips For Getting Dads More Involved in...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

There are many reasons why a dad may feel or act more like a babysitter than a parent. If this is an area of stress or resentment in your relationship, make some changes and get dad more involved.



Changing The Stigma of Paternity Leave, One Dad...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Want to get dads to take more paternity leave? Show them that their counterparts are taking it.



Teach Kids To Use Inside Voices

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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How Can You Stop a Child From Biting?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

What can a parent do to stop the destructive habit of a biting child?



How Parents Can Use Stranger Danger Tips to...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Parents can use a number of stranger danger tips to help children learn about abduction risks and give them the tools necessary to remain safe.



How Do I Stop A Child From Playing With His...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Most kids at a certain stage of develop discover their penis or vagina, otherwise referred to as



Top 8 Ways to Advocate for a Child with Special...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

How should parents advocate for their child with special needs? Here are top ways to go to bat for your kid.



Deaths Rise of Kids Accidentally Left in Car

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

When temperatures rise, so does the the likelihood of kids accidentally left behind in a carseat and dying from heat exhaustion. Parents and relatives aren't the only ones who forget their youngsters; child care providers have also accidentally left kids behind.



Teaching Kids To Be Environmentally Responsible

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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!



What is In-Home or Family Childcare?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

What is a family child care provider and how is that different than an au pair or a babysitter?



Teen Babysitters Wanted

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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!



Should New Parents Hire a Baby Nurse?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Many parents-to-be choose to hire newborn care specialists, also know as baby nurses, in preparation for those first weeks home with a new baby.



Afterschool Child Care - Number of Kids Home...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Before You Buy Kid Clothes: Comfort, Practicali...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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!



Preschool Parents Should Take Advantage of...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Preschool parents can schedule parent-teacher conferences to learn about children's progress and obtain information that can enhance their education.



4 Ways To Stop Spreading Germs

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



How Do Providers Care For a Kid with an Injury?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



5 Tips For Parents Of Picky Eaters

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

If your child's eating habits are a sore topic in your household, you are not alone! Many children are picky eaters. Most kids get plenty of variety and nutrition in their diets over the course of a week. Until your child's food preferences mature, consider these tips for preventing mealtime battles.



Explore Daycare Options Before Choosing a...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Parents should explore all daycare options and priorities before deciding which childcare provider is right for them. Use these tips as a guide.



Tips for Parents to Teach Children to Play...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Toddlers and small children often play roughly, but with these tips, parents concerned about roughhousing can teach kids to play gently instead.



Dads Struggle With Postpartum Depression Too

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Men struggle with postpartum depression after having a baby. Learn what may increase your risk, what symptoms to look for and how to get treatment.



Is It OK to Discipline Someone Else's Child?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Is it OK to discipline other people's children and how would you react if a stranger disciplined your child?



Why Kids Should Follow a Casual Dress Code at...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Childcare providers and teachers urge parents to follow a relaxed dress code when picking clothes for their children to attend daycare or school in.



6 Tips When Using Grandparents as Child Care

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



The Best Way for Parents to Keep Kids Safe...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Cars, driveways and parking lots all pose dangers to children, but with these tips, parents can take measures to keep them safe and avoid tragedies.



Tips For Saving Money On A Daycare Budget

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Is Your Kid Too Sick To Attend School or Daycare?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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?



Parents and Providers Discuss How to Stop A...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

What can a parent do to stop the destructive, painful and socially unacceptable child behavior of a biting child?



When Kids Fail

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Tips for Making a Nanny Share Work

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

A nanny share can be a cost-efficient childcare situation, but it is important to work out the details in advance. Here are questions that should be discussed before starting a nanny share.



Why Parents Should Know the Safety Protocols in...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Parents can learn about summer camp safety by conducting research and asking questions to ensure protocols are in place in case of emergencies.



Never Leave Kids in Car Alone

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



9 Tips for Finding Quality Family Time

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Balancing work, family time and kid activities can be very challenging. Here are tips for maintaining balance for your family and creating a happier family team.



Some Signs That You Have the Best Babysitter

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



What is a Nanny?

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

What exactly is a nanny and what job responsibilities does she perform?



10 Summer Safety Tips for Your Babysitter

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Learn ten important summer safety tips to share with your babysitter to ensure that your kids are safe and happy.



Tipping Your Child's Care Provider or Teacher

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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?



How To Help Kids Prepare For Sleepaway Camp

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

Leaving home to go to sleepaway camp can create anxious feelings for both kids and parents. Dana Kite, Director of Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods camps shares some advice for parents on how to talk to their kids during the weeks leading up to camp.



4 Tips to Manage Toddler Behavior

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.



Kid Chores Teach Responsibility, Family...

2016-04-28T11:21:37Z

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.