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Sunday, September 30th, 2012
The often frantic pace of weeknights during the school year can leave parents scrambling for a healthy, tasty dinner that will please the whole family and doesn’t require hours in the kitchen. Thanks to the Internet and the worldwide community of food bloggers, it’s easier than ever to get ideas for quick, easy meals to please both kids and adults. These 30 dinners can be made in a snap and are sure to leave everyone asking for seconds.
Families with a member who suffers from celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities find themselves in the often difficult position of tracking down easy dinner recipes that will cater to everyone’s dietary restrictions. These five gluten-free dinner ideas are speedy and simple, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with the people you love most.
Low Fat Dinners
For families that are more conscious of their fat and calorie intake, it can be fairly difficult to find dinner options that fit their diet. Pre-packaged convenience foods can be filled with empty calories and saturated fats, making them a less than ideal choice; these five easy recipes offer a great alternative.
If your family is one of the many containing at least one member with sensitivities or food allergies, combing through the fine print on packaging can be a time-consuming chore. These five recipes take food allergies into account, helping to ensure that every meal you serve is safe, quick, and tasty.
The number of people who suffer from diabetes is climbing rapidly for both children and adults alike. Preparing meals that are both satisfying and safe for the diabetic in your family doesn’t have to be a chore, however. With these five dinner entrees, you can rest assured that your family’s dietary concerns are taken into consideration without leaving you chained to the stove all evening.
Healthy, Quick Kid-Favorite Classics
It’s no secret that kids can be very picky eaters, and that their favorite fare is almost invariably unhealthy. These recipes offer a healthy spin on classic kid cuisine, are easy to prepare, and are sure to be met with approval by even the most finicky little diner at your table.
Adhering to a vegetarian diet isn’t always easy when there are children in the house who live in a world where hot dogs and chicken nuggets reign supreme. These five meals are meat-free, quick and easy offerings that the little ones in your family will be eager to eat.
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Your child’s room, whether he’s a newborn or a teenager, should be a safe haven for him to retreat to. Ensuring that his personal space is as safe and free from potential hazards as possible is a parent’s responsibility, and it can seem like a daunting one. While every room and every house will contain their own individual hazards and injury risks, these 10 tips can help you reduce some common dangers in your child’s room.
After setting up your child’s room, it’s best to walk through it with your eyes open to any possible safety hazards. Crouch, kneel, or crawl to get on your child’s level, paying close attention to anything that he can easily reach.
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Thursday, September 20th, 2012
When your child begins to eat solid food, it’s important to remember that just because his palate is expanding, there are still a variety of foods that aren’t suitable for him to eat at such a young age. Due to choking hazards, allergy concerns, and your toddler’s nutritional needs, some foods should be banned from your little ones plate until he’s older. You should avoid giving these ten foods to your toddler, and should carefully consider whether you want to introduce some of them into his diet at all, even when he’s older.
Because there are a variety of food items that can be somewhat controversial when it comes to being a regular part of a toddler’s diet, it’s best to consult with your pediatrician before introducing these foods, especially if allergies run in the family. When in doubt, it’s far better to consult a medical professional than to gamble on the health and wellbeing of your child.
Monday, September 17th, 2012
While it’s something that has gained a lot of press in recent years, bullying is not a new thing. In past generations, it was considered a rite of passage, and was something that was simply expected. Today, however, we have a much better understanding of bullying and the lifelong effects of it on both the bully and the victim.
Bullying takes on many different forms. Verbal bullying includes intimidation and threats, name calling, insults about gender, race, sexual orientation, special needs, disabilities, or other personal characteristics, public humiliation, and spreading rumors. Physical bullying includes tripping, pinching, hitting, pushing, and destroying or stealing personal property. Cyberbullying includes harassing emails, texts, and instant messages, and intimidating, harassing, or humiliating posts and pictures on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other websites. Cyberbullying can be especially damaging because it continues outside of school hours and off of school grounds, and has the ability to reach a large audience. These attacks can continue to circulate online long after the initial event.
If you think your child is being bullied, you’re not alone. Up to half of all children are bullied at some point during their school years, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Some of the possible warning signs that your child might be a victim of bullying are if your child:
If you think your child might be being bullied, you’re not helpless. There are things you can do to stop the bullying, help your child deal with the after effects, and stop future attacks.
Encourage your child to share her feelings. It’s important that your child has a safe place to talk about what’s happening and how she feels about it. When your child opens up, listen without dismissing her feelings (e.g. “Oh, you shouldn’t get so upset about what she says.”), without downplaying the incident (e.g. “Don’t listen to what that boy says. You’re beautiful just how you are!”) or without assuring her things will immediately change (e.g. “I’ll talk to your teacher and it will be OK.”) Offer empathy and support, let her know you’re on her side, remind her that she’s not to blame for what happened, and work with her to find a solution.
Contact school administrators. You should report all bullying to your child’s school. Many schools have bullying policies already in place so you’ll have a good idea what to expect. Present as many details as you have and ask what actions will be taken. Make sure you follow up and stay up-to-date on how your complaint is being handled. Unfortunately not all principals and teachers take bullying seriously and you may have to be the squeaky wheel to get them to take meaningful action. If your child was physically attacked, talk to the school principal immediately to decide if the police should be involved.
Model an honest yet appropriate response. Of course you’re going to be angry if your child is being bullied. Be honest with your child about how you’re feeling while letting her know that acting on anger, hurt, humiliation or other negative emotions doesn’t solve the problem. Put your energy into working with the school to stop the bullying behavior to ensure the bully is dealt with appropriately and to help your child deal with the emotional toll of bullying.
Boost your child’s self-esteem. There’s no such thing as a bully-proof child, but kids that have high self-esteem, are part of supportive friendships, and are involved in activities they enjoy and are good at are much less susceptible to bullying. In today’s world there’s a group, team, or club for pretty much any activity your child is interested in. Sports, volunteering, music, performing arts, chess, gaming, or outdoor adventure can all help your child avoid or successfully deal with bullying. If her school doesn’t offer anything your child is interested in, look in your local community.
Bullying is a problem that isn’t going away anytime soon. Public awareness, prevention programs, and progressive school policies are making it easier to identify and deal with bullies, but occurrences of bullying aren’t declining. In fact, cyberbullying is increasing at an alarming rate as smart phones become standard equipment for students. As a parent, you have the power to help your child to deal with bullying wherever and whenever she might encounter it.
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012
Perhaps you’re not looking for a full-time nanny, but still need someone who can watch your children from time to time. A babysitter can provide the perfect option, offering supervisory care for your children on either an occasional or temporary basis. When conducting your babysitter search, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll find babysitters with varying levels of experience and skill sets. Typically, the more experience and special skills a babysitter has, the more her hourly rate will be. The best babysitter for your family is one that has the level of experience you desire, the skill set you desire, and is within your child care budget.
During high school, many students begin taking on after school jobs as babysitters. While high school babysitters typically have limited childcare experience (unless of course they’re an older sibling in a large family or have extensive babysitting experience), they tend to enjoy being around children and view babysitting as a great way to earn extra money. High school babysitters may be great for families who need afterschool care or for parents who need a responsible person to watch their children for short amounts of time. How much responsibility you give a high school babysitter will depend on her level of maturity and her experience. If you find a high school babysitter you like, encourage her to take a babysitting course from the American Red Cross.
College students interested in early childhood education often look to gain experience working with children through babysitting. For college sitters, babysitting not only serves as a great alternative to working a campus job, but can also provide for a wide range of child related experiences, as babysitters typically work for several families. College sitters will typically be more mature than high school babysitters and may have more babysitting experience. College sitters also may have more developed skill sets. A college sitter who has an interest in education could be perfect for helping your children with homework. A college sitter who plays an instrument or sport that your child is interested in could enhance the time they spend together.
It’s not uncommon for a nanny to take on evening and weekend babysitting jobs to supplement her income. Nanny sitters typically have extensive child care experience and a working knowledge of child development. Nanny sitters typically charge a higher hourly rate than high school or college sitters, but may be better suited to provide intense care.
Many parents prefer to outsource their childcare to friends and family. Leaving their children with friends or family typically brings a sense of comfort to parents because they already have an established relationship with the childcare provider. When having friends or family care for your children, it is especially important to clarify the expectations of both the sitter and parent when it comes to duties, responsibilities and pay.
For parents who just need an extra set of hands, a mother’s helper may be a suitable choice. Typically middle or high school students, or an individual looking to gain more child care experience, mother’s helpers assist the parents caring for children while the parents are in the home. Unlike a babysitter, a mother’s helper works with supervision and isn’t left to care for the children alone.
Regardless of the type of babysitter you choose, there are a few minimum requirements all childcare providers should meet. In addition to being a trustworthy person with good references and a personality you appreciate, your babysitter should be safety conscious, have first-aid and CPR certifications, and have a clean background check.
It’s also a good idea for parents to have a pool of pre-screened babysitters to call on when the need for childcare arises. Quality babysitters tend to be in demand and book their schedules weeks in advance. Having a pool of caregivers that you trust can ensure that you secure quality care when you need it.
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Friday, September 7th, 2012
Whether you’re a single, working parent or part of a two-working-parent household, the need for child care can be greatly reduced when your children reach school age. If you work full-time, however, the gap between the end of classes and your return home from work can create the need for at least part-time childcare throughout the week. Finding childcare for the afterschool gap isn’t always easy, but it is possible. Some of the options for after-school include:
The options available to your household will depend largely on your community and what’s offered there, so make sure to check local message boards and connect with other parents in your community to stay abreast of any changes and discover programs that you may not currently be aware of.
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Monday, September 3rd, 2012
Summer is, for many kids, the season of no shoes and outdoor play. While this heady combination is the stuff that memories are made of, it can also be a recipe for plenty of splinters. Any parent that’s ever approached a child with a pair of tweezers in hand to remove a dastardly splinter knows that the most likely reaction is a screaming panic; convinced that pulling a splinter out with tweezers will be excruciating, little ones do not take kindly to the very method of removal that’s usually most effective. If a child under your care gets a splinter that they simply will not let you approach with tweezers, here are a few other options that might roust out the sliver of wood without generating more hysterics.
Whichever method you choose, be sure to treat the area with antibiotic ointment and bandage it securely to prevent a potentially serious infection from taking hold.
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