Bedtime WIthout BattlesWritten by Teresa Redmond
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4. Nip "I'm thirsties" in bud. One of children's favorite excuses to get out of bed is saying "I'm thirsty" or "I have to go to bathroom". Include a trip to bathroom and a small glass of water in your bedtime routine. 5. Noise - Is TV set blaring when your children go to bed? Now is time to dim all lights and turn TV way down or off. Kids, like adults, have difficulty sleeping with noise in background. 6. If your children insist on getting out of bed, return them right back to bed. If you allow them to get up, even for a few minutes, it reinforces this behavior. If they see they can get out of bed they will continue with stall tactics. Putting them back in bed promptly will help eliminate this behavior. 7. "Mom, I'm not tired...." - Who hasn't heard this one? You can get your kids to stay in bed, but you won't always be able to get them to sleep. Let your child know that they need to rest even if they don't feel sleepy. Instruct them to rest quietly in their bed until they are sleepy.
Teresa Redmond is a wife and mother to 5 children. She is also co-owner of Justmommies.com, a parenting website. She has written numerous parenting and health articles. You can visit our site at http://www.justmommies.com
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Hiring a NannyWritten by Wendy Sachs
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2.Availability of nanny agency personnel. Do you get an answering machine when you call or is there someone in office during business hours? 3.Breadth of experience and reputation. If referral agency has been in business a short time expect them to be short on experience in screening applicants and counseling on hiring a nanny. If agency has been in business a long time expect more experience in ability to detect more subtle red flags that only experience can define. Word of mouth reputation is important. Agency fees should reflect agency's expertise.
If hiring a NANNY on your own: 1.Ask DETAILS about background and work history since high school graduation. 2.Check ALL childcare jobs and verify ALL employment. 3.Contract to do a state criminal check, DMV check and social security number verification.
Wendy Sachs, owner of The Philadelphia Nanny Network, Inc. since 1985, is also a founding member and 4-term President of the International Nanny Association. A nationally recognized expert on the nanny profession, she has given over 500 interviews to network TV, magazines and newspapers. She has appeared on NBC,CNBC and CNN, including Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A mother of two children, she is a veteran nanny employer.