Bedtime WIthout BattlesWritten by Teresa Redmond
Do your kids fight going to bed? Are you looking for ideas on how to get your kids in bed and keep them in bed. Below is a list of our best bedtime tips. 1. Consistency - Do your children have a set bedtime? Do they go to bed at same time on weekends as weekdays? Do they get up at same time each morning? Consistency is kety to getting your children to bed on time without a fight. Set a time for bed and stick with it, even on weekends. Try and pick a reasonable time to get up in morning as well. 2. Bedtime routine - Establish a bedtime routine. Children are less resistant to going to bed when they are prepared fo rit. For example, every night have them take a bath and brush their teeth. Have them get in their pajamas and read a bedtime story. With an established routine, they will know it is bedtime once story time is over. 3. Are they sleeping too much during day? - Take a look at nap time. How long are they sleeping? What time are they getting up in morning? Have you set a reasonable bedtime? Watch your child for sleepiness cues and use this to establish your bedtime.
Hiring a NannyWritten by Wendy Sachs
Hiring a nanny to care for your children falls in category of “daunting” when necessary skills and experiences are absent from your repertoire. Because position is unsupervised, scrutiny is a must. To follow are some tips on how to go about hiring this all-important person.
What to look for when hiring a NANNY: 1.Experience. Examine and explore nanny’s work history (including child care) life experiences and education. 2.Compatibility. Do you concur on child rearing and discipline philosophies and approaches. Are your habits similar? (i.e. neatness, organization, timeliness, flexibility vs. rigidity, food choices, priorities) 3.Qualities. Does nanny applicant have a natural inclination to connect to and understand needs of children at each stage of development? 4.Common Sense and Patience. A nanny needs an extraordinary amount of both.
What to look for in an REFERRAL AGENCY: 1.Screening and Background Checking Methods. Know specifically depth of child care reference checks and applicant interviews they perform. How selective are they in screening nannies? How many nannies are in their pool of candidates?