Hiring a Nanny

Written by Wendy Sachs

Hiring a nanny to care for your children falls inrepparttar category of “daunting” whenrepparttar 141776 necessary skills and experiences are absent from your repertoire. Becauserepparttar 141777 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 explorerepparttar 141778 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. Doesrepparttar 141779 nanny applicant have a natural inclination to connect to and understandrepparttar 141780 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 specificallyrepparttar 141781 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?

Toddler Skills for Personal Responsibility

Written by Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

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Title: Toddler Skills for Personal Responsibility Author: Margaret Paul, Ph.D. E-mail: mailto:margaret@innerbonding.com Copyright: © 2005 by Margaret Paul URL: http://www.innerbonding.com Word Count: 746 Category: Parenting

Toddler Skills for Personal Responsibility By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

There are three skills that are very important for our little ones to learn early in their lives.

1) Children need to be able to fall asleep on their own. Infants and toddlers who are always rocked to sleep, or breastfed or bottle fed to sleep, learn to depend upon others for falling asleep and do not develop their own falling asleep mechanism. This can cause much distress for parents who go throughrepparttar 141776 nightly nightmare of trying to get their infant or toddler to sleep. Instead of always picking up and rocking a crying little one, which only reinforcesrepparttar 141777 child’s dependency on you putting him or her to sleep, try pattingrepparttar 141778 child and then leaving for a few minutes. If you keep coming in, patting your child and reassuring him or her that you are here, eventually your child will stop depending upon you to rock, hold or feed him or her to sleep.

2) Children need to learn very young to play by themselves and amuse themselves. It is not healthy for children to be constantly dependent upon others, or uponrepparttar 141779 TV, to amuse them. I work with many adults who never learned to “play by themselves.” These adults feel lost when they are alone, having no idea what to do with themselves. Instead of turning to creative or learning opportunities, they may participate in addictions such as eating, drinking, drugs, TV, work, spending, and so on. When children learn to play by themselves at a young age, they tend to be more self-sufficient and creative as adult.

3) Children need to learn how to self-nurture. This means that they need to learn how to take some responsibility for their own feelings. Infants often self-soothe with their blanket, thumb, or pacifier. But as they grow older, they need to learn other ways of self-nurturing because they will not be taking their blanket or pacifier to school.

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