Child Care Tips for Choosing a Good Day Care Center

Whether you choose a formal child-care center, family day care, or in-home care, there are some basic things you should know and insist upon. To help you make this all-important decision, we’ve talked to mothers and other experts who have been in the child-care trenches. Here are eight ways to size up a child-care option: […]

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10 Tips for Beginning Child Care Providers

Learn from others. Listen to more experienced mentors. Observe how they handle disruptive situations. Watch how they diffuse a tense situation.   Expect great things to happen. Be excited about your work each day. A child’s first teacher is often the one he or she remembers the most. You could be that person in the […]

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Caring for your child's sensitive skin 5 top parent tips

Children have thinner and more delicate skin than adults, so it’s more sensitive to irritation. Here are the top 5 tips to help parents care for a child’s sensitive skin: Choose child-friendly products that are free of dyes and perfumes. Many products, such as laundry detergent, fabric softeners, and many kinds of soap, contain dyes […]

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Child Care: How to Find Quality Child Care It takes a village to raise a child: Hillary Clinton may have said it, but no one understands it more than a parent looking for quality daycare. From the caregivers to the administrators to the state licensing agents, everyone involved in a daycare’s operation helps shape a […]

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In light of these developments, how can parents find the best-quality childcare? Start with the basics: sensitive, trained caregivers who are committed to the center; a low child-to-teacher ratio; and a creative, fun (and clean!) play space. You can consider both daycare centers and family daycares. Keep in mind that not all daycares are licensed. […]

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Child Care: How to Find a Family Day Care Center Running a family day care allows a parent to be at home with her child and earn an income simultaneously — a seemingly ideal situation for a stay-at-home mom. But is it the right job for you? Here are the questions you need to ask […]

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Part of your responsibility as a parent is to teach your children how to lead healthy lives. The best time to start teaching these lessons to children is when they’re young, before unhealthy choices become lifelong bad habits. When you want to pass on healthy habits to your kids, it’s important to practice what you […]

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Are high cholesterol levels only a problem for adults? No. Many people don’t realize that problems with high cholesterol levels can begin in childhood. High cholesterol levels are likely to continue to rise as a child grows into a teen and adult. This increases your child’s risk for cholesterol-related health problems. What are the risks […]

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Why is healthy eating important for my child? Many more children in the United States are being diagnosed with high cholesterol, or as overweight or obese. These conditions can cause many health problems for your child, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These conditions can affect your child now and later as an adult. […]

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Eating Better For Children and Families Start the day with a healthy breakfast. It refuels your body and gives you energy for the day. Let kids help plan one meal each week and eat together as often as possible. Eat slowly. It takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. Eat […]

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School age is the perfect time for children to learn about healthy food, bodies and activity. This is the time they start a busy social life, have pocket money and begin to help choose their own lifestyle. Children of this age learn quickly and are also influenced by their friends and popular trends. Children need […]

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Children need adults to teach, guide, and support them as they grow and learn. Child care providers play an important role in guiding children’s behavior in positive, supportive, and age-appropriate ways. The most appropriate ways to guide behavior are different at different ages, depending on their developmental abilities and needs. For example, two-year-olds have limited […]

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Child Care: Tips for Choosing a Good Nanny There wasn’t a person alive who could have pulled me away from my first baby. We were inseparable. But once we reached the 10-month mark, my husband and I finally decided we needed an official night out. Until then, I’d relied primarily on my mother, who’d step […]

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Time your break carefully Although the hardest time for you to leave your child is probably in infancy, babies younger than 6 months old can often do fine without you for a night or two (especially if you’re not nursing). That’s because they haven’t yet grasped the concept of object permanence — that you exist […]

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When to Start Solids Doctors suggest starting a baby on solid foods sometime between 4 and 7 months of age. Some babies are ready for solids as early as 3 months, but it’s not recommended; the earlier a baby gets started on solids, the more likely that she’ll be prone to food allergies later on. […]

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Even though the new year of teaching here in Australia has not yet begun there’s nothing like being prepared for what might come! Separation anxiety is a normal stage in children’s development where they experience anxiety when they are separated from their primary caregiver. It can take parents totally by surprise so you really do need […]

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What they know about helping kids behave and learn that you can use at home You wrestle for ten minutes with your 3-year-old to get his jacket on, yet his preschool teacher has ten kids (including yours) dressed for the playground in less than three. What’s her secret? Partly, of course, the advantage of not […]

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  Is your baby or toddler headed to daycare this fall? If so, you might be feeling a little apprehensive about how your child will handle the move away from the comforts of home — and it’s likely you’re going through a bit of separation anxiety as well. “With the first, it was like someone […]

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Do Your Child’s Products Smell Like Trouble? Products may look (and smell) like they’re made with kids in mind, but you need to ignore the colorful packaging and the emotional pull and go right to the ingredient list. Be on the lookout for the following common irritants: Fragrances: Added fragrance, or perfume (synthetic or natural) […]

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There’s a reason people can’t resist stroking babies’ faces and nuzzling the tops of their heads. An infant’s skin is the ultimate blank slate, free of all the marks we accumulate over a lifetime. When we touch the smooth curve of a baby’s forehead, we are filled with a sense of newness and possibility. But […]

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