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Important Phone Numbers for Parents

One thing you can do as a parent is to be prepared for an emergency before it happens. Fill out a list with these important phone numbers and post it in the house so it's visible, preferably near each [more…]

The Ten Parenting Commandments

Once you become a parent, your job has important duties (whether you want them or not): Take good care of your child, keep them safe, and develop a good relationship. A few basic rules apply and must be [more…]

Parenting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Following some helpful advice about parenting will help you keep your cool and forge ahead with enthusiasm even when the going gets rough. In case of a family emergency, make sure you have a list handy [more…]

How to Save Money on Back-to-School Supplies

Buying school supplies at the end of the summer is an unavoidable and costly task. Learn how to save money on back-to-school supplies with these tricks for buying school supplies on the cheap, for students [more…]

Back-to-School Shopping Goes Green

Tap into eco-friendly school supplies for your student this fall. Taking a green approach to back-to-school shopping might help save some trees and teach your kids about the environment. To fill your school-supply [more…]

Where to Find Cheap School Supplies

It’s one thing to say that you can find cheap back-to-school supplies; it’s another to actually buyschool supplies while saving money. With thousands of places to buy supplies both online and in brick-and-mortar [more…]

How to Use Food Stamps (the SNAP Card)

The federal Food Stamp Program is now called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program); and instead of issuing paper food stamp coupons, SNAP recipients get an EBT [more…]

Teaching Children about Money

As an adult, you need to model good money-management behaviors for children and involve them as much as possible in your decisions about money. Here are some ways you can interact with your children to [more…]

Spotting Dyslexia Warning Signs

A person with dyslexia struggles on a long-term basis with written (and sometimes spoken) words, even though she’s bright (or extra bright) in other areas. A whole cocktail of symptoms tells a psychologist [more…]

Engaging a Child with Dyslexia in Memorising, Visualising and Rhyming

A child with dyslexia struggles to remember how words are put together in print, but rhyming and visualisation strategies can help her. When she turns letters into lively, more concrete characters, she [more…]

Helping your Child with Dyslexia to Pick Up Phonics

In straightforward terms, phonics means ‘sounds of language’ and your child needs to know these. One way to do this is the teaching method in which you show your child that letters and groups of letters [more…]

Disciplining Your Children

Managing your children’s behaviour takes hard work, persistence, dedication, a sense of perspective and a healthy sense of humour! Here are some quick tips for when you’re about to really lose your rag [more…]

Tips for Creating a ‘We’ Mentality for Your Family

A ‘we’ mentality is a sense of personal family identity in contrast to a ‘me’ mentality of individualism. A ‘we’ mentality builds trust, support, loyalty, love and a true foundation for security and self-esteem [more…]

Communicating Effectively with Your Children

Notice and think about how you communicate with your children on a daily basis. ‘Talking at’ your child and ‘talking with’ your child are two very different things – rather like ‘laughing at’ or ‘laughing [more…]

Raising Happy Children For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Everybody wants the very best for their children but are you sometimes driven to distraction by your little darlings? This Cheat Sheet gives you some quick and effective tips for being the best parent [more…]

Helping Your Kids and Puppy Bond

Your kids need help from you to figure out how to play with your puppy and teach her in appropriate ways. Teach your kids the interaction catchphrases they can put into practice, good games they can play [more…]

Au Pair Host Family Obligations

As a host family for an au pair, you must be prepared to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by the United States State Department. An au pair will be able to work for you as long as she adheres [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring an Au Pair: 4 Things to Consider

The Differences between an Au Pair and a Nanny

Both au pairs and nannies take care of your children. Au pairs are young foreign women between the ages of 18–26 who are seeking to live with a family in order to experience a new culture. They are screened [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring an Au Pair: 4 Things to Consider

Hire an Au Pair through a Government-Sponsored Organization

Hiring an au pair through a government organization has its benefits. First, the organization must comply with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 22, Section 62.31, which addresses au pairs. Foreign [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring an Au Pair: 4 Things to Consider

Is an Au Pair Right for Your Family?

It’s important to examine your specific family circumstances to determine whether an au pair is the right type of child care for your family. You might decide to consider hiring an au pair in lieu of day [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring an Au Pair: 4 Things to Consider

How to Find a Reputable Nanny Placement Agency

Finding a reputable nanny placement agency should be high on your list of priorities when looking for a nanny. You can spend time on your own searching for a nanny through advertisements in local journals [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring a Nanny: 4 Things You Need to Know

What It Takes to Become a Nanny

Is being a nanny the right career choice for you? Maybe you took care of your younger brothers and sisters, or you were always called to babysit by your neighbors, or maybe you are just passionate about [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring a Nanny: 4 Things You Need to Know

Is a Nanny the Right Choice for Your Family?

If any of the following situations ring true to you, perhaps your family should consider hiring a nanny. Maybe you’ve tried babysitters or have called on your parents and in-laws one time too many to care [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring a Nanny: 4 Things You Need to Know

How to Pay Your Nanny

Contrary to some beliefs, you cannot just pay your nanny cash or check like you might a babysitter who comes to your home on an occasional basis. Nannies are not independent contractors. Nannies are actually [more…]

Part of the Series: Hiring a Nanny: 4 Things You Need to Know

Five Animals for Baby to Sign

Animals are a big deal for babies, so knowing how to sign animals is important. After all, babies see them in books, on television, as toys, and more. [more…]

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