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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

Baby Signing for the Great Outdoors

Making baby signs for the outdoors is something that a child will do enthusiastically. There's a whole world of learning outside, and babies seem to instinctively know that. [more…]

Some Basic Signs to Teach Baby

Babies and toddlers can use some basic signs when you leave them with a caregiver or pick them up, when they learns who's who in a family, and when they want to melt your heart by showing they love you [more…]

Baby Signing for Mealtime

Mealtime signs can prevent frustration for babies and toddlers (and you!) if they know how to express their needs. Baby signing during meals means less cleanup time [more…]

Baby Signing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Baby signing builds a bridge between you and your hearing baby or toddler. When baby knows how to sign before he or she can speak, it reduces frustration all around. Teach your child some basic signs for [more…]

Raising Digital Families For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Safely parenting children in this digital age can be overwhelming. The technology, applications, and devices that your family uses may be unfamiliar to you, but you need to be aware of the challenges and [more…]

Talk to Your Kids about Cyberbullying

While understanding cyberbullying is a great first step towards prevention, it remains important for you to talk to your children directly about cyberbullying. The following are some guidelines to assist [more…]

How COPPA Affects Your Family

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a federal law passed in 2008, gives parents control over what information is collected about their children online. Websites geared towards children [more…]

A Selection of Tablet Apps for Kids

Have you finally given in and agreed to share your tablet with your children? The next step is to locate the best apps to download so that every member of your family is happy. Here are some of the best [more…]

How Educational Websites Can Boost Your Child’s School Performance

The dangers of the online world have been greatly debated in educational, medical, and parenting communities for years. While concerns about too much screen time, social media addiction, and a sedentary [more…]

Ten Blogs for Parents

There is virtually no end to the number of blogs and websites covering the latest technology from devices to online safety. Here you will find ten of the best blogs that focus on tech through the lens [more…]

Ten Digital Safety Tips for Parents

It’s important to set clear rules for every aspect of your family’s safety regarding your fast-paced, plugged-in life. It’s time to take a step back and promote digital safety within your family without [more…]

Ten Social Networks for Kids

With social media infiltrating nearly every aspect of the Internet, it’s no surprise that you can find social networks created specifically for children. These sites mimic adult platforms, but they offer [more…]

How to Set Screen Locks for Child Protection

Screen locks require anyone attempting to gain access to a family phone or tablet to input a predetermined set of information. Setting a screen lock not only prevents those without the password from using [more…]

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