The 12 best voice assistant hacks for kids

It’s 4:45 p.m. on a rainy Monday afternoon, and I’m pulling dinner ingredients out of the fridge while giving the side-eye to a bottle of wine. My toddler is screeching incoherently while ramming his scooter into the wall, and the dog is scratching at the door to be... more

Hospice care at home: 3 questions to consider before choosing it

More than half of all hospice care takes place at home, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). There are benefits to this approach: You’re in the comfort of your own familiar environment, with family and other loved ones. It’s also less expensive. But it’s not for... more

How to write a day care resume to impress any director [with resume template]

If you’re applying for day care positions, listen up: “As child care educators, we want the most intelligent, organized and professional people we can find,” says Angela Wolfe, owner of Children’s Lighthouse of Little Elm, Texas. “A good resume shows us those people will be in for the long... more

What to do if your senior care aide isn’t the right fit

When you hire a caregiver for your senior relative, you always hope for the best. But sometimes it just doesn’t work out that way. Alex S. hired two caregivers to stay with his elderly father, who can’t drive anymore and was having an increasingly difficult time getting around his two-bedroom... more

How much does after-school transportation for kids cost?

It’s 3 p.m., your son needs to go to swim lessons and your daughter has to get to soccer practice — but you don’t get off work for two more hours. How can a family of four be in multiple places at once? If you don’t have a go-to... more

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Is an after-school child care job right for you?

I found my first after-school child care position when I was taking morning classes for my degree and working odd lunchtime hours for another family. I knew I needed some extra income, but many jobs I considered couldn’t fit into my schedule. Fortunately, I found a family who needed an... more

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First 90 days of day care: How to know if a new center is right for your child

The process of getting your child started in a great day care doesn’t automatically end once they’re enrolled. Like most humans, children aren’t huge fans of change, and that means there will be an adjustment period while they’re getting used to their new routine. During the first few weeks and... more

Best family guard dogs: 7 top breeds

A pet can add a sense of security to any home. The simple idea of having another living, breathing thing in your house has a way of doing that. Some families want to go one step further and bring home a dog that can truly offer protection from unwanted people... more

Help! My dog ate chocolate — now what do I do?

Your chocolate stash is no longer a secret — and the treats that were once in it now reside inside your dog’s stomach. You know chocolate is harmful to dogs, so what’s your next move? As you stare down at your pup, all you can think is: “Will my dog... more