Is a senior caregiving job right for you? Watch these videos to find out

Are in-home senior care jobs the employment wave of the future? The latest figures out of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics signal yes. "Personal-care aides" and "home health aides" are projected to be the first and fourth occupations with the most new jobs added between 2016 and 2026. Both require... more

Job references: Why you need them and how to assemble a strong lineup that will support you

When families look to hire a new caregiver, trustworthiness is one of the most valued qualities. Whether they’re looking for someone to care for their new baby, an aging parent or a beloved pet, they need to know the person they’re hiring is not only qualified, but has a proven... more

The best way to prep kids for daylight saving time

Two times a year, clocks spring forward or fall back, and the time change threatens to wreak havoc on families’ sleep schedules and sanity. In fact, researchers say a one-hour shift in sleep disrupts sleep cycles for about a week, sometimes longer. This may mean early morning wakeups, bedtime resistance... more

On the Park Bench: A nanny’s tips for finding and keeping the ‘one’ (perfect family, that is)

Finding that special someone to love can be difficult. Finding that special family to work for long-term can be just as hard. But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Austin-area caregiver Cristy D. From her first gig as an au pair 12 years ago to her current full-time... more

8 awesome icebreaker activities to help kids warm up to a new nanny or sitter

My first day with a new family is always exciting… but I also dread it a little. As a child care provider, you wonder: “What if the kids get bored? What if they have no fun crafts in the house or they don’t like what I dream up? What if... more

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What every caregiver needs to know about signing up for health insurance

Even though we have a few more weeks of 2018 left, it’s time to start preparing for 2019. One of the most important items to take care of is your health insurance. As you may know, the Affordable Care Act mandates that you have a health insurance policy. While there... more

Crazy-easy Halloween crafts kids can create with everyday household items

Having fun making Halloween crafts doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget ordering elaborate materials and kits on Amazon. In fact, you probably have everything you need to make a simple spooktacular craft in your home already. Before the kids hit sugar coma status, let them get creative making... more

Is it time to think about assisted living? Look for these signs

Have you recently noticed some changes in a parent or other elderly loved one that made you question whether they were safe in their own home? Or as a caregiver, are you experiencing burnout or struggling to balance your caregiving role with other responsibilities at work and at home? If so, it may... more

Prozac for dogs: The pros, cons, side effects and more

You love your dogs with all your heart; it’s their “issues” that are the real heartbreaker. Separation anxiety, obsessive behaviors, thunderstorm phobia — all these things can take a toll on your dog and your household, and if your veterinarian has suggested Prozac as a remedy, you have a decision... more