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Melissa

Littleton, CO

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How Much Should I Be Charging?

Your rate of pay has more to do with your level and years of experience. But, they do seem to be asking a lot of you as well. If you've been with them a while, a raise definitely seems justified. $15/hour to $20/hour is a pretty big... more

What Are Fun Activities For A 5 Month Old?

A five-month-old should definitely get some tummy time every day. Practicing sitting-up with support is also important to physical development at this age. Little ones at this age usually like to go on walks in their strollers. Most things generally go in their mouths so they like toys that they... more

What Do You Do If You Are Being Asked To Work Overtime?

It is against the law to require you to work overtime without paying you time and a half unless you are a live-in nanny. So, it depends on how hard you want to press the issue. Your options are: To accept the regular payment for the extra hours (if it... more

Is There An Effective Way To Show Authority When Babysitting Ages 6+?

You need to implement consequences for children when they are not listening or they will not listen to you. You can still do time-out for older children. It gives them a chance to settle down and you a chance to implement an additional consequence if needed. First time they are... more

What Are Other Care Providers In The Area Charging Per Hour For Special Needs Children?

I charge an additional $2/hour above my regular rates for children with special needs. You should definitely list your experience even if it was in a volunteer position. Just be sure to identify it as such on your resume. Your degrees and experience should allow you to command a... more

Parents! Caregivers! I'm In Need Of Advice.. How Can I Address This Situation?

I would simply approach the family with my concerns. I would let them know that I am not comfortable with the clean-up and sanitary conditions that come along with this method of potty training. I would suggest that if they would like the child to learn how it feels when... more

How Can I Convince Parents To Pay Me Legally Vs. Under The Table?

As a working professional, it is imperative that I operate as a legal care provider. It affects my quality of life, my ability to get loans and to support my family if my income is not reported properly. So, I am simply unable to work with families who are not... more

🤒how Do You Handle Work Days When You're Sick?🤒

It depends on how sick I am. If I am just a little sick but it's nothing too serious, I would go ahead and work. If I am very sick, I would not want to expose a little one to my illness. So I would try to re-schedule the... more