Advice for child caregivers

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6 questions nannies and sitters should ask before caring for kids during COVID-19

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the world, professional caregivers are being affected in a big way. Many nannies and sitters were let go when families began quarantining at home and states issued “stay-at-home” orders.  However, many parents, including health care professionals and other essential workers, need child care, and... more

Your coronavirus questions, answered: What families and caregivers need to know

We’re currently facing a novel coronavirus pandemic that’s continuing to rapidly spread across the U.S. and the world. As of Wednesday, September 16, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) clocked the total number of cases in the U.S. at 6,571,867, including 195,053 deaths. Confirmed cases... more

What’s a fever in children, when to worry and when you can chill

They may be a common symptom of cold and flu viruses, but fevers in children have the ability to unnerve even the most experienced of parents and caretakers. But here’s some (emotional) comfort: A higher-than-normal temperature isn’t all bad.  “Fever is a well-designed, natural weapon that the body uses... more

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12 things you should never do while babysitting

True story: My mom friend Lori had a babysitter who shoplifted while watching her child and got caught by the police. Total nightmare for a parent. While shoplifting on the job is an obvious no-no for a babysitter, there are a lot of behaviors you might not realize aren’t OK... more

What nannies or sitters need to know to assist kids with distance learning

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and it’s a whole new ball game. While plans vary by school districts and are based on local health authorities’ guidance, kids all over the U.S. are returning to distance or hybrid learning. In fact, 21 of the 25 biggest U.S. school... more

How to discuss bringing your own child to a nanny or babysitting job

Enter a caption... If you’re a nanny or sitter who is concerned about child care for your own child, you’re far from alone. A majority of parents — 63% in fact — are somewhat or very uncomfortable returning their kids to day care, and more than one-third (35%) are now... more

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4 keys to success in a nanny share job

Thinking about working for multiple families in a share? Be sure to do your homework: Nanny shares and shared care arrangements may be subject to various licensing requirements or prohibited in certain states and jurisdictions. Research local laws and regulations. Even if you have years of experience as a nanny... more

7 proven ways to get your kid down for a nap — without a fuss

You’re wrestling with your toddler, trying to get them to take a nap, but they're throwing tantrums, making excuses and refusing to settle down. Sound familiar? If you’ve made it to this article, you’re probably looking for some solidarity, sanity and maybe just a little peace and quiet. Just... more