Archive for April 2012

Postpartum Doula's care for Baby and Mom

Susan was so excited to find out she was pregnant.  She and her husband spent the nine months leading up to her due date preparing for the birth of her baby.   Susan had a perfect pregnancy and a beautiful baby, Chase. 

But once she was home it was hard for Susan to take care of herself.  She was caring for Chase but who was looking after Susan?

Postpartum Doulas can help.  Postpartum Doulas offer non-medical help and support for mom.  They are trained educators and consultants who specialize in the care of moms and new babies. 

New moms need rest, breastfeeding support, help with older siblings and extra hands in running the house.   A postpartum Doula will do anything from putting an older sibling down for a nap to throwing  in a load of laundry.  They can also care for the baby while mom gets some much needed sleep.  

TLC For Kids Newborn Programincludes postpartum Doulas. All of the Doulas who work for TLC are trained by a neonatal nurse specialist and a lactation expert.  On top of the newborn training our Doulas are also screened based on interviews, reference and background checks, and newborn care examinations. 

Susan called TLC and we were able to send her a great supportive Doula.   Caring for a new baby in the home can be overwhelming. Thankfully, Saint Louis  moms don’t have to do it alone.

To learn more watch the interview on our doula programs!

Tax Day!!!

It’s here…April 17th!!  Dreaded Tax Day for many Americans.

TLC For Kids just wanted to share a few tips when it comes to the Nanny Tax.  If you hired a nanny for your dependent child in 2011 you might qualify for the Child or Dependent Care Tax Credit.  Examples of a qualifying expense are wages paid to a nanny, taxes paid on the wage and placement fees paid to an agency who helped you find your nanny.

In order to qualify for the tax credit your child needs to be under the age of 13, and the care was needed so that you and your spouse could go to work.  You also qualify if you needed care to look for work or go to school.

These expenses must be itemized on your tax form. 

For more nanny tax tips please visit Breedlove and Associates.

National Nanny Training Day

TLC For Kids is so excited to be the St. Louis sponsor for the 2012 National Nanny Training Day on April 28th, 2012.

National Nanny Training Day is a day dedicated to provide quality nanny training opportunities to nannies all over the country.   St. Louis nannies will be joining nannies in New York, Colorado, Arizona, Georgia and many other states to participate in this nationwide event.

TLC believes that the training and education of caregivers is one of the most important factors associated with the quality of child care they provide.

For months now we have offered our nannies continuing education courses on topics like Autism, SIDS, CPR and first aid certification, and ADD/ADHD. 

On National Nanny Training Day TLC will host three sessions on some very important childcare topics.

1. Newborn Care: learning how to care for the specific needs of newborn babies.

2. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: how to reuse things at home into fun activities for kids.

3.  Activities to Engage Youth: discover the essentials on how to plan and engaging activities. 

Along with these amazing sessions we will also have raffle prizes and goodie bags.

Registration is required for this event by April 23rd, 2012.  Space is limited. You can register online at National Nanny Training Day.

Can’t wait to see all you amazing nannies at the event!

Autism Speaks and TLC are training nannies.

 TLC For Kids knows that every child is different.  Our nannies have experience working with special needs kids and kids on the autistic spectrum.  Saint Louis parents need to know that we are here to help.

The number of children in the US diagnosed with autism is on the rise. A new study by the CDC  states that 1 in 88 eight year olds are on the autism spectrum.   In 2002 the number of children with autism was 1 in 150. 

Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder that leads to impaired language, communication, and social skills.   Parents of kids with autism often times feel overwhelmed.  Feeling alone they think that no one understands their child and their needs.  Finding a caregiver or nanny to watch their child may be difficult. 

That is not the case.  TLC For Kids, a nanny placement agency in St. Louis, has caregivers trained to help kids with autism and other special needs.  TLC and Autism Speaks have teamed up and are offering trainings for nannies.  These trainings teach nannies how to work with kids with autism.  Parents who have used the service feel safe knowing that not only is their nanny carefully screened she is also trained to work with kids on the autism spectrum.

The earlier parents and doctors can diagnosis a child with autism the better.  A child diagnosed at 18 months or 24 months and start therapy will have more success than a child diagnosed at 4 or 5 years old when the brain is more developed and harder to change.  TLC nannies can be instrumental in detecting signs of autism and then assisting parents and therapists with the on-on-one attention and directed activities re-enforcing the physical, occupational, play or speech therapies. 

For more information about TLC and their Autism Speaks training please contact Kimberly Patterson at kimberly@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.