Archive for July 2012

Summer Olympics

We are so excited about the Olympics at my house!  The girls are doing gymnastic “routines” and my son is kicking the soccer ball all over the basement!

One thing that I love about watching the Olympics with my kids is that it gives them positive role models.  Here are young women and men who work hard and don’t give up.  They all had a dream to do something active and they stayed with it!  Not to mention they take good care of there bodies and eat healthy 🙂

We turned our T.V. room into Olympic headquarters.  The kids and I made flags from some of the popular countries participating and hung those on the wall.  We also made a poster so we could write down the names of some of favorite athletes and cheer them on to gold.  The kids made torches with tissue paper and put them in vases to signify the Olympic flame.  And we have some dry erase boards we are using to keep track of the medals won.

It’s been a lot of fun.  To limit the amount of time they are spending in front of the TV I record the evening show and watch it the next day.  That way we can fast forward through certain things and commercials.

What are you doing to celebrate the Olympics?

 

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Talking to your kids about the Colorado shooting

The Colorado shooting is so scary to me.  To be honest I didn’t even read about it or see the news stories because I know I wouldn’t be able to handle it.  Not that I see that many movies, but just the thought of a massacre happening in a peaceful movie theatre is too much for me. 

Have you talked to your kids about shooting?  I found some helpful tips on Parenting.com about talking to your kids about these type of incidents.

  1. Start a conversation that invites more talk in the future. It can take a while for kids to warm up to the idea of talking about something that bothers them.
  2. Remember to listen more than talk, it is the best way to find out what kids are thinking.
  3. Answer truthfully without scaring them.  Keep your answers short and factual – “yes, people did die” – They should  get real information from you without embellishment
  4. Pay attention to their follow-up questions.   If they want more information, they’ll let you know – and if they don’t, don’t feel like you need to tell them more.
  5. Gear your talks to your child’s age and personality.  Every kid is different.

Remember that your kids might need feel some anxiety when going to the movie next time.  Be supportive and let them know that it’s ok.  If they aren’t ready to see a movie today you can try again in a few days. 

Here is the link to the complete blog post.

 

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Nanny Jobs!

I mentioned in my earlier blog post that July and August are popular months to find nanny jobs.  Jessica and Kimberly  have over 20 families looking for permanent nannies right now.

Have you ever thought about being a permanent nanny for a family?   Being a nanny is a wonderful experience.  As a nanny you get to teach children one-on-one in their  home environment.  Nannies plan field trips, play dates, arts and craft activities, lesson plans, and so much more!

If you love to read books, paint and color, build with blocks or Legos, run trains and car tracks, play princess, play board games, and go to the park being a nanny might be the job for you.

To learn more about working with TLC For Kids watch the video Alexis made!

 

Nanny Job Openings!!

The end of the summer is a extremely popular time for families to start looking for nannies.  Currently TLC For Kids has tons of open nanny positions.  If you are looking a for full time or part time nanny job we can help.

Oh, and if you have experience working with multiples we have more than one family with newborn twins 🙂

Take a minute and check out some of the full time jobs we have available right now!!

University City
Preemie Twins  born about 3 weeks early.  Babies will be home from the NICU soon and mom is seeking a nanny with a lot of newborn experience and multiple experience would be a plus.  There is a 3 y/o who will be in daycare, but the nanny will be with him in case he is sick or off school;
Starts Aug. 1, M-F 8a-6p Pays $550-650/wk

Clayton
Nanny Share (both mom’s are sister in-laws) with four kids total.  Children’s ages are 6,4, 3 and 2 y/o.  The oldest in in full-day school and the middle two are in pre-k on various days.  The 2 y/o will be there all the time.  M-F 8a-5p pays $550-650/wk.

Brentwood
Family with a new baby is seeking a nanny who is professional and available to work early hours!  M-F 6:30a-5p with time off in the summer and on school breaks.  Pay is between $500-650/wk.  Starts mid-Aug.

Kirkwood
Baby born in late May.  Parents are seeking an energetic, experienced nanny who is comfy with wild game in the freezer (dad is a hunter).  They are new parents and looking for someone who also loves dogs (they have tw0) and a cat.  Starts mid-Aug. 8:30a-5p M-F.  Pays $500-600/wk

Webster
13 month old girl, full-time hours with one overnight per week (mom travels).  Nanny will be compensated extra for this and know 4-5 days in advance.  Family offers a lot of flexibility for the right candidate.  Seeking an active, experienced nanny.
Starts Aug. 1 $500-600/wk

Olivette
New baby born at July 3rd!  Seeking a nanny who has experience with babies and is also creative and fun.  Hours are 7a-4p M-F and pay is between $500-650/wk.

Laude
New baby due 7/31 and parents are seeking a nanny with lots of baby experience.  Hours are 8a-5:30p M-F and nanny has every other Wed. off b/c the grandmother will care on this day.  Starts 8/13!

St. Charles
Family with newborn twins is seeking a nanny who is very mature and experienced. They would love someone to help them get the twins on a schedule and help with developmental milestones along the way.  Start date is flexible and pay is $550-600/wk.  M-F 8a-5p with some change if mom is traveling.

Don’t forget we have part time job openings too!!

M/W/F South County Family with two children under 3 years old, the nanny should be very active energetic and fun loving with lots of patience!  Hours are 6a-4p.  Starts mid-August. Pays $12-14/hr

M/W/F Manchester Family with two five year olds who are in school until 11:30a.  The nanny would pick them up at 11:30a and take them home and stay until 6p.  Starts mid-August. Pays $12-14/hr

T/R University City family seeking a nanny to work two days a week T/R with their new baby! Starts mid August, hours are 7a-5p. Pays $12-14/hr

M-F Family with full days on Monday and Friday and half days on T-TH seeking a nanny who has experience and can keep up with toddler twins.  Mom works at home, but may be transitioning to an office soon.  M/F hours are 8a-6p and T/W/TH are 3:00-7:30p. Pays $12-14/hr.

M-F Family in Kirkwood seeking a nanny to work from 11:30a-5:30p M-F and kids are 6 and 3.  Older child is high functioning autistic, and younger child has some communication delay.  Both boys are very sweet, but need a nanny who is loving but can give clear expectations.  Starts ASAP!

 

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Summer Reading

 

Are you reading to the kids this summer?

Summer reading programs are a great way to keep up your little ones reading skills.

It is not too late to sign up for reading programs at your local library.   So far we have earned two of the three prizes with our local library reading program.  And the water bottles and fans have been very useful in the 100 degree heat this summer!

Barnes and Noble is also having a summer reading program.  Visit their website and print out their list.  Once your child has read 10 books bring the completed list back to Barnes and Noble and you get a free book!

My soon to be second grader(yikes how did that happen!?!) loves reading Junie B Jones books and the My Weird School series.  What are some of the books that your kids are reading this summer?

If you are looking for some summer reading ideas check out TLC’s Pinterest board.  We have pinned some great books for kids!

 

TLC For Kids, Inc has been St. Louis’ premiere nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.   TLC For Kids dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutor’s, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

The Harm in Spanking

I’m asking all nannies, parents, sitters and caretakers to please read this blog and pass along!

Study

A new spanking study came out last week.  The study, released in the journal Pediatrics, confirms previously released studies that hitting your child can be detrimental to their mental health.

The study interviewed over 34,000 adults over the age of 20 between the years 2004 and 2005.  The participants were asked, “As a child how often were you ever pushed, grabbed, shoved, slapped or hit by your parents or any adult living in your house?”

About 6 percent of participants said they experienced these forms of physical punishment sometimes, fairly often, or very often in childhood, without experiencing other forms of maltreatment.  The study stated that other forms of maltreatment might be physical or sexual abuse or emotional neglect.

The researchers found that those who experienced physical punishment were 59 % more likely to have alcohol dependence, 41% more likely to have depression and 24% more likely to have panic disorder, compared to those who received no physical punishments.

Alternative Discipline

There are other ways you can discipline a child without hitting.

1.      Time Outs:  placing a  child in an age appropriate time out (one minute for year of age) is a good way to let them calm down.  When the time out is a brief conversation about what they did wrong and an apology is needed.  If they are not ready to apologize then give them another minute in time out.

2.      Natural Consequences:  If a child leaves a toy outside it might get damaged or stolen.  If they spill their juice they need to clean it up.

3.      Distractions:  Sometimes you can distract a toddler before the crime happens.  If they start throwing a toy suggest you go outside and throw the ball.  If they want to jump on the bed offer playing a game of how far can you jump on the floor.

4.      Reward System:  For some the key to good behavior is positive reinforcement.  Rewarding a child with a point system or stickers for good behavior and choices encourages them to act positively all the time.

What do you think?  Do you have any tips on disciplining a child without spanking?  Please share with us!

TLC For Kids, Inc has been St. Louis’ premiere nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.   TLC For Kids dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutor’s, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

 

 

Celebrating the Fourth of July

 

 

Where is the summer going?  I can’t believe it is July!

Are you ready to celebrate?  TLC For Kids has a GREAT Pinterest page with so many cute and fun pins for nannies and parents.

We have one pin board for the Fourth of July and it has some really cute ideas!

I can’t decide if I like the patriotic Oreo pops or the decorative pin wheels the most.  Take a look at the board and let me know your favorite!

TLC For Kids, Inc has been St. Louis’ premiere nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.   TLC For Kids dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutor’s, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.