Archive for August 2012

Nanny Contracts

Congratulations!  You’ve found a great nanny.  And nannies congratulations on your new job!  This transition can be a little stressful and nerve wrecking.  Don’t worry TLC is here to help.

First, let’s review a few things you should do before starting.  Prior to a nanny position starting both parties (kids included)should meet  in the  home.  Employers should go through the house with the nanny.  It is always helpful to learn as much about the position as possible.

After making sure this is a good fit you are ready to negotiate a contract. TLC For Kids requires that every nanny position have an agreed upon contract signed prior to the start date.  Having a contract is great way to open the lines of communication and with a contract in hand there will be no surprises down the road.

Nannies DON’T be afraid when the family asks for you to sign the contract- look at it as your friend and ally.  If the family doesn’t have a contract you should ask them to provide one.

Families DON”T think that asking the nanny to sign a contract will scare her off.  A contract is the best way to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Contracts should be review periodically throughout the year.  A midyear and end of the year review is recommended as well as an immediate review if circumstances change (for example the parents separate or a new arrival).

If you have any other questions on contracts or if you need a sample contract please contact our Placement Coordinator Jessica at Jessica@tlcforkids.com.

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.

Separation Anxiety

Most people connect separation anxiety with infants.  However, it is normal for kids to experience separation anxiety throughout different times in their lives.  It can occur again at 3-4 years old, 5-7 and again from 11-14.  The older ages correspond with starting school for the first time and again when starting middle school or high school.

If you have a child that is suffering from separation anxiety here are some things you can do to help.

1. Start a countdown.  Whether it’s starting school, the first day with a new nanny or babysitter or going to a new daycare.  This will help them get used to the idea that you are leaving.

2. Prepare them as much as possible.  If they are starting school try to visit the classroom and teacher ahead of time.  Or meet some of the other students.  Let your child know what will happen during the day so that the fear of the unknown doesn’t take over.  If it’s a situation where mommy and daddy are going to work have the nanny over a few times before her first day,

3. Don’t exaggerate the good-bye.  Everyone(teachers, psychologists and nannies) agree ”don’t drag out your good-bye. ” Say a quick farewell and assure them that you will be back.  Lingering or showing any hesitation shows your child uncertainty.

4. Don’t tell your child you will miss them or go overboard on your reunion.  If a you talk about how much you missed them your child might feel guilty about leaving you.  Not the feeling we want on a first day!

It may take time for your child to get used to the separation.  If the fear doesn’t go away after 4 weeks it’s time to consult an expert.

Both my girls have separation anxiety.  My oldest is coming out of it and feeling more comfortable when I leave her places.  However, my middle child just started kindergarten and she is having a VERY hard time with me leaving her.

If you have any tips on how to help with separation anxiety please share them 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.

 

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Photo Contest!

TLC For Kids is hosting a photo contest!!

We want to see your kids(big or little) on their first day of school.

Post your picture on the the TLC Facebook page.  The photo with the most likes by Labor Day wins $40 in TLC cash.

So share with us your back to school photo today and tell your friends to like it!

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.

 

Getting Organized For School

The first day of school can be stressful.  There is a lot that needs to be done.  Everything from purchasing school supplies and uniforms to new routines and organizing schedules.

Don’t worry parents have been doing this for years and we can do it too!

TLC For Kids has gathered up some of the best tips for everything back to school related!

Do you “like” TLC on Facebook?  We have been posting a lot of helpful articles and tips about getting ready for school.  Check it out for some great ideas like what books to read to your school age children, school bus safety tips, and more.

We also have pinned some great posts on our Pinterest board.   On Pinterest we have tips like  setting up a homework center for your kids, taking the scariness out of going to school, and some great photo ideas for that first day of school picture.

And here are some blogs from other companies  about getting organized for school.

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.

Back to School

Are you sitting down?  School is starting next week!!!  I know, right, where did the time go?

Somewhere between swim team practice, cheer camp, going to the lake, and various sports teams summer slipped away.  Soon we will be packing up lunches and backpacks and sending the little one’s off to school.

TLC For Kids can help you with the back to school transition.  If you are looking for someone to watch the kids after school we have after school nannies.  If you need someone to watch the kids for back to school nights our temporary nannies can help.  And if the little one gets sick our emergency service  can send someone to your home that morning.

Throughout the week we will be talking about different back to school topics.  In hopes to get us all a little more prepared.

 

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.