Hi! My name is Angie, and I have been blessed with the wonderful opportunity to care for newborn babies through my affiliation with TLC for Kids. I was a part of their team from 1997 to 2005, and then returned in December 2010.Over the years, I have cared for, nurtured and loved children of all ages, but my greatest joy comes from being able to assist moms and dads when their new little bundle of love finally arrives. And, as we all know, life as they knew it will never be the same again!I had worked in the corporate world for 25 years, but my heart always longed to care for children. I finally left my corporate job in 1997, trusting that I could do what I loved and that my financial needs would be met. I have never looked back, and I have been blessed with so much more than I could have imagined.My experience includes being a Mom, having 2 granddaughters and 7 step-grandchildren! I have “worked” as a full and part-time nanny for premature babies born with special needs, including twins, and those precious little ones who chose to stay put until they were due to arrive!I have also volunteered in a residential facility for babies born addicted to alcohol and drugs, some of whom were also HIV positive. Other wonderful experiences include being a “Big Sister” in the Big Brother/Big Sister program, a licensed foster parent, and a respite care provider. I am currently employed full-time as a paraprofessional by the Special School District of St. Louis County. My duties include assisting children with special needs in a regular elementary school environment, which is extremely challenging and rewarding!Most importantly as a TLC temporary nanny – I love and respect each little life I come in contact with. What an incredible privilege it is to help meet the needs of helpless, totally dependent blessings from above!My advice to new and “experienced” parents – Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help. Having a new life to care for can be extremely overwhelming, especially with all of the hormonal changes a new Mom is experiencing and Dads wondering what on earth they can do to help! Getting a good night’s sleep (which can be rare for parents of a newborn) can make a huge difference in having quality bonding time with your precious baby, while getting through all the busyness of the day. TLC for Kids is always there with wonderful, experienced caregivers just waiting to help you!
TLC for Kids has been providing Saint Louis’ newest moms with Doula help since 1995. Doula is a Greek term which means “women helping women” or “women servant.” I love the word and its meaning. From my experience no woman can go through childbirth, recovery, and welcome a new baby without support from someone who is experienced and knowledgeable. We all need help from time to time.
TLC’s Doulas are loving, experienced and trained. Our Doulas are ready to guide moms(and dads) through the joys of caring for a new baby. Some Doulas provide overnight care so mom and dad can rest. Newborn babies can be exhausting and overwhelming even for the most seasoned of parents 🙂
A TLC Doula will help with feeding, bathing, swaddling, circumcision care, changing, umbilical cord care and so much more. A Doula can also help around the house. She can provide sibling care, meal preparation, transportation, and baby room or house organization.
Here is one mom’s story about her Doula,
My mother and father came to help me when my daughter was born. As much as I appreciated their help they added to my overall responsibilities. Now there were 2 more people to feed, entertain, and more laundry to do! When Donna, my amazing Doula arrived, she just instinctively knew what to do and added no stress to my life. She organized the babies room, did the laundry, prepared meals for us, rocked and sang to the baby when I needed rest, and brought her to me for breast feeding. I was able to nap, run errands, and recover from my c-section. My husband and I truly loved the experience of caring for our newborn.”
If you would like to learn more about postpartum Doulas visit the DONA website.
To reserve a TLC Doula in Saint Louis complete our registration form on line.
All parents strive for a good night’s sleep. That is hard to do with a newborn baby in the house. Most newborns will wake every 3 hours or so to eat. After feeding, burping, diaper changes, swaddling and getting baby back to sleep parents have about an hour or two until they need to do it all again.
TLC for Kids can help. TLC’s Newborn Overnight Caregivers come into your home and take care of your baby for the night. Our caregivers have been screened by our professional staff and have years of experience caring for newborns. They even specialize in multiples!
Newborn overnights caregivers typically work 4 to 7 nights a week for the first few months. They will help get your baby on a night time schedule and stay with you until your baby is sleeping through the night.
Let our overnight caregivers help you be your best for your busy day!
More information on TLC for Kids’ Newborn program visit our website or call Angela at 314.725.5660.
The new year is here. What does that mean for you and your nanny?
Here are the three most important things nanny employers need to know for 2013:
- The Payroll Tax Holiday Has Expired. The social security tax has reverted to its traditional 6.2% (it was temporarily reduced to 4.2% in 2011 and 2012 in an attempt to stimulate consumer spending). The change will decrease take-home pay for all U.S. workers. Your full-time nannies will see a change of about $10-$15 per week, depending on their income level.
- The FICA Reporting Threshold Did Not Change. The $1,800 threshold has been extended through 2013. Families who pay a worker less than that amount are absolved of the FICA reporting responsibilities under the “casual babysitting exemption.”
- The Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate Has Increased. The rate for mileage reimbursement increased by one penny per mile. It’s now 56.5 cents for each mile an employee drives on the job.
January is here. All the hustle and bustle of celebrating the holidays is over. What now?
Tradition has it that you make a resolution for the year. Something you want to change or improve for this year. Maybe you want make a positive impact in your life or the life of someone you love. We’ve gathered some nice resolutions (I prefer to call them goals) for you.
1. Are you thinking about “Going Green” this year and reducing your carbon footprint? Here is a website with 10 helpful environmentally friendly resolutions.
2. Do you want to do a better job of capturing your kids great moments? Why not try a memory jar? Write down some of the funny things your kids say and place them in a jar. On a bad day you can pull out a funny quote for a quick smile. Here is one mom’s blog about her Memory Jar.
3. Want to be a more organized nanny? We shared this tip a few months ago from a professional nanny. I love the idea of creating your own ‘Nanny Binder.’
4. Want to eat healthier? Here are some quick and easy healthy recipes. Add these to your monthly menu to start the year off right.
I hope these ideas will help you start the new year off right. Don’t forget to check out our Pinterest Board for other New Year’s ideas.
Please share with us your ideas too!