Archive for April 2014

Nighttime Anxiety

As a mom putting my kids to bed is sometimes the most stressful part of the day!

My oldest has problems falling to sleep and it makes the nighttime difficult for everyone in the house.  I found these helpful tips and wanted to share them with you.  Do any of your kids have problems at bedtime?

Transitioning your child from a fun and busy day to the quite time of night can be hard.  Here are some strategies to reduce nighttime stress.

1. During a non-stressful time talk to your child about what worries them at bedtime.  If they are scared of the dark offer to keep a night light on.  If they think there are monsters in the  closet do a “monster check” before bed.  Work with them to problem solve together.

2.  If it takes your child a long time to unwind start the bedtime routine earlier.  Give them time to unwind and talk about their worries or fears.  Then follow your normal bedtime routine.

3. Give your child a “worry journal” or “worry doll.”  Let your child talk about their fears or worries.  Your child can tell the doll their fears and the doll can hold your child’s fears or worries for them overnight.   A worry journal allows your child to release their concerns and clear their mind.

I know the worry journal helped with my oldest.  She writes in it before bedtime and it helps her fall asleep quicker at night.

Do you have any thing that has helped your child with nighttime anxiety?

How to Interview Summer Nannies

School years are busy.  Mornings are spent rushing to catch the bus or drive carpool.  Days are spent running errands, taking kids to practices, helping with homework,  and putting the kids to bed so we can do it all again tomorrow.

I can not wait for summer!  This summer the kids and I are going to relax and unwind with the help of a summer nanny.  Having a summer nanny is a great idea for families with school age kids.   Summer nannies provide fun, reliable, and consistent in home childcare.  No more rushing around in the morning!   Having a nanny come to the house will take away the stress of the morning routine, and maybe, let us all sleep a little later 🙂

The interview is an extremely important step in the hiring process.  The interview can be held, at your home, at a

When interviewing a nanny, rely on your intuition and observations when evaluating the nanny’s responses, mannerisms and appearance. A parent’s impression of a nanny candidate can be a telling sign if the nanny is a good fit for the family.


During the interview, parents should first inquire about the nanny’s background, experience, training, driv­ing record and other skills related to working with children. Then, by asking open ended questions about the nanny’s interests, after work activities, and child care philosophies, parents can better evaluate how compatible the nanny is with their family.


When describing employment expectations, parents should be specific about job duties, hours, salary, time off and other practicalities of the position. Seeing and hearing the candidate’s reaction can provide valu­able clues to how the nanny will feel about the position.


Parents should also observe the nanny with their children before offering the nanny the position. Take note of how the nanny interacts with the children and how the children respond to the nanny.


When deciding which nanny to hire, carefully weigh all the information gathered about each candidate. Check each nanny’s references (even if they come from an agency) and interview the top candidates a second time before offering the position. Parents should listen to their intuition and remember that the nanny will be a part of their family’s life. They should ask themselves, “Does this candidate seem as though she will fit in well with our family and work well with our children?”


Summer Childcare

Believe it or not summer is almost here!




Consider hiring a TLC for Kids summer nanny.

Your kids will love doing fun activities all summer long.  And you will love not having to rush them somewhere every morning.

Visit the website to learn more about TLC’s summer nannies.


Miami in the Spring

April is a great time to visit Miami.  The weather is beautiful and the beaches are gorgeous.  Why not spend Passover or Easter relaxing on the beach this year?


Hotels like The Fountainebleau, Majestic South Beach, and Conrad Miami are some of the best family friendly hotels in the area.

Once here take the time to enjoy a Miami date night.  TLC’s in-room hotel nannies provide families with safe, convenient, as needed child care. TLC South Florida sitters are professionally screened, warm, nurturing, mature caregivers selected especially for their experience, reliability, and commitment to quality child care. TLC nannies are easily recognizable in their uniforms and bring age appropriate activities for your children.

Reserve your hotel babysitter today!




National Nanny Training Day

National Nanny Training Day is April 12th.  TLC is happy to be hosting this event for  nannies in St. Louis.

TLC for Kids St. Louis

This year we have two great seminars planned for St. Louis nannies.

The first one is “How to Live your Life Well.”  This seminar, led by a mental health expert, offers practical tools on how to increase mental well being and manage everyday life.

The second seminar is  “Music and Movement.”  Led by a music educator, this seminar teaches caregivers how to incorporate music and crafts into your daily routine caring for kids.  For all ages!

Please join us for these fun and educational seminars.  To learn more and register for the National Nanny Training Day in St. Louis click here.


We look forward to seeing you!


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