Thanksgiving is a great time to do arts-and-crafts with your little ones! Here are a few ideas our TLC for Kids sitters came up with to keep kids busy on the next day you have inside:
1. Build a Thankful Tree. Talk to your child about what they have to be thankful for by putting up a tree of thanks in your house. On each leaf, write down what your child says he/she is thankful for. Each day your family will be reminded of all the good things they have.
2. Make a turkey with your handprints. The age-old craft of making a turkey with your handprint is a classic favorite. Even though it’s been around for many years, it gives your child the opportunity to practice his/her fine motor skills and it’s a good sensory activity if you let your child dip their hand in paint. You can use one handprint for the turkey’s body and one several handprints around the body for the feathers.
3. Create the Mayflower. We spend a lot of time talking about the delicious Thanksgiving food and what we have to be thankful for, but Thanksgiving is also a good time for a mini history lesson with your kiddos. Find a book about how Thanksgiving came to be and then build the Mayflower with your children. You can use any materials you have on hand to make a boat!
In 1985, TLC for Kids introduced the concept of in-home, as-needed nanny care to St. Louis families. This means families had the ability to access childcare at any time by just calling the TLC office. Two years ago TLC opened an office in Miami, Florida helping Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach families with as-needed care.
One reason in-home, as-needed care is so important is because sickness is inevitable when your kids are going to school and daycare. Everyone is playing with the same toys, touching the same desks, and swapping different germs.
So, when your child is sick, but you can’t take off work, what do you? The answer is simple: Call TLC for Kids. TLC has nannies that are available specifically for taking care of sick children.
Because we know sickness rarely pops up during convenient times, like our office hours 8-5:30, TLC for Kids has an emergency service line that is open from 6:30-8 AM and evenings from 6:45-9:45 PM. If you call outside of these hours, TLC ‘s own After Hours and Emergency coordinator checks the messages regularly.
Cold and flu season is here, unfortunately. We hope your children don’t get sick this year, but if they do, know thatTLC is ready to help you by providing quality and reliable back up childcare.
Need a back up sitter? Call the TLC office today: (314) 725-5660 or (305) 256-5905.
Bringing home a new baby is a transition for everyone. While welcoming home a new baby with hugs and love is amazing, sometimes bringing home a baby can be overwhelming. When I came home with my new babies I was overwhelmed with emotion and the needs placed on me. I was recovering from a C-Section and sleep deprived. In our house, Dad had to go back to work and I was at home taking care baby and the siblings in the house who missed being the center of attention. Help!
TLC for Kids knows this transitional period requires more help than usual, so we have two different options to help your family adjust to a new baby.
1 . Newborn Overnight Nanny. At TLC for Kids, we have caregivers who work as overnight newborn nannies. An overnight newborn nanny is a caregiver that comes to your house around bedtime and stays awake through the night (they are required to stay awake the entire time) to take care of the baby when he/she wakes up. The overnight nanny will feed the baby(or bring baby to mom for nursing), change, rock and put the baby back to sleep. This allows new parents to catch up on rest and enjoy a full night’s sleep because they know their baby is receiving the best care possible.
2. Newborn Specialist. If welcoming a new baby is harder than getting sleep at night, TLC for Kids also offers child care providers who are newborn specialists. Newborn specialists help parents in their home the first few weeks or months of baby’s life with parent education, feeding/breastfeeding, basic baby care, and light housekeeping. Newborn specialists can also help older siblings adjust to sharing mom and dad’s attention with a new baby in the house. Whether you are a seasoned mom or new to parenting, a newborn specialist is an option to help your family adjust.
TLC for Kids is ready to assist you and your growing family, so whether you are expecting and want to find a caregiver before your baby arrives, or already have a newborn but need help, call TLC for Kids today: (314) 725-5660.
Daylight Savings time ends this Sunday, November 2nd. Most of us will “fall back” our clocks for an extra hour of sleep. However, for most little kids this means an early rising. A child that wakes up at 6:30am will now be waking up at 5:30am. Not the extra hour we parents need and look forward to!!
Here are a few things you can do to help your little one adjust to the time change. For more information on kids adjusting to the time change or sleep training your baby visit the Sleeplady blog.
1. Make naps a priority. One key to a good night’s sleep is a well-rested baby. Keeping naps on schedule and giving your baby plenty of daylight in between naps will help with the adjustment.
2. Keep your bedtime routine consistent. Keeping your same bedtime routine will help your little one know it’s time for bed. Kids thrive on consistency and keeping with the routine is soothing to them.
3. Morning walks. If possible get outside and go for a walk in the morning. If it’s too cold to go outside open up the curtains and sit in the sunshine.