For many, the new school year is looking a lot different than what they expected. Virtual learning has become the new norm in many communities and households. Families are converting dining rooms into classrooms, and parents are learning new tech such as Zoom, Google Drive, Online Classrooms and much, much more. Kids are disappointed they won’t be joining their friends in the classroom and on the playground. Meanwhile, you’re working from home and struggling to manage your work and navigate through your child’s virtual learning needs.

As we all adjust and maneuver our way through these new systems, there are ways you can support your child in the days ahead. 

  1. Get Organized. Create a system of calendar, color coding, even post-it notes. Many say writing things down helps them remember. Write assignments down on a calendar – when they are due, deadlines, etc. Keep it where everyone can see it.
  2. Develop a System. Create a system where assignments come in and planned out, homework is turned in, logging in to the classroom, etc. Know that technical challenges will arise and not get upset when they do. We’re all struggling. Each of you take a breath, step away and come back and figure it out together. Determine how to avoid in the future, what could you have done differently?
  3. Make the Workspace Functional yet Comfortable. Don’t have other projects or your own work invade your child’s workspace. If you have multiple children, make sure each has their own designated space. Let them decorate or have one or two special items in view that provide comfort such as a favorite figurine, small stuffed animal, even a motivational framed quote or sticker. Don’t have their workspace next to a high-traffic area of the house, such as the laundry room or front door. Frequent interruptions will definitely impact their learning. Check out our Pinterest board for some inspiration!
  4. Create a schedule that works for all. While you’ll probably have set days and times for the classroom aspect of school with their teacher, make sure your child is getting plenty of time to get up and move around, do supplemental learning such as virtual field trips or arts and crafts.  Know that some days you may go off schedule. Take your cues from your child, and allow some flexibility during the challenging days. Maybe you both take a lunch break at the same time and make it part of your new daily routine.
  5. Support each other. Provide encouragement when they do something well. Motivate each other to finish that assignment you’ve both been putting off until the last minute. While they are doing virtual learning, you’re probably working from home. Find time to celebrate each of your accomplishments.

Finally, if you’re finding you still need support, reach out to TLC. We can assist in finding you support for at-home learning or a private educator to work one-on-one with your child.

 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Whether you’re preparing for kids to go back to school or you’re taking them out in public, wearing a mask is recommended for everyone – even children. But getting them to keep them on while out or all-day in a classroom can be challenging and scary. 

The CDC recommendations are as follows:

COVID-19 can be spread to others even if you do not feel sick. A cloth face covering helps prevent a person who is sick from spreading the virus to others. Appropriate and consistent use of cloth face coverings is most important when students, teachers, and staff are indoors and when social distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to implement or maintain.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:

  • Children younger than 2 years old.
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious.
  • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

Appropriate and consistent use of cloth face coverings may be challenging for some students, teachers, and staff, including:

  • Younger students, such as those in early elementary school.
  • Students, teachers, and staff with severe asthma or other breathing difficulties.
  • Students, teachers, and staff with special educational or healthcare needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and sensory concerns or tactile sensitivity.

Additional information from KidsHealth provides info on WHY kids are afraid of masks, and offers tips to helping kids get used to wearing masks.

Finally, check out our Pinterest board for mask tips and some of our favorites for kids.

 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Looking for in-home tutors?

If you are concerned about your child’s grades or feel like a little extra help will be beneficial give us a call.  TLC Family Care has experienced tutors.  Our tutors, like our sitters, have gone through our thorough screening. TLC tutors will come to you virtually, and provide one-on-one instructional help. 

e-learning Aides for Elementary and Middle School students

Our e-Learning Aides (ELA) at TLC offer homework help, project support, and scheduling assistance to help elementary and middle school children succeed with their homeschool workload. Your ELA will help your student by teaching them organizational skills, implementing routines, building structure, and boosting productivity so that tasks are completed, and assignments are turned in on time.There is an hour minimum, but time does not need to be consecutive- that is up to you! It typically takes 1-2 sessions of working together to get a rhythm. Please give your ELA guidance, insight, and any suggestions you have about your child’s learning style in to find the best way to keep them engaged.

Tutor Services for advanced Middle School Courses and High School Students

For students that require more targeted guidance in algebra, geometry, science, and more TLC is honored to have partnered with a superior tutoring organization, Varsity Tutors. Utilizing highly skilled tutors and the latest technology, Varsity Tutors can provide their services in person or via a cellphone app or desktop program. Their leading-edge technology and knowledgeable tutors combine to bring your student the help they need, when and where they need it.

Get started now by contacting them at (855) 454-1072.

 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

This article originally appeared on Regarding Nannies. Reprinted with permission. 

Sharon Rief of Teacher Resources for Parents has put together a list of helpful Summer activities to enrich the lives and development of children, and help keep them busy as we get into summer.

1) Mix primary colors together to form new colors.
2) Go on an ABC garden hunt.
3) Make coffee filter flowers or butterflies.
4) Make alphabet soup.
5) Make a masking tape raceway and city.
6) Make flags using Lego.
7) Make shapes using craft sticks and velcro.
8) Write a letter to your favorite Frozen character.
9) Play bubble wrap hopscotch.
10) Practice addition and subtraction using a deck of cards.
11) Have a reading picnic outside with your stuffed animals.
12) Listen to stories online at www.storylineonline.net.
13) Practice writing letters using shaving cream on a cookie sheet.
14) Print lyrics to your favorite song and practice reading them.
15) Decorate a frame or trinket box with sea shells and jewels.
16) Make a crayon resist card using a white crayon and water color paints.
17) Make an alphabet city using pipe cleaners or wikki sticks.
18) Create a city using Magna Tiles.
19) Do pepper and celery paint stamping.
20) Collect “Pixie Dust” sprinkled by Tinker Bell around your yard.

 

 

 

 

 

Find more inspiration at Facebook.com/teacherresourcesforparents or visit her website at www.teacherresourcesforparents.com 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Nannies and teachers are alike in many ways.  More and more teachers are thinking about leaving the classroom to become  nannies. Nannying gives teachers the  opportunity to work with kids on a one-on-one basis. Here we explore how you can translate your teaching experience into effective childcare as a TLC Family Care nanny!

Nannies, like teachers, have to pull from a broad skill set in their work. One of the most important qualities a teacher has is creativity. If you have teaching experience of any kind, you are probably more creative than even you realize. Whether you’ve had to create art projects and games, modify lesson plans to suit your students’ needs, or invent new ways to motivate students, you have had to think outside the box to find what works best for your class. You can use the same effort you put into engaging your students, to come up with a variety of activities and adventures for the children now in your care as a TLC nanny.

As a teacher, meticulous planning and creative lesson plans are never quite enough; students always manage to come up with new ways to challenge you. The patience and kindness you show in these situations are important skills for any nanny. When you are caring for a child, it can be difficult to stay “on” at all times and be positive at any given moment – particularly if you are tired, or distracted, or don’t really want to read the same book to your kids for the fifth time today. But if you have teaching experience, this is a hurdle you’ve jumped often. If you can produce the patience and fairness to be a good teacher to your students, you’ll find you have that same ability as a nanny.

Like teaching, nannying can be unpredictable work. There are many times when you need to strike that perfect balance between being reliable and flexible. You know how important it is to leave space in your schedule in case you have to deal with a last-minute issue; you know to always come prepared with an activity, but ready to abandon or modify it to suit your kids’ needs. That balance is at the heart of any work in which you are tending to the needs of other people.

Taking care of children, whether as a teacher or as a nanny, challenges you to use the best parts of yourself – your creativity, your compassion, your dependability, your flexibility, and so much more. That’s exactly why it’s such rewarding work.  If you would like to apply for a TLC nanny position please visit our website.

 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

TLC Family Care offers a variety of services to help during COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to our Summer Nannies, Date-night sitters, temp nannies and back-up care for those unexpected situations that arise when your regular childcare is unavailable. Give us a call … we can help! We recognize all families needs are different and work with you to match you with a caregiver that meets those needs.

TLC Online Homework Helper Program:

We have many teachers and college students available now. We can easily connect one with you through video tools that are easy to use and help your child with their work so you can focus on yours!

TLC One to One In-Home Care Program:

We have developed the one to one program in collaboration with several premiere agencies across the U.S.  The concept is fairly simple.  One specific sitter commits to caring for your family on a regular basis. They will practice social distancing and will limit outings only for groceries, pharmacy, and essential needs, always protected by PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and  at all times adhering to CDC guidelines.  When a family makes the same commitment to a caregiver, then all parties are assured that their exposure potential is greatly reduced.  Care time-frame can start with a minimum of two weeks and be increased as needed.

TLC Personal Shoppers:

TLC Caregivers are now doing shopping for those of you who need help staying supplied.  Our shoppers will go to one or more stores of your choice, shop  your grocery list, and deliver to your home in a contact-free manner.  Shoppers will supply their own PPE while shopping and delivering. We usually can deliver an order the same or next day.

TLC’s Summer Nannies:

A TLC nanny can be your kid’s own personal camp counselor! Are you planning for a summer with kids home? Could you use some help with activities and supervision? With the potential of camps cancelling and other group activities being interrupted, ease your mind with a summer nanny who will be focused on keeping your kids busy and active.  They will do their very best to make a summer “stuck at home” more tolerable with games, activities, and of course lots of TLC. Please check out our Nanny page and feel free to call us for more information.

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Working through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for everyone. Working parents with young children in the household face their own unique and particular challenges.

Nannies have worked with Work At Home Parents (WAHP) for decades and generally know up front that this is the situation. Most WAHP – nanny situations are well planned, with defined workspace, hours, and communication protocols in place. Many nannies chose not to pursue jobs in  WAHP situations because of the high level of communication, interaction and coordination necessary to make this work for all.

The Novel Coronavirus Pandemic came without warning, and parents and nannies were overnight thrust into working situations they never imagined. And for families with school aged children, layer on home schooling and distance learning over top of parents working in the home and it becomes an entirely new juggling act.

Realism and Transparency

Families now more than ever need to depend on their nanny. The ability of working parents to continue meeting their employer’s expectations and needs is predicated on the nanny meeting the family’s childcare needs.

All parties need to be realistic. A home with young children present cannot remain quiet at all times. So how do you balance quiet vs. activity? Many parents find themselves in less than ideal physical spaces for work – after all they didn’t plan on having a home office. Some solutions families have shared with us include:

  • Noise cancelling headsets;
  • Working from a bedroom;
  • Temporarily bunking children together and setting up an office in the extra bedroom;
  • White noise machines;
  • Scheduling telephone calls during nap time. With school aged children schedule reading / quiet time.;
  • Nanny schedule a walk or bike ride at a fixed time each AM, weather permitting, to allow for calls and conferences.

Radical transparency in the workplace means “creating a culture that is direct and honest in communication” to build trust between employers and employees. In the age of COVID-19 this is vital – all parties need to be brutally honest about their health first and foremost, and secondarily about their workplace and occasionally even household challenges. Approaching challenges with a flexible, can-do attitude will allow for creative solutions that everyone can live with.

As the employer, you need to insure that your nanny is free to speak her mind, rather than letting issues fester. And in order to empower your nanny to be radically transparent about HER health, you will need to rethink your paid leave policy. Don’t force her to choose between hiding an illness to protect her paycheck or communicating her symptoms and losing her pay. By the same token, if you or a household member are ill, have her stay home with pay until it is clearly safe to return to work. Presuming you and your nanny have a healthy working relationship, there is no reason to believe she will abuse your paid leave. You may even qualify for tax benefits for her paid leave.

Other Logistics and Protocols

Working from home while the children and nanny are present creates other logistical challenges. Young children in particular have a hard time understanding why mommy or daddy are home and yet not available to them. If you are lucky enough to be working in a place with a door, some sort of “Do Not Disturb” code should be worked out – similar to the tie on you college dorm room when your roommate was entertaining!

The quietest, most ideal location for parents to work from home may just be a WiFi dead zone. Mesh systems and WiFi extenders can solve that problem. And if your children are distance learning while you are Zoom conferencing, you may find you are competing for bandwidth. Contact your internet provider and upgrade your data plan.

Your children can become stir crazy just like you! Do try to explore SAFE activities your child and nanny can do together. Playgrounds and community pools are largely off limits. Consider learning to scooter on neighborhood sidewalks or trails (always wearing a helmet!) or sidewalk chalk art on your driveway. Every person re-entering the home for outdoors should immediately wash their hands. Many families who never previously thought of it are implementing a “shoes off at the door” policy.

Review your screen time policies with your nanny. Your toddler may in fact benefit from certain video entertainment, particularly those that involve exercise. Virtual child yoga classes and other activity based screen viewing can go a long way to releasing energy and keeping children physically and emotionally calm. Whatever you decide, be sure to have an open and honest conversation with your nanny.

The Best Laid Plans … Approaching Difficult Conversations

Even with the clearest communication, collaborative planning and problem solving, things don’t always go to plan. Difficult conversations initiated by the nanny are even more fraught with anxiety due to the power dynamic between employer and subordinate.

Do set aside some uninterrupted time for the conversation if at all possible. Face to face is best, however from a practical standpoint a phone call may be the answer after hours when the children are in bed.  AVOID text and email discussions.

Be direct – remember that radical transparency we discussed above? Be appreciative of the other party’s willingness to talk and do give everyone the benefit of the doubt as to motives. Experts suggest  that the initiator of the conversation to come armed with choices for the other and give them options.  (Nannies, does this sound familiar? Offering choices is also a method that early childhood educators suggest for getting young children to comply with requests.)

Wrap up the conversation with a summary of that actions have been agreed to and do schedule a time to follow-up to evaluate and adjust.

What challenges have you faced when nanny and parents share a workspace? How did you resolve the challenge?

 

This post originally appeared on HomeWork Solutions June 2, 2020

Where is the summer going?  We can’t believe July is right around the corner!

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

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 us know your favorite!

 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Are you stressed at home but unsure what type of assistance you need? TLC can help! Through our rigorous application and screening process, we provide you with caregivers to match all your needs. We have at our disposal the largest and most experienced pool of experienced caregivers – in many specialties!

With the help of our placement counselors, find the help that you and your family need.
Here are just a few of the positions TLC caregivers take on:
Permanent Nanny: caring for children on a long-term basis
Temporary Nanny or Babysitter: on-call seven days a week to help you out for a day, an evening, a weekend, you name it
Hotel Sitter: for out-of-town visitors looking for childcare assistance on your vacation
Tutor or Homework Helper: there to assist with any subject K-12 or in higher education
Housekeeper or Personal Assistant: helping out in your home or at your events
Adult Companion: available to provide non-medical care or household assistance for your loved ones
House- and Pet-Sitters: takes care of your house and your pets while you’re away
Newborn Caregivers: qualified to provide the extra attention and specialized skills your new baby needs

Remember, TLC works with you to find the caregiver that best suits your needs – live-in or live-out, part-time or full-time, summer, after-school, or year-round! Each of our nannies can provide their own transportation, references, background checks, high school diploma, and unique set of skills and experiences. They, and we, are excited to meet you.  Contact us at tlcforkids.com today!

 

To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.

Here’s what covered in their Foundational Course:

  • What is an NCS and how is that different from a Doula, Night Nanny or Traditional Nanny. define/explain
  • Doula: Define/explain similarities and differences..
  • Night Nanny: Define/explain similarities and differences.
  • Traditional Nanny: Define/explain similarities and differences.
  • Basic Newborn Care
  • Building a Nursery
  • Special needs of preemies
  • Caring for Multiples
  • Caring for and building up a post-partum mom: One of the most important jobs of a NCS and why.
  • Signs of Post-partum depression and what to do: Covering the major symptoms of post-partum depression and how to handle it (before baby even comes home).
  • Recognizing signs of various feeding issues: Reflux, tests, treatment and options. Tongue tie, to clip or not to clip, pyloric stenosis – what is it and what can be done, how to feed a baby with a cleft palate.
  • Recognizing signs of food allergies and intolerance’s in infants
  • Major Methods of sleep training: Sharing the most common methods of sleep training and how they differ from one another.
  • Getting your NCS Business off the ground: Do I need to be “certified” and if so, how do I get it? What are my first steps?
  • How can I get more experience so clients will hire me? What legal issues/insurance issues do I need to address? Do I need a resume’? What should be on it? Do I need a contract with clients? How do I get paid? What if a client cancels? What if I get the babies sleeping through the night early and the client wants to terminate my contract early? My client bounced a check, now what? My client forgot to pay me, now what? How do I explain to clients on the phone what I do without spending all day on the phone and without giving away all my talents?
  • Tax Overview: What are my tax obligations? Does my client pay taxes on me? My client wants to pay me with a business check?
  • Contracts with clients: What needs to be in it? Do I really need it? The client doesn’t want one.
  • Liability insurance: Do I need it? Why? Where can I get it?
  • Educating Agencies about what I do: Do I need to work with agencies? What do they need to know about what I do in order to “sell” my services to the client?
  • Green Practices: My new client wants to use eco-friendly products. What does that mean exactly, do they really work and how do I help her set up a green nursery?

Learn more and sign up today! 

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To assist with the current crisis, TLC is temporarily offering FREE MEMBERSHIP and DISCOUNTED AGENCY FEES to all Medical Professionals and First Responders. We know you cannot work at home and want to help you ensure you have solid care arrangements for your loved ones. Call TLC at 314.725.5660 to learn more and get started.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency for over 30 years. TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more in Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Louis, Tampa and more!. Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.