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.

 

 

 

It’s been a cold winter for most of us; a VERY cold and SNOWY winter!  And according to Punxsutawney Phil we will have six more weeks of winter.  Most likely that means more school cancellations.

 

If your child’s school cancels or calls a late start and you need to get to work call TLC for Kids.  Our back-up childcare service can help!

 

Are your kids (and you!) going stir crazy with all these cold days?  I know we are at my house 🙂

If there is snow on the ground and it’s too cold to play outside here are some ideas for fun indoor activities:

1. Have a  game day!  Each member of the family can choose a game to play.  Remember it doesn’t have to be games where you sit down.  Play charades, make an obstacle course, or play Twister.  You can still be active when you are stuck inside.

2. Do science experiments.  At my house we brought the snow inside to see how long it takes to melt.  The kids drew pictures of the snow as it was melting.  Will the snow melt faster in a sunny spot?  How much water comes from one full cup of snow?  Your little scientists will enjoy discovering the answers.

For more fun snow day ideas visit the TLC for Kids Pinterst Board!

 

Flu season is here! Peak flu season is from November through March. The vaccination is recommended to every patient over 6 months old.

Flu Facts:
~Five to twenty percent of the US population get influenza each year.
~More than two-hundred thousand patients are hospitalized each year resulting in around twenty-thousand deaths.
~Patients at highest risk are young children, pregnant women, patients with chronic medical conditions (diabetes, heart and lung disease) and those over age sixty-five.

Flu Vaccine Myths:
“The flu shot made me sick” – The vaccination cannot cause flu. The virus is killed or weakened during the manufacturing process. You may have been exposed to a non-flu virus or to the flu prior to the vaccine taking effect.
“I’m healthy, I don’t need a vaccination” – Even healthy patients can spread the flu to a grandparent or child, placing them at high risk for complications.
“The shots aren’t safe” – Allergic reaction to the flu shot is very rare. Patients with a history of severe egg allergy or prior reaction should not get the vaccine. The possible risk of Guillen-Barre Syndrome is one to two per million vaccinated which is much lower than the risk of severe influenza.
“It’s too early for the flu shot” or “It’s too late for the flu shot” – The US Center for Disease Control recommends getting the flu shot as soon as available. Flu season is unpredictable and starts early some years. Cases of influenza can occur as late as May, so late vaccination can still be protective.

Contact your physician’s office for information about availability of the vaccination. If your physician’s office does not carry the vaccine, it is given at local pharmacies.

Back Up Care:

TLC for Kids was one of the first agencies in the country to offer sick childcare. Our professionally screened sitters can come to your house and care for your sick child.  You can go to work with the assurance that your child is in good hands.  Our emergency service is open after hours until 9:30pm and early in the morning to answer your calls and set you up with a great babysitter.  The TLC emergency service is one of the many ways we are here to help you with all your childcare needs.

TLC For Kids, Inc. has been St. Louis’ premier nanny and babysitting agency  for over 25 years.   TLC For Kids’ dedicated staff is ready to assist you in finding nannies, tutors, newborn care specialists, sitters and more.  Reach us at info@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660.