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A recent study presented at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco revealed that too much time spent on a handheld device may delay the development of children’s expressive speech. For many childcare providers including parents, passing the smartphone or tablet to a child has practically become second nature. New research indicates that our willingness to utilize smart devices solely as a distraction or for entertainment has increased in recent years, and a marked decline in interpersonal communication and interactions have resulted.

Knowing the dangers of a developing brain being exposed to multiple forms of vivid, two-dimensional images and videos flashing erratically, many childcare professionals work diligently to reduce the amount of screen time that their charges are exposed to. This most recent research indicates that though screen time can indeed slow speech development when the child is left alone with the device, there is some evidence to show that the childcare provider interacting with the child and utilizing the device as a learning tool actually has a positive effect on that child’s communication and development.

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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.  Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660

Congratulations on your new baby!! Bringing home a new baby is a transition for everyone. Getting to know your little one and introducing them to the world is such a beautiful thing. However, there might be stressful times during those first few weeks and months. Mom is recovering, Mom and Dad are sleep deprived, and siblings want more attention.

TLC Family Care understands this  transitional period requires an extra set of hands.  So,  we are here to help everyone adjust to the newest addition to your family. Consider hiring a Newborn Night Nanny or Newborn Care Specialist to assist during this time.

1 .      Newborn Overnight Nanny.  At TLC Family Care, we have Newborn Overnight Nannies. An Newborn Overnight 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 some much needed rest and enjoy a full night’s sleep because they know their baby is receiving the best care possible.

2.      Newborn Care Specialist.  If daytime help is what you need, TLC Family Care also offers child care providers who are newborn care specialists. Newborn Care Specialists help parents in their home the first few weeks or months of baby’s life in a number of ways. Newborn Specialists help with parent education, feeding/breastfeeding, basic baby care, and light housekeeping. Newborn Care 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, an NCS is a wonderful option to help your family adjust.

TLC Family Care is ready to assist you and your growing family. So, whether you are expecting and want to set up  a caregiver before your baby arrives, or already have a newborn and need help, call TLC Family Care today: (314) 725-5660 or tlc@tlcforkids.com

 

Give mom something she really wants for Mother’s Day … time! Book a sitter today and give mom a much needed day of pampering, lunch and movie with a friend, or make it just the two of you with a delicious brunch.

Our sitters will take care of the kids while you take care of mom.

Don’t forget that TLC is here to help you with all your in-home child care needs.  If you are interested in hiring  a full time, part time, summer or after school nanny visit our website at tlcforkids.com.

TLC for Kids is currently placing summer nannies in St. Louis and South Florida. If you need reliable, energetic, and professional child care this summer visit our website at tlcforkids.com Or, email us at tlc@tlcforkids.com.

Many companies are now allowing their employees to work remotely, which means they can work from home rather than heading into the office for a traditional work day. Telework for a parent has many benefits, but it can also prove challenging if you’re looking for nanny services. Finding a nanny that can navigate the ins and outs of working in a home with a work at home parent requires communication and because of the unique set up, sometimes a different set of rules.

Setting boundaries is key.

Many nannies that have had negative experiences while working with parents at home often indicate that there was an issue with lack of boundaries. For example, will they be walking around the home throughout the day or will they be inside of an office for most of the time? Proximity to the parent is something that will need to be discussed right away. Talk about the specifics and agree to boundaries and ground rules up front. This will be unique to each family and the parent’s jobs. Here are helpful tips on establishing boundaries as a nanny with a work at home parent.

What are the three key boundaries to set when working with a work-at-home parents? Find out in part one of this two-part feature.

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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.  Reach us at tlc@tlcforkids.com or 314-725-5660

Nanny AgencyA nanny is a caregiver who comes to your home and cares for your children. When you hire a nanny, your children will receive one-on-one attention from an experienced caregiver in their own home environment.
We’ve listed below the different types of nannies and the placements that TLC for Kids offers.

Live-Out
The live-out caregiver typically comes to your home for a 9-10-hour day, 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m., five days a week. You and your live-out caregiver will arrange a set weekly schedule, with weekend care arranged separately. It is the responsibility of the nanny to provide her own transportation to and from your home. The beauty of this arrangement is that your nanny will have a life of her own when she leaves her job. This allows her to relax and rejuvenate before her morning return. The live-out nanny may cost a little more, but she is generally more independent and fulfilled with her personal life outside of the job. Live-out nannies consist of full-time, part-time, after-school and summer nannies!

Live-In
Live-in caregivers are generally on duty 10-12 hours, day five days a week, and an occasional evening. They eat meals with the family and share in the cooking and cleaning up duties. Be assured that nannies will expect most nights and weekends off unless previously arranged. Most live in nannies require a private living space, use of the familiy’s car, and specific hours on and off duty. You will also need to discuss visitors for the nanny and any quiet times or a curfew. Both you and your nanny may have to make concessions. It is your house and you have the right to set reasonable rules.
Live in nannies can help out with emergency babysitting and depending on your personal preference can become a big part of the family. Keep in mind that your nanny does have a life beyond your job and she is not at your beck and call. While it may seem convenient and less expensive to hire a live in nanny it is harder to keep the relationship professional. It may be difficult to spending so much time together under one roof.

Shared Care
A less talked-about yet more economical alternative is shared care. This situation involves one nanny and two neighboring families. The nanny works in one home and might spend part of the day at the other home. The nanny cares for both families’ children in one home. Before you and your friend or neighbor decide to share a nanny, discuss and agree upon a philosophy for child care. You need to discuss exactly what each of you will want the caregiver to do on a day-to-day basis. And realize when hiring this nanny that she must be able to handle all types of personalities in order to please two families at once.

Mommy Nanny
Mommy Nanny is a candidate who has a child of similar age to your child. She would bring her child to your home and watch both at the same time. You will find that if it is a good fit, the Mommy Nanny can be an excellent solution. She will have child care and your child will also have a playmate. Mommy Nannies are typically paid less than traditional nannies.

TLC for Kids can help you find the right nanny for your family. Call our Placement Director, Debbie Hipp, at 314-725-5660 today to discuss your child care needs.

TLC for Kids has been helping families find nannies and babysitters for over 30 years. Are you looking for in-home childcare?

Now is a great time to hire a nanny to take care of your kids. TLC’s full time nannies are professional and have previous experience working with kids. Hiring a nanny gives parents the comfort of knowing that your children are safe and comfortable in their own home. It also gives parents some flexibility on their beginning and end time. If you have an early meeting or stuck in traffic on the way home often times the nanny can come early of stay late.

Visit our website and learn more about some of our nannies looking for full time work right now.

Get your nanny search started today!

Special thank you to Stanford Park Nannies for sharing this blog with us!

“You missed the last few episodes of ‘Mad Men’ recently; but don’t worry, click click, within seconds the entire season is in your queue! Your family is hungry… NOW! Click click, and soon…. ding-dong! Meal delivered! Instant solutions at the click of a mouse—great, right?

In this day and age, we are accustomed to having our needs filled in an INSTANT, and often times we will settle for nothing less. I can’t tell you how often we see our busy clients growing more and more anxious about the time it takes to hire a nanny. After all, you can post and ad online and see hundreds of available nannies ready to hire now, so why, oh why, does it take so long to hire YOUR nanny? If you can spare 3 minutes, allow me to explain why, when it comes to hiring a nanny, patience is a virtue.

– Your Nanny Soul Mate

Anyone can check the “search criteria” boxes that define availability, years of experience, and education level, resulting in the message that “350 Nannies Are a Match!” Considering the fact that you are selecting a person who will become an extension of your parenting team, your “matching” criteria should go well beyond the check boxes.

When I meet families, I focus my attention on subtle characteristics and while they may seem insignificant, they are actually the core basis that forms a critical picture of the best match. Consider parenting style and personality attributes alone; is she a loud talker, and you’re a soft talker? Are you a straightforward communicator and she avoids confrontation at all costs? This type of matching takes time, and requires deeper evaluation beyond basic check boxes.

– Digging, Sleuthing, and Checking It Twice

Although our clients understand that we conduct background checks and call references—much like families do on their own—they don’t always understand how in depth that process can be. When you are hopeful about a possible nanny “match,” you may quickly call 1 or 2 references and assume that you have covered all your bases. Since you like the nanny and are eager to close the deal, you hire her quickly and cross your fingers that it will work out. After all, you are a busy parent with diapers to change, groceries to buy, crying children to console, and sibling fights to referee.

By contrast, our research team is on duty 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, with ONE purpose—to VET. They specialize in digging deep into each nanny’s work history, questioning, verifying and relentlessly investigating every detail. This information helps us to completely understand a nanny’s skills, personality attributes, and natural tendencies. Families can almost be blinded by a 5-star review, or an excellent reference, but we are trained to look past that. Is this process tedious and time consuming? Absolutely. Is it worth it? Always.

– Word of WHOSE mouth?

Word of mouth referrals can lead to a successful hire, and can be a big time saver!

When a nanny is referred to you by a friend, you have observed her dedication to your friend’s family and know she is trustworthy, so you open your doors to her without hesitation. What you haven’t done is taken the time to consider YOUR needs and how they may differ from those of your friend.

I recently spoke with a mom who did just this. She was confused and disappointed because she thought by hiring her friend’s nanny she had found a quick and reliable solution. She couldn’t understand why their relationship wasn’t working. During our long conversation, we explored her specific needs as well as her family’s characteristics and style. It became clear that the nanny she hastily hired was indeed a great nanny, but not a great nanny for HER.

So while you sit and dream of the day when you can order an instant nanny and rush the shipping, it is helpful to remember that taking some extra time now could provide your children, family, and nanny with a long lasting and successful relationship. Trust me—leave the click- clicking to Amazon and eBay!”

Most parents these days need more sleep. Especially parents with infants. I know I did!

TLC for Kids now has a certified sleep consultant to help St. Louis families with those sleepless nights. Visit our website to learn more about TLC for Kids Newborn Services.

I’m excited to be share a wonderful blog post today from a Certified Gentle Sleep Coach, Jen Varela! Jen has been helping tired families get sleep since 2010, and wanted to share some of her sleep wisdom with you! Here are three things she recommends to all her families .

1. Sleep begets sleep

It is amazing how this works! What time does your baby go to sleep at night? Is it too late? Did you miss the “sweet spot” sleepy window? For babies six months or older consider a bedtime between 6:30-7:30 p.m. Helping your baby get the proper amount of sleep can reduce fussiness at bedtime, decrease the number of night awakenings and eliminate early rising. Also take a look at the “sweet spot” for the first nap of the day. If you wait too long then you may miss their first sleep window.

When they are infants consider keeping the window at 90 minutes between waking for the day to asleep again at the first nap. As your baby grows their ability to stay awake for longer periods of time will also grow. Between the ages of four and a half to six months your baby’s wakeful window will mature and stretch from 2 to 2 ½ hours.

2. Milestones

Is your baby starting to crawl? Could they be in the middle of a developmental milestone? Did you know that when your baby is in a developmental burst that they will … yes, I said WILL have a sleep regression. Did the number of night awakening increase at the same time as they were working on something new? This is a good thing because they are doing what they are supposed to do. They are consolidating memories during REM sleep, integrating their experiences and making new connections in their brain.

3. Routine

Routine is defined by a nice flow to your day, not rigid scheduling. Doing the same thing in the same order or fashion. An example would be to eat upon waking or be social and active during alert times. The bedtime routine creates a positive association with going to sleep. You want to have a nice flow to your day and predictability can aid in better sleep. Don’t get caught up in a rigid routine, you might miss your baby’s sleep cues if you get to focused on the clock. Try doing things in the same order before sleep. A verbal sleep cue is very helpful with communicating it is time to go to sleep without it being stimulating and overly engaging. Everyone likes a little “sweet-talk” when they are tired.

Click here to read more tips from Sleep Lady consultant Joy Varela

 

 

Did you know TLC sitters are available to travel with your family on vacation? Families often fill their vacation schedules with activities for the kids. But TLC for Kids recognizes parents need a vacation for themselves, too. Bringing a TLC sitter or nanny along gives parents the flexibility to see places they are interested in, have quiet meals at adult places, and know their kids are being cared for by someone they trust and kids are comfortable with (remember you can request your favorite sitters anytime you need a TLC nanny).

 

Since the details of traveling can sometimes be overwhelming, it is important to discuss a few things with your nanny: how much will she be paid, how much time off will she have, and where will she stay.

Pay:  Payment is always negotiable between the family and the nanny, but the number of hours your nanny is needed and her work expectations should be taken into consideration. Offering to cover travel expenses. lodging and providing meals for her while the family is on vacation is expected and is not considered part of her salary. A nanny who is expected to be on duty day and night, waking up in the middle of the night when young children do, will clearly earn more than a nanny who is only required to work during day hours.  It is important to remember your nanny will want some time off during the trip, and pay and expectations should always be agreed upon before the vacation begins.

 

Schedule: Since your family and your nanny will be in a new location, it is best to plan a schedule for everyone.  Having a schedule allows your kids to get the most out of their vacation, so time is not lost deciding what to do or figuring out how to get to each activity. A schedule also clearly defines when your nanny has time off and when she will be working—this takes away the possibility of any miscommunication between the nanny and the family about her time to herself.

 

Sleeping Arrangements: Whether or not you decide for your nanny to have a private place to sleep or a shared living area (like the foldout couch in the living room) is up to you and your nanny to discuss. However, a private space for your nanny to sleep allows for your nanny to get better rest, making her more energetic when caring for your children the next day. Whatever the decision may be, sleeping arrangements should be defined before the trip starts.

 

Vacation should be relaxing for the entire family (that includes you, Mom and Dad). Bringing along your family’s favorite sitter ensures that everyone gets to have the vacation they deserve. TLC wants to help make your summer vacation is as relaxing as possible.

Call TLC for Kids today to find a travel nanny.