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‘Tully’ Through the Eyes of a Newborn Care Specialist

I spent a lovely afternoon at the movies in South Miami watching “Tully” with TLC Miami’s most loved and requested Newborn Care Specialist Patricia Demerite. Even though reviews have been mixed we really enjoyed the movie.

 

Tully spoke to each of us in so many ways. As a parent of 2 and owner of TLC, I could relate to the chaos and sleep deprivation of a Postpartum mom and the demands of a special needs child while managing a household. Patricia, who has helped over a dozen families over the last 5 years navigate the demands of adding a new baby to a family could relate to the the sensitive nature of working in an intimate family environment. Throughout the movie Pat would lean over to me saying things like “she should wash her hands when she walks in the house,”  “she shouldn’t be wearing that midriff,” and “she needs to give the mom more personal space.” When things get weird in the movie and she brings Tully to the bedroom we both look at each other like ‘ok, now this is really weird.’  At the end of the movie we discovered the reason for a lot of the immature oversharing behavior and took a sigh of relief.

After the movie Pat and I discussed Marlo’s (mom) lack of support. We both questioned why Marlo was not willing to take the gift of the night nanny when offered. Why is there a stigma that women have to do it all?  Had Marlo accepted help or at least engaged the support of her husband and family she might not have ended up where she did. ***I don’t want to give away any spoilers!***

Postpartum depression and manic behavior require professional help. Hiring a Newborn Care Specialist will not treat postpartum depression. But Patricia and I both feel that the help would have given Marlo support and perhaps directed her to the right professional.  Like Marlo, many moms suffer sleep deprivation and loss of identity aftee the birth of a baby.  This is because they feel they like they have no support and help.   Hiring a Newborn Care Specialist can help moms get on track to feel like themselves again.

Reach out to Chrissy Wheelington, TLC’s Newborn Care Director, to learn more about the different newborn services TLC offers.

Written by Sharon Graff-Radell owner of TLC Family Care.

The Art of Swaddling

As the Newborn Care Director for TLC in St. Louis and Miami, I love to share articles about caring for newborns and their families. Many parents are looking for information about keeping their newborn safe and secure. TLC is  partnering with Parenting Resources to train postpartum doulas, newborn care specialists and baby nurses so that they can assist new parents.

This article by a mom talks about the benefits of swaddling. Swaddling is the art of snugly wrapping a baby in a blanket for warmth and security. It can keep your baby from being disturbed by his or her own startle reflex, and it can help keep the baby warm for the first few days of life.  Do you remember trying to swaddle your babies once you came home from the hospital?

“Swaddling is an art, really, and through two children, I never mastered it. Both of my babes were happy and content in the hospital, when they were wrapped like little burritos by those capable nurses in the postpartum unit. That all went downhill once we got home. I tried to re-create those magical bundles, but no matter what I did, within minutes their arms had busted out, and they were anything but calm. It was my first mom fail.”

Click here to read the full article and get the step-step-by step instructions on how to swaddle like a pro!

 

The “Uber” of babysitting has just arrived in St. Louis!

St. Louis based TLC for Kids is partnering with the technology company, Sitter, to revolutionize the childcare industry with the “Uber of Babysitting”

Over 30 years ago, TLC for Kids pioneered the industry by being one of the first to provide quality, professionally screened childcare to their clients. Now, as one of the nation’s top nanny agencies, they are transforming it again. Together with Sitter, they’re on a mission to radically simplify the way parents book, pay and find high-quality babysitters. Parents can now use Sitter to book one of TLC for Kids’ fully screened, professional nannies with a tap.

This partnership combines the decades of TLC for Kids’ skilled vetting and matching expertise with the cutting edge technology required to support today’s parent. Parents don’t have time to sift through thousands of unscreened caregivers online, nor do they have the expertise required to ensure the caregiver they find online is capable of keeping their child safe. With TLC for Kids and Sitter, parents save time and worry less by getting a sitter screened by experts on-demand, skipping the ATM, and saving all the critical information (emergency contacts, allergies, etc.) their sitter needs.

“A cleared background check just tells you a potential sitter is not a criminal. It doesn’t mean they’re good with kids. We’ve devoted our lives to developing an expertise in finding the best childcare providers. Now, we’re thrilled to be able to give parents access to them in the most convenient way possible.” says Stephanie Graff, President of TLC for Kids.

Current members of TLC for Kids have access to this new technology as part of their membership. Families in the St. Louis area who are not current members can access and use the app for free for a limited time. Join the Sitter app now to book screened TLC for Kids caregivers.

The only thing left for parents to do is get out of the house.  They can rest easy knowing TLC + Sitter have them covered!

To get started using TLC caregivers through the sitter app, visit our TLC/Sitter page.

Easter Ideas That You Can Do With The Kids

Easter is right around the corner. We found these quick, easy and entertaining activities you can do with the kids, guaranteed fun for all.  

Easter Bunny Bread – now who wouldn’t want to sit down to a wonderful meal and enjoy bunny shaped bread, made by the kids!

Marshmallow Peeps Cupcakes – Are you a fan of Peeps? These cupcakes will be a crowd pleaser.

Check out our Pinterest Board full of Easter ideas!

And there’s still time to make that Easter Basket! Our favorite …. you can never go wrong with books and candy!

Summer Nannies Are Here

When Spring Break hits parents start thinking about summer and summer childcare.

TLC for Kids can help you with your summer childcare needs.  We have wonderful nannies that are interested in securing work for the summer.  Hiring a nanny is the best option for St. Louis families’, whether you are looking for full-time or part-time childcare.

Hiring a summer nanny from TLC  is like having your very own camp counselor!  Summer nannies will schedule fun parent approved outings for the kids like going to the amusement park, swimming, museum, bowling, play groups, the zoo and more.  TLC summer nannies will also do tutoring over the summer so that your kids are on track for their upcoming school year.

Since we have so many nannies available, we are able to offer our registered clients substantial savings on a summer placement. Give me a call to discuss discounts for full-time, part-time, and long term temp (up to two months) placements.

Click on our summer nanny parent application to start your search.  You can save $100 if you start your search by March 31st.  If you have any questions please give us a call.

And don’t forget we have great babysitters available for weekends, days, and evenings too.

Already have a summer nanny? For each referral you send us you will earn credits toward upcoming TLC services.

Happy Spring!

Summer Childcare is here!

TLC summer childcareSpring Break is here and that is when parents start looking ahead to summer.  Planning and registering for camps is a full time job!  Instead, let TLC for Kids help you find great childcare this summer.

TLC can help you with all your summer childcare needs.  We have fun and experienced nannies ready to make this summer a great one for everyone.   Whether you are looking for full-time or part-time childcare, hiring a nanny is the best option for families.

Hiring a summer nanny from TLC  is like having your very own camp counselor!  Summer nannies will schedule fun parent approved outings for the kids like going to the amusement park, swimming, museum, bowling, play groups, the zoo and more.

Visit our website to learn more about TLC’s summer nannies.  You can also fill out the parent application on line to get your search started.

 

 

10 Ways to Enjoy a Stay-cation for Spring Break

Staying home for Spring Break? There are plenty of ways you can have loads of fun for little to no cost. Don’t forget – book your TLC Spring Break Sitter today! 

  1. Create a Scavenger Hunt. Fun for any age. Make a list of items to find around the house – think outside the box – and each find has a clue to the next. The prize? How about a Make-Your-Own-Sundae party!
  2. Take your Scavenger Hunt into the community. Head to a local museum or zoo. Hit up the gift shop first, or do a little planning online and find photographs of exhibits or animals and have them ready for your scavenger hunt.
  3. Bring the beach indoors. Let the kids wear their swimsuits in the tub. Bring along your beach towels, favorite tunes, sunscreen and shades.
  4. How about Community Service? Find a local shelter, food bank or charity that you can volunteer for the day. Or check your local animal shelter to volunteer with the animals. We’ve heard reading to the animals has a wonderful effect on them.
  5. Go hike a new trail and bring along a picnic. Take photos and make a memory book, or grab some rocks and paint them when you get home.
  6. Create a restaurant at home. We saw this idea on Regarding Nannies and can’t wait to try this with our kids.
  7. Make your own movie. With today’s smart phone you can record and put together your own Academy Award worthy short featuring the kids and even the family pet. Everyone has a part – and don’t forget the director, sound effects, costumes, makeup and special effects! Have fun, then host a screening of your film with popcorn for everyone to enjoy.
  8. Rock the runway with your own Fashion Show. Pull out that dress you no longer wear, or dad’s old shirt and tie and strut your stuff down the runway. Invite your friends over and make it a day everyone will enjoy.
  9. Declare it a tech-free day and visit the bookstore or the library. Everyone grab a new book, then head to the park or beach and read. Bring along a picnic and games and everyone will forget about their phones / tablets for a while.
  10. Do a little Spring cleaning. Have the kids go through toys they no longer play with and donate to a local shelter. Toss broken toys. Go through clothes they’ve outgrown and donate.

 

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

Spring Break is Here!!!

Spring Break is a fun, and busy, time of the year! Whether you are going out of town for a warm getaway, or having a stay-cation here in St. Louis, TLC for Kids can help you with your Spring Break needs.

1.            Pet and House Sitter

Lots of families go on vacations for Spring Break. But not every vacation is inviting for your four-legged friends. Instead of taking your family pet to a pet daycare, have a sitter come to your home. Your pet will receive the same attention as if you were home with them. And a TLC sitter can do more than just watch your pet. They can also stay at your house to keep everything safe and allow you to enjoy your vacation without worrying.

2.            Bring a Sitter on Vacation

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 a long 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 their kids are comfortable with (remember you can request your favorite sitters anytime you need a TLC nanny).

3.            Sitter/Chauffeur

If your kids are out of school for the week, but you still have to work, don’t worry! With TLC for Kids, you can hire a nanny for the entire week. Our sitters can come to your home with activities to keep the kids entertained while they are away from school. TLC sitters also have reliable and insured forms of transportation, so the nanny can take your kids to places around the city or to and from their practices/school events.

 

Call TLC’s office to book your sitter today (314) 725-5660.

Finding Quality Childcare

TLC for KidsFinding childcare can be hard for families. In a recent survey of Parents readers who use child care, 84 percent said that finding affordable, quality care is either a challenge, very hard, or impossible.  It doesn’t have to be! TLC for Kids had been helping families find quality childcare for over 30 years.

Our clients have shared with us that they appreciate our service and love the nannies we represent.  One client said after hiring his TLC nanny that for the first time he  left home not worried about his baby.   Another family said things are going great and the nanny and boys are quickly developing a relationship.

Clients say the same thing about their babysitters.  TLC sitters arrive on time and are ready to work.   One of new members recently said, “She arrived as early as she could to help me be sure we had everything covered—in spite of horrendous traffic and short notice for my request.  We enjoyed her as did the kids.  I am sure we will be calling TLC again!?”

Call TLC at 314-725-5660 to learn more about how our personal service can help you hire professional nannies and babysitters.  Or, visit our website tlcforkids.com.

What Happens If I Don’t Pay Nanny Taxes?

“Not paying your nanny taxes may seem like an easy way to save some money and not have to deal with the hassles of calculating and remitting taxes. Plus, if you don’t pay nanny taxes, how is anyone going to find out? Your nanny is on board as she gets a few extra dollars in her paycheck. You’re not running for political office or being nominated for a position in government. And those are only the people who get caught not paying nanny taxes, right?

Wrong.

There are a number of ways to easily get caught if you don’t pay nanny taxes. Most will end up with you paying much more in fines and penalties than in the actual tax responsibility you chose to ignore.”

Our friends at GTM Payroll Services have laid it all our for you, and what can happen if you avoid Nanny Taxes.