Caring for toddlers can be an intense job. These little ones are interested in (and into) everything, rarely want to sit still, and approach the world with wonder — which is amazing to watch, but probably leaves you feeling like you don’t have a second to catch your breath.
You ignored the telltale signs of the season: pumpkin-spiced lattes, costume pop-up stores, a bowl of candy corn on the receptionist’s desk at your office. But there’s no denying it any longer. Halloween has arrived, and your child needs a costume ASAP for all of the spooky parties and ghoulish events happening between now and October 31.
Put the kids to work helping with the grocery budget (if they can hold a pair of scissors they can cut coupons). Not only will cutting coupons help develop their motor skills, but it’s also a great lesson in saving money. Plus, with back-to-school just around the corner, you can have the kids keep an eye out for deals on school supplies they want! Encourage them to maintain their own coupon folder with their favorite things that they can pick out the next time you go shopping.
By Jennifer Robertson, Founder and President of Chicago Kids Yoga LLC
People may think that the time after lunch (and if you’re lucky after nap time) is a breeze. Everyone is fed and happy and the afternoon is a mix of strolling in the park and chalking faces with great big smiles. And while sometimes it does work out that way, sometimes it doesn’t.
Either the nap wasn’t in the plan, or lunchtime was a battle of carrots versus cupcakes. Whatever the case may be, even when we try our hardest, sometimes the unexpected happens and we are all out of balance. The kids are fighting. They can’t be soothed. You feel frustrated. Everyone starts to lose their tempers…you know the story.
A well-trained sitter is worth her weight in gold. According to a Red Cross survey, more than 80 percent of parents say they would pay more for a sitter who is trained in CPR, first aid and child care skills.
In this competitive job market, adding additional courses and certifications to your resume will not only help you stand out from the pack, but also increase your bargaining power during pay negotiations.