Child Care & Parenting

Getting Ready for the First Day

The first day of school can be overwhelming, not only for parents but for the children. It is key to help prepare yourself and your child for the new school year. It’s important for you to ask your child about how they are feeling about the upcoming school year. Whether it’s your child’s first year ever in school or they’re a pro, here are some tips to help you get them ready for the first day of school.
By Haley Dexter | September 1st, 2016

Working Parents: When It’s Time for Backup Care

Being a full-time working parent can be difficult for both the parent and the child. Not only do working parents have to make arrangements for their child’s every day care so they can get to their job, but they also need to consider what will happen when that care inevitably falls through.
By Brandy Langley | August 25th, 2016

Preparing for Back to School

Transitioning your family from the fun of long summer days back into a set school year schedule can be tricky. Things like sleep times have become more relaxed during your summer fun, meal times may have lost some structure and calendars in general have become less organized. Here are some tips to help you ease back into the school year and make preparing for back to school a little easier.
By Catherine Montgomery | August 11th, 2016

How to Avoid the “Summer Slide”

School’s out and it’s time for the kids to kick back, throw on the swim trunks and enjoy all the fun things they love about summer vacation. But as parents, we are always thinking ahead about what’s next for our kids, right? Unfortunately, what’s next is the upcoming school year that our youthful counterparts haven’t even begun to fathom. Of course we want them to enjoy their vacation, maybe soak up some sun and savor the spoils of working hard all year. But we also don't want them to lose the momentum they've built in school all year. In order to avoid the summer slide and to be as prepared as possible for the more challenging, fast approaching school year, here are a few tips to keep your little scholars mentally sharp.
By Brandon Mclean | June 23rd, 2016

Summer Heat Safety Tips: Seniors, Kids and Pets

While a lot of people associate the warmer temps of summer with fun in the sun, the rising thermostat can mean danger if proper precautions aren’t taken, especially among senior citizens, children and pets. For those people that spend a lot of time outdoors or do not have measures to cool their home, the summer heat can take its toll. Here are some summer heat safety tips.
By Catherine Montgomery | June 2nd, 2016

Empty Nest. Now What?

You wait patiently for their arrival. You nurture them, cheer as they take their first steps and let go of their hand on their first day of school. In a space of time that has gone by all too quickly, your child is about to embark on the next journey of life: the college years! While you are proud and excited, the thought of your child leaving the protection of the nest and living apart from you can fill a parent with doubt and dread. Here are a few tips for making the transition smoother for both you and your child and to help you manage your empty nest.
By Melissa Wallace | May 5th, 2016

Tips for Childproofing Your Home

One of a parent’s most natural instincts is to protect their child and keep him or her safe. However, ensuring your child is safe at all times is often easier said than done. Even within the confines of your own home, babies can encounter all sorts of trouble. Seemingly harmless areas or items can become very dangerous once you’re a parent. Childproofing is a vital step for parents to take to prevent injuries to their children. From sharp corners and staircases to electrical outlets and kitchen cabinets, potential dangers are everywhere. According to HomeAdvisor, the average household spends on average $450 to childproof their home. While that may seem like a large sum, it’s money well spent to keep your baby safe and out of trouble. Here are some childproofing tips to help you keep your kids out of harms way at home.
By Colin McTiernan | April 28th, 2016

Deciding on Daycare

Whether you’re pregnant, relocating to a new area or just looking for a change of pace, there is a lot to think about when deciding what the right child care option would be for you and your child. From location to age ranges, availability to care included, and so much more, there’s a lot of research to be done. Consider these tips as you start your search.
By Haley Dexter | March 31st, 2016

Working Parents: Manage Separation Anxiety

Having a new baby can be terrifying in and of itself. It is normal to be afraid to leave your precious little one for the first time, whether it is just to go to the grocery store or when it’s your first day back at work. No matter what the circumstances, as time passes and you adjust to your new routine, it will get easier. But what happens when six months, a year, or even two years later it doesn’t feel like it’s getting any better and you still feel just as anxious as your first day? Here are some tips and tools to help you adjust as a working parent.
By Ariel Russo | March 17th, 2016

The Dos and Don’ts of Backup Care

As a parent or caregiver, you have probably put a lot of thought, time preparation into creating a care plan for loved one. Even with the most organized and full proof plans, at some point there are going to be times when your plans are disrupted because of illness, weather, school holidays and many other unexpected, and expected, events. This is when having access to a backup care program through your employer is an incredible benefit. As you go to use this valuable benefit, consider these dos and don’ts of backup care.
By Brandy Langley | March 3rd, 2016