Military Families With Young Kids Face Mounting Child Care Challenges, Study Finds

Military families struggle with early child care, a new survey finds. Credit: Getty It's one thing for most working parents to try to orchestrate child care from 9 to 5, but imagine dealing with the nanny coming down with the flu and o...Juggling the work/family balance requires the skills of a military strategist.

Little Kids In Day Care Get Sicker, But Are Healthier Over the Long Haul

Kids who go to day care get sick less in elementary school, a new study shows. Credit: Corbis
Working moms, finally, here's a study to give you fodder on the mommy battle front: Your career can actually make your kids grow up healthier. Well, ...
Even though babies and tots who go to child care centers get sick more often during their preschool years than kids who stay home, they tend to be healthier in grade school, according to a new study.

The Milkmen Are Coming: In Spain, Breast-Feeding Leave Not Just for Women

Some European countries allow men to take breast-feeding breaks. Credit: Getty Images
Do real men change diapers and breast-feed? In Spain, apparently, the biological argument doesn't matter so much, as new dads get to check out of the office ...
European dads want to breast-feed, too.

Moms, Your Kids Are Just Fine, Now Get Back to Work, Researchers Say

Stop feeling guilty about going to work. Credit: Getty Images
If you feel guilty about leaving your kids in someone else's care while you go off to work, here's some good news: Your kids are getting along just fine without you. Researchers at ...

Cost of Raising Children Jumps 22 Percent in 50 Years

If you're in your late 40s, it cost your parents approximately $183,000 to see you from birth to high school graduation. Your own children will cost you about $222,000. The Chicago Tribune reports fresh statistics from the U.S. Department of ...

Day Cares Send Sick Kids Home Too Quickly, Study Says

Too sick for day care? Credit: Getty
You're crashing in on a deadline at work or in the middle of an intense conversation over lunch when the phone rings: It's the day care center calling to say your child is sick and needs to be picked up imme...

Get Yer Discount Nannies, Courtesy of the Sour Economy

California parents are getting child care on the cheap. Credit: ABC
How much would you pay per hour for a nanny to watch your children? Maybe $25? How about $17? That's right! For a limited time only, the soft economy is offering discount...

Judge to Mom on Jury Duty: No Babysitter? You're Going to Jail!

It was a very bad day, indeed, for Carmela Khury when she was called for jury duty in a Michigan murder case: Her mother, who was watching her two kids, had to have emergency oral surgery. Then, her backup child care fell through. Khury called t...

Children Chubbier When Watched by Grandparents, Study Shows

Should grandparents be more careful about their grandkids' diets? Credit: Getty Images
Young children are more likely to be overweight if they are cared for by their grandparents, a British study concludes. The BBC reports that researchers fro...

How To Solve Parent-Nanny Conflicts

When the book The Nanny Diaries came out in 2005 (and the movie in 2007), the image of the privileged, demanding mistress of the house, wreaking havoc on the life of her downtrodden nanny became forever implanted in the pop culture psyche. Though it'...

Kids In Day Care Not Active Enough, Study Says

Kids in day care don't get enough physical activity, a new study says. Credit: mrpbps, Flickr
Kids who spend time in day care centers don't get enough time to engage in physical play, a recent study finds.
Newswire reports that researchers fr...

Nanny Jobs: Interview Questions

Ask the right questions to find the right nanny. Photo: Jason DeRusha, Flickr
For parents, hiring a nanny can be stressful. In addition to finding someone with whom you feel comfortable, there are also legal issues to consider. In order to le...

Day-Care Worker Pins Kids to Mattresses as Discipline Control

A day-care operator admitted that she pinned children to mattresses as a form of discipline. Credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
Arvilla Marie Lilly Meinhardt of Golden Valley, Minnesota runs a day-care center out of her home. Problem: She p...

Babysitting Jobs: Hiring the Best Babysitter

Finding the right babysitter can be a tough job. Credit: Getty Images
Looking for someone to fill a babysitting job? As a parent, hiring a reliable and knowledgeable babysitter can be a daunting proposition. Who can you trust to care for your c...

Nanny Management School the M.B.A. of Baby-Sitting?

Getting a good baby sitter can be tough, but would you pay more for a nanny who was certified by the New York State Board of Education? Doug Kozinn, one of the owners of the Absolute Best Care nanny agency is betting that you will, according to Th...


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