Mom's Spanking Fuels Toddler's Aggression

Dear AdviceMama, I take care of twin 18-month-olds, a boy and girl. The mom has started "disciplining" them with spanks and timeouts. As a result, the girl frowns and hits -- I feel she is acting out what she sees, and trying to process it...
True discipline isn't about punishment; it's about teaching children right from wrong with patience and understanding.

A Little Time Apart Can Shield Toddlers from Mom's Depression

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If mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.
Fortunately, research has discovered a way to keep toddler's from getting caught in the fallout of their mother's depression: Stay the bleep out of her way. It's true....
Study recommends formal child care to give mother and child "time out."

Planning for Summer Child Care

Summer will be here before you know it, and our little ones are counting down the days until school lets out. When that happens, families will have to fill anywhere from eight to 10 hours a day of child care. Summer isn't only a difficult time to...When school's out, families have to fill anywhere from eight to 10 hours a day of child care.

Use Online Tools to Find Baby Sitter Jobs

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Babysitting ain't what it used to be.
Once upon a time, you watched the neighborhood kids and got paid a few bucks for it. Now, it's more like a competitive sport. Preparation, skill an...
Baby sitter seeking work? Use the Web to find potential jobs.

Are Tweens Really Ready to Babysit?

Even if they have training, are tweens really ready to watch your baby? Credit: Getty Images
Thrilled that your neighbor's kid is finally old enough to babysit? Sorry to throw a monkey wrench into date night, but your tween babysitter actually ma...
Hiring a tween to babysit your child? She may be too busy watching Nick Teen to do a good job.

Sittercity: Find a Babysitter Online

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Sittercity is a popular web site for finding a babysitter. The site was founded by Genevieve Thiers, who worked her way through Boston College babysitting for over 30 families, after she witne...

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...

After-School Program Cancellations Pose Problems for Parents

When after-care closes, parents are left scrambling. Credit: wireful, Flickr
The back-to-school season is a joy for working parents. But many are facing the nightmare of cancelled after-school child care. This has led to a boom market for b...

New Words for No, Book Recommendations, and Preggatinis - Links We Love

Toddlers get tired of hearing the word "no." Image:
When you became a parent, did you turn into your mother? Or do you use your own parenting techniques? -- LilSugar Genius! A dad of a diabetic child invented a blood glucose monitor th...

Would You Hire A Manny?

Some mothers say they could never trust a male babysitter. Image:
Is gender a factor when you choose a child-care provider? That's the question on the mind of "Boston Globe Magazine" writer Lylah M. Alphonse, who asks exactly how we can e...

Pregnancy Skin, Kingston Rossdale on the Road and More - Links We Love

Gavin Rossdale takes Kingston on tour. Photo: Getty Images.
Newly pregnant, you might be wondering what those dark spots are on your face. It's called chloasma, or mask of pregnancy. Read about more ways your skin may change at Poked and Prodded....

Do You Feel Your Babysitter Judges You?

Housekeeping was never my strong suit, and with two kids and working from home, the house is one handful of Cheerios away from being condemned by the public health department. That's why I expect my babysitter to do some light housekeeping. You ...

Worst Babysitter Ever?

They've never found Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster? I don't think so. But The Worst Babysitter In The History of Babysitting? Yep. I think this is her. Let's look at the facts. Brandy Albright was babysitting a 2 year old boy in Port St. Luc...

Would You Pay the Nanny Tax?

It's not unusual for parents to employ babysitters, nannies and other sorts of home care workers to assist them in raising their children, or at the very least watching them while they go out for dinner by themselves for a change. But, did you know t...

Family Caregivers - The Downside

Sure, there are real, quantifiable benefits to having family members take care of your kids, but there are trade-offs involved too. When my son was first born, my sister-in-law's family was living with us and she watched Jared while my wife and I wor...


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