caregiver 

Does Your Stroller Face Forward or Back?

Breast or bottle? Plastic or wooden toys? So many decisions. Now we can add a new one to the list: Forward- vs. toward-facing strollers. New research suggests that children who use strollers that face the person pushing them interact and laugh wit...

Reborn Dolls - Just Like Having a Real Baby?

Remember in high school sex ed class when you had to take care of an egg? The experience was supposed to give you a little taste of what parenthood was like, as you tried to keep the egg from getting lost or broken. Now that I'm a parent I can say th...

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...

Grandparents Are Safest Caregivers

Not able to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for a daycare service? Feeling guilty about getting your kids' grandparents to match them while you're at work? Well, now you can make them feel guilty should they say no, given the results of a new s...

Our first day apart

Oh, I know it sounds so dramatic, but yesterday was indeed my first day apart from my son--and his from me. Apparently we both did better than I thought we would, but it wasn't easy. I suspect that it will never be easy to separate. After all this...

Prepping for baby's first day at daycare

So this morning I dropped the wee one off at daycare. Daddy and I strolled him the fifteen minute walk down to the daycare center and hung out while he became acclimated to his new surroundings. It was good that all of us arrived early as there ...

Are you suffering from caregiver syndrome?

If you aren't already caring for a family member who is aging or ill, there is a good chance that at some point you will be. According to the American Academy of Geriatric Psychiatrists, one out of every four American families is currently caring for...

The bad babysitter files

My husband and I don't go out on 'dates' very often, so babysitters are not really much of a concern for us. Mostly Ellie goes with us wherever we go, and we like it that way. But there are times when we avail ourselves of a babysitter and that's nic...

NannyCams: do you tell?

Over the past few years, Rachel and I have frequently talked about hiring a nanny to watch the kids. Never mind, for the moment, that we can't really afford it. Currently, my sister-in-law and mother-in-law watch the kids during the day, but my MIL, ...

Meet the Nanny

We've looked into to hiring a nanny in the past, but the convenience, low cost, and familial benefits of having my mother-in-law and sister-in-law take care of the kids have so far won out. If something changes, however, and either of them can no lon...

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