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Welcome to the October, 2012 edition of the Parenting Link Roundup.

Lindsay Samuels presents Should I Let My Nanny Drive My Kids Around? posted at Nanny Background Check, saying, “When it comes to having someone else transport their children from place to place in a vehicle, many parents have justifiable apprehensions.”

Paul Taylor presents 5 Ways to Make Your Own Bubble Solution posted at Babysitting Jobs, saying, “It’s no secret that little kids love blowing bubbles. But why would you buy the bubble solution from the store when you can make twice as much for half the price at home?”

Kathleen Crislip presents Make Your Own Inexpensive Rope Coasters posted at Nanny Care, saying, “Rope coasters are an easy craft that add a unique touch to your house and are great for gifting to friends and family members. In addition to being easy to assemble, they also have a short supply list, making them come together quickly; so gather what you need and get ready to make some coasters!”

Sarah Tucker presents Employment Rights All Nannies Need to Know » 4Nannies posted at 4Nannies, saying, “Since nannies work in the private homes of their employers it’s often mistakenly assumed that they are not protected by labor and tax laws.”

Debbie Denard presents A Nanny’s Guide to Packing for a Daytrip » Nanny.NET posted at Nanny, saying, “For many nannies, trips to the zoo, farm, museum, or other age-appropriate venues are part of their weekly adventures with the children they watch.”

Maryanne Williams presents Pros and Cons of Divorced Parents Sharing a Nanny posted at Share a Nanny, saying, “Even the most amicable divorce is likely to leave your children feeling confused and disillusioned, especially if that divorce contributes to a shift in economic status or is the driving force behind a move from the home they’ve grown up in.”

Sara Dawkins presents Head Lice: Symptoms and Treatments posted at NannyPro.com, saying, “Few things strike fear into a parent’s heart like the dreaded letter from school or daycare stating that there has been a reported case of head lice.”

 Kaitlyn Johnson presents How to Organize Breast Milk posted at Newborn Care, saying, “Nursing mothers who choose to continue breastfeeding after returning to work or mothers who prefer to pump for controversy-free on-the-go feeding often find themselves faced with the daunting task of storing and organizing their expressed breast milk in a way that ensures both freshness and convenience.”

Maureen Denard presents How Parents Can Attract the Right Nanny for Their Family posted at Find A Nanny, saying, “Because the quest for finding an ideal nanny can be a long and arduous one, few families are anxious to repeat the task any more often than is absolutely necessary.”

Tina Marconi presents How to Make Your Own Tutu to Play Dress Up | Babysitters posted at Babysitters, saying, “Little girls are known for spending hours playing dress up, lavishing themselves with fancy clothes and costume jewelry and pretending that they’re everything from princesses to fairies.”

Nancy Parker presents Steps Nannies Can Take To Prevent Common Childhood Injuries posted at eNannySource, saying, “While minor injuries are a largely unavoidable part of an active childhood, one of the most important aspects of a nanny’s job is to keep her charges safe and healthy.”

Martina Keyhell presents What Nannies Need to Know About Bottle Prep posted at Become A Nanny, saying, “Nannies that are just beginning their careers, or even experienced childcare providers that haven’t worked with newborns and infants before, are faced with a staggering amount of information they must absorb and retain.”

Molly Cunningham presents 8 Reasons to Keep Your Live-In Nanny Out of a Spousal Dispute posted at Live-In Nanny, saying, “When someone lives in your home and cares for your children they’re automatically privy to more sensitive information about your marriage than a center-based childcare provider; in some cases, they may be more well-informed about the state of your union than some of your friends and family members.”

Dirk Wessels presents Raising Kids Take Time And Effort – Blogs – Family Is Forums posted at Husband Hunter Dad.

Carrie Dotson presents How to Keep Baby Cool in the Summer Without AC posted at Summer Nanny Jobs, saying, “Staying cool during the summer isn’t just a desire for babies, it’s a necessity. Babies who become overheated can suffer terrible consequences, ranging from heat exhaustion to heatstroke.”

Anne Laurie presents How to Stop Siblings From Fighting posted at GoNannies.com Blog, saying, “Sibling fighting, while inevitable, can turn your household into what feels like a war zone. Your children bickering, teasing, poking, and all around annoying each other can seem like an endless stress cycle.”

Hannah Anderson presents How to Remove Stains from Baby Clothes posted at Full Time Nanny, saying, “Whether you’re looking to get a bit more mileage out of a few favorite articles of clothing, passing along outgrown items to a friend or relative with a new baby.”

Barbara Williams presents How to Throw a First Birthday Party on a Budget posted at Find A Babysitter, saying, “It’s your baby’s first birthday and you are so excited that you want to invite the world to celebrate this momentous occasion with you.”

Jay Konkon presents Rear Facing Car Seat posted at Rear Facing Car Seat.

Roxanne Porter presents Letting Your Nanny Go posted at Nanny Jobs, saying, “While “letting your nanny go” sounds so much nicer than “firing your nanny,” the reality is that they are one in the same. Unlike terminating an office employee, in the nanny world there are no pink slips. Firing a nanny requires more than written notice. It requires careful planning and preparation, and a box of tissues, if you plan on ending things right.”

Patricia Salway presents Tips for Dealing with Separation Anxiety in Children posted at Live Out Nanny, saying, “Few things tug at a parent’s heartstrings like the cries and pleas of a child in the throes of a separation anxiety attack; still, they are a normal (if distressing) part of childhood development.”

Channy kay presents The life of a modern parent: Back from my hols! posted at The life of a modern parent, saying, “Can you guess where we’ve been from my professional quality (cough cough) pictures?”

Lynda Albertson presents How to Childproof the Bathroom posted at Nanny Babysitter, saying, “n 2002 the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission released statistical data showing that approximately 115 children each year, on average, drown as a result of hazards in the home.”

Meghan Welker presents How to Teach Your Child to Tie Their Shoes Without Bunny Ears posted at Babysitting, saying, “Tying your shoes is something that most people do almost every day, often without even thinking about it, but with the invention of Velcro shoes some parents are putting off teaching their children how to tie their shoes.”

Ken Baker presents 5 Tips to Avoid Parental Bullying posted at Ken Baker: Children’s Author.

Teresa Blecher presents Top 10 Parent Concerns About Hiring a Nanny posted at Nanny Agencies, saying, “Today’s unstable economy almost demands that all families be two-working-parent households, which creates an enormous need for quality, capable childcare. New parents on the verge of returning to work, as well as those that are considering a shift from daycare to in-home childcare, are faced with the often daunting task of finding and hiring a nanny to care for their children in their home.”

bing presents A Parent’s Lament posted at Warmstone

Carol Watson         presents 10 Ways Cartoons Help Kids Learn About Different Cultures posted at National Nannies, saying, “Learning about cultures and ways of life that are different from those that your children are familiar with is an important part of growing up”

Abby Nelson presents How a Nanny Can Determine a Family’s Needs posted at Nanny Classifieds, saying, “A large part of a nanny’s success – or a major contributing factor to her lack thereof – is dependent upon her ability to understand the individual needs of the family she works for. Just as no two children are alike, neither are the households they live in.”

Andrea Everhart presents 4 Ways to Make Shopping with Kids Easier and Fun! – Andrea Everhart posted at Andrea Everhart, saying, “As an independent contractor for Lowes Foods, I blog about saving money, resourceful living and parenting ideas.”

Kathy Simmons presents What Nannies Need to Know About State Unemployment | Nanny Services posted at Nanny Services, saying, “The Internal Revenue Service estimates that up to 70 percent of domestic workers in the United States are not tax compliant; if you’re among the staggering number of nannies that are accepting “under the table” payment in exchange for short-term savings, there are a few things you should know about the impact that your choice could have on your financial future.”

Sarah Tucker presents 30 Blogs About Kindergarten Readiness posted at Aupair Jobs, saying, “One of childhood’s major milestones is starting kindergarten. If you opted to forgo formal preschool in the interest of keeping your child at home for one last year, then his first year of school will also be his first year of experience with leaving home, a classroom environment and interacting with large groups of his peers.”

Laura Grace Weldon presents Observe The “Goldilocks Effect” In Action posted at Laura Grace Weldon, saying, “Children naturally focus on what they’re ready to take in and do their best to set aside the rest. Often what they set aside is exactly what adults push them to master.”

Sandra McAubre presents 12 Things to Give Your New Nanny | Hire a Nanny posted at hireananny.com, saying, “Giving your new nanny all the information she needs to do her job well will start her off on a path to success. While talking to your nanny about household and childcare related items is essential, giving your new nanny all the information she needs at once can be overwhelming.”

Bonnie Landau presents Making education fit the child | Easyread System posted at Easyread System, saying, “Many children are being left behind because their style of learning does not fit the standard educational system. If your child is struggling in school, perhaps they need a change of environment or teaching style in order to thrive.”

Scott Ingram presents Supporting Children Through Love – Astounding Elements posted at Astounding Elements, saying, “A practical look at how to improve the quality of life for the children of today.”

Rosalind Sedacca presents Warning: Children Are Psychologically Damaged When Parents Fight! posted at ChildCenteredDivorce.com – Rosalind Sedacca, CCT, saying, “I am a Divorce & Parenting Coach and founder of the Child-Centered Divorce Network for parents. I have much to share on this subject.”

McKayla presents Parenting | mckayla perry posted at mckayla perry, saying, “blog on being a parent, military wife, and student all at once. Thank you for looking! :)”

Laurie Bluedorn presents Can this homeschool be fixed? posted at Laurie Bluedorn.

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