Other Timely Tips

OTHER TIMELY TIPS

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS @

  • Birthday Celebration  — Songs, games & activities, recipes, etc. at this site.
  • YouthOnline -- For assistance in Birthday Party Planning from theme cakes to party invitations and favors.

 

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Zero to Three on Brain Development — Information on how the brain develops, within the context of relationships, from conception through three years of age.

 

QUALITY CHILD  CARE

Choosing Quality Child Care — Offers a list of good ways to measure the quality of a child care home or center. 

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MISC.

Stuttering — National Center for Stuttering website.

 

Separation Anxiety —In-depth look at separation anxiety in young children. Includes: Factors that may contribute to separation anxiety, how to reduce it, and ways to support a child through periods of separation anxiety.

 

Sleep Issues @

Understanding ADHD  —Provides information, support, tips & skill building for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & their families.

 

Back Talk  — Advice on how to deal with back talk in toddlers.

 

Tantrums  — Advice on how to tame tantrums.

 

Potty Training @

 

Traveling with Young Children @

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Comprehensive Babysitting Checklist

Use the following handy checklist as a guide to provide your sitter with all the essential information from emergency phone numbers to television regulations, and enjoy a kid-free, stress-free night out.

IMPORTANT NAMES AND NUMBERS:

  • Where you can be reached
  • Two nearby friends, relatives, or neighbors
  • Fire department
  • Police department
  • Poison Control Center
  • Pediatrician
  • Hospital

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • What your child is allowed to eat and drink
  • Bedtime (or nap time) and how to enforce it
  • Play activities your child enjoys
  • Activities not permitted while you’re gone
  • How much television (and which programs) your child is allowed to watch
  • How you want behavior problems handled
  • How to use any baby equipment
  • Warning not to open doors to strangers
  • Warning for sitter not to tell phone caller she is alone, just take a message
  • Rules for sitter on her use of phone, television, smoking and alcohol
  • What to do in case of fire or other emergency
  • Show all entrances and exits, fire and burglar alarms, first aid supplies, flashlights and fuse box
  • Post your address and clear directions on how to locate your house (in case sitter needs to provide directions to emergency services)

EMERGENCY MEDICAL CONSENT FORM:

  • Without parental permission, doctors will only treat children in life threatening situations. To make sure your child receives emergency medical treatment when he’s under a sitter’s care, prepare a consent form that includes:
    • Your child’s name
    • Date of birth
    • Insurance carrier and policy number
    • Doctors’ names and phone numbers
    • Important medical history, including allergies and chronic conditions
  • The following statement: “Any licensed physician, dentist orhospital may give necessary emergency medical service to my child (YOUR CHILD’S NAME) at the request of the person bearing this consent form.”
  • Your signature


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