Childcare: Myself

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How Do I Do a Background Check?

I need to do a background check (on myself!) but am not sure how to go about it. Do I contact the police or is it an agency that does it? I've done it before, many years ago, so I know it is possible, I am just not sure how. Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks R.

1st Day of School

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Ideas for Something Special for First Day of Kindergarten?

Hi! Anyone do something special for their kindergartener on their first day of school? A special breakfast? Outfit? Keepsake? Craft? My son starts kindergarten soon and I would like to do something a little special. Thanks!!


First Day of School!

I have a daughter who will be starting kindergarten and a son who will be...

After School Care

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Seeking After School Care for Kinder

My son will be ready for kinder this coming year and I don't know what to do about after school care. He's currently in preschool that offers a full day program through elementary but I'd like to look at other schools as well. I'm having a hard time finding an after school program in my area. The schools I've looked into only have after care for 1st grade and up. I work full time. Any suggestions? Thanks.

Day Care Centers & Providers

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Naps at Day-care

Hi All, I have a 6 months old baby girl, who started day-care about 2 weeks ago. Since than she is taking (good case scenario) two 20 min. naps btw. 7am and 4pm. When daddy picks her up and takes her homes, she takes a nap from 4;30-5:30, and then she goes to bed around 8:30-9pm, and sleeps usually until around 6:45 (and then I need to wake her up). Any ideas how to help her take a nap at daycare?


1St Day of Day Care

My leave is coming to an end so back to work for me. My little one is going...


Need Good Day Care.

Does anyone know of a good day care around Middleburg Heights or Strongsville?

Gifted & Talented Child

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Gifted and Talented School

My daughter tested above the 9th stanine on the GATES test and was invited to attend a new school. Liberty Talented and Gifted Elementary school. It will be a full time gifted school for kids who tested only in the 9th stanine or higher. She will have to be bused to this school from her old one. Have any of you had children who have attended such a school? She will be in 3rd grade and has been in gifted classes since kindergarten. Do you think its worth it at this young of an age (she will be 8 in August) ? She does really enjoy her...


IS She Gifted?

Okay everyone keeps telling me my daughter is gifted and I need to find the ...

Home Schooling

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To Home-School or Not ??

Hi there. I need advice. My husband and I are pretty determined that we want to home-school. My son will be 5 in a week, so he technically could be in kindergarden in August. We also have a daughter that will be 3 in July, and a 5 mos old, too. So-here are my questions? How do we even begin to get started? Who do you contact to get info? What do we do to still keep him active with kids his own age? He has been going to pre-school 2 days a week -- but now all those kids are going off to "school". How do you balance...

Nanny Share

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Nanny Share / FT Nanny

We have a FABULOUS NANNY and are hoping to share her with another Evanston family (preferably) � or find another full-time position for her. Aida has it all - warmth, dependability, sound judgment, energy, initiative, tons of experience (including all ages, twins, kids with special needs, seniors, and nannyshares), formal training in early childhood development, excellent English and driving, Spanish, a barber's license (really!), a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, CPR, non-smoking, and more. She lives in Chicago and is...

Preparing for Kindergarten

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Preschool- If They Don't Go, How Do You Prepare Them for Kindergarten?

My son is in preschool for the second year. So far I have been happy until recently. He is being bullied and I believe his class is under staffed. I spent the day with him and just watched. I really don't think the teacher has enough time to spend with each child. What they are doing I could probably do at home. Do any of you have your preschoolers at home and what type of things do you do with them? What should they know before kindergarten? Thanks

Preschool & Head Start

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Pre-K Or No Pre-K?

What is everyone's opinion of doing a year of Pre-K before starting kindergarten? Given my daycare situation (see my other post), I am considering having my daughter start in Pre-K at the same center that does my son's after school program in the Fall. My son did NOT do Pre-K. He was with the same babysitter from the time he was 6 weeks old until he started school last August. Frankly, he just would not have been developmentally ready to do Pre-K. I had assumed that I would do the same with my daughter, but I am rethinking this now. ...


Pre K Vs. K

My son just turned 4 in December, and should be going to Pre-K this fall....


K Or Pre-K

My daughter will be 5 Sept 3rd and I'm not sure which program to put her in....

School Lunch

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Cold Lunch for School

I pack a cold lunch for school for my son, but am running out of ideas. I do PB&J but he is getting sick of this. What does everyone else pack for a cold lunch?


School Lunch Ideas

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any good ideas of what I can pack for my...


What's for Lunch!?

Any one have fresh simple ideas/recipes for lunch? My daughters are 6, 4,...

Sick Child Care

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Sick Child Care

Hi, All, What do you do if you work or attend school full-time, spouse is not around and your young children are mildly ill (with a slight fever, runny nose, cough, etc.) and thus cannot attend school? Here's my situation: I will start a psychology PhD program this fall. For my fellowship/stipend, I must take at least 9 courses per year, T.A. 3 sessions (quarters) per year, and do research. As well as a student, I am a 40+ mother of two children, almost 3 and 4 years old. My husband, a touring musician, is out of town (country)...


Sick of Being Sick

Hi Moms, I know that having my 12 month old in daycare will give us plenty...


Too Sick or Not?

Hi Moms. I am a daycare provider and recently I have had some pretty sick...

Social Skills

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Social Phobia, Me Again.

As a child I was a social outcast, a nerd. I was overweight, had horrible acne, bad perm, oversized, thick glasses. I was a mess. I was a complete introvert but managed to have a few friends. One became my best friend and was very loyal to me. She moved away when we were in highschool but as adults we still talk every few months. I was depressed a lot during the teen years. Once I lost the weight, my skin cleared up, and I got contacts, I felt slightly more confident. My reputation for being a nerd followed me into high school as I...


What Is a Friend?

Mamas & Papas- What is a friend at age 3, at age 5, at age 7 in the...