Childcare: The First Years

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To Nanny or Not to Nanny?

I just came back to work after having #3. My kids have always attended a Daycare Center and I’ve been happy with that. The cost for three children, however, is likely more or equal to what a Nanny would charge (or so I think). Aside from the benefit of not having to get the children ready and out the door in the morning, what other advantages are there to having a nanny vs. the daycare center? What are the disadvantages? How did you go about choosing one?

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Nanny Vs. Daycare

I am considering hiring a nanny for my 2 girls (4 mo and 3 yrs) when I go...

After School Care

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Single Parent Schedule for Their Child(ren)?

I am curious to know what other single mom's schedule is like for their child(ren) on a school week? My son is 5.5 in Kindergarten. Here is mine: Wake up: 6:30a Out the Door at: 7:20a Before School Program: 8am Pick son from school: 1:37p After School Program: 2:30p Get off of work: 5pm Pick up son: 5:15p Home By: 6:15p - play w. neighbor girls Dinner: 7-7:30pm (bath followed on bath days) Quiet Playtime 7:30p-8:00pm - Play w. neighbor girls again (after homework/dinner) Bedtime: 8:30pm on homework days he starts: 6...

Day Care Centers & Providers

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Is First Years or Evenflo Breast Pumps Any Good?

When my son and daughter were born premature, the WIC offices where I lived provided a motorized Medella pump supplied from a medical supply store. Obviously this was very good. I know that Medellas are sold in Target but I also seen other brands. Is there an "off" brand ie, Evenflo, First Years, etc. that is comparable but without the price??

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Choosing Day Care

My daughter is four months old, I spent 13 weeks at home with her before...

Gifted & Talented Child

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Seeking Advice for My Gifted Child

Hi, I have a 4-year-old boy who is very intelligent. He was reading and doing multiplication at age 2....I've been teaching him preschool at home but have recently enrolled him in a half-day preschool program two days a week to help him with his social interaction with kid's his own age. He's schollastically very advanced but socially and emotionally still a little preschooler. He comes home from preschool complaining that he's bored because he already knows what is being taught. I am concerned that he may be bored in Kindergarten as...

Nanny Share

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To Nanny or Not to Nanny?

I just came back to work after having #3. My kids have always attended a Daycare Center and I’ve been happy with that. The cost for three children, however, is likely more or equal to what a Nanny would charge (or so I think). Aside from the benefit of not having to get the children ready and out the door in the morning, what other advantages are there to having a nanny vs. the daycare center? What are the disadvantages? How did you go about choosing one?

Occasional & Drop-in Care

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Help!! 6 Week Old Will Not Take Bottle

my six week old has only been breastfed. I have pumped and put into a bottle but she still will not take it. My husband has tried to give it to her and she will not take it. I have tried as well. We have tried changing the nipple and bottle. We have used the ones from the hospital and also the nuk. I bought a first years bottle that she played with last night (step in the right direction. I am looking for any help or advice on how to get her to take a bottle so that I can leave her for a few hours and do something. Thanks

Preparing for Kindergarten

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Ready for Kindergarten

My daughter is 4 years old and has a September birthday. She has been going to a preschool for two years now and is in the fours class. I recently had a review with her teacher and she recommended pre-k. She agreed that my child is very smart, but she is also shy. She felt that my child was not ready for Kindergarten because of that and that she is not a leader, her confidence level is low and is not into the other things the other girls are into like Hanna Montana and High School Musical. Personally I don't think that has anything to do...

Preschool & Head Start

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Early birthday-Pre-k or Kindergarten

Hi, You all were so amazing with my first ever question that I thought I would throw this one out, even though I know there are some very firm opinions about it. Our son will be turning 5 in August. We have him registered for both Pre-K and kindergarten. He has been in preschool 3 years already and he is quite bright. We know he can handle the workload of a 1/2 day kindergarten in Keller but the maturity is the big question in our mind. We know that teachers don't expect perfect angels and we feel he would be forced to "mature" going to...

Public vs. Private

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Private vs Public

Having read so much great advice on this site, I thought I'd post a question of my own. If money weren't an issue, would you send your child to private or public school? What do you see as the pros and cons of each?

Readiness to Start

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Ready for Kindergarten

My daughter is 4 years old and has a September birthday. She has been going to a preschool for two years now and is in the fours class. I recently had a review with her teacher and she recommended pre-k. She agreed that my child is very smart, but she is also shy. She felt that my child was not ready for Kindergarten because of that and that she is not a leader, her confidence level is low and is not into the other things the other girls are into like Hanna Montana and High School Musical. Personally I don't think that has anything to do...

School Lunch

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School or No School

Hi Everyone, I have a dilema that has come up recently. I decided to take online classes. The first one I really enjoyed and did not have trouble finding time for it. I now am in the second class, and instead of 3 assignments a week I have betwen 5 and 7. The teacher even has homework due on Saturdays and Sundays. In my spare time I work at a photography studio three times a week. I also volunteer and have many mom's groups I attend. I just want to know your thoughts on school and whether I should continue it, or postpone it again? I...

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What's for Lunch!?

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

Social Skills

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Is First Years or Evenflo Breast Pumps Any Good?

When my son and daughter were born premature, the WIC offices where I lived provided a motorized Medella pump supplied from a medical supply store. Obviously this was very good. I know that Medellas are sold in Target but I also seen other brands. Is there an "off" brand ie, Evenflo, First Years, etc. that is comparable but without the price??

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