How to Properly Vet a Nanny/Babysitter

The Ins-and-Outs of Hiring a Nanny or Babysitter The first time I ever had to hire a babysitter was when my daughter was six months old and I was going to do some part-time work. I was a nervous wreck about finding someone who would be just perfect for my firstborn child. I found a lovely nanny through people I trusted and although I was nervous about leaving my child, I knew she would be in good hands. However, I was shocked when, after leaving her for the first time, I came home to find her sitting in her...

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Winning the War on Whining

Bella Breakdown Somehow, over the years and generations, children have perfected a technique that can truly drive any parent out of their mind – whining! Whining is usually a result of a child being overtired or just overdone in some other way. However, they also might adopt this annoying habit when they learn how effective it is and they are not getting what they want. Since this is something that often leads parents to lose their resolve and to give in to whatever it is our child wants, our smart kids know how well this technique works, and will...

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Getting Out On Time: Making It Out of the House with Your Kids & Your Sanity

The yelling, the tantrums, the lost shoes! We’ve all been there. Yes, it’s back to school time and we are all a little bit out of practice with how to get out of the house on time without being reduced to a hollering, frantic, sweaty mess. However, with a few changes in your routine and a lot of night time prep, you will be on track for getting everyone to school on time and maintain your sanity! Post a schedule. Having a schedule or a checklist of five items that must get done helps remind my kids of what...

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Teaching Young Girls to Demand Equality

An Important Lesson in Raising Equality Driven Young Women I have a vivid memory of being in an elementary class one day. My teacher had a request over the PA system to send a student down to the main office to pick up a box. Well, any excuse to get out of the classroom and do something different was something any of us kids would want. So, all of our ears perked up. However, my teacher was not always fair. She asked any STRONG BOYS to raise their hand and volunteer if they wanted to go to the office...

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7 Times It’s OK to Say ‘No’ at Work

Bella Breakdown It’s not always easy, but there are times when it’s OK to say no at work. Here are seven times it is absolutely OK to say no at work: Say NO… 1. To extra EXTRA work. Give your boss a clear picture of your workload and say no if you are too overwhelmed. 2. To needless networking. Remember your own goals for meeting new people if you are cornered at networking night. 3. To unrealistic overtime. Open up to your boss to find a solution if you can’t put in extra hours at a certain time. 4....

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Mastering the Art of Doing Nothing

Bella Breakdown Whew! The holidays are over! I have to confess, as much as I LOVE the holidays, I am truly exhausted afterward and a bit relieved that they are over. I try to get in as much as possible during that time to make it special for my kids and our family. Therefore, I usually end up getting sick and crash afterward. Since this fun and busy time has passed, how can we work on simply just being? For most of us busy parents, doing nothing is simply not in our DNA. We are caught up in the...

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