40 Mom-Tested Tips for Balancing Work and Family

--iVillager Dori

Stay Apprised of Your Child's Development
My daughter's babysitter keeps me up to date on meals, naps, playdates and other activities by writing it down in a daily journal. We also talk twice a day -- once in the morning and once in the afternoon so that she can share any stories with me. --iVillager Jenny

 

How to Build a Positive Relationship with Your Caregiver

 

7 Ways to be Partners
1. Look at your relationship with your provider as a partnership. After all, she is helping you raise your kids. My husband and I are lucky to have found one who shares our values and parents the same way we do. Our kids are growing into wonderful people, and we feel comfortable that they are well cared for in our absence.

2. Talk to your provider about any problems your child may be having. If there is a certain stage he's going through it helps to work through it together and come up with a plan at day care that meshes with your plan at home.

3. Always get your provider's side of the story. If you're upset about something your child has told you about his day, talk to your provider about it before making a judgment.

4. Trust your instincts. If something doesn't feel right about the way things are handled at day care, question it and don't let up until you resolve it. Talk to your provider about it. Or call the county to find out the laws. Many times, doing some investigating will put your mind at ease. If there really is a problem that you and your provider can't resolve, it might be time to find a new day care.

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