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...What's you most embarrassing babysitter experience? "An unexpected business meeting forced my... husband and me to leave our toddler with a last-minute babysitter. Since she came with the recommendation... friend. We were mortified."
--Tia Sebetta, San Jose, CA "Our babysitter arrived one summer evening, and I...
In-home care, in which your child's caretaker comes to your home, is in many ways the most convenient for parents. In-home sitters range from trained nannies, who may have training in child development and first aid, to women who, although not trained formally, have had many years' experience caring for children, including their own. Or you might opt for an au pair, a young person, usually a woman in her early twenties, often from abroad, who lives with your family.
When meeting with day care directors or caregivers, don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable. It's a good idea to have a written list with you so that you don't forget a key query.
Quick -- think of a celebrity whose child has a common name, such as Jennifer or John. It isn't easy, is it? Some celebrity children have names that seem to come from faraway lands, like Levon, the son of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. Others adorn their children with demure, old-fashioned names that have a vintage touch, like Delilah Belle, Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin's choice for their firstborn daughter.
Why do stars go to so much trouble to find such original, creative names for their offspring? Well, once we hear these names, we rarely forget them -- and that may be just the point. Test your knowledge of celebrities' children's names, and see how many you retained!
All parents should take a CPR course to be fully prepared for emergencies. Always call 911. If your child is not breathing but still has a pulse, you'll need to perform rescue breathing. If there's no breathing and no pulse, you should perform full CPR until help arrives.