Sharing Childcare

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

If in-home care is appealing but the costs are too high, consider shared care. It may provide you with just the services you are looking for. Many parents prefer to have their children cared for in a home environment. However, for some the cost of private, in-home care is too burdensome. The perfect alternative for these parents may be shared care.

In a shared care setting, several families work together to hire a nanny or other caregiver who usually rotates between the families’ homes. This option allows families to have the personalized services of in-home care, while keeping the cost down. Parents who hire shared-care help often feel they have more control over the kind of care their children receive, and the size and makeup of the group. They also have the ability to design their own program and include the activities which are important to them.

As you start investigating shared care alternatives, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • How many kids do you want in the group?
  • Do you want all of the other children to be your child’s age?
  • Is it more convenient for you to seek out parents near your work or your home?
  • Do you prefer a caregiver who has been formally trained or one who has a good deal of practical experience?
  • Are similar religious and philosophical views important or do you prefer your child to be exposed to a variety of views?
  • Is your family vegetarian, or do you have other preferences for your child’s diet?
  • Is it important to you to have more of a structured program for your child or do you prefer spontaneous activities?
  • Do you prefer that your children are not exposed to certain things like too much TV or toy guns?
  • Does your child have special needs that would require specific care?

You can find other parents who are interested in setting up a shared care arrangement by checking local referral services, putting an ad in the paper, or posting a notice at your local grocery store, church or synagogue.

Tags: Social work, new born, Home care, Geriatrics, Shared care, Family

Emotional Changes During Pregnancy

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

Emotions During Early

Your hormones are raging and they can effect how you feel emotionally. These are some of the feelings you may go through as your pregnancy progresses.

  • Some women feel like they want to be pregnant “someday” but “not now” (various reasons could include; not enough money right now, husband in school, apartment too small.)
  • Feel pleasure in finding oneself able to become pregnant
  • May feel rejection of pregnancy – not the baby
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Foul taste in mouth
  • First three months are spent getting used to “I’m pregnant now!”
  • Feelings of “Now?” and “Who me?” continue throughout pregnancy.
  • May feel frustrated because there are few visible signs to confirm your pregnancy.
  • Can’t wait for the day when you will “look” pregnant. When this happens, your focus changes to “yes, me!” and “yes, now!”.
  • Quickening (feeling the baby moving) – provides a settling feeling. Confirms you’re really pregnant.
  • New mother’s often become an extrovert and seeks out friends that are pregnant. Starts making plans and arrangements for the new baby.

Emotions During Middle Pregnancy

  • Family members begin to “practice” new role of father, sister, brother, etc.
  • Mother’s concern in mid-pregnancy is not so much for herself as for her baby.
  • Time seems to passe quickly.
  • You want to see what the baby looks like; it’s normal to have day dreams and fantasies about how the baby will look.

Emotions During Late Pregnancy

  • Time seems to drag along.
  • You feel somewhat vulnerable – and you might not go out much because you are worried about harm to the baby. You might not understand why others can’t see why you are worried.
  • By the 8th month, you find ways to cope with the time remaining.
  • May be hard for you to sleep the last month due to thoughts about your pregnancy, the baby, what labor and delivery will be like, etc.
  • Then you settle down to wait.
  • It’s normal to worry about whether or not your baby will be healthy.
Tags: Emotional competence, Ectopic pregnancy, Fertility, Pregnancy, Emotion, Obstetrics

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