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Caring for the Children

Selecting appropriate child care for your infant or young child can seem as overwhelming as helping your teenager select a college or university. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure that your child is safe and happy in a childcare environment that is fun, educational and nurturing. Whether your child’s daily care setting is center-based care, a preschool or someone else’s home, there are specific guidelines to follow to ensure that your child is receiving quality, professional care suited to his or her developmental needs. Most important in determining the type of care that will best meet your child’s needs is to have a solid understanding of your child’s temperament, likes and dislikes, health, interests and behavior. For an infant under one year of age, careful attention should be given to your child’s need to be nurtured and held, any special

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health needs, and the type of person you want to care for your child during the first year of his or her life. For an older child, developing play and learning styles, interaction with other children, intellectual curiosity, and the need for individualized attention should be considered. Before choosing a care setting, you should be aware of the options available including cost, location, and reputation. Skagit County provides helpful information for newcomers to the area on selecting the appropriate type of care for your child.

Moving with Pets

Relocation isn’t just stressful for people; it will be equally stressful for your pet(s). Pets, as with humans, are very sensitive to changes in their surroundings. Remember that pets think the house is their territory: seeing the house become gradually emptier may agitate them. Moving companies will not move living things; they will be your sole responsibility. There are numerous ways to help them adapt to their new environment. Pre-planning is crucial for your pet. Know what it will take for them

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Âť Allowing the children to unpack their own belongings to increase their sense of security in the new home.

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 Highlighting for them the benefits of where you’re moving in ways they can understand.  Using maps and pictures to make the move seem more tangible to them.  Assigning specific responsibilities, based on age and ability level.  Having them sort through their own belongings to discard any unused or broken toys.  Making a family decision on which charities will receive charitable donations.  Giving each child a package of postcards to address and distribute to their own friends so they will have mail waiting for them at the new home.  Having the kids memorize the new address (and phone number) as they label boxes.  Giving each child a diagram of their new room so they can decide on how to arrange the furniture.  Providing each child with plenty of boxes for their valuable treasures.  Providing them with special packing cartons for the prized possessions they will carry on moving day.

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