Children’s Author Eases Fears Of Child Care or Parents, Children
Childcare workers in America held 1.3 million jobs in 2004, and that number is expected to increase 27-percent over all other occupations by 2014 according to Department of Labor.
Today, preschool children often spend much of their time in the care of someone other than their mother or father. In fact, many children are in childcare from 9 to 10 hours a day, 5 days a week before they are a year old. For many this continues until they enter kindergarten.
These Books Comfort Children
“I want to soften the anxieties that parents and children may have when away from each other,” says Suanne Margaret Hastings, author of Many Moods of Maddie, the first of many books in the Baby-Sitter Series. “My books comfort children with the idea that it’s okay to be away from mom or dad and left with a babysitter and that it can be fun!” With that in mind, Hastings developed a distinctive tool for children and their parents – as well as caregivers – in today’s dual-income household. The book set, called The Baby Sitter Series, is designed for children ages 2-7.
“I initially began writing stories to help entertain the children in my care, but found such a love and a joy in the process that I continued over the last four years developing an entire series of books as well as other products to help children figure out just why these ‘people’ are in their lives and help make them feel good about it,” Hasting adds.
Preparing Children For Childcare And School
“Baby sitters, nannys and daycare workers often times become children’s ‘best friends’ and are the literal role models of the 21st century where in many cases both parents are pursuing careers,” says Hastings. “Throughout ten years of providing child care, I noticed that there are no tools or children’s books out there that help kids feel comfortable with the idea of being left alone with a caregiver.”
For better or for worse, childcare is here to stay as the need for two incomes continues to rise in America. The most important thing is that in making the decision when and where to put a child in a childcare setting, parents should understand the impacts of childcare. They need to become informed about the pros and cons of daycare. Parents who are educated about the childcare process can prepare their children better for that next step into kindergarten and elementary school.
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Learn more about the babysitter series at: www.babysitterseries.com