Congratulations! You've completed the difficult task of finding someone you feel good about to care for your children. You're paving the way for a productive ongoing relationship between your new caregiver and your family. But no matter how good you feel about your choice, minor conflicts are inevitable in a relationship as intimate and important as the one you will develop with your caregiver. Communication, fairness, respect, flexibility, and cooperation are key ingredients for keeping even the most compatible situation going smoothly. Here are some tips for making the relationship work:
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Although nobody gets a parenting manual or bible in the delivery room, it is our duty as parents to try to make our kids as well rounded, happy and confident as possible. It is a lot easier to bring up great kids than it is to try and fix problems caused by bad parenting, when our kids have become adults. Our children are all individuals - they are not our property but people in their own right.