Plan for regular communication

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Busy schedules will often squeeze out opportunities to talk with your caregiver, so don't leave them to chance. You may want your caregiver to keep a written journal of your children's day. Or you might try using a wipe-off memo board or the memo function on your answering machine, if you have one, to leave messages for each other.

Try to schedule a time to get together every month, perhaps over coffee, so you and your caregiver can assess how your arrangement is working. Use the occasion to discuss questions or concerns either of you may not have thought to bring up earlier, as well as to talk about the children's changing needs.

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