Preparing your child for preschool

Preschool is a big step in the life of a young child -- for many children, it will be the most time they've ever spent with large groups of other children and away from their parents. If you're a little nervous about your child's first day at preschool, don't worry: you're not alone. To help boost your peace of mind, try some of these pre-preschool activities.  Orientation visits Many preschools offer a chance to visit before the start of term.

Working Parent? 5 Benefits of Hiring a Nanny

If you have young children, you may be considering hiring a nanny. A nanny can offer many benefits to parents with busy work and social lives. Below is a list of 5 benefits hiring a nanny can bring. A nanny will fit in with your routine A significant benefit of employing a nanny is that they will work within a set routine which fits around your life. If you have to leave for work early in the morning, a nanny can arrive first thing to provide breakfast and to help your kids prepare for school.

Hosting a Memorable and Fun Kids Birthday Party: 3 Ways to Throw a Princess-Themed Party on a Budget

Kids birthday parties are becoming more and more elaborate and extravagant. Some parents are spending an upwards of $10,000 on their kid's birthday parties; however, you really don't need to hire a party planner and to shell out that much money in order to host a memorable and fun birthday party for your kid. In particular, this article will look at the plenty of different ways that you can throw a princess-themed birthday party on a budget.

Affordable childcare options for low income families

For families that don't have a high income, it can be hard to stretch the budget to cover childcare. However, there are many advantages to working, including the incremental income, constant additions to the superannuation balance and the ability to get some mental stimulation beyond parenting. Luckily there is a range of options for childcare for families on a low income.  Informal childcare including swaps If you have friends or family in a similar situation, you can often sign up to swap babysitting duties.