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WILMINGTON -- It won't be long now, our Ann McAdams will soon be coming back from maternity leave and she's been busy getting ready to return. One of the concerns facing Ann is one for all new mothers who plan on returning to their careers: finding quality child care. But how do find the right fit for you and your family? As any new parent knows, babies are a bundle of joy, but taking care of them can be a handful. Like Ann, many mothers will transition from maternity clothes to work clothes and will need help doing all of those things. Going back in to the work force, families have to evaluate a range of child care options. And it's not an easy decision. Ann said, "Obviously you think about daycare, you think about baby sitters, you think about nannies." Rachel Lawrence is the owner of Wilmington Nanny Agency. Lawrence has a pool of about 65 pre-screened candidates, all are required to be non-smokers, have first aid certified and at least two references. Lawrence says nannies are an increasing popular child care option, and may not be as expensive as you think. She says, in our area, they usually make $10 - $14 an hour, depending on the circumstances and their experience. There's also something called a nanny share, where two families' children are taken care of in one home one week, and then switch homes the next week. Lawrence said, "If you have more than one child, really it is comparable to day care so even though some people think that nannies are for that upper class or that used to be really the elite, its really not that way anymore." Some of the things Ann says she's looking for are a loving, responsible person who William will respond well to. Lawrence says that's what many families want too. Lawrence said, "They also want someone that they know is safe, that's screened just on a social level their references as well as their CPR certification that are basic child care necessities." The nanny industry is the only non-government regulated child care industry; Lawrence recommends if you're looking for one, make sure the organization is part of one of the three professional associations, like the International Nanny Association or the National Association of Nanny Care. Lawrence says those associations ensure that their members uphold a higher standard of conduct. That way you'll have a better idea that you're leaving your child in good hands. For more information visit these sites: http://www.nanny.org/ http://www.theapna.org/ http://www.nannyassociation.com/

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NO WORRY

U MAKE A LOT OF MONEY U DO NOT HAVE A CARE IN THE WORLD NOT LIKE US 117.90 A WEEK AND BOTH OF US WORK BARLEY MAKING MIM WAGES HHHMMMM TOP THAT GIVE US A REAL SUBJECT HIGH GAS PRICES WE KNOW THEY ARE HIGH BUT WHAT CAN WE DO NOTHING GOOD LUCK

nanny?

10-14 dollars an hour? Where do I sign up? My job pays $9.50 an hour with a business degree from UNCW. I have to work there a year before I get benefits. 6 months I get a raise. It is the best thing I could find since graduating 8 months ago.

It is a person's choice how

It is a person's choice how their child(ren) will be taken care of. Don't hate because someone appears to make more $ than you. If you don't know Ms. McAdams then don't try to bash her and whether she has cares, as long as we live on this earth, we will all have cares....whether it be who will take care of my child(ren) while I work or whether I will have enough $ for lunch.