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Relatives Provide Positive, Nurturing Child Care

LAS CRUCES -- Just like other child care providers, relatives need to know what parents expect to maintain a positive, nurturing environment, said a child development specialist with New Mexico State University.

Some suggestions to maintain good feelings and a positive, nurturing environment are to sit down together and discuss expectations, payment, hours of care, discipline and the child's likes and dislikes, said Diana DelCampo with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.

"When relatives are taking care of your children, it's really important to sit down and talk about issues before the child is in their care," she said.

Parents and relatives also should discuss the child's activities and routines, along with the child's development and concerns both have about the child.

Some of the things that a parent can suggest to a relative is keeping a notebook so that both caretakers know what is going on with the child when the other is not around, said DelCampo. A notebook is a good way to share information.

When parents and their family members communicate and plan together, relative care can provide low cost, loving child care.