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How can I protect my relationship with my relative who cares for my child?

If you are lucky enough to have a relative who cares for your child, you’ll want to make sure that your relationship stays strong. It is important to have clear communication from the beginning. Dealing with a family member is completely different than dealing with an outsider. However, you must find a comfortable way to make sure that your relative knows your expectations and obliges by your rules.

The best thing about using a relative for child care is that you can be fairly certain that your child’s best interest is at heart. Problems can arise however, when your relative is not respectful of your wishes, or you are not respectful of them.

Make sure to regularly discuss anything that is bothering you about the situation. Also, as you would with any other caregiver, ask how things are going with your child.

Open communication and respect is necessary to keeping your relationship intact.

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