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All posts by Gabrielle Skerpan

My Father’s Library: The Best Children’s Books from my Childhood

There’s something special about a good children’s picture book—even as an adult, the books I read with my dad when I was young stay close to my heart. He keeps an extensive collection of the best stories that he read to me and my sisters, and sometimes when I visit, I’ll take a book off […]

How Teens Can Start Babysitting Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For teens and young adults interested in childcare, babysitting for neighbors and local families is a great opportunity to gain experience and establish yourself in the field. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, navigating risks and restrictions can be daunting. Balancing your personal safety with the opportunity to grow as a caregiver is […]

Fighting the Fear of Needles: Tips from a Former Needle-Averse Child

I had a severe fear of needles as a kid. I would scream, kick, punch, flee, hide behind exam tables, and even steal important items from my parents in an effort to stall for time. I suffered from an overwhelming and visceral fear that made the experience difficult not only for me but for everyone […]