This Guide to Child Care is all about you, the new parent looking to go back to work after pregnancy and the birth of junior, or you the mom who needs an extra pair of hands with your growing brood. Consider my Guide as a series of hacks or short cuts, tips or tricks to navigating the complex world of in-home, private child care. In this Guide I’ll be addressing some common myths and issues that can affect parents when they enter child care situations. This is your Guide to making child care choices a more seamless experience. Let’s start at the beginning. You discover that you are expecting and you realize that you require child care along with a crib, a good pediatrician and a bunch of other really important stuff. It’s a bit like needing a lawyer. You don’t give it much thought until you absolutely need one, and then there’s a sense of urgency, or even blind panic.