It’s cold and flu season and as one parent walks into the classroom she looks over at a little boy who obviously has something brewing. A teacher is helping him to wipe his nose; the mucus that is bubbling out is thick and dark in color. The child has red rimmed watery eyes and he […]
When your child joins a childcare center they soon discover all the art material available to them (play dough, crayons, markers, various kinds of paint, glue, glitter and scrap paper). As teachers, we appreciate the value of exposing the children to art. Here are just a few examples of what they are learning: Using drawing […]
Raising Independent Children
Raising Independent Children I can’t tell you how many times parents would come into our classroom and comment on the controlled chaos in the room. They would say to Jackie and me, “I don’t know how you do it. You have 16 children in here, they aren’t arguing, and they are all busy. What is […]
Why You Should Buy This Book!
A few weeks ago I had a very nice conversation with a mom about my book Dear Daycare Parent. While her child is older now, she said she really could have used a book like this when she first brought her little boy to preschool. She explained how on the first day at drop off her […]
Dress for Success
Clorox bleach did an advertisement about a bleachable moment. Every time I see this ad, I smile. It reminds me of a tip that Jackie and I included in our book, Dear Daycare Parent: The Must Have Guide To Daycare For Working Parents. The commercial is about a little boy who has to go to […]
Leaving is Not an Option
In our book we address the problem parents have of getting their child to leave the daycare at the end of the day. So common and not unusual at all! However, if this is a daily situation it can be aggravating for parents and teachers as well. Ah…the child that doesn’t want to leave will […]
Aerosol Sunscreen May Be Dangerous To Use
Recently, Rebecca Cannon used an aerosol sunscreen, Banana Boat SPF 50, on her 14-month-old daughter, Kyla, as a precaution, even though she wouldn’t really be in the sun. Rebecca read the directions to ensure it would be safe for her daughter. The product said it was safe for children over 6 months old. So, Rebecca […]
A dad, Eli Spector, posted a video to YouTube to show other parents how he got his son to stop crying, and since then it has gone viral. I love this video! It demonstrates what Jackie Rioux and I wrote in our book, Dear Daycare Parent: A Must Have Guide To Daycare For The Working […]
So here I sit recovering from a bout with the flu. Ugh! And it got me thinking that well, yes, I have been 24 hours fever free, but no, I do not feel like jumping right back into my normal routine yet. And no offense guys, but the thought of walking into a noisy classroom […]
Please, Just Say NO!
Just read an interesting article by Aisha Sultan (St. Louis Post Dispatch) about parents who were glad they said “no” to their teenagers in certain situations. As a result, they felt they grew into kind and thriving adults. This brought to mind a parent who said they never tell their child no. We are talking about a three […]