The Dear Daycare Parent Blog

Happy Mother’s Day!

To honor Mother’s Day this year I thought it would be fun to collect some motherly advice and sayings from some of my friends and family. These are great guys! Thanks!

“Eat all your food, there are people starving in the world.”

“Don’t crack your knuckles, you’ll get arthritis.”

“Be kind to everyone because one day you may need someone to be kind to you!”

“Life isn’t fair!”

“Make sure you have clean underwear on in case you’re in an accident!”

“Kiss me goodbye in the morning because you never know what could happen to me during the day!”

“You ALWAYS be nice and polite to people, but if someone hits you, hit ’em back!”

“Wait til YOU have kids, then you’ll see!”

“Don’t jump over the baby, it will stunt it’s growth!”

“You wanna cry? I’ll give you something to cry about!”

“Always break in your new shoes by wearing them in the house several times before you attempt to wear them out all day long!”

“Don’t ever say never. You don’t know what you might do.”

“Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda……Didn’t!”

“Don’t sit so close to the TV , you’re gonna ruin your eyes and need glasses!”.

“Live as if someone else will have to clean out your house!”

“Accept everyone because you never know when you will be the one who needs acceptance.”

“Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated.”

“If someone else jumps off a bridge will you do it too?”

“Don’t cross your eyes, they might stay that way!”

“There are always 3 sides to the story….his, hers, and the truth!”

“You made your bed, now lay in it!”

“Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face!”

“It’s okay to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.”

“Shut the door, what do you think you live in a barn?”

I hope you enjoyed! What wise sayings will you pass on to YOUR children?:>)

Teacher Appreciation Day!

Just a little history: Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only. The NEA and affiliates continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation week in the first full week of May.

This year the calendar says that Teacher Appreciation Day is May 9th, but many celebrated last week as it was the first full week in May! Whenever it is celebrated, it is a nice idea.

Tip #33 in our book is titled, “A Good Word Will Do” and it has to do with the fact that if you are happy with the care your child is getting then please let the teacher know! A kind word is truly appreciated and can inspire and lift the spirit! This is true ANY day of the year. A teacher also enjoys hearing that your child talked about a project or activity. Or enjoyed a particular song or book. It brings such light to what we do everyday! My day was made last week when a little boy came up to me and said, ” I’m glad you’re here!” Does it get any better than that?

On our website, we are selling Sunshine cards. They are small notes of appreciation that you can give to your child’s teacher to boost their day and say thanks! Check them out!

I will end by saying that I like to compliment parents too! You guys do some pretty great things that should also be recognized. We should ALL try to appreciate the people we encounter day to day.

Parent”s Beware

In January, a father, Ricky Shoff, posted to social media a nanny video of his 2 ½ year-old son rescuing his twin brother when an unsecure dresser fell over on him.  The father said, “At first he was hesitant to post the video, but after a while he felt it was more important to bring awareness to other parents of the dangers of not securing the furniture to the wall.”

Soon after that post, they appeared on other new networks, (CNN, ABC, NBC, and even YouTube to name a few) to show the nanny cam video of their young son being pinned down by the dresser.  It was their hope, that by going onto the different news networks, they could reach more parents and express the importance of bolting down and safely securing their child’s furniture.  After watching that story, it reminded me of a time in my own family.

My 3-year-old nephew was in the kitchen playing with his toy car.  He was zipping it across the floor and crashing into everything.  So, my sister and I moved into the dining area just 2 feet away to chat, while he played.  Most of the kitchen was visible, except a small portion that was just around the corner.  Luckily, he was easily detectable by the crashing sounds he was making.  Then, he got quiet, so my sister and I walked into the kitchen.  We saw that he had opened all four drawers to the cabinet and used them as a stepping ladder.  He had climbed up and was sitting on the countertop eating cookies.  Luckily that cabinet was bolted into the wall, but I know firsthand how those parents felt.  Because even for us, it was scary seeing him up there, so close to the stove.

Jackie and I thought we would let a few months go by, and then repost Kayli and Ricky Shoff’s important message on our blog, so they can reach as many parents as possible with their story.

No, David!

Sometimes a parent will ask if there is a certain book their child really enjoys. Well, just about everyday I will hear, “Can you read No, David!?” Kids just love this book and so do I! I have to keep buying new copies because they get so worn out.

Author and artist David Shannon (website) has written several children’s books with” No, David” being an absolute favorite. Mr. Shannon says when he was five he wrote a semi autobiographical story of a little kid who broke all his mother’s rules. As a result, all David ever heard his mother say was, “No David!”  The children also take delight in hearing, “David Goes to School”, “David Gets in Trouble”, and “It’s Christmas David”. Yes, he is told he will receive a lump of coal if he doesn’t behave. Ha!!

I really think children enjoy these books because they recognize a bit of themselves in David. They love to laugh at David’s antics. As a lesson, we talk about what David did wrong and what he could have done differently.

These books are great for kids 2 and up. The illustrations are wonderful and very appealing. Children love David and ask to hear the stories over and over again!


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