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“An indispensable manual for parents venturing into the unknown territory of day care.”
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“Leaving one’s child in the care of another can be nerve-wracking, but the authors’ upbeat, long-term perspective will assist parents in valuing their providers and doing best by their offspring. For all libraries.”
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The Dear Daycare Parent Blog

Kids in Hot Cars

Here we are in the midst of summer and once again the stories of children dying in hot cars is in the news. So senseless! The following is an article about steps you can take to make sure this tragedy doesn’t happen to you.

One tip that is especially important if your child is in daycare is this, make sure your daycare has a policy that if you do not show up on a scheduled day, they will call you to find out why. Ok folks, so here is the problem. When we follow the rule and call, some parents get annoyed or do not respond to messages left. Remember, we are doing this for the well being of you and your child! No need to get upset and PLEASE simply call back to let us know everything is ok. It’s worth it as it could save a life!

 

What a Great Toy!

The other night I was visiting with some relatives who had just flown in from out of state. I was looking over at their 9 month old who was busy playing with a toy. She was cooing and babbling as she was pulling two little blocks apart. I was curious and asked what she was playing with. It turns out they are called tegu blocks. This was an 8 piece set of magnetic wooden blocks that came in a really nice little travel pouch. You could tell these were very well made!

It turns out they bought this toy because they thought it would amuse their little girl on the plane ride and they said it did the trick! Obviously, because she was still happily engaged with them. She was pulling them apart and watching as they would stick back to the base. How perfect for travel of any kind because they don’t fall all over the place! Such a simple concept and yet ingenious!

I did some research on this company and loved their simple philosophy of PLAYING IS LEARNING. They offer these blocks in all kinds of configurations for all ages! This particular set had 8 pieces while the others have up to 42. The age range on these were actually 1+.

The developmental benefits range from building fine motor skills to encouraging creativity. Now this is the kind of toy that I love! Kids just get to keep busy by thinking and creating.

They get a big thumbs up! Please check out their website at www.tegu.com

Protect the Children

I recently read an article that stated that the New Jersey governor had just signed into law a bill that requires home day care workers, and anyone living within that home, to undergo a background check.  (Read article here)

I’m totally amazed how behind the times some of these states are and I think it’s archaic not to have laws already in place within every state to protect the children that attend home day cares.  Federal laws were established a long time ago to protect the children who attend preschool and daycare centers.   These federal laws require that anyone who works with children (care givers, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, etc.) must undergo a background check.  Every individual’s name and fingerprint goes through three different data bases:

~ Criminal History

~ Child Abuse Registry

~ Sexual Offender Registry

Go Ahead and Burn Those Bridges

We had a parent in our preschool who while she had a son with us, had to enroll her baby in a home daycare because we had no room.  She expressed her concerns about being uncomfortable with the home daycare that her daughter was in.  She said there were always unquestionable people going in and out of the house and it made her uneasy.  Although she felt uncomfortable with what she saw, she didn’t want to say anything because she didn’t want to burn her bridges.  We didn’t miss a beat and told her better to burn bridges than to have harm come to her little one.  You need to always trust your gut feeling.  If you are that uneasy then there is probably a good reason!

What You Can Do

If you are considering placing your child in a home day care, check your state licensing agency to see if they require background checks on the individual running the home daycare, as well as everyone that lives in the home or helps with the children.  If not, you may want to research other home care facilities.  Getting recommendations from other parents who have sent their child there is always a great idea as well.  Other options may be hiring a nanny or finding a facility-based daycare center.  The bottom line is. . .  do your research and see what feels best for you and your child.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

Just want to wish all of you dads and male role models out there a wonderful day! :>)

And in memory of my dad, Tim Shaw. He believed that family was the most important thing and was totally dedicated to us.

I cry because I miss you still and I smile because of all the wonderful times and the very happy life you gave me! So truly lucky to have had such an amazing father. Your beautiful and playful spirit lives on!

One of the best tips I got from him concerned driving. He said, “Jack, when you’re out there on the road, don’t trust that people are gonna do what they are supposed to!”

One of the many funny remarks was when I would come out in a new dress and his famous line was “first time I’ve seen a burlap bag with sleeves!” Always said with a great big smile. :>)

You were the best!

Love,

Jack

 

 

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