Like many parents this summer, I was dragged to the movie theater by my daughter to watch Inside Out.  (Oh, who am I kidding?  It was the other way around!)  I was stoked to watch the film the moment I saw the trailer.  Personally, I loved the film and so did my five year old.  It is a fantastic movie for all ages, but it is an excellent film for children who have a difficult time dealing with their emotions, like my own daughter who has ADHD and is exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety.  While I identify with Joy,...

With the recent news of the two friends from Texas contracting the terrible eye infection called Acanthamoeba Keratitis (I’ll do you a favor and call it AK for short), I thought I’d share my personal experience with the little monsters that invaded my eye. In 2007, I was diagnosed with the very same eye infection and I nearly lost my right eye because of it. Even today, I am still dealing with the awful aftermath of AK. In case you aren’t familiar with AK, it is a very serious, rare, and incredibly painful parasitic...

For the past two years, I have turned my home into a daycare and been a child care provider. Like any job, there are positives and negatives, but for the most part, I love my job. I really do. The kids are awesome and it is a joy to see them growing, learning, and playing every day. I have been very lucky with the parents too, because they are equally as awesome and they truly appreciate what I do. However, I have come across some not-so-awesome parents in the past that I was just too polite to say these five things to:   1. Don’t...

I created a Weekly Behavior Report to give to the parents at my daycare that would inform them how their child does each week.  The title has a place for you to fill in the child’s name, the facility’s name, and the dates of the week the report is for.  (To make it easier on myself, I fill in the report as the events happen.)  I email the final report to the parents Friday evening.  The parents appreciate the reports and they look forward to receiving them every week.  If the parents have any questions or concerns...

One of my “Bad Mom” confessions is I still rock my baby to sleep. You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, so?  What’s so bad about rocking your baby to sleep?”  Well, my “baby” is three years old.  Yes, I know she is too old to be rocked to sleep and yes, I know we must look absolutely ridiculous.  (I am 5ft tall, so my daughter is already about half my size.), but this is something I have done since Day 1. The Cry It Out (CIO) Method was just not my style.  It still isn’t.  As soon...

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