Tips for Letting Go of Your Kids for Daycare

Why You Shouldn’t Give Your Child Something To Do

Sometimes, kids simply get bored. They’ve run out of ideas for what to do and they come to you and say “I’m bored.” As a parent, you might feel an impulse to try to find your child an activity. While this isn’t always a bad thing, there are also some advantages to your child being bored and you will want to help your child come up with activities he or she can engage in. Why You Shouldn’t Entertain Your Child There are a seemingly endless number of ways to be entertained, from watching TV to playing a video game. However, when your child still feels bored, you should consider that this might actually be beneficial. Boredom can often be the spark that leads to your child coming up with a creative idea or might lead to your child developing a new hobby. This helps to teach resourcefulness and facilitates brain development. If your child comes to you wanting to know what to do, tell him or her, “you’ll figure it out.” For the entire day, don’t give your child an option on what to do. Eventually, boredom might spark imaginative musings. Brainstorming Ideas For Activities If your child still cannot come up with an idea for what to do, brainstorm ideas for activities. Take turns coming up with an idea and write them down so your child will then have something to choose from in the future. Remind him or her to check the list and also think of new things to do. If your child becomes used to brainstorming ideas, this will also help with developing friendships and...

Three Of The Most Common Ways Children Are Unprepared For Preschool And How You Can Make Sure Your Child Is

Taking the step of enrolling your child in preschool can be emotional for both the parents and the children. While many parents enroll their child in preschool so they’ll be ready for the rest of their school career, you don’t want to send your child to preschool unprepared. Unfortunately, many parents do send children that aren’t ready for certain situations. Here’s a look at some of the most common ways children are unprepared for preschool, and how you can make sure your child is ready. Using the bathroom In a preschool setting, going to the bathroom on their own can be tough for a child. They don’t have complete control of their bladder yet, and they’re in an exciting environment. Oftentimes, kids this age will wait until the very last minute before they realize they need to go. There will be scheduled bathroom breaks, but these urges can come on very quickly. Make sure your child knows they can use the restroom at any time, even if it’s not during a scheduled break. In addition, your child should be able to undo their own buttons. Don’t place them in clothing they can’t get out of easily like overalls.  Making friends Going into a situation with lots of new faces is scary for just about anyone. If it’s a child’s first time in this sort of setting though, it can be even scarier. Reassure your child that everyone they meet will be just as nervous as they are, and that they’re just as new. It might help your child if you can role play an introduction. Teach them how to...

Learn How To Prepare Your Child For Their First Field Trip

Many child care centers are now starting to take children on field trips to see some of the interesting sites around their city or town. Going on their first field trip will more than likely be quite exciting for your child. It is important to make sure that you properly prepare for their first field trip to ensure that they are safe and ready for their big adventure. Use the following guide to learn how to prepare for the trip. Pack Essential Items When your child goes on a field trip, there is a good chance that something may happen to their clothing, causing them to need a replacement set. Be sure that you pack another change of clothes in their bag, as well as a small snack for them to nibble on if they get hungry. It is also a good idea to add a sweatshirt to the bag so that they can stay warm if the field trip location or vehicle is too cool for them. Explain Stranger Danger It is important to take the time to explain to your child about strangers and the dangers that are associated with them. You want to be sure that your child knows not to go anywhere with anyone that they do not know. Make sure they understand not to talk to strangers in the restroom too. Ensure Proper Travel Arrangements Take the time to learn how the child care center plans to travel for the field trip. Young children need to be properly secured in a car seat in order to travel safely in a vehicle. You need to...

Keeping Children Safe While In Your Day Care

If you have just started your own day care business, you will want to do whatever possible to keep the children you are watching out of harm’s way. There are several different precautionary steps you can take to keep your day care facility safe. Here are a few safety precautions you should have set up within your daycare to keep your students safe. Employee Safety Since the children you will be watching will need to be kept safe, the employees you decide to hire will make a huge difference. Never hire an employee without doing background and criminal checks beforehand. Interview all potential helpers yourself to make sure they have a disposition that will work well with small children. Each employee should have prior experience with children and be able to handle emergencies. Have your employees take a CPR class if they are not certified and hold a safety refresher course so they are aware of what types of emergencies may occur, as well as the proper reaction they should give. When hiring, make sure you have enough help for the number of children you intend on having in the facility. It is a good rule of thumb to have at least one employee for three infants or one employee for six toddlers. This will ensure the children are within view of an employee at all times, giving them a better chance of avoiding injury. Fire Safety Fire alarms should be placed in several spots throughout your facility to ensure children and teachers can get to safety if there is a fire in the building. Have a professional put...

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Taking your child to daycare can be hard on both you and the child, but there are a few tricks that can help the entire family cope with a big change such as this. Having parted with all three of my kids when they were little, I know very well how difficult it can be. I have worked with a group of mothers to put together a system that can help every family going through the same separation anxiety. Visit my website to learn how many parents have gotten through what can be a difficult time with less anxiety, fear and pain.