Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why It Might Be Important To Let Our Kids Play Their Way.

Came across this article today. I so totally agree with it. It talks about how we adults sometimes micro manage our kids. Sometimes called helicopter parenting.  Hubby and I raised four wonderful daughters. They all became successful adults. I were very busy parent helping my hubby run a business, taking care of four kids, keeping what I thought at the time was important, a very clean house (since have learned a very clean house is nice but not that important) had a huge garden and sewed most of the girls and mine clothes. I didn't know at the time that I was so busy it was just the way life was. And I sure didn't have the time to be a helicopter parent. But I think that was a good thing. In all my years of daycare, I usually didn't step in unless it got physical. Most times the kids would work it out themselves.

My kids learned work ethic, how to think for themselves figuring out life on their own. All four girls went off to college, got a Master in Education and one daughter has her Doctorate. Very productive, responsible adults. Maybe this is why I liked this article. It is so true in my book.

Enjoy and have a good day,

P.S. You can read the article by following the link below.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Make life easier, stay organized.

We have finally got a rainy day here in Iowa. Good day to start a bit of spring cleaning. I am told I am a organize freak. I guess I am. I like a place for everything and everything in it's place. For me it makes life easier. I hate wasting time looking for something. It is just easier and faster to know where things are and go get them when needed. Hubby doesn't always see things my way. And nothing is more irritating when I am in a hurry then to waste minutes looking for something he didn't put back where it is suppose to be. This mainly happens in the kitchen. Oh he puts things away because he knows I hate cluttered counters. But it usually is a guessing game as to where he shoved the object. His usual answer when I comment on it is " that darn Ghost" is messing with us again. That same "Ghost" forgets to close closet doors and turn off lights. Fun to live in a haunted house. Oh well, it does keep things interesting around here. But if you are like me and like things organized check out this site. I used a lot of these tips in my daycare for years. They work. And it make life easier.
                                                Staying organized made easy.

Enjoy the day.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Who knew that cheese sticks could be dangerous to little ones.

All those years I did daycare, I always cut grapes in half, hot dogs were spit the long way and then sliced but I never ever came cheese sticks a thought. The kids loved them. I did too. I figured it was a healthy snack along with a some crackers and a glass of milk. But after reading this, I guess they were right up there with grapes and hot dogs.

" just read a terribly sad story about a 2 year old child who died because of a choking accident. He was eating a cheese stick when it lodged in his throat. To be honest, it never occurred to me that cheese sticks could be choking hazards. But we all know that hot dogs are a no-no for a child unless they are cut up, and cheese sticks are similar in shape to hot dogs. The cheese tends to soften once in the mouth and throat and can completely block the airway. The Hemlich maneuver is not generally effective to force the cheese out, and pulling on the cheese will just cause it to break apart or soften enough to expand even more.

From the Consumer Protection Agency: Other forbidden foods for those under 3 years of age: small pieces of hot dogs, cheese sticks/chunks, hard candy, nuts, grapes and popcorn, raw vegetables, jellybeans, raw unpeeled fruit slices, dried fruits, grapes or chunks of meat. For infants, give them soft foods that do not require chewing. Also very important is that you not let your child eat or suck on foods while lying down or playing; they should always be sitting upright when there is food in their mouth".

What you know about cheese sticks might save your child’s life.

Keep our little ones safe.