Making the Dollar Store Work for Teacher Gifts!

Making the Dollar Store Work for Teacher Gifts!

This year, we have seven teacher gifts to give.  SEVEN.  That is one drastic downside of daycare.  There are so many teachers to thank!  Gracie has three alone in her classroom, and then Bean has two in his.  But I’m also giving gifts to Bean previous two teachers since he had them for more than half the year (and since I love them so much!). Seven gifts adds up to a lot of money.  I would love to be able to spend $20 or even $30 on one significant teacher…

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First Day of School, 2013

First Day of School, 2013

Today was the first day of pre-planning for me, and the first day back at daycare for the kids.  I worried for weeks about dropping them off.  I was sure there would be tears and pleas to not leave them.  But when I dropped them off today, both of them kissed me goodbye and walked into their classrooms without ever looking back.  Not one tear was shed. So, then I cried out, “DOESN’T ANYONE LOVE ME ANYMORE?!?!?” And then the daycare receptionist told me I should step outside so that…

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The Downside of Daycare

The Downside of Daycare

We’ve had our kids in daycare since they were each about four months old. Our health insurance is provided through my job, and so we can’t really afford for me to stay home. Plus, I like working, and especially teaching. Overall, I really like that our kids are in daycare. I like that their days are active and full of interactions with people and experiences that they wouldn’t get if I were just home with them or if we had them home with a nanny. I like daycare especially for…

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When Puffalumps Eat Puffs

When Puffalumps Eat Puffs

Gracie is seven months old now (gasp!) and I started to panic because he daycare teachers told me today that she’s about to move up to the next classroom. In that class, they introduce a sippy cup at ten months old and they start on table food. It’s not that we are trying to hold Gracie back on purpose, but we really haven’t been working with her on developmental skills at this point. I mean, she’s only seven months old, so her skills are pretty basic. But the conversation about…

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Unexplainable Intuition

Unexplainable Intuition

I had a pretty rough day today. I woke up with a headache and that ended up being the high point. What got everything off to a bad start was something that happened at Bean and Gracie’s daycare. I’ve thought about this blog post all night and about whether I would share what happened or not. I think I’ve decided not to. It wasn’t anything horrific, but the point of this blog post isn’t about what a daycare does or does not do. The point of this blog post is…

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New Daycare for Bean

New Daycare for Bean

I worried about the timing of all these new things in our lives for the kids. They were moving into a new house the same week that they started a new school and I went back to work. That’s a lot of change for me, much less for the kids. Rather than try and cram all the changes and reactions and things we’ve done to help (or hurt) the transition, I thought I’d break them up into several blog posts this week. I’ll start with Bean at school because that…

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Don’t Mind Me. I’m Just the Mom.

Don’t Mind Me. I’m Just the Mom.

(These pictures have nothing to do with the blog post today.  I just took them last night and thought they were cute.  The end.) So.  You know how I feel about daycare.  Bean’s been in it since he was four months old.  We love it.  We’ve had good luck with great daycares.  Bean is in a wonderful daycare right now and barring this one incident which has really frosted my cookies, we will go on loving our daycare.  But a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do… A couple…

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How We Chose Our Daycare

How We Chose Our Daycare

I’ve been asked this question before and I was asked it again just today over on Bean’s page. I’ve been hesitant to answer because choosing something like a childcare service for your child is so incredibly personal and I’d hate to set unrealistically high expectations or dangerously low expectations for someone. And then I realized that most new parents just want to know that someone else has gone through it and that they aren’t overlooking some GLARING warning sign in a childcare facility. So, what the heck? Here goes… THINGS…

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Another Reason Why I Love Daycare

Another Reason Why I Love Daycare

One of the hardest choices families make is childcare. For some lucky families, someone is able to stay home or work from home and keep the tyke there. But for a lot of families, it’s off to work they BOTH go, and so that leaves daycare or something similar as the only option. And I know how hard it is to make that decision. The first time I left Bean at a daycare center he was three months old and the tiniest little dude in the nursery. I cried out…

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Laying Down on the Job

Laying Down on the Job

This week, Bean’s daycare teachers sent me an email with a few pictures of him they took this week.  Isn’t that nice?  I got the email at work and it just made me stop in the middle of my busy day coercing middle schoolers into learning the difference between primary and secondary sources and smile. Then I opened the email attachments and found this picture… And this one… And this one… I think the biggest adjustment that Bean is facing at daycare is the transition from two naps a day…

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