Should I Open a Home Daycare? The #1 Reason that helped me! – a video

Are you thinking about opening up your own home daycare business? Do you have young children of your own? Are you wondering if this decision would be best for you? Watch this video to find out the number one reason that helped me decide to start my own home daycare! Tip – My How To…
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Watch Your Kids Play Happily for Hours With This 3 Step Technique – Today is Step Two!

Last week I answered a blog follower’s question, “How do you get the kids to play happily for long stretches of time?” with a video about loose parts play.  The video talked about Step One in my 3 Step Technique towards extended independent play. Watch the video here to learn all about the materials needed…
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Want Your Kids to Play Happily for Hours? Try this Simple 3 Step Technique!

A recurring question that I get from my readers is: “How do you get the kids to play happily for long stretches of time?”  There are a couple of key steps to help children play independently for extended periods of time. Step One is to have open ended toys or objects available to the children.…
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How To Prevent Car Sickness Using Peppermint Essential Oil

Do you have a child who suffers from motion sickness? Car sickness can be a real problem for some kids. I’ve had a few children who suffer from it and it can be challenging when you have multiple children in the van. I take my daycare group on many field trips and weekly events so…
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Mother’s Day Gift- DIY Car Diffuser with Essential Oils

This year my daycare group made car diffusers for their Mother’s Day gifts.  I’m a big essential oil fan and I love how the scent of certain oils can clean the air, lift your mood and even prevent car sickness! (Stay tuned this month for my blog post on ‘Preventing Car Sickness’).  I came across…
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Toddler throwing Toys? These 2 Tips will Help!

Most toddlers go through a phase of development where they find great delight in throwing objects.  A few of them will happily limit this behaviour to just throwing soft balls but the vast majority (at least the ones I’ve known) generalize their behaviour to everything and anything that isn’t nailed down. Some of these junior…
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Want Good Problem Solvers? Try this 1-2-3 Method!

Last week I shared my 1-2-3 Problem Solving Method and showed you how to apply it with older children.  Today I’m going to explain how I use this method with my younger kids. Children who are good independent problem solvers get along better with their peers and have higher levels of self-esteem. Problem solving skills can…
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Three Reasons Why I LOVE free online Kid’s Yoga

  A friend of mine recommended I check out Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube.  We tried it out the other day and my kids are completely hooked, we LOVE it!  I’m happy to share with you my top three reasons WHY I think these videos are amazing. I’m not getting anything in exchange for…
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Find Out How Bubble Wrap Can Fix A Melt Down!

  An experienced daycare provider can recognize the early warning signs of a child’s impending emotional melt down. One particular child might start to whine, stiffen their body posture and get very quiet. Another child might get very loud, start to throw toys and get red in the face as their outward signs that disaster…
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How I Use St. Patrick’s Day to Get My Kids To Eat Seaweed

We started a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in my home daycare a few years ago, we do a GREEN FOOD taste test challenge activity.  I give them a bunch of sample size green foods (some healthy, some not) and they try each one. We record (either as a group or individually) their preferences. Then we…
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