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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

DayCare Pros!

I would just like to point out that I am NOT AGAINST in home babysitting. This post is mainly just to point out the pro's of DayCare facilities.

Lately at work I have been thinking, "Why don't more people send their kids to daycare?" I work at a Boys and Girls club that offers, play-school (ages 2-3), pre-school (age 4), infant care (birth-2), daycare (2-4) and an after-school program. Most of the time we are mostly full other than the nursery - the room that I work with another awesome woman, so we keep pretty busy. But I think about it and there are SO many kids that I can think about that should be taking the opportunity to come to the club. 

I asked around and some people said that they thought people didn't come because they think that it's dirty, that maybe they had a problem with a person or two that worked there and that they just don't think there kid needs it. 

Like I said before, I am not against in-home care or babysitter or even keeping your child home. If you don't work and have the time to spend with your child that is AWESOME, but if they don't have spend alot of time interacting with other kids there age or detach from a parent, it can be an issue later on. I know this because I was one of those pre-school drop outs because I cried and cried and cried for my mom to come back and get me - because I KNEW she would and I knew just how to get her to - and she did. When it came time to start Kindergarden, I was a total brat. I lived across the road from the school and my mother had to DRAG me across the street kicking and screaming. My grandmother came to help once and I was snapping and biting at her hands like a rabid dog. And when asked why I acted this way I said in a sweet and innocent voice "but mum, I'm just stuck to your hip!" All charming and manipulative I was. I knew how to be a complete crazy kid and still manage to get an "awe" out of my mother. I eventually stopped making such a fuss, but it took many mornings of a struggle for my mom. 

Basically my point there is that it would have been alot easier for me to go to kindergarden had I been involved in community programs earlier in life. My mom should have let me cry and just kept me in preschool. But that crying can be really hard on a mom too and the educators, so sometimes it doesn't always work. I think it's better to get the detachment over with before beginning school though. That is just my opinion though. 

Cleanliness. The daycare is clean. I would know because I have to scrub down my whole room every friday. So the infant room is very clean. We do have cleaning schedules we are required to follow and the place isn't dirty. Sure when you walk in, in the middle of the day the place looks trashed, because we have 20 kids in a room playing with playdough, water colors, building blocks, sand and heaven knows what else, but sanitary wise, we are good to go. (I won't go into the fact that I think kids should eat dirt and be really messy any, because that is my opinion only) 
And as it goes for colds, flus and lice. Yes it goes around. I have never had lice in my life and it scares me to death. I recently found out that lice really don't care for dyed hair. I think this may be one of the reasons I didn't have it. I started dying my hair at the early age of 10, but even before that my mom was very careful about my hair when I went off to school. I'm still hoping that I won't ever get it, but I'm sure my time will come. And the amount of colds that I have had is awful, but it's like a initiation for the first year lol. 

The Pro's of sending your kid to DayCare:

1. We all have first aid! - NB's public childcare is MUCH better than it used to be. We all have to have our first aid incase of emergencies. I just took mine and learned so much and I'm confident with how to handle emergency situations!

2. We all have to take the curriculum courses for Early Childhood Care and Education! - Another thing that NB now has. I travel away for a year taking courses on how to educate children in their early stages of development. 

3. Socializing - Even sending your child once or twice a week can help a child develop social skills away from the parent and with children their age. Sure you can have play dates, but there are lots of kids at the daycare, lots of toys AND educators. It can really build a childs self esteem to be away from a parent and building relationships with others. YES it is really hard to leave your child crying the first couple of times, some may take longer and some even hop right into it and wave "bye mum!" 

4. Detachment - As I stated above can cause issues when entering school. We try and help that not be such an issue, but even kids that go to daycare have trouble adjusting to the new teachers at school. 

5. It gives you a break! - If you are a stay at home parent, it wouldn't hurt to send your child once a week or even for a couple hours a day. 

6. Experiences - We try to do many different activities with the kids that maybe not every parent has time for. We also have different themes in the rooms that we switch up every so often and try to keep the kids learning about new things. They aren't the only ones that learn either. They teach us and the other kids. 

I would like to repeat again that I am not saying that it is wrong to send your child to someone else's house for child care, because sometimes we are full and can't take any more children. So I ask that people not take offence to this post because I am really only posting the good things about daycare. I love my job so much and even though I am exhausted at the end of the day. I've found myself missing my kids on the weekends and excited to get to work. 

It saddens me that we have this huge brand new building and are already out growing it. At the same time we want to provide more services for the island children, but we are tapped for space as well. With regulations and ratios, we have to have certain amounts of space and workers to provide more children with care. 

I almost forgot! They are NEVER too young for daycare! We have an awesome infant room and starting your kids out early can make a world of difference later on. Sure it takes a lot more to win a baby's trust sometimes, but when we do it's a great feeling. I have bonded with some babies and until I started in the nursery I never had that luxury. Let me just tell you, it's awesome! When I see those little faces light up when they see me, it's a great feeling. 
When I have kids, they will be enrolled  in daycare at an early age for sure :)   

I hope that some people that read this learn alittle something about the care and education we provide for the children at daycare. The training that we go through to be able to work with children and that we aren't just a bunch of people watching kids play and coloring pictures haha There is much more to it that some people don't see. 

Stay Happy!!!

If I have even made one parent that doesn't send their child to a daycare centre, consider the pros to doing so, I will feel like this blog wasn't for nothing :) 

Happy Halloween!

I'm still not used to my life being so busy. The past couple of years I was just so slack with life and now that I have a normal one it feels like I never stop! I am making two different posts tonight, one about halloween and one about daycares. The obvious is that this is the halloween post.

I have NEVER been a fan of halloween...but now that I work with kids, I feel like a bit of a douche for not putting more effort into the occasion. I've had soooo many cute spooks here tonight, really I've only had 20 so far, and that's why I want to go all out next year. Light up the front yard and make sure that everyone stops in! Stock up on candy all year and then dish it all out! 

I didn't dress up myself this year, because I HATE dressing up and that's partly the reason that I didn't care for halloween. But really I want to make awesome costumes for next year. I did however, dress up my pom, Tinka, as a lady bug. She's such a cutie. She's never really been around kids, so I am trying to get her used to them slowly. She is nervous and will nip, but I've only seen her do it once the first time I babysat and the second time she was much better. 

I hope everyone is loading up on candy tonight, but and I'm having to keep myself out of it. I'm hoping to have a new weight topic blog post up soon and look forward to my house warming party post as well. Mind you, my weight post will be nothing inspiring due to the fact I've gained all of it back in my recent depression spell, but I'm not giving up and I'm gonna get back on track. No more excuses, even though I can come up with soooo many lol. 

Stay Happy and have a Happy Halloween! 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Home Owning Life

I have been living without internet for the past 30 days and I've actually lived to talk about it. The good part is that I have been so busy that I really haven't had alot of time to waste on the interwebs anyway. But I really have missed blogging. I'm going to make a quick but good post about how things have been before The Walking Dead comes on.

I've been working alot and taking some curriculum courses away. I was away this weekend for one and spent the night at my aunts house, which was really nice. I always love going away to spend some time with her and my cousins.

Work has been so awesome, I have to be honest that it was alittle stressful at first because I didn't have much experience with infants and toddlers, but now that I've been working there for almost 2 months those buggers are really growing on me. I find myself missing them all the time and I'm almost excited to get out of bed and go to work.

These pictures are of me and a little girl I work with, she is so smart and loves my iphone. She'll take it out of my pocket and try to unlock it to get to the camera, then she climbs up in my lap and sits on one side of me so that I can reverse the camera and she can see us and she'll push the camera button. She likes to do funny faces and nice smiley ones. She's such a sweetheart!

 When I'm not working I'm at home cleaning. I spend so much time cleaning and doing housework now, but I will give Justin some credit because he helps me alot on his days off, which I am very thankful for. There is still so much to be done in the house, but it is coming along as I have time to work on it. I finally got my bedroom set up alittle bit more today. I hung some stuff up and justin and I worked on the walk-in and got our clothes all organized. I think my next project will be the downstairs bathroom, because my father and stepmother generously bought me a great housewarming present :) a dryer. I am so thankful for it too, the dryer that was in the house has got to be from the seventies and the belt is gone in it and I can only put a handful of clothes in it most days. It makes doing laundry take forever! So when I take the old one out and put the new one in, I think I'm going to take up the laminate that is covering the hardwood up. I do not understand why people covering beautiful hardwood floors...even scractched hardwood is better than the orange/yellow laminate that is currently on the floor. This room is also the room that needs to most cleaning and organizing. So I'll make this the next to-do. Hopefully I will be able to afford it.

Here are some before and after photos of the master bedroom.


I think having the bed this way makes the room feel so much bigger! 

I love my room. It feels so nice to just have it ready, it's just a different atmosphere when it's not completely wrote off.

And for those who live away and might not know what my house looks like here is a photo :)

I have so many more things that I could talk about, but time is getting close for me to curl up in the livingroom of my mothers and watch the walking dead, then I have to go back to my internet-less house and go to sleep so I will be refreshed to go into work tomorrow and not get home til 10pm because I have first aide courses until thursday :(

I'm hoping that my modem will be here soon so that I can blog from my own house haha

Stay Happy!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

What Happened To Free Time?

I have no internet and even if I did I feel like I wouldn't have enough time to use it. I am and have been so busy lately and it's driving me alittle insane.

Lately I have been working full time, traveling 6 hours, for a 1 hour and 15 minute course, taking photos and editing photos, babysitting and trying to put my house together and sell stuff that is in my house. All of this is turning me into a zombie I believe, I can't even feel my brain anymore. 

I really really really want to post photos of my house, but I haven't even got it looking nice enough to take photos of. I guess thats the fun of having a house. I'm currently at my mothers using the internet because BellAliant won't allow anymore new costumers for internet on the island. I had to pay a good chunk of $$ to get them to transfer the internet from my mothers to my new house 5 mins away. I really think that the fact Bell is refusing us islanders internet needs to be brought to someones attention. Don't be a provider of internet for a select amount of people on the island or atleast work towards fixing it! 

I have to get back to being a lonely home owner now! Who hopes to have internet by next week, even though she was told it would be the first of this week...stupid companies. 

Stay Happy! 

Oh and did I mention that I don't have a free weekend until Christmas?! I don't even know if I will be able to throw myself a house warming until months after I bought my house!