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Is Full-Time Daycare Too Much?
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What to Look For During a Preschool Tour
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Working Parent Guilt: How Great Child Care Can Help
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10 “Sales Tips” To Get Your Kids Excited About Preschool EVERY Morning
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10 House-hold Items That Make Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids
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8 Car Seat Safety Tips for Safer Travels
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How To Be Involved Now That My Child Is In Preschool/Daycare
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DC Parents, Don’t Miss the Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Family Festival!
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Tips for Transitioning From Preschool to Kindergarten
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What’s the Best Teaching Style for Your Child’s Personality?

Is Full-Time Daycare Too Much?

So, you finally found the perfect daycare center. The teachers are great and your child wakes up every morning happy to go see them! Congratulations, you’ve come a long way!

But there’s one last big question: how much child care is OK? Is full-time daycare a good idea? Should I really be leaving him there all day?

Excellent question!

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What to Look For During a Preschool Tour

I n our last post we covered what high quality child care looks like, and most of the clues come from observing how your child reacts after they start going to daycare or preschool. In this post we will cover how you can evaluate a child care or preschool program before your child enrolls.

The daycare and preschool tour is a (maybe even the) key moment in the decision making process so it’s important that you do your homework before you visit (and make sure the preschool does theirs). Here’s how to make the most of your daycare tour:

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Working Parent Guilt: How Great Child Care Can Help

Parents return to work after having children for a myriad of reasons. For some, it is out of financial necessity. For others, it’s because they genuinely love their jobs. But no matter the reason, that first day of daycare drop-off is hard on just about every parent. The working parent guilt is very real.

No matter how much a person loves his or her job, and no matter how ill-suited they feel about being a stay-at-home mom or stay-at-home dad, it is heart-breaking to hand the child they love so much off to someone else for 8 to 10 hours a day. It’s hard to miss the many “firsts” that occur over the course of early childhood development, and it is sad to not be the one there, kissing all the booboos and providing all the care.

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10 “Sales Tips” To Get Your Kids Excited About Preschool EVERY Morning

If you think about it, sales are a big part of parenting.  Especially repeat sales!  Every morning you probably have the same “sales pitch” that makes up the “Bed to Preschool Package Deal”.

Waking up instead of sleeping.  A real breakfast instead of cookies.  A clean shirt instead of the batman costume.   The list goes on…

But the real moment of truth is when it is actually time to jump in the car and go to daycare or preschool.  It’s just you, the idea of preschool, and the idea of home.  If your preschooler is going to be a tough customer that morning, that’s the moment when he will do it.

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10 House-hold Items That Make Great Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Last year I wrote a post about affordable items that can serve as 10 Fun Stocking Stuffers Your Kids Will Love for Under $5. That blog post got me thinking of other great gift ideas for 2014. This year I decided to come up with a list of objects that we as adults consider ordinary, but which will arouse children’s curiosity, and most importantly for us as parents, will keep them busy! 😉  Here’s my new list of household-items-turned-toys as stocking stuffers that will definitely not break your wallet!

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8 Car Seat Safety Tips for Safer Travels

D id you know that there is a 75-90% misuse rate for car seats? With statistics that high the odds are that you are making at least one mistake that could compromise the safety of your child during a car accident.  This week marks Child Passenger Safety week and we would like to share 8 tips that you can use to reduce the misuse of car seats.

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How To Be Involved Now That My Child Is In Preschool/Daycare

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F or many full-time working parents, whose children are in day care for long stretches of the day, your child’s activities are somewhat of a mystery. How can you know what your little one has been up to? The best way to know is to get involved.

A quality daycare encourages parents their utmost involvement both at preschool/daycare and at home. The way the center is set up should reflect that and welcome you to build a sense of community there to support your child. Here are some ways to help your involvement:

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DC Parents, Don’t Miss the Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Family Festival!

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On Saturday, September 13, round up your kids and visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for a day of family fun, food, prizes and most importantly, free resources!

imageThe Sing, Talk & Read (STAR) Family Festival, which will be held at 901 G St. NW, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., is part of DC Public Library’s Sing, Talk & Read DC Campaign, which encourages parents to play an active role in their child’s early education by singing, talking and reading to their babies and very young children.

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Tips for Transitioning From Preschool to Kindergarten

S o you’ve gotten through daycare and preschool, now what? Kindergarten can be a big transition for your little one, especially if they are going from a private center to a public school. They are leaving everyone that has become familiar to them behind and have to learn how to cope with the higher demands that come along with being a kindergartener. Here are some ways to assist you as a parent in guiding them along the way:

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What’s the Best Teaching Style for Your Child’s Personality?

W e all know that children have individual personalities of their own and that everyone learns differently. Some of us are more hands on than others, some prefer the abstract world, and some would like tangible puzzles to solve. Let’s take a look at some different personality combinations in children based off of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Knowing your child’s personality type will help you figure out the teaching philosophy that suits her best. After an overview of different personality traits, you’ll see a list of teaching philosophy options and how they best match your child’s traits.

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