COZI app

Ever hear of the cozi app?  This could be a great app to use when working with families! I have used it in the past to stay in touch with families throughout the day. It’s a great way to keep up with the kid’s schedules, write notes in, etc. take a look at the video for more details

What apps do you like to use on the job?

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Early Literacy Development in Birth to Three

Early Literacy Development

 “Early literacy skills are essential to literacy development and should be the focus of early language and literacy programs. By focusing on the importance of the first years of life, we give new meaning to the interactions young children have with books and stories. Looking at early literacy development as a dynamic developmental process, we can see the connection (and meaning) between an infant mouthing a book, the book handling behavior of a two year old, and the page turning of a five year old. We can see that the first three years of exploring and playing with books, singing nursery rhymes, listening to stories, recognizing words, and scribbling are truly the building blocks for language and literacy development.”

Click on the link above to read more of this interesting article on early literacy development and behaviors.

Nanny Poem

I love this poem. I feel like it sums up a nanny’s career.  Do you have a favorite poem or quote that you would like to share? Comment with your favorite quote/poem/message.

A Childcare Provider

A willing partner for working moms,
she comforts, pampers, soothes and calms.
With all the love she has to share,
she’s great to have when mommy can’t be there.
She loves to rock a fussy child,
corrects the one that gets too wild.
She hears her share of tearful pleas,
and comforts those with skinned up knees.

With little children she plays games of peek,
for bigger ones it’s hide and seek.
She is an expert at each game,
but somehow loses just the same.

She helps them learn the alphabet,
and gives them hugs when they’re upset.
She gently tucks them in their beds,
with dreamland tales for sleepyheads.

She is a true and trusted friend,
who helps them learn and play pretend.
Although she’s paid, it’s plain to see,
she serves them with a love that’s free.

~Author unknown

Secondary Drowning… A must read!

Secondary Drowning…. have you ever heard of this?  I haven’t until I read this article called What Every Parents Needs to Know About Secondary Drowning.  It is a story written by a mother whose young son almost drowned… After she took him out of the water- he seemed fine so they went home…. later in the evening his behavior changed and she took him to the ER…. this story brought me to tears because it’s so scary!

Make sure to read the story it will open your eyes to something new!

“Like a Girl”

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This “Like a Girl” campaign is simply amazing.  You have to watch it!

Have you ever heard someone say “You___ like a girl”  maybe your charges have said it… or their friends… or maybe you have said it without thinking about what it actually means…This video will have you thinking differently about the saying.  This saying could potentially add to the damage of a young teen girl’s self esteem and self image.

trust me… it’s a must watch video!