I’ve had families do so many nice things for me that made me feel appreciated! Of course we’ve probably all received gifts, flowers, gift cards, etc-especially around the holidays and such. But the best thing families have done to appreciate me was heartfelt letters or sentiments shared with me in... more
First, I hardly ever raise my voice. Speaking calmly and firmly when needed means that if I ever do have to raise my voice, the children immediately know quite clearly that something is a no-no. My "raise my voice" times are pretty clear-like playing with the knobs on the stove... more
Growing pains are pretty common at this age. It never hurts to ask the doctor (nothing paranoid about that!). You certainly want to double check that it isn't anything more serious. My daughter was the shortest girl starting in middle school, and ended up in 8th grade being one... more
I usually write down the questions I have prior to interviewing to ensure I am clear on what the expectations are based on what the family is looking for and as a way to really nail down whether or not we'd be a good match. I always start with... more
I had an amazing director, mentor, and later good friend, who gave me the best advice when we worked together at a preschool for many years. Basically it was about just being straightforward and honest with parents, always. When you work with kids there are a lot of embarrassing things... more
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