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Oh How Time Flies

Posted on February 17, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (3)

It has been over a year since I have written on this blog. Oh How Time Flies. I have been blessed with good students, good parents, and getting my name and brand out there. The last year has gone by fast. I remember setting up this website and thinking of topics to blog about. I saw my last posted was 2/15/15. I am here to encourage you to go for your dreams, set goals and accomplish them. Time flies. If you keep putting off what you should be doing today, then you may never get it done. I know making time while working and taking care of a household ssems unlikely, many have done it. Start with small goals that guide you towards the main goal. Give yourself a timeframe and stick to it. They say "baby steps" need to be taken. It will be almost 3 years at the end of this month (28th) since I was licensed as an in-home daycare provider. I have stuck it out in this up and down industry. I am on the up though. I am getting refferals and interest almost everyday. I am working to expand my business and the BJ's Growth Center brand. Oh How Time Flies. I hope to fly into another great year of educational services. I hope that all your goals are accomplished and dreams are realized, but please don't let time pass you by without trying, doing, and loving. 

Have Time To Blog?

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I am not a professional blogger. A blogger writes everyday or at least more than once a week. I tried to keep up with a once a week blog. I am not keeping up. I am working on gaining new clients, marketing, working on my CDA and training to stay current with early childhood education practices. I remember when writing a column in the newspaper was a big deal. But since the evolution of the Internet, anyone and everyone can be a blogger. What to blog about? Do I even have time to blog? And if readers beign to respond, what then? Part of blogging is having something to blog about and time to do it. If you had time to blog, would you have a specific subject matter (i.e. fashion, music, movies, politics, etc.) or would you blog about whatever comes to you head that day? How often would you post (once a day, once a week)? 


It sounds like it would be easy. i thought so. Then I realize what would I blog about. What do parents or potential clients want to read about. When it comes to children, I know parents don't really want to hear what others have to say about their children. Some are willing to take suggestions to help their children and others are not. I am going to try to blog more. I have to find and make the time. So once again, if you had time to blog, what would your blog be about?

Winter Activities For Families

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I have come up and researched some fun winter activities  for families to do together. Some have costs and others are free. Hope you enjoy:


1. Ice Skating- visit an rink or a local rec center.

2. Tobogganing (one of my favorite winter activites)- you can visit a lodge or sled down a hill in your area for free.

3. Bowling- an inexpensive treat for all. 

4. Game Night- who doesn't love Monoploy, Connect Four or Trouble! Or just pull out a deck of cards.

5. Bake or Cook Together- get the kids off the computer or phone and have them join in safely. 

6. Play in the Snow-Yes, build a snowman or have a snowball battle. Then warm up with some hot coco and smores.

7. Movie Night- Let the kid(s) pick his/her favorite movie, them let the popcorn flow. 

8. Redecorate the Kids' Rooms-they are stuck in the house anyways, why not allow them to switch it up?

9. Winter Arts and Crafts- visit http://innerchildfun.com/2012/12/10-indoor-winter-fun-activities-for-kids.html for ideas. 

10. Make snow paint. Simply add food coloring to water and put in a spray bottle, then go out and paint your yard! ( I am going to try this one).

If you have any great and fun ides, please feel free to add in the comments.

Have fun this winter!

6 Time Management Tips

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Life is fast-paced and unpredictable, so time management can help with becoming overwhelmed and falling behind. Trust me, I know. I run a small business with a lot of paperwork by myself and have a part-time job. Plus, like most; I cook, clean, pay bills, and try to make time for friends, family, and myself. It is a balancing act we all know so well. I am here to offer some time management tip that I use.


#1 Get Organized. Make a daily or weekly list. This allows you to see what needs to be done and rank the order of which it needs to be done. Have a designated area for tasks (so you know exactly where to find materials).


#2 Rank the Order of Tasks. Rank in order of importance and complete. If you do not get them all done, it is okay. Add to next day’s list and repeat.


#3 Set a Timeframe. And stick to it. If you are going to take out 30 minutes to pay bills, do just that. Then move on. The more items you have crossed off your list, the better. If you get caught up on one item, your tasks become longer and add stress.


#4 Reward Yourself. If you get everything done within your set timeframe, reward yourself. Have a snack, some candy, maybe a drink even. If you got tasks done early, reward yourself with your favorite show or a movie.


#5 Make Adjustments. If a daily list does not work, make it weekly. Or Vice versa, you know what works with your schedule or lifestyle. Or limit the number of tasks. If your goal is to get 4 tasks done a day, do so. Adjust for the “come-ups” in life.


#6 Stick To It. It may take a few days or weeks to get in a routine. Once you find a comfort zone, stick to it. It is easy to get off track or side tracked. A marathon runner must train; so do you. Train yourself to become better with time management. It will take time, but once you get the hang of it; it will get easier.


I hope these tips are helpful. Please add your time management tips. And come back and comment if these tips assisted you in improving time management.

Give Thanks!

Posted on November 27, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

We all know what this time of year brings. But should we really wait till the "season" to give thanks or get together. No, everyday is a day to be thankful for and show loved ones how much we care. But to each their own. We all have reasons and excuses as to why we do what we do. Give thanks for your life, your children, your family, your job, and more. Many people do not have some or most of these things. Please tell your child or children how much you love them and appericate them.  I give thanks everyday, but being the week "assigned" for it, what do you give thanks for?


Have a safe, full, and fun week. 

Why not Vacation?

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I do not understand why a hard working person will not take time out for themself. Vacation is a time to relax, explore, have fun, and make memories. I LOVE to travel. I would have a heart attack if I was stripped of vacationing. Many say the reason for Americans skipping vacation is fear. Fear of replacement, fear of work pileup, and fear of the job not being done correctly (while on vacation). All understandable, but unacceptable in my eyes. If you do not take care of yourself, NO ONE ELSE WILL! That is a fact. I use to work for a big retail pharmacy chain. I saw managers lose tons ( I mean weeks and weeks of vacation) because of this fear. When you skip on your vacation, you are doing the company a favor, not yourself. You are allowing the company to work you like a ____________ (whatever phrase you use). I took all my vacations allowed until I was able to bank. Once, I was able to bank. I took 1 to 2 weeks, and saved 1 or 2 weeks, because we were paid out any vacation time we had banked upon seperation. 


Even if you can not afford to go somewhere; not having to show up for work and still getting paid for it makes sense to me. What doesn't make sense is losing vacation or not using it. YOU EARNED IT, USE IT. Other countries are not as stressed because vacation is mandatory or heavily promoted. I would like to hear from you why or why not you vacation. If I could go on vacation every month, I would be out. But I will settle for my 3 weeks a year.


Articles to read:

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/19/americans-vacation-days_n_5682576.html

 

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TRAVEL/05/23/vacation.in.america/index.html

 

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americans-only-take-half-of-their-paid-vacation-2014-04-03

 

http://skift.com/2014/04/22/majority-of-americans-not-planning-on-taking-a-summer-vacation-this-year/


Helping Children with Special Needs

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

What is the definition of special needs? According to ciccparenting, "a child with special needs is basically a child who, because of his or her unique medical or developmental difficulties, has needs in addition to those of his or her peers" (www.ciccparenting.org/cicc_what_is.aspx, 2014). The article goes on to state, "many parents are worried that by labeling their child with a special need, their child will be stigmatized. They are concerned that identifying a special need may pose a risk to the child, such as excluding the child from normal programs and activities for children that age. It is important to remember that all children develop in a unique fashion. A child who is otherwise developing as expected may have a delay or concern in one specific area. Getting assistance in the areas of special need can lead to a child being included with, not excluded from, regular activities. So it is very important for practical purposes that children who have special needs be identified as early as possible and that they be defined as such, so that they can receive the special help they need in order to live the best lives possible" (ciccparenting, 2014).


Asking for help can be hard, but it ultimately hurts the child if a parent or caregiver does nothing. The are many free programs (which your tax dollars pay for), so why are parents and caregivers not using the resources? Is it becuase of denial, anger, fear, or labels? I am the first to say, I am secptacul about certain items that are free. But I have come to realize to first gather information, then if is free and useable-GET IT! I now do not pass up on free programs, free incentives, free assistance and knowledge. Programs can disappear if they are not being used or start charging a fee. As the above statments correctly say, addressing the concerns early on helps a child live the best life possible and may help them develop better in the area(s) they are having trouble in. I am not an expert in helping children with special needs (not special needs child. I learned this is a class over the weekend), but i do have resources that are.


If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to contect the agencies below:


Starting Point 216-575-0061

Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County 216-698-7500 

Cuyahoga Board of Health, Prevention &Wellness Services 216-201-2001

Achievement Center for Children, Techinical Assistance Program 216-292-9700

Beech Brook 216-831-2555

Applewood Centers, Inc. 216-521-6511

Positive Education Program 216-361-4400

Guidestone Classroom Intervention Program 216-337-9726

Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development 216-991-4472

Murtis Talyor Human Services system 216-283-4400


10 Things Every Child NEEDS

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I am working on my CDA (child development associate) credentials. I do not have children of my own but work with children through various avenues. I learn so much and have a better understanding of children's behaviors, actions, ways, and thinking since taking classes on child development. In my class, How Do Children Learn; we watched a video from the 80's maybe 90's entitled, 10 Things Every Child Needs. It was relevant then and still today. I found these websites to support that above statement:

http/www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childcare/info/10-things.html

http/myhelpinghandspcba.tripod.com/handsreachingout/id67.html

http/www.first5kids.org/parenting/tips_10


I even found the video we watched:http/vimeo.com/24786384


EVERY parent and soon-to-be parent SHOULD watch. It is very informative and vital to a healthy development of a child. I have a better understand of how to raise a child in order for them to develop correctly and have a solid foundation for their educational and personal growth and sucess.


Please feel free to visit the website and/or video and post comments on what areas you do welll and area(s) you plan to improve. Life is a learning process, so please do not think this was posted to change your parenting skills or methods. It is only to enhance the learning experience and enviornment for your child(ren).

When is Sick too Sick? For Providers and Children

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

As a small business owner and sometimes the only employee, a sick day may cost us money. I do not have a sick policy in my contract but may have to add it in. I am not feeling well today and was sick about two weeks ago. I only have a school ager, so I have time in the afternoon while I am not marketing or completing paperwork to rest up. But what about the in-home daycare providers who have a full roster? When is sick too sick to care for a child or refuse to accept a child. The cold is manageable in my eyes whether it is the provider or the child. The flu; on the other hand, not so much. Working with a mixed-age group has its challenges when you are feeling fine. Being sick drains a person physicall, mentaliy and emotionally. And we know children need us to be alert physically, emotionally, and mentally. If a child has a communicable disease, they are to be isolated as soon as possible and removed from care. Communicable diseases are contagious. It is important to check a child over when they first enter the home or daycare center. 


We understand that all parents can not leave their jobs to attend to their child. But when a child is to sick to stay in care, it is the parent(s) responsibility to attend to the child. It is not worth the risk of knowingly exposing other children or oneself to the communicable disease. Parents should and need to understand and respect this. And vice versa. A provider who is ill, should not knowingly expose the children in care and parents. I am on a daycare provider support group and this discussion is constantly going on. If I can not get out of the bed, then I can not provide the best learning experience for your child. Most daycare providers have a substitute who is allowed to work with the child(ren) in their absence. If the provider knows in advance of the illness, the substitute should be contacted to cover if possible. Life happens, things happen. Parents and providers should be partners so that if illness does come up, both sides know how to handle it.

So the questions today are; when is sick too sick for care or to care? and how can parents and providers work together when addressing illness?

Upcoming Community Events-Fall

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

CITY OF BEDFORD 

Month of October - Downtown Bedford, Paintings by students from Bedford High School will be showcased in the windows of participating merchants. Enjoy this “art walk” beginning October 1st.


Nov. 26 Wed. 6:00 p.m. 440-232-1600 Tree Lighting Ceremony Bedford City Hall


Dec. 13 Sat. [email protected] Christmas in Bedford Falls Chamber of Commerce 


CITY OF MAPLE HEIGHTS

 

Mobile Farmer's Market, October 16 - 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM

Location: Maple Heights Senior Center (back parking lot)

15901 Libby Road. Parking is available at the Municipal lot next to the Senior Center. Stop by, meet new friends and enjoy some fresh Ohio produce!


JOB HUNTERS:

Northeast Ohio Job Fair, October 29th

Location: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel-24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113

Time: 2:00pm / Ends at 4:30pm

Meet 60+ employers from the Northeast Ohio Business Community Enjoy networking opportunities with area professionals. Please bring copies... more


I will add more events as I find out. Please feel free to add any events you plan to attend or know about. Thanks, Happy Fall Season!


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