Category: ’Consistent and Loving Care’

A Letter to Daycares/Day Camps on Field Trips

September 4th, 2011 by Dionna - 22 Comments

Dear Daycare/Day Camp Providers: I saw you out on your field trip today. Your kids were so excited and happy to be outside, in nature, away from the same ol’ same ol’ building and routine. Your shirts are adorable – I love the bright tie dye with your name across the back – it must make it easy to find a kid who has wandered off! At first glance, it looks like a place I could imagine sending my own son. And then one of your employees opened her mouth.

Swimming Lessons for Preschoolers

August 16th, 2011 by Dionna - 7 Comments

Based on Kieran’s first experiences with swimming lessons, I’m sharing a few tips that I’ve learned. For example, what to look for in a teacher, and the fact that’s it is ok to speak up – we are advocates for our children! Share your own tips in the comments.

Preschoolers and Challenges: Weighing the Potential for Frustration Against the Possibility of Success

August 13th, 2011 by Dionna - 12 Comments

How do parents balance potential frustrations with the possibilities of successes? Kieran enrolled in his first ever “real class” experience this summer – swimming lessons – and it was a struggle for me to know when to move him up to the next level. I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Helping Children Work Through Family Separation

June 14th, 2011 by Dionna - 2 Comments

Members of the military are often gone quite a bit. In the Army National Guard, we train annually in the field from a week to a month to prepare for any kind of scenario (i.e., a war or other conflict) that may arise. When our Commander-in-chief ask us to deploy…

Playful Parenting Helps Children in Stressful Situations

January 4th, 2011 by Dionna - 8 Comments

Due to a very long story, which I will not go into here, my family and I have been dealing with CPS for the past couple of months. They have actually removed my four girls from the home. My children are currently staying with my parents, but my husband and…

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