|Posted by tarastoyland on September 7, 2019 at 4:55 PM|
Do you remember climbing a tree when you were younger? I used to climb to the top of the maple tree in our front yard, trying to go higher than the house, then I would sit up there and read my book for hours. I loved being that high up, feeling the breeze and being alone. I didn't even think of it as risky honestly, it was how I grew up and even though my brother had broken both his arms falling from a tree when I was a toddler, I still considered it a normal non-risky activ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by tarastoyland on August 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM|
Recommended sleep times:
So what is the right amount of sleep? Fifteen years ago the sleep charts were what I believe to be correct. But somewhere in the last 2 decades the charts have been modified. Here is the sleep chart *I* believe in (the one that was around many years ago).
* Newborn to 4 months old - 19 to 22 hours in a 24 hour period
* 4 months old to 12 months old - 12 hours at night, (may have a feeding after the first few hours when Mommy is ready to go to bed for...Read Full Post »
|Posted by tarastoyland on July 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM|
I let sick kids come to daycare. Fever? Just tell me when you dosed them up with and what you gave them. Rash? No problem. Pink Eye? Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease? Bring them. I do not care. The only thing I exclude for is vomiting and diarrhea. For those I am super strict because a child with those needs extra attention, I don't want to have to clean it up and they spread very quickly so sending a child home can keep others from getting it. (I also spray bleach water on every...Read Full Post »
|Posted by tarastoyland on April 21, 2015 at 9:45 AM|
I have a facebook persona (Tara's Toyland) which is only for daycare stuff. I only allow people connected to the children currently enrolled to "friend" Tara's Toyland so it's all people that somehow know the kids. It's really neat to be able to give little antedotes of our day or tell everyone at once what we did for our lesson that day. I post pictures often too. Parents use it to connect with other parents for playdates or just to keep in touch after they leave my d...Read Full Post »
|Posted by tarastoyland on April 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM|
I am on a home daycare bulletin board and someone asked why child care workers insist on saying that the kids are "friends" even if they aren't. Some said that we were forcing them to be friends with kids they didn't want to be friends with. Or that we had no right to say who was or who was not their friend. I thought this was a very interesting perspective and had never even considered NOT calling them friends. My feeling on this is that these are their first friends...Read Full Post »
|Posted by tarastoyland on April 2, 2015 at 10:45 AM|
It's spring break week and I have been meaning to get so much done. I started out really great, well, kinda. I had set up for a cleaning lady to come in and do some cleaning. This was a first for me, never have had someone else do my cleaning and I am so glad I did. She got tons done. But only upstairs. I ran a ton of errands and did straigtening and laundry that day. But I was not at 100%. I have a super bad cough that started last Thursday.
On...Read Full Post »