Naptime Reads

Happy Friday Friends!

Welcome to another roundup of our favorite things we read this week. We hope you find the articles and resources as helpful or encouraging as we did!

We could all use a little more kindness in our lives! And we could definitely read more about kindness with our charges. Here’s a list of books that encourage kindness towards others. I love Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, it won the Newbury Medal last year and it was a Caldecott Honor Book!

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How do we prepare our little people to do hard things? How can we help set them up for success when they face challenges? What are some ways that we can foster grit? Katie Westenberg writes a list of five ways we can help to raise overcomers. {This article originally appeared on Katie’s Blog}

As caregivers we are constantly looking for the best developmental toys/tools to help children grow. This is a great list of toys that can help stimulate brain or gross motor skills growth. I also love that it matches a learning standard to each toy it suggests!

Sometimes, or most of the time, we don’t always get a break in our jobs. Our line of work has a lot going on all at once; lunch, clean up, prep for activities. Nap time means meal prep, planning, and cleaning up toys. So what do you do if you’re overwhelmed and need to reset at work? I love this list of how to reset and refocus in two minutes. Let us know if any of them worked for you!

Can you love a kid too much? We don’t think so. And neither does Deborah MacNamara! Creating a safe space with dependable and deep connection allows children to grow. It gives them confidence to move forward and to try! After reading this article, we wanted to go read her book too!

“At the end of the day, the most important lesson is this: Children don’t need to be pushed to separate or to grow up. What kids need most are deep relationships and to be freed from their hunger for connection.”

We hope your weekend is filled with restful moments!

Cheers!

Mackenzie

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