Nap time Reads

Hi Caregivers of all kinds!


Happy Friday. This week we found quite a few articles on self care and emotions. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

 

We love Britney. She is such an amazing caregiver. We also loved reading her thoughts on Nanny Guilt.

Yes, this article was written for moms. But sometimes Nannies have really similar emotional days. I love how the author takes a moment to say that it’s OK that we have emotions. It is!

It is important to own those feelings, apologize if you do unleash them on others, and take the steps necessary to cope with them…

 

What is it to be a Nanny? Christine does an amazing job of describing the indescribable. The crazy days, the highest highs, the firsts, and the goodbyes. We love the way she puts it.

 

Mackenzie is a huge fan of simplicity. She loves simple toys, simple living, and her tiny home. So she was ecstatic to be able to share an article on how simplicity can bring out the extraordinary aspects of childhood. It may also guard against Mackenzie then also ran off to go find a copy of Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne!

 

YES to this beautiful study on how storytelling is just as complex and involved as music and mathematics. It can help children learn creativity, complexity, and empathy. Teaching storytelling instead of or with grammar is just as compelling! I love this compelling argument to put storytelling into more curriculum material.


 

So, we hope you enjoy the articles this week!
Enjoy your weekend too!

Best,
Mackenzie and Kathryn

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Hello Friends!

 

Happy August! Summer is winding down, so enjoy the poolside picnics and playground days as long as you can! We’ll just be soaking up enough Vitamin D to last the winter (yes, we know that isn’t how it works, but we can wish it was!). We hope you enjoy the sunshine and these articles as much as we do!

 

We love this article on the importance of empathy. When child learns to see through other people’s eyes they are less likely to hurt other feelings. Let’s teach our kids to care about each other.

 

Speaking of how we raise kids, we’re loving Jenn Hallak’s writings about raising them wild. Mackenzie actually cried a little while reading it.

“So, let’s let our kids get dirt on their fingers and mud on their toes because if they’re able to experience that feeling of pure joy, of pure happiness in literal dirt, then we’ve done well as parents. Let’s let them pick up sticks and play in the mud and touch caterpillars and roll on the grass. Stains on their clothes can wash away but those memories will last a lifetime.” – Jenn Hallak

 

As a Nanny, we are constantly wondering what the day of other nannies looks like. It’s one of the reasons we love Spotlight Sunday’s so much! We were really excited to see Nanny Counsel write A Day in the Life of A Professional Nanny. Following Allie around was a blast!

 

Brooke from Nanny Counsel wrote a great article on nanny rights this week. In our ever evolving profession it’s important to know what the laws and standards are. Typically we are our own HR department, so we love that Brooke offers sound council on how we can do that.

 

Are you a personality test junkie? You’ll love Psychology Junkie’s article on the struggles on being an INFJ child. We’ll be hoping to find a series on each Meyer’s Briggs type for children!

 

Happy weekend!

Mackenzie and Kathryn

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Okay friends, first and foremost we have a matter of safety to talk about. We love playgrounds in the summer time! If your little loves to go on the slide with you, this is a great safety read!

Read aloud is so awesome! Boosting vocabulary, critical thinking, and listening skills are just a few of the many benefits. So, how do you read aloud to a really active child? We love these 5 tips on reading to kids who love running around by Janssen Bradshaw!

We love linen fabric, rompers, and polkadots. So obviously we’re swooning over this adorable romper by Naia.

How often do you find yourself yelling, “Be careful!” If you’re like us it’s probably often. How do we as caregivers best manage the risks our charges take? Child & Nature Alliance of Canada says that the best way may be by being more specific. We love their suggestions of specific phrases for things like climbing, running, and being near something dangerous.

What if tantrums don’t exist? Would we view the average day of a toddler differently?

 

We hope you enjoy the food for thought for your weekend! Thanks for being such a wonderful community!

Mackenzie and Kathryn

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Teacher Tom on what real learning looks like. We couldn’t agree more.

Jenny from Let the Children Play on how passive toys make active learners.

We’re big fans of recycled crafts over here. Swooning over Jane’s idea for an egg carton flower mobile over at Buzzmills. Just an egg carton, a stick, butcher’s twine, and watercolors. This would be lovely to hang in a charge’s room once they finish it.

Bridgette at Blessings Multiplied posted here about putting lunchbox items in labeled drawers at child level so her kids could make their own lunches. What a great way to inspire independence, and no more complaining about what’s for lunch!

Let’s talk about crossing the midline. It’s one of the most important gross motor skills for growing children to master, especially when it comes to writing skills and hand-dominance. Tracy’s post at OT Mom Learning Activities gives a good overview of why it’s developmentally important and Heather from Growing Hands On Kids has a great list of games and practical activities that encourage the skill here.

Happy weekend!

Mackenzie & Kathryn

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Amanda at Not Just Cute has a fantastic post on using bubbles to teach lessons in self-control.

I love this idea for a kindness wreath via Rainbows Within Reach. Add a colorful ribbon to a plain wire wreath every time you catch a child being kind. The end result is beautiful.

Another great visual lesson (from The Elementary School Counselor) here, using glitter to explain germs and hand-washing. So smart!

A handy way to help children memorize phone numbers here, from Katie at Preschool Inspirations. You could use the same strategy to teach them to spell their names, too.

Do you have paper grocery bags lying around? Deborah from Art Bar came up with a great solution. Have your charges make these adorable art journals (with handles!) to showcase their work.

Happy weekend, nannies!

Kathryn

 

 

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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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Jean E. Pendziwol’s No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) is a fantastic resource for teaching fire safety, if you’re in the market for that sort of thing. It’s how my 3 year old charge learned “stop, drop, and roll.”

Power struggles are one of those tricky scenarios you can fall into before you realize it. Parenting Beyond Punishment has some helpful tips here to sidestep or resolve them.

I’m always encouraging my charges to make a mess on the job. Children primarily learn through their senses. My employers have always gotten it, but it can be hard selling some parents on the idea. This post from Creative Sense offers a handy and thorough break-down of how sensory experiences benefit children in learning and development.

A simply truth that seems too easily forgotten: children are people too, via Happiness is Here.

Need a summer boredom buster? Make ice cream in a bag (via 2 Little Hooligans) or knock out one of the science experiments on this fantastic roundup from Growing a Jeweled Rose.

Happy Weekend!

Kathryn