How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 3

what to look for when choosing a preschool

Now you have the phone numbers, you've asked the over the phone questions, and even set up the appointment. . .what else do you need to know? The first couple of steps into the door can tell you a lot about a preschool. Here is a list of the things that I think are really important, the things that pull me in or have me running the other way. How to Choose a Preschool: What to Look For at the Visit Noise. A room full of 3-5 year olds should not be quiet!  If you listen for a minute, you should be able to hear happy chatter. Children talking with one another as they paint, build and read. Teacher/Child interactions. While you are Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 2

what to ask when searching preschools over the phone

For part one of the How to Choose Preschool Series we covered collecting preschool phone numbers. Now that you have a list of numbers you may be wondering how to narrow that list down. Obviously you are not going to waste your time visiting 20 preschools. You can find out a lot about a preschool over the phone, and chances are you can eliminate half the list with a few good questions. Here is the list I used. How to Choose a Preschool: Calling Around (what to ask) As I told you before, I kept the list of preschool numbers in the same place. As I wrote them out, I recorded their name and number, leaving a space for my notes. Make sure you Continue Reading

How to Choose a Preschool Series…Part 1

How to find numbers and choose a preschool

Looking for a preschool for my M and M was overwhelming, stressful and quite frankly a bit frustrated. When I left one preschool disappointed that it was just not right, even though I was certain it would be, I had a thought. I have taught in both a center and a home family child care. I am educated in early childhood. I know what to look for! If knowing how to choose a preschool is hard for me, it must be unbelievably difficult for someone who has never so much as walked into a preschool. I have divided this post into three parts.  Part 1 How to Choose a Preschool: Finding Preschool Phone Numbers.  Part 2 Calling Around (what to ask). Part Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Solutions for a YELL FREE Home

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What's going on at your house right now? At ours there is way too much yelling, nagging and reminding coming from me. YUCK! The worst part is I know better! Whenever I get into one of these not so great cycles I know it’s time for a reboot. Once I’m on a positive (and patient) page, the entire house seems to settle into a more cooperative and happy place. Luckily I know right were to turn… … and I’m inviting you along. ***UPDATE*** The  webinar I hosted is over, but Amy McCready hosts these same webinars regularly. Here is a link to find the next Positive Parenting Webinar. On Tuesday February 3rd at 10am PST (1pm EST) I’ll be Continue Reading

5 Ways to Start Teaching Time Management for Kids

time management for kids. #3 is so important!

Please welcome Melissa from Cloud Mom. She is here to share some ideas on how to make time management for kids a part of your everyday. This topic could not have come at a better time for us. I've been working a lot on time management for me and have become very aware that Big M could use a little work on the same area. Isn't it funny how we can see ourselves so clearly in our kids sometimes? Enjoy the post and please join in the conversation in the comment section! Hello, moms and dads! I’m Melissa from and am thrilled to be guest posting today! With a new year upon us, many of us are making resolutions. Perhaps we are Continue Reading

Positive Parenting Techniques that will Help you Love Parenthood

awseome list of postitive pareting techniques. #1 is life changing!

One of the greatest advantages I've had as a parent is that before having my own kids I loved learning about kids. When my kids were born I already had an incredible assortment of parenting tools ready to put into place because of my experience as a preschool teacher. Of course as the kids have grown I've learned more, not only about kids in general but also about my kids specific personalities and strengths. Parenting can be challenging and some days are really, really hard... but I love being a parent. Part of that love comes from the confidence that I can figure out whatever challenge comes along. I've rounded up some of my favorite Continue Reading

Learning from Mistakes: How to Accept and Appreciate Mistakes

learning from mistakes... great tips for parents

Raising creative thinkers is one of the top priorities in our house. That is why we talk so much about the books we are reading and work so hard to provide down time. Creative thinkers meet problems, challenges and new situations with the confidence. They know that no matter what, they will eventually find an answer or figure out how to make a situation work. In order to be creative thinkers we must be not only be willing to make mistakes, we must know how to celebrate them.  Not every endeavor will be successful; in fact a lot of ideas quickly flop.  The way mistakes are treated will greatly affect how kids meet the next challenge, the Continue Reading