The 10 questions parents should always ask when choosing childcare (part 2)

Today is the last in a short series of posts on choosing a daycare or preschool (or even a private elementary school). Today I will share the second half of the top 10 questions you should ask when touring a facility. Remember to take notes, making sure to include your personal impressions. I can't define your … Continue reading The 10 questions parents should always ask when choosing childcare (part 2)

The 10 questions parents should always ask when choosing childcare (part 1)

A couple days ago I shared some of my top tips for selecting a child care center. One of those tips was to take a tour. Thanks to a few of my friends with degrees, various licenses, and years of experience in daycare and preschool, I've compiled the top 10 things that parents should look … Continue reading The 10 questions parents should always ask when choosing childcare (part 1)

The first 5 steps to finding childcare

It's autumn, which means parents only have a few more months before they must make a decision about what kind of school their tiny humans will be in next year. By late winter, most preschools, magnate schools, private kinders, and daycare centers will commence their fall enrollment for 2020. Can you believe it? With the … Continue reading The first 5 steps to finding childcare

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Boy Toy’

A couple weeks ago I shared my opinions on gendered toys and play, especially as they impact little girls. Today I thought I would balance that discussion with my thoughts on the ways in which gendered construction of boyhood is fostered through stereotypic toys and pretend play. Like girls, boys can be subjected to artificial … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Boy Toy’

There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Girl Toy’

We recently attended the end-of-year program for Tiny's preschool. The 'graduating' PreK4 classes had a cute little - and blessedly short - graduation presentation near the end during which each child was asked what they wanted to be when they grow up. I was so disheartened to hear when all but one boy said something … Continue reading There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Girl Toy’

Spending Memorial Day with Children

For most Americans, Memorial Day is just a long weekend that can be spent on vacations, enjoying swim time and cook outs, and the beginning of summer. For military and veteran families, like ours, it means something much different. Unlike Veterans Day, which honors all those in uniform, Memorial Day is intended to remember those who … Continue reading Spending Memorial Day with Children