Monday, March 25, 2019

Quality infant care and what it looks like

In the early childhood srena infant care is the most expensive and most intricate of all tiled care. The main reason for this is that infants need individualized direct care.  there for there are fewer teacher to Children the ideal ratio in one teacher to for children. This ratio makes it possible for the teacher to not just feed and change a baby that also to have real true interaction with them helping them to work on aspects of an infant's development with them right where they are.

So here's a breakdown of what I think an infant room should be:

  1. Anyone injured room should be to remove their shoes put on Fox or pre-prepared how shoot and immediately go wash their hands.
  2. What they want their hands and put on a smog then and only then can they enter the infant room and catch babies.
  3. If they themselves have cold or some other kind of respiratory infection they should cover their mouth with a mask
  4. Everyone who comes in contact with the infants need to work really hard to ensure that they are kept well. 
  5. Breastfeeding moms should have a quiet private place to nurse.
  6. Teachers should be seen either on the floor with infant or holding them in rocking chairs or playing with them in some kind of way talking with them engaging with them reading to them showing them black and white pictures and colorful objects.
  7. You should find a lesson plan on the wall somewhere it should have individual children's named and an activity or page number something to let you know that the teachers are doing some kind of educational activity with each child.
  8. The staff should remain static only if there are lunches a teacher is sick or there's some other kind of training teachers in the infant room should be there always and Romaine the child teacher until they leave that classroom.
  9. Only parent and infant teacher should be allowed in the infant room at all times.
  10. You should be able to ask any teacher in the room what is the procedure for emergency evacuation and they should be able to tell you.
  11. Bottle should be warmed in a bottle warmer a Crock-Pot with water or an electric kettle with the big tub nearby that allows hot water to be used to warm bottles, bottle should never be warmed in a microwave.
  12. The diaper changing area should be meat and clean there should be a water solution that is 1 part bleach 3 Parts water used to clean the infant changing station.
  13. Hot and cold running water with soap should be close enough for Teacher to watch their hands without removing the the baby after changing.
  14. Babies who are walking should not be in the same space with babies who are not.
  15. When babies are awake they should be either in a carrier on the floor with other baby, on the floor on their tummies playing with objects, in their cribs playing with your hands and feet, or with the teacher. You should see babies in all of these places when you visit. If you see baby's only and carriers for every time you did that that's a warning sign.
  16. If you see baby to have balding spots in the back of their heads, and it's more than one baby that cost or warning sign that they spend most of the day in their carriers are car seats or laying on their backs in their cribs.
  17. Our teacher talking to baby as they change them this is a good time from language and Faith to Faith activity and teachers should be using it for such.
  18. Every Center should share information with you on how your child is doing daily. One of the most special ways that I have seen is an infant care room that used journals and wrote down more than just what the child 8 or whether or not they made use of their diaper. The teacher also shared their impressions of the child what exercises they were working on what cute things were done and took pictures Polaroid and take them into the journal so that it not only became a way for parent to learn about your baby during the day it also became a keepsake. The really cool thing about this journal is that it went back and forth between parent and teacher so that each one of them had a chance every day to write in until both the center and the home had really good ideas includes about what was going on with the baby every day.
  19. There should be information about infant care in the room for you to pick up teacher should share with you and be able to answer your questions about infants on a regular basis they deal with infants everyday.
  20. The infant room should be a comb and happy place you should hear music in the background teacher should be pleasant with one another it should be happy place a place that you want to stay and linger with your baby while you're there.

So if I was with you looking for child care on infant room that I would say yes this is where your child should be these are the 20 things that I would look for and expect in a high-quality infant room.

Taking care of infant is exacting and exhausting work. Teachers who love it though never work a day in their lives they just love an opportunity to be around babies all day
You want to get the sense from being in that room that that's exactly how they feel and they are looking out for and doing the very best possible job for DMV in their care. Ultimately this makes the very best high quality program. Teachers who are well-educated and love babies I want to do everything they can to help them grow and develop.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Co-parenting-Coming Together Like a Sperm and an Egg

One of the things I've always found very interesting is that we have adults who are not marreiedand share their child in different households, and that's called co-parenting. I find that to be ironic because the truth is everybody co-parents.

There is this myth that exist in Western culture that parenting is somehow an innate behavior. The truth is we learned to parent from how our parents parented us. We take the sum of our childhood experiences and repeat those experiences with our own children. Now, if your parents were wonderful. loving, kind, supportive, and understood who you were meant to be then that is awesome!Because, you're going to be that same kind of parrot. However if your parents were mean-spirited, cold, unresponsive, neglectful, and vengeful the chances are you are going to raise your children the same way. Tthere are cases where this is not the case; my own father is a Case in point. Just understand that there are always exceptions to the rule.

I will point out this is not a doomsday prediction, it is afgterall why parent coaches exist. Here are some things to remember.

  1.  Every adult has the power to change the way they act, think. and behave; it is a choice. 
  2. This process is difficult because as I said before parenting is a learned behavior which means you have to unlearn some things and relearn others. 
  3. A parent coach is oone professional who can help you beging to navagate the changes you may want to make. 
  4. This is also what makes co-parenting so valuable; because you are not parenting alone you have a partner This partner is a person who is in this with you who wants you to be the best parent you for the sake of your children.

So here's an exercise what emphasizes the most important parts of co-parenting. That is having a clear erstanding of the household your spouse grew up in. I encourage take a day or two and think about the following question and then come together and talk about it.

The best/worst thing about growing up in my house with my parents was...

 Here is how I recommend you go through the process.

  1. When you talk about it the atmosphere is really important. Talk in a quiet plaxce where you both feel safe and cozy. This is probably going to be one of the most intimate conversations you will have in your realtionship. 
  2. Be courteous and really listen, observe body language, and hear the emotions your spouse is feleting as they share about how they grew up. Is it something they want to repeat or is it something they want to change? Sometimes even the things that seemed good did not necessarily felt that way growing up.
  3.  Get really transparent with each other about how you grew up and what your household was really like and then give each other love, comfort, and understanding around those tough issues. Celebragte and laugh about the happy and joyous times.
  4. After sharing these thoughts and feelings give it a couple of weeks maybe even a month, but then come back together and talk about how you wamt tp raise your family together. 
Ask these questions
  1. What are some of the things that you really want to repeat and make a tradition in your own household?
  2.  What are some of the things that you absolutely do not want to repeat, and do not want in your family?
Create a Parenting Pact

  1.  Talk about these things 
  2. Write them down J
  3. old each other accountable 
  4. Make a plan to review this at least yearly 
Our views change becayse we read, gain more information through talk-shows, and onversations. Parenting at it's root is a relationship between parent and child. Children have different relationshps with each parent. This is neither good nor bad it just the way things are. Revising these things in an open and honest conversation keeps you on the same page and helps your children know what the boundares are because they get the same answer from each of you.

I will say it again everybody co-parents. The thing about it, is you could do it wisely by talking it through, offering each other support, and being on the same page. Or you could fight one another never seeing eye to eye on what it means to parent. I would pick the former it us for the best. Good luck!

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