Monthly Archives: December 2010

Day Care Donations Teach Your Child Giving

toy-messWith the holiday season coming to an end, it’s time to think about getting back on the normal day care schedule. But what to do with the pile of new and old gifts that your child has surely accumulated through the season? Don’t throw them away! The season of giving need not come to an end so soon and Decide on Day Care is here to help!

This is a great opportunity to set aside the old books and toys that your child doesn’t play with anymore. You can also clear out items that are too “young” for them and set those aside.  Lots of other parents would love to have your child’s gently used toys and books.

You have some options regarding what to do with these items. Make a quick list of what you have available to give, and drop it off with your daycare provider. They can let you know if they want some or all of the items, and they can mark on the list which ones the day care could use.  They may or may not want anything that you have collected, but they’ll be touched that you thought of them.

Kids are fickle and often forget about what they have.  They often never know an item is gone. For younger kids, probably three and under, you can go through their old things when they are napping or late at night when they are in bed. This helps to avoid many of the strange fights you are sure to have over a toy your child forgot they even had! You can put the items aside for awhile, and if they ask about it, it can be retrieved. After a certain amount of time, you’ll be able to get rid of the items.

Give a Little: How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World
How Your Small Donations Can Transform Our World

For older children, going through their old toys is an excellent opportunity to teach them about giving and what it means to give to others.  Pull out a bag and explain to them that they are running out of room for all of their toys and there are others that could use them more.  Make sure they know that they are giving these away and they will not see them again.  Help them with process of thinking about a certain book or toy, and ask them questions about the toy: When was the last time you played with this? Do you think another little boy or girl will play with it more? These are important analyzing skills and will help them their whole lives!  Make sure to praise your children for their selfless acts and generosity.  This small activity can really  bolster the strong and important traits we want in our kids.

This is a great thing to do for new and old toys, and duplicate toys, books and games that you are bound to get.  You may even repeat this process during their birthday or other special events where they may get an influx of new things.

If your day care provider or the local child care centers do not want your donations,  save them and give them to a local charity.  You will be doing a great service for the families and  children in your area and is much better than any of this ending up in a landfill.

If you give these items to a charity, save the list of what you have donated. Everything you donate is tax deductible and it can be fairly surprising how simple donations like this through the year can really add up.

You can even take this one step further and as a parent go through your own things.  Show your child that you do the same thing you asked them to do. It shows them that you enjoy giving to others as much as you enjoy their choice in giving.

For more great tips stop by Decide on Day Care’s Parenting Tips section!

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Day Care Gifts for Birthdays and Holidays

Gifts for Day Care Providers

daycare_craft_messYour child’s day care center teachers, in-home childcare provider, or nanny, deserve recognition for the priceless service they provide. You want to give them a token of appreciation for their hard work, especially around the holidays, but what would be appropriate? Decide on Day Care is here to help!

Day Care Center Teachers

Your child may be in a room with several teachers. If you are strapped for cash, an appreciative note is very welcome. If you would like to give more, you certainly can. Since you probably don’t know too much about their lives outside the center, a gift like cash or a gift certificate to a restaurant or a store would be good.  If you have a better idea of hobbies or needs, you may be able to tailor your gift a bit more to the individual.

In-Home Child Care Provider or Nanny

When you drop your child off at someone’s home day care five days a week, or she comes to your house, it’s easier to get an idea of a good present for her.  Again, a note expressing your appreciation for her is very nice. She has a close relationship with your child, and something from your child or with your child’s photo on it is a sweet gift. If you are not sure, the cash or gift card route is always appreciated.  For a day care provider, you could also purchase something for the day care, like toys, books, or craft supplies. Also, don’t forget your child’s day care on her birthday. It will really make her feel appreciated to be celebrated on her special day.

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She may love:

  • Cash
  • Gift cards (to restaurants, salons, her favorite store)
  • Something from your child
  • A note of appreciation
  • A cleaning service (make sure you know she won’t take this as an insult instead of a gift!)
  • If she has children of her own, offer YOUR babysitting services
  • A day off, with pay

Teaching Moments with Day Care

This is also a great opportunity to teach your child the meaning of the season of giving.  Have your child make something special for your child care provider.  They love craft projects and your day care provider will love the specialized gift and note of thanks straight from your child. This is a great opportunity to talk to them about the merits of giving and why we give things to each other. Talk to them about what it means to offer appreciation to those in their lives.

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Day Care Kids Get More Infections Now, but Fewer Later

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By Maureen Salamon, MyHealthNewsDaily Contributor
posted: 07 December 2010 11:39 am ET

We found this article very interesting and thought that we would share it with you.

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Young children who attend large day care facilities suffer more respiratory and ear infections as toddlers than kids who spend their days at home, but develop fewer such illnesses during their grade-school years, a new study suggests.

“Overall, all the children got sick the same amount, so there are no differences between the groups — just the timing is different,” said study researcher Sylvana M. Cote, a psychologist at the University of Montreal in Quebec.

However, “one can argue that there is an advantage of not missing school days, when they’re missing major education that’s really the basis of their academic trajectory, Cote told MyHealthNewsDaily.

Cote studied data over eight years, tracking how often children suffered respiratory, ear or gastrointestinal infections during their early preschool (up to age 2½), late preschool (3½ to 4½) and early elementary school (ages 5 to 8) years.

Among the 1,238 families in the study, kids who began attending day care facilities in large settings before age 2½ had higher rates of respiratory and ear infections compared with children who were cared for at home until grade school. Cote defined large day care settings as facilities with at least 100 children.

The apparent trade-off, Cote said, was that these children developed fewer infections after age 5.

The results follow the logic that the more germs children are exposed to, the more likely they are to get sick, said Dr. Henry Bernstein, chief of general pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York, who was not involved with the study.

“There’s no question when there’s an environment where kids are in close contact — and young kids may not be washing their hands as much as adults — the spread of germs happens more readily,” said Bernstein, who is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases.

Cote also found that children who enrolled in small-group child care facilities in early preschool, as opposed to facilities that had larger groups of children, didn’t have any more infections than kids who stayed at home. She added that few previous studies examined the impact of group child care on infection rates beyond the preschool years.

Kids who were initially cared for at home and later enrolled at any child care facility had more ear infections between ages 3 ½ and 4 ½, but no other differences in infection risk, according to the researchers.

The researchers did not find a link between gastrointestinal illnesses and group child care at any age.

“Young children do get more gastrointestinal infections, but it doesn’t matter later,” Cote said. “We do have a protective effect for intestinal infections when we get to grade school.”

Bernstein said gastrointestinal illnesses may not be spread as readily as respiratory or ear infections at day care facilities because parents may be more likely to quickly intervene when symptoms — such as vomiting or loose stools — appear. But runny noses or coughs may not attract parents’ attention as readily, he said, keeping sick children in day care and increasing their chances of exposing others.

Other studies have shown that repeated, mild respiratory infections at young ages — which stimulate the immune system — can prevent asthma from developing, Cote said.

“I hope people will not worry so much about sending their children to day care in relation to infections. Really, what we are seeing is a natural part of life when we get to large groups,” Cote said. “In the long run, it shows day care does not have an impact in the long-term burden of disease. I think it is (an advantage) in terms of the academic aspect.”

The study is published in the December issue of the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Pass it on: Kids who attend day care facilities when they are very young may get sick less once they reach elementary-school age than those cared for at home.

This article was provided by MyHealthNewsDaily, a sister site to LiveScience.

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