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Be Intentional About Taking Care of You

1378884_10203583732824100_1697272836321419097_nIn my 18 years of being a Child Care Provider, I can honestly say that I have not always taken care of me. In fact, I have taken great care of my business and neglected my own body.

On December 31, 2016, I began to have chronic back pain. Several days later, I could barely get out of the bed. I began to wonder, what is going on. So, I went to see a chiropractor and after a back X ray; the results indicated that I had arthritis in my lower back.

I was devastated to hear that news and at the same time, I knew that I had to take better care of my body and stop stressing about small stuff.

Since that diagnosis, I did some reflecting on my top priorities and I took some time off to rest. Moreover, the back pain that I was experiencing caused me to reflect on how I wanted to operate my business going forward.

Furthermore, I created a self-care plan that has resulted in me being fully energized and back to my normal self.

Today I am going to share with you 5 ways to take better care of you, because if you do not take care of you; you will not be able to experience the joy that comes from operating your very own business.

  1. Develop a relaxation schedule. Find some time daily where you sit and do nothing. Relaxation, helps to calm the mind. The more relaxed that you are, the more creative you will be.
  2. Save some energy for your family. When you give all your energy to your business, there is none left for your family. You know when you have used too much energy, because you are exhausted at the end of the day. So, choose what situations you give your energy to and save some energy for your family.
  3. Plan to have some Pamper Me days. Pamper me days could consist of: Spa days, manicures, pedicures, a weekend vacation, etc. I promise that after your pamper me days that you will feel refreshed and more energized.
  4. Eat foods that are healthy for your body. A healthy diet will provide you with the energy that you need to run a demanding Child Care Business.
  5. Move your Body! My chiropractor told me that the best way to fight arthritis is to move my body. When you walk or move your body more, it is great for your joints and your mind. If you feel sluggish or tired, go for a walk and feel the energy that comes from movement!

I hope that this post has inspired you to take better care of you. In fact, I believe that if you take care of you, that you will have more stamina, an energized mind and you will feel great.

So take care of you, so that you can take care of your Business!

Your Child Care Business Coach,

Shiketa Morgan

Having Challenges in your Child Care Business? Feel Stuck? Ready to Expand? Contact me today for Coaching!

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How Caregivers Can Encourage Speech and Language Development

Figure 1 Image source: http://www.intelligenderblog.com

Guest Post by Jacky GilChrist

Child care providers are among a child’s first teachers. Children learn speech and language through everyday activities, interacting with their peers and adults, and listening to others speak. Observe how the children under your care interact, speak, and play. Compare the toddler’s development to that of his peer group and notify the parents if he might have a speech and language delay.

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What to Expect: Milestones

Every child develops at a different rate, but there are a few typical milestones for speech and language development. Alert the parents if a toddler between 12 to 18 months fails to look at a person who is speaking to him, speaks less than eight words, and cannot point to objects in a book upon request. Alert the parents if a child between 18 to 24 months cannot speak two to three word sentences, has a vocabulary of less than several hundred words, and does not sing familiar songs.

As toddlers grow, you will notice that they enjoy asking questions, repeating words and sounds, and singing favorite songs. They should also speak in short, simple, complete sentences and be able to construct simple stories about pictures in a book. While every child develops differently, it’s always best to be cautious instead of adopting the “wait and see” approach. Inform the parents that you’ve noticed that Melissa is unusually quiet for a child her age, for example, and may benefit from an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist (SLP), also called a speech therapist.

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Create a Stimulating Environment

Create a stimulating environment for the children under your care to encourage speech and language development. This is vital for all children, whether they are developing at a typical rate or not. Fill your daycare center with engaging picture books, music for sing-alongs, and plenty of games that encourage verbal interactions. Dolls can be particularly helpful for encouraging speech because the child can have the dolls interact with each other and “talk” to each other. Encourage dramatic play with dress-up games. Encourage children to build their narration skills by having them look at pictures in a book and creating their own stories about them.

Maintain constant conversations with the children. Narrate their activities as well as your own to stimulate speech. For example, say, “Now we’re lining up to go potty. Melissa is first and Kara is next. What do we do after we finish going potty? We wash our hands!” Avoid correcting a child’s speech; instead, model correct patterns of speech. Read the following sample dialogue for an example.

Caregiver: Good morning, Melissa! Would you like to read a story today?

Melissa: Me do. Tree bears.

Caregiver: You like the story about the three bears, don’t you. Is the story about the three bears your favorite story?

Melissa: Punny bears.

Caregiver: They are. Those three bears are very funny. What kind of funny things do the three bears do?

Notice how the caregiver expands on Melissa’s speech and repeats the phrase “three bears” to help reinforce proper articulation. By providing more opportunities for verbal interactions, daycare providers can help encourage the speech and language development of children under their care.

About the Guest Blogger

Jacky Gilchrist specializes in writing about health, fitness, and medical topics. She writes a blog for Speech Buddies, a company that offers speech therapy products to parents and speech therapists, as well as a health and fitness blog for Dr. Stephen Gullo, a renowned weight loss expert.

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