Snappy Comebacks for Working Parents

In all seriousness- if someone is questioning your parenting you owe them no explanation. At Bright Beginnings we understand the complex emotions and logistics that going into being a working parent. It’s no easy task, but the lessons you are teaching your children are important. You make the best choices for your family, and that is all that matters.

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From Humble Beginnings

This blog is a little different. It’s the story of our school, where we’ve been, and how we’ve grown. Bright Beginnings comes from humble roots, and that history has been a driving factor for our school. We believe our past lends it’s self to the family feel our school strives to maintain.

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Presenting Creative Art to Children

Art is a time for children to explore concepts beyond creating something beautiful. Art is a time for children to explore math and science concepts, in addition to confidence and independence. When we present art to children we want to be focused on the process, not the product. The children should have free range of the materials, and support to explore as they wish.

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Ever Silent Ever Present

Mommy guilt, or daddy guilt, is a real thing. Our current social climate creates a frenzy of parents who want to be doing everything 100% correct all the time. That is a lot of pressure to put on yourself, and no doubt leads to feelings of guilt. I’m not sure if it has to do with the extensive research we have on caregiving, or the over-sharing of today’s digital parents- but the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming. Here’s my 5 top tips for avoiding mommy-guilt

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Nanny, Daycare, Preschool Oh My!

Home daycare, preschool, nanny- which is right for you? Check out our simple list of pros and cons to see what best fits your family’s needs.

Home daycare

This is care in a group setting in someone’s personal home. This center is licensed, and has somewhat regular licensing visits.

Pros

Often small groups

Possible expert within certain age range

Family Feel

Often the cheapest options

Cons

Less licensing requirements

If caregiver is sick/injured care could be disrupted

Might give less structure/enrichment to some age groups

Could potential have many adults in and out daily

Nanny

This is a single person who typically cares for 1 or 2 families in their home. This person can be hired through an agency, or independently by families.

Pros

Personalized caregiving

Very low ratio of adults to kids

Can help around the house with child related tasks

Can customize hours/days directly as needed

May be comfortable helping around the house

Cons

Typically the most expensive type of care

Could give less socialization

Not governed by any licensing body

If your nanny is sick or on vacation you’re responsible for finding backup care

Higher chance of nanny resigning or ending care

Preschool Center

This is a center outside of someone’s home, with multiple children typically divided by age into their own classes. They have strict licensing requirements and regular visits.

Pros

Strict requirements for care

No unexpected days without care

Multiple levels of experience for working through developmental problems

Multiple experts for you to seek advise or wisdom from 

Continuity of care as child matures

Potential ability to care for multiple age groups, and thus multiple of your children.

Cons

Higher ratio

Potentially less flexible schedule

 

***Since there is so much variety in styles of care giving, it can be hard to list accurate pros and cons, we’ve done our best to imagine a generic version, and set pros and cons as we see them. ***

Your Balancing Act

The life changing event of motherhood is eternal. You are forever re-identified with this new portion of who you are. That’s amazing, incredible, awesome, and might scare you more than a little.

You aren’t who you were yesterday. The event of bringing a baby into the world has changed your heart and soul.

“My heart now lives on the outside of my body… my heart is concealed in the flesh and bones of my daughter.”

How can you ever be the same human now that your heart is outside of your body? But you are still who you are. You are still Emma, Joy, Samantha, or Caitlin.

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Losing the Guilt

Mommy guilt, or daddy guilt, is a real thing.

Our current social climate creates a frenzy of parents who want to be doing everything 100% correct all the time. That is a lot of pressure to put on yourself, and no doubt leads to feelings of guilt. I’m not sure if it has to do with the extensive research we have on care giving, or the over-sharing of today’s digital parents- but the pressure to be perfect is overwhelming. Here’s my 5 top tips for avoiding mommy-guilt.

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Rainy Days at Preschool

I woke up early this morning. The air was fresh and crisp, I could hear rain falling from the roof. Last night we prepared for the storm. I covered the hay, blanketed the horses that live in my front yard, made sure the dog leashes were handy, and made myself a cup of evening tea.

This morning it was raining. Actually it was pouring. A true San Diego downpour.

I drove to work thankful for the new tires on my car. Us Sandiegans are rarely prepared for an ill road conditions. My commute was breezy, half of the drivers must have stayed home or left late.

I pulled up to work, and Bright Beginnings Learning Academy was humming. The children had galoshes, raincoats, and umbrellas. The smile they wore were the brightest.

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Getting Outside is Worth It

I’m a huge fan of the outdoors.

I love hiking, riding horses, camping, eating breakfast by sunrise, and dinner by sunset. I love every type of outdoors setting, ponds, lakes, desert, mountain, meadows, canyons, valleys, beaches, and oceans. I’m also a huge advocate for kids spending a lot of time outside.

The benefits of playing outside are beyond what we usually imagine.

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The Elf is Back

Is your Elf back? Is it your first year with an elf on a shelf? Are your children amazed and amused by the elf’s mischief or silliness? Or do you despise that imaginary new tradition? 

Let's dig a little deeper into this elf on a shelf.

 

Historically Santa has been parent’s most used consequence during the month of December. “You best pick up your toys, or Santa won’t bring you any.” “Go put your shoes on, Santa is watch!”

But in recent years we’ve met Santa’s helper- the elf on the shelf.

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Being Sorry, Not Saying Sorry

“Say you are sorry!” A mother demands.

Her child shouts the words “I’m sorry!” while he still pulls the toy out of their friend’s hands.

 

Words have value and purpose. We have this wonderful, colorful vocabulary to discuss how we feel and see the world. We use our words to convey thoughts, ideas, passions, to grow and help others to grow. One of the most wonderful things we teach our children is to speak. More importantly than teaching them letters, words, and sentences is teaching them the meaning behind the syllables.

So how do we teach young children empathy? And what can we do that will be more effective than forcing them to repeat “I’m sorry.” in a mocking bird fashion?

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STEM Activities for Preschoolers

Young children are so eager to learn, but what exactly qualifies as math/science/engineering activities for preschoolers?

At Bright Beginnings Learning Academy we enjoy teaching stem activities and projects to our preschoolers. Let us lay out a few activities and how those are math, science, and engineering for preschoolers. We believe children learn best through play, all of our STEM activities are play based, and easily integrated in their day.

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