What Every Child Care Provider Wants You To Know….

Being a Family Child Care Provider (aka Home-Based Child Care Provider) and also someone who has worked in Child Care Centers, I always say, everytime I think I’ve seen it all…another parent throws a curve ball and gives you something totally new that you haven’t seen yet. I can tell you from my experience that being a FCCP (Family Child Care Provider) that it is totally different then working in a center but that doesn’t mean that I still don’t experience the joys and frustrations that come from working with families.

With the families that I have right now, I can honestly say that I am blessed beyond belief. But it always hasn’t been that way and it won’t always be that way. Some parents just don’t get it.

1. This is my business ~ Please don’t say that I’m a “baby sitter”. If that was the case, I wouldn’t have taken the time to attend trainings to make you’re child’s experience better and become more educated in this line of work. I have taken the time to create a handbook, set guidelines and plan learning activities for your child.

2. Bills don’t pay themselves. ~ When you don’t pay me that means that bills such as water and electricity don’t get paid. Maybe you can call the companies on my behalf and tell them that you didn’t pay me so I can’t pay them. Also, do you ever have to ask for your check at work? The answer is probably not…So don’t make me ask for my check for working that week!

3. Keep the germs away ~ When you bring your child to care sick, germs spread. I get sick or my daughter gets sick then I am forced to close. So if you would have kept your child home that day, you could have care when you need it!

4. Good daycare providers are in high demand ~ This means if you are taking advantage of your provider, you can be replaced. At any one time more then likely your provider has a wait list going. Be kind and respect your provider..it will go a long way!

5. Important information ~ If I hand out notices, newsletters, or anything else in writing; I need you to read it. I’m not taking the time to remind myself. And if it’s in writing…It’s usually important!

6. Communication is key ~ If you are going to be late, take the 2 mins to let me know. I plan the day accordingly and if I save breakfast for your child but you are an hour late…That could have been more food for the other children.

7. Being home ~ Yes, I am home all day long but that does not mean that I do not have other obligations to fulfill when you pick your child up. I have a family also, that needs my attention. More often then not, because of my husbands career (which I support 100%) I am the mom, and dad during the year. That means that when your child leaves my care, I have errands to run, dinner to fix and quality time with my daughter to spend.

8. Nap time is important ~ Not only for the children to recharge but also during this time, I use to catch up on phone calls, clean up, paperwork and also just taking a few minutes of quiet to myself. Pick up and drop offs during this time are very disruptive. If you need to do so, please remember…Children are sleeping!

9. R-E-S-P-E-C-T ~ It goes a long way. Respect that this is still my home. Respect my rules. Respect my time. Respect me.

I know that not everything I said today will be agreed upon but that is where we will agree to disagree. So please, if you are using child care, whether at a center or home based care, please remember….Appreciate everything we do for you and your family because given the opportunity to care for the most precious person in your life means the world to us too!

Motivation Monday

This week I am determined to get into a routine! Yesterday, I spent the evening prepping dinner meals for the week for myself. They say it takes 21 days to make something a habit. Today starts day 1!

Dinners are chicken and sweet potatoes. I will add some fruit to eat dinner also.

I start my metaformin this week so I really want to get into the habit of eliminating most of the processed sugars and watching my carb intake during the day.  I have a plan for working out, and my meals for the week.

I have the wonderful opportunity to review a fitbook (www.getfitbook.com) and this has given me the opportunity to get the plan in actual writing since I am more a paper and pencil type person. Tracking and planning on my phone just does not work for me. I will be posting more about my fitbook this week so be on the look out!

Official Diagnosis…Now What?

For awhile now, I’ve felt like something just wasn’t right with my body. I’ve felt like something was being missed but I just wasn’t sure exactly what it was. So Tuesday, I had an appointment with a reproduction specialist and after discussing my concerns and what was going on with me – I officially have a diagnosis…

PCOS 
(Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

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What exactly does that mean? In non-medical terms, I have a hormone imbalance that causes my body to be insulin resistant and gives me other complications such as wacky monthly cycles, a more difficult time losing weight, and the inability to ovulate most months at all.

The doctor prescribed metaformin and also an HSG test in order to see if my tubes are clear, that will have to be done at a later date. Hubby and I are not trying for another sibling for Baby P at this time but I did this to make that if that times comes, I am as normal as I can be. I also want to be able to focus on getting myself healthy.

So now what? Since PCOS is something that I will have to live with for the rest of my life, my main objective is to get to the point that I need to take metaformin for the rest of my life. Because my body is insulin resistant, I will have to limit my carbs and also my sugar intake.

When I first started on this healthy lifestyle journey, all grains in the house were switched out to 100% whole grain so that right there is the first step I can check off! Sweets to me are like kryponite! I have a HUGE sweet tooth, so that will take some TONS of willpower to limit them even more now.

But this is just the start of a journey. I won’t let this define me, I won’t let this control me. This is just something that will make me stronger. Just one more thing that I will overcome!

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And with that…Weigh in Wednesday was no change in either direction. Thank you PCOS!

In like a lion…

Well another month has started..where is this year going? 

The start of a new month means a new set of goals. Personally I think that short term goals help the most and keep me motivated throughout this journey. I have joined in an Instagram March photo challenge with The Journey of Jesi (go check her out! Tell her Ashley sent you!!) and our first day was about our goals for this month.

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What are your goals for March? Let me know in the comments and let’s keep each other accountable! 

One month in…almost

I am officially (almost) a full month into my Weight Watchers journey! Has it been easy? Absolutely not! Do I still want to eat tons of crap not so healthy things? Absolutely!! I have been staying in my points range pretty much everyday, which is a huge step for me in general. I have to say that seeing the results so far have given me the motivation that I have needed some days.

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So today I got up and was determined to face the scale…gain or not! I was going to do it. I did it and I am officially -6 lbs in almost a month!!! If I continue this, I will meet my goal weight by November. That would mean it would take me less then one year to do what I have been trying to do forever. That right there is motivation in itself. I know that some days will be harder then others, but I need to do this for me. I need to do this for my daughter to be the role model I want to be for her. I need to do this to feel better about myself. I need this!

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Not Such a Weigh In Wednesday

I missed last week on the blog because, well life happened.

But this week, I am back. Last week the scale did not move. So I am still at 2.5 down for the weight watchers chapter in my life so far. I did not weigh in today because frankly, I was not feeling it. I had indulged A LOT this past weekend and also yesterday, I felt like I could eat all day long.  My water intake this past week has not been the best either so I know I was holding onto water weight, which lets face it..it’s not the best to hold onto! But I am not letting this past week define me or my motivation.

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It’s not about being perfect, its about progress. Progress doesn’t have to won’t happen over night! Progress is about (for me) taking it one meal at a time. So that’s my plan for this week.

Just…one…meal…at….a…time! 

Did you overindulge this past weekend?

Weigh In Wednesday

Today was my first Weigh In Wednesday since starting Weight Watchers. I was nervous (who doesn’t when it’s time to get on the dreaded scale) and yet excited for today because I could tell that I had lost some! I am officially down….

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I am pretty excited and gives me the motivation to keep going. I know that there will be ups and downs on this journey but I am ready!