I believe that it's better to get them to start out young helping around the house so they know it's expected.
DD has a few daily chores: feed the dog unless DH is home first, put the baby's bottles from daycare in the sink, help clean off the table after meals, clean up her toys, and get her jammies for bath time.
Other chores she helps with as much as she can: putting dishes away from dish washer, putting groceries away, helping with laundry (moving to dryer and folding), she loves being involved while cooking, and helping with her sister however she can.
Yesterday, we were just talking that we're going to have her help pick up sticks in the back yard before DH has to start mowing again.View Thread
Thanks Ali! I never have meetings late in the afternoon, so it was perfect timing that DH had to do pick-up. Otherwise, I don't know if I would've ever been able to convience him. Yeah, I'm afraid if I give them too much notice then they might treat the girls differently. So we're only going to do 2 weeks.
Yesterday there was drama in the afternoon over a lost jacket. It was sad that grown-ups were yelling at each other in front of these kids. Granted DH and I do that but I think that's healthy for our kids to see us fight and resolve the issue but yesterday nothing was resolved. Just a teacher in tears and a parents extremely upset. So glad we're getting them out of there!
Oh and last night DH ask DD if she'd like to go to a different daycare to make new friends, she kind of said yes but followed up with "Why would I go to a different daycare"...with attitude. She's too funny!View Thread
Alex sounds like Ava. She's so into books right now. Katelyn has these new baby board books she got for Christmas and Alex loves "reading" them to the baby. It's so cute.
She's really into feeding her dolls whatever veggie I'm feeding the baby for the night. I think it's the whole role playing thing. Plus she tells us that she's "Emma" or "Hope's" mom...too cute.
Alex has also started to write her name and loves doing it over and over. We've received many papers from daycare with her name on them. I guess she doesn't want to draw pictures just her name. It's cute b/c she spells it in order and even rights each letter in the right order but they are all over the paper. A at the top L on the right E on the left...etc. Sometimes while out, if she sees a sign that starts with an A she'll yell "Mommy that's my name!" Love it!!View Thread
Tuesday I finally got DH to agree to visit a center that I found online that looked awesome from the pictures and was in our price range. I had previously (without his knowledge) spoke with the director about openings, price, etc. She was going to send me a packet of information. So yesterday, we received the packet (wow she's on top of things!) and DH read through half of the handbook while I feed the baby. After feeding, I asked how pick-up went (I had a meeting so he picked up instead of me). Well for the first time DH got to see the interaction of the new teacher and he was not happy. So after this and reading the handbook, he said he was 80% sure we might be moving the kids to this center. Well we had our visit today and the center is just as good in person. The children were engaged and were so well behaved. We agree with the discipline policy and love their cirrculum...teaching 3 yr olds phonics and early reading. The director even suggested bringing the girls for a couple of hours before they would actually start attending.
So we are enrolling them there!! YAY!! Only downside is there are no openings in the infant and 3 yr old room until the second week of June. I think the kids will be ok until then. If not and I notice things getting worse, I would consider my mom watching them.
Now, question. Our center requires at least 2 weeks notice. Would you give more? We're afraid if they know too soon that they won't treat the kids as well. Thoughts? Also, how close to June would you take the kids for visit? I don't think we should go before our current center knows b/c DD will talk about it. Any suggestions would be great!View Thread
DH does drop them off in the mornings, however, DD #1's teachers are not there at the time. I get to see more interaction then he does with the teachers. I've notice with this new teacher that she seems irritated to be there and when I picked DD#1 up early on Friday all I heard from her was yelling at the kids. This morning before leaving, DH asked DD#1 if she likes going to DC, she answered very quietly yes. Then he asked if she liked her teacher and she said no b/c she yells at her. To me, DD#1 doesn't seem happy to go anymore like she use to. I've been calling around to other centers and I found one at a convient location that's only $10 more a week than what we are paying. Granted for DD#2 they don't supply wipes or baby food but I don't think that costs too much to supply. This center's website looks so nice and it's affliated with a church, which ours is. I like this b/c the kids learn bible stories and bible songs, huge plus for us.
I'm trying to get DH to seriously think about pulling them before things get worse and before DD#2 gets into the stranger anxiety...she's only 4 months right now. I don't know what to do to get him to change his mind. He is picking the kids up tomorrow b/c I have to stay late at work so maybe he'll see a little of what I see.
Yesterday, DD#1 didn't even want to talk to me about her day. She kept changing the subject or answering my questions with one word. Finally she told me that she didn't want to talk about it.View Thread
UGH!!! I'm so frustrated. DD had new pants on again yesterday after talking to the director. Now they are blaming it on her, that she's not pulling her pants down far enough when she goes to the bathroom. If that's the reason, why is it just now happening? We never had this issue with the old teacher. Plus her privates were bright red again today, which means to me that they are not wiping her. I'm seriously so close to pulling them but DH doesn't want to. I don't know how to convince him.View Thread
You know our pedi suggested that but DH thought it was weird. Do you still put pj bottoms on her? I think part of the problem too is that she has REALLY dry skin in the winter so we stopped giving her baths, just showers. Well DH confessed to me that he wasn't washing her there b/c he was embarrassed. So we're back to baths so that she can soak and I think that's helping. DH got yelled at for his "behavior" since he knew this was an issue and he still wasn't washing her. I don't think he understood being a man how important it is to wash down there. Plus I told him that she's too little understand anything is weird about daddy washing her. Now if she was like 8-9 I could see how it's weird and by then they are old enough to do it themselves.View Thread