Welcome to this year’s A to Z Challenge! This year I’m talking Child Care. I’ll be blogging topics related to my many years in the family home daycare profession. I hope you can find a tidbit of information that is useful in caring for children whether you’re a parent, grand or another important person in a child’s life. And to end each post, I’ll share a bit of my creative side/relaxation time. Taking time for yourself is good for your health–both yours and your family’s 😉
Back in 1993 when I first entered the world of the early childhood profession, I was helping my sister in her own licensed daycare. (Yep, it’s all her fault I’m here. Thanks sis! No tongue in cheek here.) There were no computers to document, no cell phones to snap a pic, and kids did not yet own tablets unless it was a paper tablet.
I subscribed to early childhood magazines, attended all-day trainings, and got my ideas from library books and magazines. Taxes were hand written in ledgers – no Excel or Quick Books. I could go on but we’re to keep this simple and I just wanted to make the point that even though times have changed, documentation remains a constant.
Currently I document quite a bit on my laptop. I keep taxes, copies of bills paid online, payments from families, etc. But I also keep an old-fashioned calendar-keeper handy. It’s always good to have a back up plan. Photos no longer need to be processed from a roll of film but if you want to share you now can either make photo collages, send out email newsletters, send texts with photos or print them at home on your printer. Not to mention, photo books are now available for print to keep those memories saved. Ever made photo magnets? A really great gift idea!
And for me there is still a handwritten journal. Yes, I blog a few things on early childhood, but for the most part I track my days in writing. There is something therapeutic about taking time and thought to remember the moments and events. I highly recommend it.
Further, I am photo documenting the progress on the latest evening-time project. This quilt pattern is unknown to me and part of a stash of rescued quilt tops the hubby found at an online auction for me to finish. A woman was trying her best to see to it that her mother’s work didn’t just go to the highest bidder, she wanted to see them completed. Her mother hand-pieced all her quilts so Hand-quilting them is a good way to do them justice. Feeling a bit like a ‘quilt whisperer’. If you know the pattern, please fill me in. On to the next…