Childcare Can MAKE or Break Your Career

December 31, 2010

Are you heading back to work?  For many mother’s heading back to work can be stressful and child care can MAKE or break your career. If you’re stressed about your child’s well-being, you can’t focus on your job. Being confident that your child is in a safe, loving, and stimulating environment frees you to excel in the workplace.  At Children’s Choice Learning Centers your child will have all this and more and YOU will be able to work and have peace of mind.

Children’s Choice Learning Centers are a national early care and educational childcare company that offers a safe and happy environment to ALL children 6 weeks to 12 years. We partner with many hospitals, universities and government offices.  Our locations are mostly on-site so mother’s are able to continue breast feeding their newborn or parents may visit during their work day.  If the learning center is off-site they are on the grounds.

Many of our learning centers are open to the public,  some even offer private kindergarten and 1st grade.  We also offer Backup Care, Sniffles & Snuggles for mildly ill children (medical staff care for these children so parents feel confident that their child is well taken care of and can go to work and cut down on absenteeism), holiday and Summer programs at many of our locations.   Your child will be served a hot meal that a registered dietitian designs and meets USDA guidelines.

We make it a point to offer  child a healthy, safe environment to learn and grow each and every day.  Please visit Children’s Choice Learning Centers for additional information.


It CAN wait! Texting and Driving DON’T Mix

December 30, 2010

A resource for all wireless users on the dangers of texting while driving.

Texting and Driving - It Can Wait“Take out your wireless device. Read the last text message you received out loud. Would reading or responding to that text message from behind the wheel of a moving vehicle be worth the risk of getting into a car accident or worse? Chances are, the text message could wait.”*

Watch this video..It will change the way you think about texting and driving.  “IT CAN WAIT”  Safe Driving!

* AT&T website

Help Support the Children’s Miracle Network

December 30, 2010

Children's Miracle Network LogoChildren’s Miracle Network is a non-profit charity that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network are used to provide charitable care, purchase life-saving equipment, and by raising funds and awareness for children’s hospitals and foundations to save and improve the lives of 17 million children each year throughout North America.

I have elected to support the Children’s Miracle Network by adding the widget to the right.  You can help for FREE, too!  Just click on the SocialVibe widget for Children’s Miracle Network and complete a few simple surveys.  Some are watching short videos and voting for your favorite while others are simple questions.  It only takes a few minutes of your time, but can last a life time when saving and improving the life of a child.  Thanks for helping support the Children’s Miracle Network.

Invite your friends and family to our Blog and cast their votes too.

Thank you, in advance, for your support and Happy New Year!

From Everyone at Children’s Choice Learning Centers

Safety Please…and yes, that means NO TEXTING while driving!

December 29, 2010

No texting while DrivingLoving parents and family members surrounding children put childproof locks on cabinets, buy car seats that meet or exceed all the guidelines for keeping children safe, would never think of leaving their children unattended or even worse, would CERTAINLY NEVER consider driving while intoxicated; especially with their child in the car.

However, studies have shown that texting while driving is about 6 times more likely to result in an accident than driving while intoxicated! A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that those who resorted to texting while driving are 23 times more likely to have an accident than those who do not text while driving.

This same study shows that texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road. If you combine this with the time you might need to take your eyes off of the road to check on a child passenger; there is a tremendous increase in the risk to all.

As guardians, our first role is to keep children safe. If we do not keep children safe, nothing else we do matters. We can love on them, give them every tool to succeed academically, and provide for their need and/or desire. However, it is our job to be informed and to do everything that we can to provide a safe environment. Safety first, always.

I realize that sometimes the thought process seems innocent enough. There is justification for returning that one call on the way home. That one text message or email while driving is critical so that upon arrival home,  the matter is handled and  then there is freedom to be “fully present” with the child. However, being fully informed of how much that one act raises the risk of an accident should be enough to deter you from picking up that phone. The regret of injuring, traumatizing, or losing your child or anyone else on the road is ONE REGRET that you NEVER want to experience.

The problem on the road will increase and while legislation will probably eventually regulate some of our actions, it is our responsibility to be informed and keep our children safe NOW. The average monthly volume of text messages was 1 million in 2002. By 2008, it was 110 million. In 1999, only 1/3 of Americans had cell phones, now 91% of Americans have cell phones. * This means that not only do we have to be informed and responsible regarding our own actions, but we must realize that there are many other drivers on the road that are probably NOT informed and we must drive defensively. We must work together to keep our world a safe place for our children.

For more information on the study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, visit Virginia Tech Transportation Institute News

*Study by University of North Texas Health Science Center

written by Donna McClintock @ Children’s Choice Learning Centers

Quick Writing Tips for EVERY Age – Preschool thru High School

December 20, 2010
Most children do not like to write.  If we teach our children early about story telling and writing simple answers making it fun, we will turn our children into unstoppable scribes.  Find helpful hints to make writing fun at an early age…I LOVE these tips.  I wish I had them when my children when they were young.  Enjoy and have fun!Writing
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Middle School
High School

Teach Kids about Managing Their Money

December 15, 2010

A Penny Saved is a Penny EarnedWith the holiday’s upon us…this is the perfect time to start teaching your child how to manage money and the difference between wants and needs.  Today’s Parent has a wonderful article with money managing tips that will guide you through the simple steps in teaching your child how to manage their money, (Kids and Money ).  Teaching children how to manage their money is not an easy task.  When children receive birthday money they feel they must go immediately and buy “something”…..anything.  Children need to understand the connection between money and values.  In this society where many children get what they want, when they want it is hard for other children to understand.  There will always be someone that has more or less then we do.  It is difficult to teach a child to save up for something.  But if we do, they will be much better off as adults knowing they don’t have to have the latest and greatest, right now.  If we teach them to save and look for a good deal they will take great pride in knowing that they have saved for something and reached that goal in order to purchase what they want.  Many times, with my own children, they will want something today but in a few days they will want something else.  If they purchased EVERY thing they wanted right then and there, they would have NO money.

With the system you will teach your children how to Save, Spend and Share wisely.  It is a simple system that will make it easy to monitor their saving and spending.  Make a chore list, track their paydays and teach them the life skill of budgeting and saving in a fun way.  Today’s Parent also offers an Allowance Calculator to calculate how much to share, Kids and Money Quiz, and tons of articles that you don’t want to miss reading.  A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned!

Here are 10 tips to help children with financial responsibility, sharing, and the connection between money and values:

1. Be a positive role model.
Your child observes your spending and saving behaviors.  Show them how to keep money in perspective.  Have a healthly attitude toward your work while earning, spending and sharing.

2. Understand their environment.
Values, attitudes and beliefs are continuously evolving every day.  Talk with your child on what they are seeing, hearing and feeling.  Children want the latest and greatest especially if their friends have it.

3. Establish good behavior.
Set up a list of age-appropriate chores that they can earn allowance and have a designated date(s) that they will be paid.  As children get older allowing your child’s allowance to last for several months so they learn to allocate their money time is a great way to teach them the value of money.

4. Talk about money.

Always talk openly about money …this will help your children learn valuable lessons and a healthy attitude toward money.

5. Make it fun.
There are many games that will help with basic money lessons like Monopoly, Life and Payday.

6. Do it together.

A“family savings fund” is a fun way to save for a common goal like a vacation.  Children can help with research and creating a budget.

7. Give back to the community.
Giving back to the community is a great way to have children contribute.  Walk a neighbors dog is they are unable to, pick up trash in the neighborhood park, etc…

8. Be fair.
Avoid comparing siblings or creating monetary competition in the household.  It will be hard to keep everything consistent due to age ranges in your home but make every effort to do so.

9. Accept mistakes and celebrate success.
You need to set rules and limits but allow your child to make a mistake or two.  If you allow them to make a mistake instead of protecting them this  will help them in the future as an adult.  Make sure to also celebrate each success as well.

10. Be patient.
Be patient…as you may not see success immediately.  You need to trust that you are doing the best and know there may be setbacks.

Children and Brain Development

December 14, 2010

I want to introduce you to a wonderful website called Brainy-Child.  This website will give you the latest updates on child brain development, research developments, nutritional advice and toys that will assist in brain development.  During the early years, newborn to 6 years of age, is when 75% of your child’s brain growth is completed. Nurture your little one with early childhood experiences which are critical to the emotional, intellectual development and well-being of your child.

Early care and educational centers that provide child care programs to enhance children brain development and early child development are very beneficial.  Make sure to do your homework when looking for a Learning Center for your child that will help your child meet their full potential. Here is a  Checklist for aiding you in selecting a child-care provider for your children.