Pet Peeve: Daycare Upselling

I love our son’s daycare, I really do. He goes two days a week and his teacher is fantastic. She’s the exact right mix of super sweet and on top of things. I’m incredibly impressed how she somehow manages to have her entire class adore her AND keeps a group of 2 year olds under control. I actually feel like Jack learns something new every single day that he attends, which is great!...more
JoulesDellinger I think at a certain price point that may be true, and yours does seem to be ...more

Open Letter to Those Who Don't Believe in Publicly Funded and Regulated Daycare

In response to the commenters on this article in the Toronto Star—and every article ever—about the need for safe, affordable childcare for working families. ...more
laughingmom This is exactally my point. Perhaps those in the US think differently about the way ...more

How To Be The Best Daycare Parent Ever

In the business, we call them the "Golden Parents" and the "Parents You Want".  Because as any Home Daycare Provider will tell you --we've all had many experiences with the type of parent that isn't so shiny.  Don't believe me?  Just check out the comment section on What Not To Do When Dropping Your Child Off At Dayc...more

Daycare Director Deserves a "Time Out"

 So, yesterday’s daycare pick-up was basically a disaster. ...more
That daycare director sounds terrible! I don't blame you for pulling your daughter out of there.more

Why Not???

We have a very good friend back in the States, a young man in his early twenties. He’s been babysitting Lily when she wasn’t even 2 years old so we could have an adult date out before baby no. two had her big day. Whenever we came visit, he spent time with Lily, playing with her and watching her shows with her. Last year when we were back for a visit, he even took care of both girls all day long while we were out on a group date....more

Choosing a Childcare for your baby

Choosing a childcare that is best for your baby...http://lilbabyabel.blogspot.com/...more

Warning: Blog contains Vagina Sofa

Well, Friday happened.I'm friends with a pretty awesome group of ladies who also happen to provide child care. We get the opportunity to share insight, craft suggestions and work through daily issues together.  We support each other through the stresses of staying at home with multiple little ones without the benefit of co-workers to spend time with. We also get to laugh together.Specifically at this photo:    Yes. That is a vagina sofa. Who in their right mind would order this? Here's how I see the conversation with the floor employee going:Me: Umm... Hi. I am interested in ordering that vagina sofa over there....more

My First Memory or Daycare Peeing Trauma

I skyped with my good friend Milina a few days ago. We grew up together in Slovakia. She now lives in Belgium with her German husband and a 2 months old baby boy. They started looking for a daycare recently. The waiting lists are long, especially for the good ones. Both her and I prefer a daycare that could be classified as "institution", rather than a certified lady that runs one in her own house. I am not sure why. I want to say it is because that's how daycare was for us....more

That Time We All Had The Plague

On the days when I think that God might exist, I’m convinced that if he is out there, somewhere, he is some kind of divine troll who thinks that everything is an elaborate joke.How else do you explain the fact that, five minutes after posting my last entry, Theo started throwing up all over my bedroom floor.It’s like God reads my blog and he was like, “Girl, you think you are in crisis? Let me show you crisis.”...more

Meditations on Being a Feminist Parent

Unfortunately, Theo-the-puke-machine turned into Theo-the-poop-machine this afternoon. Which means that one of us has to stay home with him tomorrow. So here’s where things get tricky: as Theo’s mother, and the person who has been his primary caregiver for, oh, pretty much his entire life, I feel like I should be the one to stay home. But I won’t be, because, as a person who has recently joined Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Club Of Serious Grown Ups And For-Real Feminists, I have to, you know, go to work. Matt’s job is in some ways more flexible than mine, and it was easier for him, in this particular instance, to take the time off. This made me feel guilty. Because, really, doesn’t a sick baby need their mother most of all?...more
@shannonmariah Oh man, I can't even drive. Like, I've literally never even had my learner's ...more