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The MY CHILD Parent

The MY CHILD Parent

(Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the book “Daycare Whisperer Doing Daycare: This job would be great if it wasn’t for the parents”. ) A MyChild parent is a parent who has a grandiose perception of themselves as a parent, their child and their child’s needs, their rights regarding the child and their abilities ...

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The Boss-of-Me Parent

The Boss-of-Me Parent

(Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the book “Daycare Whisperer Doing Daycare: This job would be great if it wasn’t for the parents”. ) I have been doing home childcare for two decades and try as I might, I can never find a daycare parent who will be my boss. I want a whole ...

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Choosing Northwood, Iowa and Raising Kids

Choosing Northwood, Iowa and Raising Kids

Dear Northwood Iowa, My name is Tori Fees. My son, Cohle Daniel, and I relocated to Northwood three months ago. We are Des Moines, Iowa natives. Both of us were born there and my son has spent the first thirteen years of his life living on the North East side of Des Moines. I am ...

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Why Sick Kids Should “NOT” Be Allowed at Daycare

Why Sick Kids Should “NOT” Be Allowed at Daycare

Dr. Claire McCarthy, My name is Tori Fees.  I’m a Registered Nurse and veteran child care provider.  I have cared for kids in the capacity of private nanny, elementary school nurse, and home child care provider for thirty years. I came upon your article “Why Sick Kids Should Be Allowed at Daycare” published by Huffpost. ...

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23 Dec Food, recipes | Comments

Nannyde’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Nannyde’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

¾ cup unsalted real butter ¾ cup Crisco 1 ½ cup granulated sugar 1 ½ cup light brown sugar 4 large eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I like Mexican vanilla) 3 cups white flour 1 cup whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 cups steel cut oatmeal (real oatmeal not the quickie kind) 1 ...

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21 Dec Health | 1 comment

The Daily Walk – Part 3

The Daily Walk – Part 3

The final blog in this series is about additional safety measures to consider when doing a daily walk. After having many years of experience walking children daily we have seen some patterns emerge in the children’s behavior and some reoccurring situations while out. My staff assistant Beeka Perks helped me come up with some of ...

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The Daily Walk – Part 2

The Daily Walk – Part 2

Some safety suggestions: The following safety advice is mostly common sense and things most providers would know intrinsically when they have even a little experience with their own kids going out. I’m outlining these for a completely new provider so many of the suggestions may be things you already know. Load the babies in the ...

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The Daily Walk – Part 1

The Daily Walk – Part 1

Many years ago I decided to add a daily walk around our neighborhood to our morning schedule. We started out small by walking around our long block. We clocked it in the car and found that it was six-tenth of a mile. That took about seventeen to twenty minutes depending on the skill set and ...

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Everywhere You Go – Everybody Knows

Everywhere You Go – Everybody Knows

On October 27th 23 year old Hillary Adams posted a seven and a half minute video on the internet. The video, taken in 2004, shows then 44 year old Aransas County Texas Court-at-Law Judge William Adams, a Family Court Judge, striking his 16 year old daughter with a belt. The video has taken the world ...

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06 Nov Daycare | 4 comments

Quality Time vs. Quantity Time

Quality Time vs. Quantity Time

I watched an interview years ago with Barbara Walters. She was talking about her career and how she balanced it while raising her daughter Jackie. I don’t remember her exact words but she said that she regrets the not spending enough time with her daughter when she was little. She said she didn’t believe in ...

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