By: Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP
My name is Suzy and I’m a speech-language pathologist and new advisor to the Cape Cod Mommies! I am also the mom to a happy, active and spunky 3-year old girl. In my blog posts I hope to share my knowledge about speech and language paired with my experience as a parent. I will touch on topics like speech and language development, activity ideas and tips/tricks. If you have any questions specific to speech and language or if you have a topic you would like me to blog about, please feel free to e-mail me! firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s post will touch on two of my favorite topics – summertime and speech/language!
It is summertime and everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather, playing outside and trying to find ways to stay cool! But, it’d still important to think about speech and language skills during the summer. Whether you are off to the beach or playing in the yard there are many easy ways to build in speech and language activities into the day.
The beach is a great place to explore, learn and play. While you are there, try some of these speech and language activities:
~ Give/follow directions while playing “Simon Says” in the water
~ Take a walk along the beach and talk about the shells & sea-life you find
~ Pick up some of the things you find on your walk and use your describing words to talk about them (wet/dry, rough/smooth, hard/soft, color words, etc..)
~ Jump into some imaginary play while building sand castles
~ Grab a stick and practice writing letters/words in the sand
~ Have a beach scavenger hunt for objects containing your child’s target speech sounds (ex: find all of the things at the beach that start with “k”)
~ Bring your summer reading books and relax on a towel while reading
~Work on pragmatic/social language while making new friends at the beach
When you are hanging out in the yard there are still plenty of ways to work on speech and language skills:
~ Count all of the different color flowers you can find
~Watch the clouds and point out ones that are shaped like
things you know
~Collect rocks, sticks and leaves from the yard and glue
them on paper to create a collage
~ Break out the sidewalk chalk and draw/write
~ Set up a lemonade stand to work on social skills and
However you decide to stay cool this summer, I hope you
find some cool ways to work on speech and language skills too!
Please join me in welcoming our newest sponsor:
Cape Cod Academy!
Cape Cod Academy began in 1976 and offers a college preparatory curriculum for students in Pre-K thru 12th grade on a 46 acres campus. The mission statement really says it all because it is the type of educational mission we all want for our children:
"The pursuit of academic excellence and development of life skills in a safe, values-centered community."
All graduates are accepted to college with the majority attending highly competitive colleges. They boast a low student to teacher ratio of 7:1 with a class size of fifteen!
Cape Cod Academy is also a Member of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and a Member of Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). They are accredited by New England
Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Cape Cod Academy also runs the Seahawk Summer Camp And it isn't to late to register! Their goal is to create the best possible camp environment in which children can thrive. They believe camp is a place where children have the opportunity to try new activities, take on new challenges, increase their self esteem and grow in a safe, nurturing, fun environment. They accomplish this through a dynamic and creative program organized by their warm and caring professional staff.
This staff is what makes Seahawk truly unique. All staff members are carefully selected and trained as they set a very high standard for staff involvement with the campers. One of the most important aspects of each child’s summer is the special relationship that will blossom with his/her counselors.
We welcome you to take a look through our information and enroll today. If you have any further questions after learning more about us, please contact Director Jenn Peterson in the Seahawk Summer Camp office at Cape Cod Academy at 508-428-5400.
*** This is part of an ongoing series regarding a group of Cape Cod Mommies Bloggers who experienced SUP. There are still more to come or you can read more here: Paddle Boarding!
I was so excited to try Stand Up Paddle boarding. I had my life jacket packed and I was ready to go. We listened eagerly to the ~to do~ and ~don't do's~ including "not-to-face-plant" on the front of the board. Noted!
And we were off! Kneeling I was cruising; forward, turning, stopping - what!?! Now I'm supposed to actually Stand Up!?! My knees and legs were rockin' and rolling and shaking like mad but then a friend cruised by and splashed me. "Oh I'll get you!" I thought as I lowered my paddle down to swat some water in her direction and sent myself sailing top-lip first into the front edge of my board - Yeouch! Not recommended.
So begins the process of getting back on the board in the middle of the water. Rescued not once (failed attempt at splashing a friend), not twice (blasted horsefly!) but three times (had swapped boards with our guide to see if it would help - which it did once I figured out how slippery the new board was).
After I finally got my bearings - paddling kneeling again for a bit - I gave it another whirl standing and made it back successfully. I learned to "feel" my balance rather than "seeing" that I was standing evenly and learning how to gingerly stretch my maxed out toes to keep from totally cramping up. So expect to learn something about your fitness, your balance, your adaptability and your resilience. Happy paddling!
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We appreciate Gary's blogs and advice in regards to saving for our children, best filing status and how to prepare for the future!
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Lydia Leclair grew up with a love for all art, especially photography. Her first Black & White Photography course was in high school, and she also attended the Santa Fe Workshops for a summer- she has been photographing anything and everything ever since. Travel and environmental photography were her first loves and she got to explore those passions while traveling to London, Costa Rica, Antarctica, Tanzania, and China. Now, photographing families & couples is Lydia's specialty, and she loves to capture the essence of happiness and love, as well as individual personalities in her photographs. Lydia has had her photographs shown at an art exhibition in Northampton, MA, at Whole Foods in Colorado Springs, CO, and at a coffee shop in Colorado Springs. Additionally, she is a contributing photographer for the ErgoBaby® website and blog. Lydia lives in Harwich with her husband Justin, who is training for the Olympics in Modern Pentathlon, her daughter Io, who will be two at the end of August, and her two Chihuahuas, Pup-Pup and Miguel. Besides photography, Lydia enjoys running, yoga, reading, and traveling.
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By: Joan Walsh
Reading with children is great fun when using cumulative picture books that build story plot through a repetitive pattern, by repeating text from one page to the next, until the climax of the story. This story structure helps children recognize words at a young age, because they hear the same sounds many times within one story. Some stories rhyme and repeat while others simply repeat and build.
Children delight in completing words from repeated phrases, and the text oftentimes has a sing-song quality. Little ones think they are reading like adults when there’s silence mid sentence and they jump in and insert the next few words of the story. Examples of this structure include: There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly, The House that Jack Built, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Light Up the Moon,
The House that Jack Built, There was an Old Monster, and The Mouse Jack Built.
The writer should keep the text simple, so readers remain motivated to build the story. Some authors accomplish this in a second manner by eliminating the listing technique in the middle of the story. The
Jacket I Wear In the Snow. Enjoy reading with your child as often as possible.
Do you know who Edward Gorey is? Have you ever been to his house in Yarmouth Port? If not, then this is a MUST see on Cape Cod. The summer is the perfect time to explore this important part of Cape Cod history! They have 3 outstanding upcoming events this summer that we wanted to share with all you Cape Cod Moms! Read more below!
The Edward Gorey House celebrates and preserves the life and works of Edward Gorey, an American author, illustrator, playwright, set and costume designer. In honor of his legacy, The House, owned and lived in by Gorey himself, displays his diverse and extraordinary talents and reflects his distinct personality. The
House also honors Gorey's passion and concern for animals, raising awareness about local and national animal welfare issues. As a dedicated commemoration to Gorey, the House strives to educate and inspire its visitors, offering a unique introduction to Edward Gorey, the artist and person.
Edward St. John Gorey (1925-2000), gave to the world over one hundred works, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest and The Wuggly Ump; prize-winning set and costume designs for innumerable theater productions from Cape Cod to Broadway; a remarkable number of illustrations in publications such as The New Yorker and The New York Times, and in books by some of the greatest authors from Charles Dickens to Edward Lear, Samuel Beckett, John Updike, Virginia Woolf, H.G. Wells, Florence Heide and many others. His well known animated credits for the PBS Mystery series have introduced him to millions of television viewers. Gorey's masterful pen and ink illustrations and his ironic, offbeat humor have brought him critical acclaim and an avid following throughout the world.
You can RSVP or get more info by clicking on the event name below.
For more info on
Edward Gorey House:
8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts 02675
5th Annual Fantastagorey - A Children's Day Celebration
Saturday, August 3, 2013
A special one day children's event featuring fun Goreyesque activities for children all afternoon. We will have a number of things to enlighten and entertain kids including face painting, monster making, tarot reading and story time with a live reader who worked with Edward Gorey as an actor and can speak first hand about him.
Director and Curator, Rick Jones, who was a personal friend of Edward's will be on hand all afternoon to
answer any questions and share insights about Edward and the House where ever he can.
The Vinegar Works envelope art contest entry winners will be announced at 3:00pm. Winners need not be present to qualify but all entries must be in hand by July 31 at the close of the day.
Free refreshments will be served all afternoon and admission to the house for all ages is complimentary
The event is sponsored once again this year with generous support by the Lyndon Paul Lorusso Foundation
Free Fun Friday - Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation
Friday, August 16, 2013
The Edward Gorey House is participating in the 5th annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. On Friday, August 16th, 2013, they will open their
doors at no cost to visitors all day long. Free Fun Fridays is a program that includes 60 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. Each Friday this summer, there will be six venues open for free. The program begins Friday, June
28th and runs through Friday, August 30th. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit: www.highlandstreet.org.
All Around the Common
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum, Yarmouth New Church, Winslow Crocker House, and the Edward Gorey House will be welcoming visitors free of charge from 1:00-4:00 PM.
Join Amy, one of the CAPE COD MEMORY MAKER twins, as she shares fun places for kids to visit in Sandwich. Each book provides pages for kids to write, draw, and scrapbook their memories of:
Green Briar Jam Kitchen and Nature Center
Sandwich Boardwalk at Town Neck Beach
Cape Cod Canal
Heritage Museum & Gardens Giant Treehouse and Carousel
Ghost Walk in Old Town Cemetery
Cape Cod Central Railroad
This interactive picture book journal by Joan Walsh and Anne Barber can be found in the children’s section of Titcomb’s Bookshop. Enjoy!
By: Amy E
My friend Rebecca recently shared this amazing Blueberry Muffin Recipe which uses Almond Flour and Agave! They are super delicious and the kids will gobble these down so make sure to make 2 batches! Added bonus-they are a bit better for you then regular muffins!
By: Sung Bin
*** This is part of an ongoing series regarding a group of Cape Cod Mommies Bloggers who experience SUP.
Read more here: Paddle Boarding!
When I first heard about Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding a few months ago, I was intrigued. After all, I had always wanted to learn to surf but there was just one pesky thing, I was afraid of the water. Then I had the amazing opportunity to take a lesson with Amy from Peace Love SUP through Cape Cod Mommies and to write about my experience. I have to admit that my concern about being an apprehensive swimmer consumed me as I arrived staring at the water at the landing with the theme to "Jaws" faintly in my ears. I was pretty sure I would be eating water for the first few attempts on the board and really after I saw some of my other brave compatriots in the group lesson take the plunge I realized it really wasn’t such a bad thing after all. The water was four feet deep and we had life vests on to boot so after that initial fear was gone, I knew it would be clear paddling.
Once I was able to balance on the board (customized especially for Peace Love SUP from a local outfitter), it wasn’t very difficult to start. Maneuvering however was a little more challenging. It took me a while and with some helpful guidance from Amy, our instructor, I got my arms and body to work with the paddle. My knees were shaking for the first ten minutes and I probably had a death grip with my toes on the paddleboard throughout the ride but I remained unscathed and pretty content going with the flow of the water and the group. We paddled out into a cove and I learned from Amy that SUP originated from Hawaii, makes perfect sense, but that it started with some locals there who wanted to take photos of surfers on the water. Talk about a spectator sport!
There are so many benefits to Stand Up Paddle Boarding including core training (great for mommies), improving balance, and for me, restorative stress relieving. Nothing beats paddling out in the water with only the sun, wind and serene environment around you. For the duration of the lesson, I was able to be alone in the moment without thinking about bedtimes and playtimes or meals. SUP is perfect for anyone from novices to athletes and even for shy water skimmers like me.
Please join us in welcoming the newest Advisor to join our team:
Suzanne Golden, M.S., CCC-SLP Speech-Language Pathologist!
Suzanne (Suzy) lives in Plymouth with her husband and their 3-year old daughter. She also holds a Master’s degree in speech-language pathology and owns a private speech therapy practice in Plymouth. Suzy has been a speech therapist since 2008 and has experience in public schools, early intervention and private practice. She strives to provide comprehensive and family-centered speech therapy to children with a variety of speech and language disorders.
Suzy obtained an undergraduate degree in elementary education from Bridgewater State College and a graduate degree in speech-language pathology from Worcester State College. Suzanne holds the
Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is licensed to practice in the state of Massachusetts and holds her teaching license from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
Suzanne has experience providing therapy in a variety of settings. She has spent time working in early intervention, private practice, public schools and private schools dedicated to servicing children with severe special needs. She has experience assessing and treating various speech and language disorders. These disorders include, but are not limited to: articulation/phonological impairments, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive/receptive language disorders, communication disorders in children with Autism, and feeding/swallowing impairments.
Suzanne is also a member of the special interest division for Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). She is experienced with various AAC devices (Dynavox, iPad) and is trained in the Picture Exchange
Communication System (PECS).
Golden Speech Therapy will be offering free screenings beginning the first week in August. We will provide more information regarding this soon! We look forward to her sharing her expertise in her blogs!
By: Joan Walsh
I love independent bookstores. Let’s notice how good ones can survive in a dot com world.
Offer friendly, personal expertise to clients in a visually pleasant and well organized setting.
Offer a position of value within your store to local authors, worthy of your praise and a source of pride.
Offer a varied selection of books on the local history of one’s area.
Help children and adults develop a respect for books by carefully monitoring how they are handled in your bookshop. If clients mishandle books, chances are they will not be frequent buyers. Be ready to cut your losses.
Let your bookstore be staffed by avid readers who can recommend well written books, for all ages, by first time authors, offering clients a book choice they view as a surprise gift; one they may not have noticed had they not entered the bookshop.
We have seen bookshops that offer a huge selection of books, a coffee shop, and plenty of seating arrangements fail, so achieving success is no easy task.
Let’s give a cheer to bookshops survival!
Cape Cod Mom Bloggers were invited to experience Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Amy from Peace Love SUP. Stay tuned for future blog posts from our moms about their experiences!
Stand up paddle boarding or SUP has become one of the fastest growing and most popular water sports in the world. SUP is a fun and easy way to go play on the water. With very little equipment you can paddle surf the high seas or enjoy a leisure paddle around one of the many beautiful bays, rivers, lakes or ponds that Cape Cod has to offer. Paddle boarding offers an incredible full body workout that allows you to choose how hard or fast you want to paddle by the conditions of water and wind you decide to be in. Eighty degree summer days with low winds and peaceful waters lend themselves to paddling slow, leisurely strokes while chatting with friends and enjoying the surroundings of a less traveled river or pond. Headwinds of 10-15 mph on a choppy bay or lake with boat wakes will work to increase your strength, endurance and balance. No matter what conditions you decide to paddle in, since you are standing upright you’ll enjoy amazing views of everything in the water as well as what’s on the horizon. It’s as close to walking on water as you can get.
Amy's passion for all things water brought her to discover and fall in love with stand up paddle boarding (SUP) in 2010. After learning to stand up paddle board she decided to try mixing yoga with SUP. It turns out that stand up paddle boards are the perfect floating yoga mat and provide enough stability so that SUP yoga can be accessible to just about anybody. She started teaching lessons and SUP yoga for local surf shops and in the summer of 2012 Amy founded Peace Love SUP with the intention of combining fitness and fun in a safe and nurturing environment on the beautiful waters of Cape Cod.
Stand up paddle boarding is gaining in popularity by leaps and bounds so if you think you’d like to give it a try just book a lesson or tour with Peace Love SUP or rent a board for the day to see what it’s all about. When you're learning the sport, it's best to start out in ideal conditions: flat, calm water that's free of
obstacles like boats and buoys. After you’ve spent some time with a SUP you might decide you’d like to buy one of your own boards and if so there are many choices. The size and type of board you choose are determined by a combination of paddler weight and skill, your intended use and the local conditions. Novice paddlers should choose wider, flatter boards which offer more stability while more experienced paddlers can choose narrower boards. There are boards made specific for racing, touring, flat water.....there are even boards made specific for fishing and boards made to do yoga and fitness on.
You will also need to choose a paddle. The paddle used with SUP resembles a very long canoe paddle with an angle or “elbow” in the shaft and should be 6-8 inches taller than the paddler, although this may vary depending on your intended use. The elbow or angle in a paddle provides a more powerful, effective stroke. When you're paddling, the elbow causes the paddle blade to align straight up and down as it comes alongside the paddle board. Paddles are made of a variety of materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, fiberglass and wood. Some paddles are made to adjust so if multiple people will be using the same paddle this might be a good choice. Paddles weigh different amounts and have different shapes. Aluminum tends to be heavier and less expensive where as carbon fiber and fiberglass tend to be lighter and more expensive. Depending on which models you choose, the cost of a board and paddle ranges from about $1,100 to $2,100. When making your decisions it’s important to do your research and find a store with knowledgeable staff to help determine your needs and steer you in the right direction.
There are a few other key pieces of equipment that will be needed. This includes a PFD (Personal Flotation Device): The U.S. Coast Guard classifies stand up paddle boards as vessels, so always wear a PFD
whenever you're paddling navigable water. It’s also a good idea to wear a leash which connects from your ankle to the back of the board and prevents losing the board if a fall should occur. Wind, surf, and river current can move an unleashed board away very quickly. Proper clothing and sun protection are important as well. In milder conditions this includes wearing shorts and a T-shirt or bathing suit—something that moves with you and can get wet. For colder conditions where hypothermia is a concern a wetsuit or dry suit is necessary.
People of any age from 5-85 can learn to stand up paddle. Once you've mastered the basics, there's almost no limit to the waters you can explore on your paddle board. What is truly great is that it’s something the entire family can do together. Peace Love SUP is available 7 days a week to book beginner lessons, 2-3 hour tours of various waters ways that the Upper Cape offers, full moon paddles, as well as stand up paddle yoga or fitness classes. Visit her website at www.peacelovesup.com or to schedule a lesson or tour call 508-360-6032 or e-mail email@example.com.
by: Linda Bartosik
An art bar? What is that? I thought one day when I was walking past it in Mashpee Commons. I peeked into the windows. Wow. Tables all set up with paints and easels and a sign advertising have a cocktail while you create. What could possibly be more fun than painting while sipping a cold glass of Chardonnay? I had to investigate this further.
It turns out that this is for everyone - no experience necessary. All the materials are included in the price and everyone paints the same painting, step by step, with the instructor. At the end of the evening everyone takes home a beautiful painting. It's BYOB They do not serve alcohol so the price is much lower than other "art bars". (I didn't even know there was such a thing as an "art bar".) This sounded so cool and I knew it was something I'd love to do, but I was not sure my husband would share my enthusiasm. (I envisioned this as a cool date night.) I walked away and thought we'd probably never get around to it.
This morning I was perusing Facebook and the Cape Cod Art Bar added new photos of some of the paintings. One was of the two Cape bridges. I fell in love with it. How cool would it be to have two paintings of that to hang in our house - one by me, and one by my husband - but yet totally different? I looked at the post again and discovered they were doing The Bridges this Saturday night. Do I dare ask him? Hey, why not? What's the worst he could say? No? I texted him the post and the info. Just as I suspected, he was hesitant at first, then said, "Let's do it! Sign us up!" Yay! He really wanted to jump in with both feet and have an adventure. He wasn't dragging himself there to just please me.
After signing up I got to thinking how, as we grow from children to adults, we lose that sense of artistic play. Our play as adults consists of concerts, football and baseball games, family dinners, etc. All fun stuff, but all situations where we sit and are entertained by others. Here is a venue that brings us back to that childhood, immerses us into creating again, and puts a drink in our hand as we do it. The best of both worlds. I have to commend my husband for throwing caution to the wind, and with a "Hell, yeah" diving in. Thank you dear, I can't wait until Saturday night.
What about you? Would you do it? Would you throw caution to the wind and step out for an evening of child's play?
PS- Calling all Cape Cod Mommies - they also offer a wonderful array of sessions just for children and families too! Check it out!
And so, as another day goes by, I'm glad we're rediscovering our inner child - together, and...I have written.
By: Sung Bin
Our all time favorite place to go is the Falmouth public library. It's a big step up from the local branch of our former Brooklyn library. There is a great collection of children's books and parenting resources on the same floor. This past Friday we had a bonus treat at a story time event with Anne Clarkin from the Woods Hole Child Center (our coop preschool) and had a wonderful time singing songs and with finger plays. The library has become a rich resource for us since moving to the Cape and there are always activities from scavenger hunts to crafts. We were even fortunate to have a collection on display in the Children's Room for a month. During the summer this a great rest stop before heading to the playground to enjoy a planned event or just to relax to read a book in the play area. The librarians are tremendously helpful and we enjoy seeing familiar faces, a definite boon for us. Hope to see some families for the next story time on Fridays through July.
By: Gary M. DellaPosta, CPA
Summer is wedding season. After you say, "I do" you'll have two filing status options to choose from when filing your 2013 tax returns: married filing jointly, or married filing separately.
Married Filing Jointly
You can choose married filing jointly as your filing status if you are married and both you and your spouse agree to file a joint return. On a joint return, you report your combined income and deduct your combined allowable expenses. You can file a joint return even if one of you had no income or deductions.
If you and your spouse decide to file a joint return, your tax may be lower than your combined tax for the other filing statuses. Also, your standard deduction (if you do not itemize) may be higher, and you may qualify for tax benefits that do not apply to other filing statuses.
Joint Responsibility. Both of you may be held responsible, jointly and individually, for the tax and any interest or penalty due on your joint return. One spouse may be held responsible for all the tax due even if all the income was earned by the other spouse.
Married Filing Separately
If you are married, you can also choose married filing separately as your filing status. This filing status may benefit you if you want to be responsible only for your own tax or if it results in less tax than filing a joint return.
*reprinted with full permission from http://www.dellapostacpa.com/
Gary DellaPosta is a CPA and founder of the firm: Gary M DellaPosta, CPA's & Business Advisors. A graduate of Bryant
By: Maurene Merritt, RN
It's so big to give birth, our ability to surrender. Yet, somehow I couldn't neatly package the recent "aha" moment that I had with a friend about it, that surrender is not being submissive, forced action rooted in
fear but rather expansion, that we become so enraptured in something that we are rekindled to the kind of enthusiasm that we all once had when we were children, that we loved so much that it was indeed a pleasure to give. Where and how could I fit such a powerful, lofty characteristic about surrender into an experience that is so heavily draped in contraction? It had to fit somewhere into the equation though, since love is what got us here in the beginning, and if we chose, it is love that will carry us through to the end!
My teacher says that our ability to surrender requires our attention and effort and is a conscious choice on our part. Help yourself surrender to birth with the following ritual.
At some point in the last trimester of pregnancy, after you feel complete that you have done everything in your power to give birth the way you intend to, let it go and give it over to the god of your understanding. To help strengthen your surrender, consider integrating ritual. For example, if your tendency was to explore every appropriate childbirth preparation book under the sun, take three flowers, each one representing the corresponding zodiac flowers for you, your partner, and your baby and place them in a page of your most inspiring, frequently visited pages. Or, if you are the scrap booking type, place them in your baby photo book. Or if you're like me and enjoy creative writing, place them in your journal.
As you close your chosen book with the flowers that are destined to become a very special triad book mark in its pages, verbally state your intention of letting go of your birth experience.
Say it out loud with feeling so that it becomes your mantra, words that protect, enliven, and guide.
"I surrender all my thoughts and concerns and energies about giving birth over to the almighty power that conceived my baby."
With your days and nights leading up to birth, continue to steady your mind on surrender by repeating your mantra over and over again. I think that what you will find with approaching your labor in this way is that you
will be more likely to surrender to an experience like Nicole's who described herself as "euphoric" just seconds after giving birth.
Together, forever, in our hearts,
*reprinted with full permission from http://www.birthblessingsyoga.blogspot.com/
By: Joan Walsh
My blog for CAPPECOD MOMMIES begins today. I’ll speak to you from my humble point of view as a writer, a career teacher in special needs K-8 and grade two classroom teacher, and most important of all, the mother of identical twins. Summertime is when huge decisions are made about what nanny might best serve your child and you come fall, or whenever it is you must return to work. When you hire a nanny to be with your child, do laundry, clean house, and prepare meals, you are, in reality, hiring someone to keep your child safe from physical harm.
But when you hire a nanny to play with, tutor academically, read to, exercise with your child, you are truly hiring quality CHILDCARE. There is a world of difference, so please don’t cheat your child or yourself from
simple truths. Your child is your most important contribution to society. Should he or she develop into an empathetic, well-mannered, kind, educated adults who know how to treat people who have nothing to offer them, you have served this world well. It’s a great idea for a full-time mom, to be the best nanny to his or her own child, and relieve oneself of all guilt should your home, laundry, and or meals fail to be perfect. Not only will your child benefit from this attitude, but other family members will learn to respect your life’s work.
Future blogs will touch on topics such as National Standards of Education, tutoring techniques, the value of exposure to quiet picture books for young children, and much more.
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