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What’s My Child Passionate About? Paying Attention To What Makes Kids ‘Tick’

Now that the gift-giving season is over, we’re sure you took some extra time to observe what exactly makes your child tick. Whether you got them the perfect gift that they have not put down since tearing off the wrapping paper or noticed the same effect from a gift given by another family member or friend, the holidays can give a lot of insight into the interests and passions of our children. What they hope for is what they love now, and may love in the future. And at Maple Leaf Childcare, we believe it’s important to foster those interests from an early age and teach children that exploring and living their passions is important not only for their brains, but also for their hearts.

Allowing kids to play and pursue their own interests on their own terms (within limits and consistent schedules, of course), your child will undoubtedly develop important and invaluable lifelong skills, such as group interaction, problem solving, planning, adjustment after failure, and even studying. For example, a child interested in space will naturally retain more information in their brains about the subject than the next child, regardless of equal access to that information in the first place. So, allowing a child to explore the topics and types of activities they show interest in can be a great way to teach them how to initiate learning and become more self-reflective as they grow.

Whether a child seems to be stuck on one thing or bounces around from one subject to the next, parents should keep lines of communication open for them to express what’s on their mind and why. Simple questions about how your child’s day was, who their friends are, and why they like certain things are great jumping-off points for opening up a conversation about particular passions and interests. If your child does not respond to these conversations at first, continue to test out the waters. Often times, kids take a moment to get their thoughts together on a subject, and should be trained to think up thoughtful responses to questions, from both other kids their age and adults. Otherwise, simply observe them. Watch what they tend to do and pay attention to on a regular basis, and you’ll discover plenty about what makes their interests peak.

At Maple Leaf Childcare, we’re here to help your child grow and learn with quality services at affordable prices for today’s parents.

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Newborns And Their ‘Newborn’ Parents: Taking on Parenting with Maple Leaf Childcare

Are you new to raising a little one? First, congratulations on the fresh and wondrous addition to your family! Our team of expert childcare professionals at Maple Leaf Childcare love to hear when beautiful little thinkers and doers come into the world, ready to explore. We also love to see families grow and change over the years, as children come in and out of our childcare center.

If you’re a brand new parent, the initial life change involved in welcoming a newborn is often jarring enough to cause a full range of emotions, from nerves and edgy irritability to pure joy and admiration. As you embark on the journey of becoming a parent and developing your own opinions and methods of how to raise your child, the first things to make sure you have set is a support system. Whether it’s family, lifelong friends, or fellow mothers and fathers you’ve met along the way, having people who not only are aware of the chagnes you’re going through, but are also sympathetic of how those changes may affect your ability to be present and engaging, is very important. It can feel difficult to play roles aside from ‘mother’, ‘father’, or ‘partner’ in the first few months of raising a child, so your support system is often the core reason new parents manage to keep their heads above water and their emotions in check.

If you’re worried about the basics, look no further. At Maple Leaf Childcare, our specialty lies in keeping your child safe, healthy, and always learning and growing in the process. If you’re a working parent or would like the support of childcare professionals during your parenting journey, be sure to contact our staff to inquire about our services and see how we can best serve you and your family’s needs. After all, we believe the needs of your child and their opportunity to develop take precedence.

When it comes to feeding and changing your baby, there are a few basic rules of thumb to live by. Feed and change them every two to three hours, as their stomachs and skin are highly sensitive in the first few months of life and their constantly growing bodies will require a lot of nourishment to keep up. You can begin to space out feeding times once your child regains their birth weight and continues to stretch out. Consult our professionals or your local healthcare professional about what types of foods are best to feed your child and at what stage in their development.

Ready to take on the wonderful challenge of becoming a parent along with our team at Maple Leaf Childcare? We’d love to walk with you on your journey. Give our team a call today to learn more about what we offer and how we function. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your little one.

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Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

In classrooms, homes, and child care centers alike, illness can easily spread during the winter months. As temperatures drop, our bodies are more vulnerable to thriving viruses and bacteria traveling in the air, and flu season is officially upon us.

If you haven’t gotten a vaccination appointment set up for your child at this point in the season, it’s important to do so before they get sick. It often takes a vaccination two weeks to fully develop antibodies in your child’s system, helping them to fight off any virus or bacteria they come in contact with. If contact is made before the antibodies form, your child will most likely get sick without proper prevention or disinfectant cleaning.

At Maple Leaf Child Care, the health and well-being of your child is of the utmost importance to us. We go above and beyond to make sure that when your child is in our care, they’re playing, eating, and learning in a clean environment, and receive the best care our abilities and training can offer when they don’t feel well.

Part of keeping kids healthy through the holidays is keeping them warm, fed, and hydrated. At Maple Leaf, we prioritize balanced meals and snacks high in protein and low in sugar, to best allow your child to develop and succeed. Plus, playing outside as temperatures drop requires more layers and the right gear for your child to socialize and get their energy out while also staying warm safe during that time. If a child does not come to us with proper attire with which to play outside, we’ll do our best to find something useful or them to wear. Otherwise, we may decide to keep your child inside for safety.

Indoors, regular sanitation is key to avoiding sickness from spreading around Maple Leaf Childcare Center. Our professionals and child care experts clean surfaces, toys, nap time, an meap preparation stations religiously to assure safety each and every day. If your child is sneezing, coughing, or otherwise showing a symptom of sickness, we’ll alert you as soon as possible and do our best to mitigate these symptoms and keep them comfortable throughout the day.

Of course, the best way to be sure that other children do not get sick this holiday season, please make it clear that your child is experiencing an illness or symptoms of an illness as soon as you notice them at home. Depending on the situation, it may be best to keep your child at home while sicknesses subside.

Contact Maple Leaf Child Care with any questions or concerns you may have about our offerings and services.

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A History of Santa Claus

No matter what holiday you and your family are observing this holiday season, the story of Santa Claus is often near and dear to our hearts in the U.S. There are plenty of stories out there to tell us what happens on Christmas Eve and the magic elves who help Santa bring gifts to children across the globe, but rarely do we give attention about old Saint Nicholas’ rich history.

We call him Santa Claus, but the Dutch call him Sint Nikolaas, and it was this group of settlers who originally introduced the traditions associated with Santa’s story to North America. They’re responsible for our modern vision of Santa Claus, dressed in red and white furs with his signature hat on his head. They also included the original eight reindeer and Rudolph, red nose and all, in their tradition, as well as the common stocking tradition, where gifts are placed on December 24th after Santa enters homes through the chimney. Santa’s home has always been located at the North Pole, according to even the oldest accounts of Santa Claus.

These settlers spent years forming and handing down the oral tradition of Santa Claus from generation to generation, incorporating multiple religious traditions and variation from the English, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch speakers who told it. And in 1823, Clement C. Moore wrote a poem accompanied by one fo the most famous photos of old St. Nick. It was a poem Moore wrote to tell his children the history and tradition of Santa Claus.

No matter where we come from, most kids are familiar with and adore the idea of Santa Claus. After all, he’s a figure that brings community together and fosters an attitude of giving during the holiday season. We at Maple Leaf Child Care love the idea of instilling generous habits in the kids we’re so lucky to spend time with every day.

And if the holidays are a busy time, give us a call. Our years of experience in Child Care and professional reputation make us a great option for Colorado parents.

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