May 08

What Is Family Style Child Care?

Family-Style Child Care goes beyond education to include the elements of family that little ones need. This is the first in a series of videos designed to explain our unique Family-Style approach to child care in Fairfield, OH.  If you find it difficult to explain to someone the things that make Little Village Kids different from the daycare centers in Fairfield, this video will help.  Or, if you are tired of being just another customer and you would like more than just a school, this video is for you.

Either way, please help us grow by sharing this video with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and everywhere else.  Thanks.

May 01

Family Style Child Care

Dear Friends and Family,

Leslie and I want to thank you so much for sharing our videos on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and everywhere else.  It’s working!

With your help, more and more people are beginning to see the amazing benefits of our Family-Style approach.  By sharing these videos with your family, friends, and followers you are making a real difference in the lives of the children in our community.

Here’s our newest video.  Please continue to help us get the word out.
We can do this together!

Apr 24

Drop the Daycare Guilt!

Drop the Daycare Guilt!  Here’s another video for you to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  Thanks for all your help!

Please help us grow by sharing this video on all of your social media sites.

Oct 09

Parent Help Desk

Parent Help Desk Little Village KidsAttention Parents and Friends, we’ve added an awesome resource to our website!  It’s called the Parent Help Desk and here’s how it works.  You can go to www.littlevillagekids.com, click on the Parent Help Desk link at the top of the page and use the help desk tool to submit any question you have about children, parenting, education, marriage, family, saving money, or anything else.  Maybe you need some tips for stretching your grocery budget, ideas for creating an effective bedtime routine, or tricks to get your little ones to eat vegetables.  We’re here to help.

I have been a parent for fourteen years and I still call on my family for help. This is the idea behind the Parent Help Desk.  It gives you a place to go for answers and options.  If we know the answers to your questions, we’ll be glad to share them.  If we don’t, we’ll find them and connect you to resources that can help.  This is not about telling you how to live your life. It’s about providing you with ideas, information, and options that make your life easier.

If you need help with potty training, discipline methods, learning activities, or ways to keep your kids occupied in the car on vacation, the Parent Help Desk is for you.  Just like the kid whose dad used to take his fundraiser candy to work and sell it for him, you can benefit from our extensive network of connections with nurses, doctors, therapists, counselors, educators, pastors, and more.  That’s the cool thing about child care that feels like family.

Every day you shoulder the responsibility of parenting, but you don’t have to do it alone.  Many of you have heard me speak about our “Family-style Staffing” and the fact that, at Little Village Kids, everyone is responsible for everyone all the time.  This philosophy extends to you – our parents.  Digging in and facing life’s challenges with you is just how we do things.  You can never have enough support and helpful encouragement.  We know from firsthand experience that being part of a community makes a huge difference.

So give us a try.  Go to the Parent Help Desk and submit a question.  We can’t wait to help you find answers!

Sep 28

Potty Training Secrets from Little Village Kids

Potty Training SecretsOne subject that often exasperates parents is potty training.  Our Toddler teachers are always giving helpful tips to weary parents in an effort to guide them through this seemingly endless struggle.  So, because of the popularity of the subject we decided to add this article to the resource section of our website.  Here are our best potty training secrets.  Please let us know if you find this helpful.

Here are 10 tips for successful potty training.  I have seen these applied over a period of days or weeks as well as over an intensive weekend.  The length of time necessary for success depends more on the child and the program.  Feel free to apply these ideas to your own situation and then let us know how it worked.

Potty Training Secrets: #1 – Count down the last package of diapers

If you have lived or worked with toddlers for any length of time, you know that they rarely turn on a dime when it comes to changes in activities, environments, or behaviors.  A bit of advanced notice can be the key to gaining their cooperation.  This is why we suggest declaring a “last package” of diapers and then counting down as you use them.  This gives your toddler time to get used to the idea that things are going to change.

Potty Training Secrets: #2. Say things like, “You won’t have to wear diapers anymore!”

By phrasing the desired behavior as a “get to” and the undesired behavior as a “have to” you are subtly introducing the idea of the new behavior being “better” without fighting about it.  Word power goes a long way, especially when you’re learning new ones every day.  Also, even though they may fight for their independence, our children do want to emulate our values, so introducing change by clearly valuing the desired outcome will help you work some motivational mojo.

Potty Training Secrets: #3. Start on a three-day weekend

Whether you’re planning a sprint or a marathon, it’s good to start the process on a long weekend.  This removes the time pressure of needing immediate success.  Remember, children emulate us, so if we are stressed out by the process, they will be too.  Let a long weekend can give you the space to stay cool and you stand a better chance of achieving your goal.

Potty Training Secrets: #4. Dress your child in loose-fitting pants like sweats with no diaper, pull-up, or underwear on

This is strategy.  Every diaper commercial brags about how brand x keep wetness away from your child’s skin.  When they are tiny and need diapers, this is a good thing.  However, when they get older it’s good for them to associate going in their pants with feeling uncomfortable.  Don’t worry, you’re not a bad parent, because you aren’t going to leave them to hang around in wet pants – remember you’re working this together.  All you want is for your child to understand that wetting his or her pants is uncomfortable.  This will begin to motivate him or her to see the potty as a solution and not a chore.

Potty Training Secrets: #5. Set a timer and try to go every hour

The key to any parenting venture is consistency.  The more consistent we are as parents, the more responsive our children will be.  Potty training is an excellent example of this principle.  By taking a potty break every hour we are accomplishing two things.  One, we are teaching our children to keep the need to potty in the back of their minds while they play, learn, and go about their day.  Two, we are reducing the number of accidents that we’ll have to clean up.

Potty Training Secrets: #6. Eat lots of salty snacks and drink lots of liquid

There’s an old saying that says “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  It may be true, but you can salt his oats.  One of the key elements to successful potty training is teaching our children to recognize the physical “gotta go” feeling.  Eating salty snacks encourages drinking liquid.  Drinking liquid encourages pottying.  It also keeps the mood light and fun, because who doesn’t like eating snacks and drinking juice?

Potty Training Secrets: #7. Use high fives, stickers, a cheer, or a dance to celebrate

Create some way to celebrate each successful bathroom experience.  Whatever motivates your child will work.  My daughter loved books and going to the bookstore.  Each time she used the bathroom successfully she earned a sticker.  After so many stickers, she earned a trip to the bookstore and a book to take home.  It really doesn’t matter how you celebrate as long as you do something.  Children at that age need reinforcement and celebrating with them helps them to understand that you are in this with them.  Teamwork goes a long way with toddlers.

Potty Training Secrets: #8. Stay inside and concentrate on keeping the potty schedule

As we’ve already discussed, consistency is everything.  Phase one of the process, whether it takes a day or longer, is to learn to be consistent.  Stay in one spot, set the timer, and stick to the hour schedule.  This sets a foundation of consistency that you can build on.  Without this foundation, you are much more likely to struggle frustrating you and your child.

Potty Training Secrets: #9. Venture outside for an hour in the afternoon

By adding some outside time we are teaching the children to be mindful of the need to potty regardless of where they are.  We are also increasing the size of their potty-safe world and eliminating the boredom of staying inside.  Be sure to carry the timer with you so as to remain consistent with your schedule.

Potty Training Secrets: #10. Take a short trip in the car and use a public restroom

Taking a trip in the car further widens the potty-safe world and also introduces your child to the concept of telling you when he or she has to potty.  Take this opportunity to introduce your child to public restrooms.  They can start learning good hygiene and safe practices when using public restrooms.  Public restrooms also offer fun things you probably don’t have at home like automatic faucets, soap dispensers, and hand driers.

Once your child masters the basics, you can begin to further broaden the potty-safe world by going to Grandma’s or to a friend’s house and using the potty there.  You can also relax the schedule from hourly to whenever you change activities.  Develop the habit of pottying before you leave and when you return home, before and after nap, before and after meals, before bedtime and first thing in the morning.  If you experience a relapse, simply return to the last phase you completed and gradually work forward.

Well, there you go.  I hope these tips are helpful as you navigate the waters of potty training.  Please leave comments to this post and share your thoughts.  What has worked for you?  Do you have any questions?  Be a part of the discussion so that we can learn from one another.

Sep 18

Please Help Us Build The Best Child Care In Fairfield

Best Child Care in FairfieldAs we begin another school year, Leslie and I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for choosing Little Village Kids.  You are a vital part of our extended family, and it is truly our pleasure to care for you and your children.

From the day we opened in 2009, the goal has always been to build the best child care in Fairfield.  Over the last three years that has meant making improvements to our facility, our programs, our curriculum, and our staff.  Today, we remain committed to constant growth and improvement.

Enrollment provides the resources we need to grow.  We are happy to report that our enrollment is steady.  However, and increase in that enrollment would go a long way toward helping us continue to thrive.  You can play a key role in the effort to increase enrollment at Little Village Kids.  Please consider helping by taking advantage of one or more of the opportunities below.

Ways To Help Build The Best Child Care In Fairfield

  • Refer Someone – The greatest thing you could do to help us grow is refer a friend or family member.  We will give that person free registration for 2012 and we’ll apply a $50 credit to your account to say, “Thanks.”
  • Leave a Positive Review – If you have enjoyed being a part of our family and you’re willing to say so, please consider leaving a positive review online.  You can write nice things about the center at our Google Plus Listing or our Yelp Page.
  • Like Us – If you are on Facebook, just liking our page will help us reach more people.  If you could give us a pitch in a post that would be awesome!
  • Tweet Us – If you use Twitter, please tweet about the center and link back to our website: www.littlevillagekids.com.
  • Pin Us – If you are a Pinterest user, please pin our website to one of your boards.
  • Leave Comments – Our search engine rankings benefit greatly from comments left on our website.  To leave a comment, just choose a post that you enjoy and share your thoughts in the “comments” section.

Thanks for helping us build the Best Child Care in Fairfield.  You’re awesome!

Greg

Oct 04

Little Village Kids Fairfield OH

Parents want the best for their children – compassionate care and top quality learning in a safe and secure environment. This is Little Village Kids Fairfield OH.  We’re family owned and operated. That means you’re family, and we treat you that way. You deserve a genuine and personal relationship with those who care for the most important people in your life. We understand this and we live it every day. Come See how Little Village Kids is improving Child Care one family at a time.

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