I remember when I was a kid – I LOVED learning and educational games. Heck, I still do. Anything that exercises my busy brain and is fun at the same time is a win win in my books. My daughter is 16 months now and is like a walking and babbling learning sponge…you can practically see the knowledge being absorbed! I recently discovered a really cool online store that specializes in learning tools, resources and games just for kids: Educents. I have already found so many neat ideas in the Pre-K section for my daughter and it goes all the way up to College so I’m looking forward to checking out each section as she grows. If your child is interested in Minecraft, butterflies, space, architecture, traveling…you name it, or you do home schooling, Educents probably offers a way to turn your child’s interests into a fun lesson. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to check out Educents’ new freebie at the bottom of this post!
For the first 6 months after my daughters birth I was a stay at home mom and had intentions of being so until she was at least 2 or 3 years old. I actually had this idea before she was even born – isn’t it funny how quickly life can change!? It wasn’t until the 8th month mark of my daughters life that I started thinking about going back to work. I felt both excited to be getting back into the “adult” world and being able to contribute financially to our family (even though my partner has always reassured me that he is perfectly happy supporting the 3 of of), yet I was extremely nervous about leaving my daughter in the care of others…especially people I didn’t know.
Luckily when I first started back to work it was part-time and because my partner owns a seasonal business, he was able to stay home with our daughter…Mr. Mom! It was a perfect transition, but now that my partners busy season is approaching, so is the company’s I work for and my hours have now switched from part-time to full-time. That meant we needed to look for daycare 5 days a week. I was very anxious about which daycare provider I could trust with the person most important to me. I did a lot of research on things to look for in a daycare as well as what questions to ask to be sure I chose the safest, best option for my kids so I could feel assured in dropping them off there everyday.