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When Accidents Happen…

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How do I do this?

My dear friend is dying, and I care for a family member of hers. How do I smile and be a consistent presence for this child when all I want to do is cry ? In my head I know that the best thing I can do for my friend is support her family, both as a friend and teacher. But all I want to do is drop everything and go see her. I won’t, but how do I keep the tears at bay?

I don’t have an answer for this one…any of you?

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The Day After Halloween…

The day after Halloween brings many teachers and childcare providers to tears.  The kids are cranky, tired, sugared, and overstimulated.  I couldn’t help but notice that the schools in our county are closed on November 1st this year.  Coincidence?  I think not, however I am open for business.  I expect the children to be cranky, tired, sugared and overstimulated.  I also expect that they need the comfort of a predicable routine and a calm atmosphere.  I intend to meet the needs of the children whether that includes lots of movement or an early nap.  Maybe the children need to pound on some clay or splash in some water.  I’ll find out tomorrow, but one thing is for sure, it will be a nice, regular, routine, and consistent day.  The children need it after all the excitement of the holiday.

Let me know how you handle the day after Halloween…do you hide?  eat lots of candy?  or if you’re a teacher, do you take a sick day?

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And this is my adorable but cranky, tired, sugared and overstimulated child… Can anyone tell me what he was for Halloween?

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