Ask Melinda

Ask Melinda is a blog written by Melinda Marshall focusing on family child care issues. Think of it as Dear Abby for family child care.

How Do You Celebrate Week Of The Young Child
How Do You Celebrate Week Of The Young Child?
Here are the top 20 things that bring me joy every week as a family child care provider.
What Brings You Joy?
What Brings You Joy?
Here are the top 20 things that bring me joy every week as a family child care provider.
Messy Art With Infants And Toddlers?
Messy Art With Infants And Toddlers?
For infants and toddlers, creative art experiences are all about the process of sensory exploration. Such experiences are an important part of their development.
Do You Charge Families Hourly, Or To Hold A Spot?
Do You Charge Families Hourly, Or To Hold A Spot?
Paying for a spot in our program can be seen as an expense, or it can be seen as an investment in your child’s future.
How-Are-You-Handling-The-Coronavirus-In-Regard-To-Your-Business
How Are You Handling The Coronavirus In Regard To Your Business?
This is uncharted territory for ALL of us, and we’re all just doing the best we can. If no one has told you yet…. your job as a family childcare provider is important. YOU are important. You matter. You are all superheroes in my eyes. I see you.
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What is your Behavior Management Policy?
20 years ago when I wanted to begin caring for children in my home I hand drew a flier (I didn’t even have a computer or printer at the time!) and hung it up on a community board at our local corner grocery store. I remember my futile attempts to draw ABC blocks, teddy bears, and beach balls on it and coloring them in with crayons. Fast forward 20 years and thanks to social media, we sure have come a long way in how we “spread the word.”
what are your best advertising tips
What Are Your Best Advertising Tips?
20 years ago when I wanted to begin caring for children in my home I hand drew a flier (I didn’t even have a computer or printer at the time!) and hung it up on a community board at our local corner grocery store. I remember my futile attempts to draw ABC blocks, teddy bears, and beach balls on it and coloring them in with crayons. Fast forward 20 years and thanks to social media, we sure have come a long way in how we “spread the word.”
How Do You Deal With The Chaos
Child Led Seems Unruly And Chaotic–How Do You Deal With The Chaos?
Messy play is an important and large part of our program. Much of our day incorporates sensory play, whether its digging in the sand pit, scooping and pouring water, making mud pies, or squishing cool paint in between our fingers.
How Do You Balance Your Work Life And Personal Life
How Do You Balance Your Work Life And Personal Life?
This week's question: How do you balance your personal/work life and how do you deal with provider burnout?
Should Parents Only Pay When Their Children Attend
Should Parents Only Pay When Their Children Attend?
This week's question: The parents in my program want to pay me only when their child is here. Its costing ME to run my program this way. What should I do?
How Do You Deal With Messy Play?
How Do You Deal With Messy Play?
Messy play is an important and large part of our program. Much of our day incorporates sensory play, whether its digging in the sand pit, scooping and pouring water, making mud pies, or squishing cool paint in between our fingers.
Do The Girls Roughhouse Too
Do The Girls Rough House Too?
A few of the girls have recently begun a new game called “Huggies”. They run up to each other and ask “Huggie?” and as they wrap their arms around each other, they fall down to the ground. While the boys tend to want to wrestle and roughhouse without much of a “theme” needed, they’ve joined the girls in this game.