How To Be A Daycare Brown Nose(r)
Let's be honest - your kid spends more time with strangers than with you; well, if you're like me and have a daycare kid. Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% on board with it and love, love, love daycare. But, to make sure your countless hours of interviews and tours are worthwhile; I'm going to give you some tips on how to make sure - they know you're a momma who cares and not to mess with your baby. With all the love, of course.
1. Talk to the Teachers - stay for a few minutes when you drop off your kid and few minutes when you pick them up. Ask them about their weekend, day, life (or even their year). This will prove to be beneficial for the later tips, but also pulls the I'm relatable card and they will think of you as a human and not a robot that just dumps their kid. Trust me, I get it - sometimes you're in a hurry and/or late, but try to make it a point to chat at least 1-2 times a week. It'll be worth it.
2. Stop By - I know this is not always an option; however, if you have the time and you potentially work close to your daycare - drop in. Take a peek at what's going on, see how they're doing. This will instill the fear in them - that they better be cuddling your baby at all times, it not, momma will know...and WE WILL.
3. Bring Breakfast - Randomly stop on your way to school and grab donuts, Chick-Fil-A; literally anything that is delicious and drop it off in the morning. A "hangry" teacher doesn't mesh well with screaming kids. A full and happy teacher...jackpot. Plus, you'll get bonus points for their mood booster. Win.
4. Remember Special Moments - Remember #1? Yea, this is where it comes into play. Remember if it's their birthday, anniversary or if they had surgery. Try to have your baby make a card, or bring in cupcakes. Or honestly, simply ask "how are you feeling?", "How was your birthday weekend?" Anything that shows you care. You care, they care and in turn...your baby benefits.
5. Ask for Advice - Look, they have seen a million kids (give or take), they've most likely seen it all. Ask questions, ask their opinion. My perfect example..."how do I feed my kid people food?" But, be ready for all of the answers. I mean, ALL of them. It's helped and I really do appreciate it. They feel like you're confident in their abilities and expertise and boom - you have mutual trust.
However; the biggest thing, treat them like amazing humans. Because they are. I cannot imagine being with 10 screaming kids (minus mine, she's perfect) for 10 hours a day, 5 days a week. That's like, 100 hours of nails on chalk board, on repeat. Not really, but - I couldn't do it.
I've seen this pay off ten-fold for me; baby girl gets a lot more attention, they notice little things about her, quicker than normal and they've grown to have a special bond with her. Its simply the sweetest and helps bring me more comfort throughout the week.
If you show love, they'll give love. Now, go and be a brown nose(r), it's the only time people won't judge you for it.