I had this teacher in 5th grade who was kinda strict, our class was always behaved because he ran a tight ship but there always seemed to be that one kid who pushed the limit, who always seemed to be in trouble. I wasn't a great student but I was polite and always liked it if the teachers liked me. I never wanted to be that kid in trouble and wanted to save the one who was. It can be like that in daycare sometimes by the end of the day I feel like I have said no 100 times and removed a child from the group or activity that I just wish they would participate with respect and kindness. It always seems to be the same kid!
In school if were having one of those days we would come back in the room from lunch and that teacher would have put a licorice on each desk, even the bad kid! I remember him never making anyone feel like they were better then anyone, there was no teachers pet! At two years old these kids can understand if they are good or bad, they tell me all the time if someone is being bad and I always try to say they aren't being bad they are just learning to be good. At two years old these kids can understand if they are good or bad, they tell me all the time if someone is being bad and I always try to say they aren't being bad they are just learning to be good.
So on days when I feel like the morning has been rough and we need a pick me up I try to make a warm sweet smelling snack so that when little eyes wake we can start new and try to begin again.
I pre-make cookie dough on the weekend and freeze it in little balls, so that when I need a few for snack they are right there.
For Christmas I got the second of Jessica Seinfelds cook books Double Delicious!: Good, Simple Food for Busy, Complicated Lives and I love it just as much as the first Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. This recipe is great because it has carrots in it and hardly any sugar so I feel good giving them to the kids. I'm sure that they would be just as happy with licorice as I was but after a grumpy morning I don't want to ad any extra sugar to encourage the behaviour!
I hope in 20 years they remember the cookies after nap time, even the bad kid who was learning to be good!