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Saying Sorry the Conscious Discipline Way

Making mistakes, doing the wrong thing, and having a child apologize for it has been normalized in childcare settings for far too long. Apologies can be overused and that makes the apology less meaningful. Does a 2-5-year-old really know what it means to be sorry? Anyone can say “I’m sorry” but do they really mean …

Staying Safe & Healthy During Flu Season

Young children who have just started in a childcare setting are more vulnerable to illness, especially during flu season. This is primarily because it may be their first time being exposed to certain germs. In addition, they may also be too young to receive recommended vaccines to help develop their immunity.  The flu is highly …

Why is Lakewood a good area to raise a family?

Lakewood, a wonderful community with the most amazing jaw dropping views of the Rocky Mountains! Not only is Lakewood a good area to raise a family, it is a wonderful place to plant your roots, there is affordable housing, a growing job market, access to outdoor recreation, and so much more that is offered in …

Gobble Gobble!🦃 Let’s Talk Thankful Conversations🍂

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Hey there, awesome parents and guardians! The leaves are turning, there’s a crispness in the air, and the aroma of pumpkin spice is everywhere. Yes, you guessed it right! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. 🦃 Amidst the hustle and bustle of preparing festive meals and cozying up our homes, it’s the perfect time to …

Tips & Tricks to Staying Safe this Halloween

BOO!👻 Halloween is just around the corner, and we all know how excited kids get about costumes, candy, and spooktacular fun. But, as parents and caregivers, it’s our job to make sure the excitement doesn’t turn into accidents. At the Big Red Barn, we totally get that, so we’ve put together some easy-to-follow tips and …

5 Tips for No-Sweat Daycare Drop-offs and Pick-ups

The daily daycare drop-offs and pick-ups can sometimes feel like herding a cat through a yarn shop—especially when you’re racing against the clock. An easy morning drop-off can kickstart an amazing day for your little one, then an effortless pick-up can set a peaceful tone for the evening. Here are five tips to make the …

The Importance of a Home-like Environment in Early Childhood Education

It’s no secret that children largely feel most at home, when they’re at home! The home is where most of your young child’s developmental milestones are made and where they make the most early memories, and this naturally gives your child an attachment to the place they call home. This, as many parents know, is …

5 Benefits of Hands-On Activity for Kids

Even for the biggest supporters of outdoor and hands-on play, the benefits of such play can be surprising! Beyond getting some fresh air or letting them get some energy out of their system, outdoor hands-on play provides a number of tangible, real-world benefits to your child’s development that will help them reach milestones and soar …

Daycare vs Preschool: What Are the Differences?

Daycare and preschool… two words that parents of young children know all too well! For many these two words are synonymous, but the truth is that there are several key differences between the two. When comparing daycare vs preschool, parents should keep in mind that while they are in many ways very similar — they’ll …

Why You Should Work in Childcare

With every passing year, the childcare industry continues to grow and compete within itself for both business and talent. When it comes to talent in particular, new and up-and-coming childcare professionals are always in high demand — and for good reason! With the continued growth of this industry, many preschools and daycares have consistent new …