Child Care at School

Dear Reader,

I don’t have any kids. But I’ve worked in the child care center at my high school. And I have seen how hard it is to take care of a child. That’s why I plan on waiting to have children, because I plan on going to college to get my degree in early childhood education. Ever since I started working at my church day care and school, I see that having a child takes a lot of work. But I also know what to do when taking care of someone else’s child because I have taken all child psychology classes with my wonderful high school teacher.

Bethany B

Now Where Shall I Go?

Bill loved the great outdoors. Hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, boating—you name it, he got out and did it.

So when Bill died, the family decided it was only fitting to have Bill’s body cremated and his ashes spread over the same stretch of land that Bill enjoyed so much (it should go without saying that the family determined where they could legally spread his ashes before doing so).

Then the family returned home, and returned to their lives, and they felt something was missing.

They didn’t have a place to go to honor Bill.

See, when a loved one’s remains are buried in a cemetery, that spot often becomes a sacred space. Family members especially may go there to periodically pay their respects, or sit and ponder, or even talk to the memory of their loved one.

If you don’t have a cemetery plot to head to, then be sure you find a spot that will be meaningful to you and designate it as your sacred space—a comfortable place where you can go to focus on the memories of the loved one that’s no longer with you.

Healing from grief begins when we recognize what we need. Designating a spot that is specifically meant to honor your loved one can assist you in triggering memories and getting away to honor your loved one.

In a time of loss, this can meet a tremendous need.

Early Intervention Education Specialist Jobs

Early Intervention Education Specialist

Click here to apply for Early Intervention Education Specialist Jobs

Bachelor’s degree and current Washington State Teaching Certificate required. Bilingual English/Spanish required. Early childhood and special education endorsement preferred. Master’s Degree special education preferred. Experience and knowledge of early childhood development and principles of Early Intervention. Excellent communication skills and commitment to teamwork.

Job summary:
Coaches families to promote development
Provide education services and supports to families.
Completes ongoing assessment of child’s development.
Conducts standardized eligibility evaluations.
Provide education services on Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) in accordance with IDEA Part C.

Being A Teen Mom at 17

Dear Reader,

For me, I became a teen mom at the age of 17. It was so hard to go to school and be a mom at the same time. But guess what? I made it but now I am expecting another one at the age of 19. My two daughters are the most wonderful thing that could have happened to me. And so if people tell you that you could not do it, don’t believe them. Prove them wrong – don’t let them hold you back. You are able to do anything you want if you put your mind to it.

Sincerely, Maithé

The Letter

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can’t reread a phone call. ~Liz Carpenter

Have you ever gone through the attic—you know, wiping aside the cobwebs, scooting past the front half of the snowmobile (and wondering how anybody ever got half of a snowmobile into the attic), tripping over giant Rubbermaid box lids—and found a box of treasures? You open the dusty box, and you find mementos: trinkets, graduation mortarboards, baby shoes, and letters.

Once you start reading those letters, you are invited into a world of the past. You read about a relationship. You become privvy to hopes and dreams. Maybe you laugh. Perhaps you cry. Or possibly something completely different happens.

The experience of having something tangible to hold onto isn’t new. Many of us try to hold on to certain things because they have sentimental value.

A gift that you can give your family members is the gift of a letter. You don’t have to be a master wordsmith to write a powerful letter to someone you care about. Just get ink to paper and write honestly, and you’ll find that the words will come easy.

There is very little in this world that is more valuable than a letter from a loved one. It is both literally and figuratively something your loved one can hold onto.

New Year! Healthier You!

Written by Lena Gill, RD, CSO, CD

If you did not make a New Year’s resolution, it is still not too late.  Some people make resolutions on their birthday, but any day will do.  In fact, January 15-21, 2012 is “Healthy Weight Week” which focuses on “A time to celebrate healthy diet-free living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems.”

As we’ve mentioned in previous blog entries, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight has been shown to reduce risk for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other weight related issues.  Weight loss is at the top of most of our New Year’s Resolutions and it seems to be a recurring goal for most of us year after year.  Let’s make 2012 the year we actually achieve the resolution to lose weight and gain better overall health!  If you are already at your ideal body weight, then make maintaining it your goal.  Either way, the following are some tips I have for those who are trying to eat healthier.

  • Try to make healthy food choices 80% of the time, which gives you some leeway for the remaining 20% of the time.  You can enjoy all foods on a healthy eating plan, but pay attention to how much and how often you select higher calorie, higher fat foods.  Eliminate the word “diet” from your vocabulary and focus on healthy lifestyle patterns.
  • Limit snacks to 2 per day and keep them at the 150 calorie level.  Most nutritious, wholesome snacks fall into the 150 calorie level and can be very filling.  (My favorite snack is ½ cup of cottage cheese with ½ cup canned peaches.)
  • Focus on doing more instead of less.  What I mean by this, is to resolve to EAT MORE fruits and vegetables (instead of telling yourself you WON’T EAT chips), DRINK MORE water (instead of telling yourself to STOP DRINKING pop), and so on.
  • Find an exercise you enjoy and then do it! Aim for 30 minutes per day.  It’s OK to break this time into smaller segments, too.  Exercise improves mood and may be just the ticket to get through the post holiday winter doldrums.
  • Remember:
    • Washing your hands is the best way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.  Make it a goal to wash your hands frequently so you stay your healthiest.
    • Quitting smoking is the single most important thing smokers can do to improve their health.  Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.  If you smoke, resolve to quit today!
    • Beware of the diet and health New Year’s resolution spoilers!  AICR has some good solutions to whatever may befall your best efforts to achieve a healthier lifestyle this year.

What is your health related resolution for 2012?  If you are already at your healthy weight, do you have some tips to share with others who are just getting started in their healthier lifestyle endeavors?  Any struggles you’d like help with? We’d love to hear from you!


Infant Massage Class in Yakima

If you have a baby who is 6 months or younger and would like to take a one hour class on Infant massage, we have on scheduled on January 31, 2013 from 6-7 pm.  The cost is just $5 for you, your partner and baby to learn this technique. Pre-registration is required by calling 509-248-7322.

Here are some of the benefits of Infant Massage for the baby:

  • Infant-Parent attachment or “bonding”
  • Relaxation
  • Helps baby feel loved
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Facilitates body awareness
  • Boosts immune system
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Improves skin condition
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Helps digestion
  • Balances respiration
  • Relief for teething pains
  • Help waste elimination
  • Helps build parents’ and baby’s self-esteem
  • Helps you learn about your baby (their needs and desires)
  • Relaxes parents
  • Pleasurable experience
  • Stimulates production of oxytocin (Oxytocin is a hormone which can be produced by both male and female persons during massage. It is useful as a pain reliever and has a calming effect on the person.)