Welcome, to Lauren’s Little Ones Family Childcare!
Before we get to all the nitty gritty details that I’m sure you came here looking for, I want to share a little about me, my thoughts on child-care, and my family. I’m starting here because the first thing most families look for in a childcare provider is someone that you can trust, who has similar values, and a who has a home that you know your child will feel loved, challenged, and thrive in.
The majority of my adult life has been spent raising kids. For the first five years after Hubs and I got married, I worked hand in hand with moms as a nanny.
It. Was. Awesome.
I loved getting to spend my days playing, going places, and helping grow kind, smart little people. I still have close relationships with many of my nanny kids. (J makes a welcome visit during school breaks as my “helper”.)
I knew this childcare business was where I was meant to be, so after I had my first child in 2012, Lyla, I decided to open a family childcare. It has been one of the hardest, most rewarding endeavors I think I had ever taken, and opened up so many doors for our family.
Since opening Lauren’s Little Ones, and having children of my own, I quickly recognized how powerful relationships are for mothers, and I want to help empower, educate, and befriend other parents going through the same struggles and triumphs I have.
I’m a big believer of reading everything you can, and then taking that knowledge and throwing it out the window while you struggle to figure out what works for you, your kid, and your family. I’m believe in admitting your faults, and letting your kids see you pick up and try again. I believe in real families, real connections, and real, hands on experiences, and I pour that into my kids and childcare.
For me and my family, my Littles are our family, too. We know each other’s favorite songs, colors, foods, and their favorite thing to do with their Nana’s. I see our home as an extension of their home. It’s a place to lose your socks, loosen your inhibitions, and learn how to get along with others.
While we learn our alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes organically through play, my kids have bigger, more important things to learn.
- We learn how to respect each other and our toys.
- How to wash our hands properly (and not to use Miss Lauren’s yoga pants as a Kleenex)
- How to apologize, and mean it.
- That it’s okay to be angry or make mistakes, and how to fix it when we do.
- We learn our bodies are strong and capable. They can run, jump, dance, stretch, lift, build.
- We learn our bodies can be peaceful. We stretch, breathe, and practice gentle yoga.
- We create. We create drawings, paintings, block sculptures, meals.
- We are problem solvers
- Imagination cultivators
- Story tellers
- Play-Doh Constructors
- Mess Makers
And most importantly, we learn that although they are little, that their actions and attitudes in our little world and beyond, make a big difference.
The honor of Raising your Littles is the largest I could ever have upon my life. I am the cultivator of chaos and the shaper of little minds, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.