It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Speaking of holidays…

I’ve been defending a caregiver’s right to paid ones over at Work It, Mom!

July 29, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. You’re so right! I have paid holidays right in my contract so there’s no confusion. You mention sitters who provide KD and hotdogs and rely heavily on the TV. While I have a structured day based around weekly and monthly themes and filled with outdoor play, crafts, circle and story times and more, I do struggle with lunches and once every two weeks give KD. Do you have any tips or suggestions for easy-to-prepare lunches? Right now I cycle through about 10 lunches that include all-white meat chicken nuggets or chicken burgers, sliced turkey sandwiches, grilled cheese made the old fashioned way, ham sandwiches, etc. I always include fresh, raw veggies at lunch like cucumbers or cherry tomatoes and provide lots of fresh fruit at snack time. Any ideas you can share would be greatly appreciated.

    Bwah-ha. There’s great irony in you asking me that. I have a tough time with the menus, too — and today? Today they had macaroni and cheese! (But it was home-made sauce with real cheddar, with corn niblets and peas thrown at the end of the cooking time.) I am delighted to be married to a fellow who plans the meals, because though I cook just fine, I loathe the planning.

    However, I do have a few recipes that the daycare and I both love, and I should share them. This would make a good post! Maybe I can even turn it into a recipe sharing meme or something…

    Hmmm… I’ll get back to this question in the next day or two!

    Comment by Amanda | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. Good for you, Mary. I’m glad you wrote that article!

    I have some easy recipes to share, so I’ll look forward to that post. In the meantime, for Amanda: Think beans! I serve beans all the time as our protein; they’re cheap and healthy and the kids gobble them up. They like black beans most of all: even the tiniest finger feeders eat mashed up black beans.

    Comment by Clementine | July 30, 2008 | Reply

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