If you have a child age 6 months to 3 years and you live or work in the DC or Maryland area, please comment or send me a message. I am working on an Afrocentric preschool coop and we have an interest meeting in two weeks! I am open to suggestions and comments! If you have been following the blog this month, you know that I'm trying to organize a preschool coop in the Mount Rainier area. I love living in Mount Rainier and I want to give my son an other preschool aged children the opportunity to thrive in an Afrocentric, arts based environment.
Of course, any snacks or meals will be all natural and delicious! The interest meeting is Sunday May 4th. For details, please email me: info(at)nappy queen(dot)com
I can hear Sanaa Lathan's voice asking me in my Behind the Music interview:
"So when did you fall in love with hip-hop? --er, Craig Robinson..."
"Well, Sanna, can I call you Sanaa?"
"No. 'Monica from Love & Basketball' will do."
"Well, Monica from Love & Basketball, I remember it like it was yesterday. To be precise, it was Season 8, Episode 16. Craig Robinson's character Darryl is confronted by Val's (Ameenah Kaplan) boyfriend (played by Jerry Minor), about some suggestive text messages."
Ok, so that scenario is a little ridiculous. So I'm just gonna share my 8 reasons why Craig Robinson is my celebrity crush:
That’s when she looked at me with a straight face and said “there is a $175 registration fee and your toddler’s tuition will be $422 per week.” I quietly reflected on how many hours I would have to work for that to make sense financially. I was also mad that I wasted my time when they could have just told me over the phone that they were bat s*** crazy.
But this experience is not unique.
There was a recently piece in The Washington Post about the fact that 31 states have infant childcare costs tat are substantially higher than college tuition. I have been blessed with a stellar support system, so up until recently I have not needed weekly daycare. I also work from home so my childcare needs have been minimal. What is clear, though, is that we need more preschool co-ops NOW.
I run (along with my other co-owners) a health food coop in my neighborhood (The Glut Food Co-op in Mt. Rainier) and I am starting to see so many possibilities.
This week I have been thinking about my goals and how to be a better mother. I won't share all of my revelations, but I have decided to focus on the most important 2-3 things in my little universe. This allows me to release my anxieties and live in the present. One of the most important things for me is family. I hope yall will list some of the most important things to you.
Until next week, much love yall!
Recently, one of my friends asked "why don't you like anyone i date?".
I was like, "bitch YOU don't even like the people you date!" Sike, I didn't say that. But I kinda wanted to.
See, here is the thing with the people my friends date. I like them when my friends like them. I am a cheerleader. I am happy for them...until my friend cries to me about being beat or being made to feel inadequate etc etc. Then I no longer like the person who my friend's dating.
The trouble with my flow of emotion is I am not there for the b.s apology. I am not the one blaming myself for the relationship's wrong turn and feeling lonely (which is usually misunderstood as "missing" someone)
So if you are y friend and all you tell me about your girlfriend or boyfriend is f***ed up stuff, ima think s/he is f***ed up. An there is no wining me back.
I make snap judgements based of hearsay. My close friends should know this. I am protective and territorial and I do not do well with betrayal. That's all.
I am not hating on you an your boo. My disdain or mistrust is a reflection of what y'all tell me about your mates! Oh how soon we forget after we are kissed and cuddled. I sit perfect by any means. I fall for that stuff too. My point in writing this post is to see if someone out there has a solution. Hope this doesn't offend anyone, but I assume it will... though the folks who would feel some type of way don't even check the blog.
I just want to dedicate this post to all my single moms, work from home moms, baby mamas, single fathers, stay at home dads, stay at home moms, surrogate parents, alternative parents, nuclear family units, and everyone else who raises children.
We are all out here handling our business. Whether we wear a suit & tie to a corporate office or sell Avon or freelance as a ghost writer (the new legit hustle) or all/none of the above, we are #TheNewBusinessCasual. We are not defined by the boxes that others attempt to trap us in. #TheNewBusinessCasual is a reflection of the future.
''Stay at home mom'' is not code for lazy baby mama. ''freelancer'' aint a nice way to say unemployed. please stop hating so hard on people's hustle.
To paraphrase and mis quote Rodney King... can't we all just get a check?''
people usually don't change. even when we really genuinely want to or need to, our old habits often seem insurmountable. fortunately, there are exceptions.
i have no intentions of being with my ex. Some things are not meant to be. i am just grateful to God that my son can/will have his father around.
the lesson here is that you don't have to be with your child's other parent to take of your responsibilities. my friend Dana gave some of the best advice i have ever heard...make every effort to include him/her and always think of the child first; will the action you are about to take help your child(ren) ?? that is what matters. don't let others suck you down to their level. God has a divine plan for your life that does not involve being petty or bitter!
and on that note, my friends, orevwa!!!
The Good Thing About Going With Day Care
For many parents returning to work after the birth of a child there is a bit of skepticism and doubt towards daycare. This is natural and quite normal, but daycare horror stories and the thought of being separated from your child should not stop you from considering what is really an excellent option for both parent and child. For every day care horror story there are thousands of successes. There are many excellent reasons to send your child to day care, and some are not what you might expect!
Your Child Will Develop Independence
Going to day care can be a traumatic experience for many children and their parents, but after getting over the initial anxiety, your child will begin to develop confidence and an independent spirit. Once a child realizes that their new environment is safe, they begin to explore it, consequently learning and experiencing new things. Self esteem begins to develop at a deep level when a child begins to realize they can handle life without mommy and daddy, at least fro awhile!
Day Care Helps to Develop a Child’s Social Skills
By attending day care your child will meet and begin to interact with other children their age, and maybe a bit older and younger. They learn to share, cooperate, communicate, and make new friends. A child being cared for at home by a relative or friend will not have the benefit of such experiences, and consequently when the time comes to attend school, they may be lacking in the social skills needed to adjust. This could lead to the new experience of attending school being a negative one, causing a negative association with learning which could take years to overcome.
Day Care Prepares Your Child for School
A quality day care center with certified teachers and caregivers will help prepare your child for the school environment. This can give your child a huge advantage, giving them a bit of a head start in life. Day care introduces children to new ideas, experiences, rules, and ways to play, at the same time stimulating their powers of thought and reason and introducing them to and familiarizing them with riles and structure. Children who attend day care frequently do better on number-skills and literacy tests than those who don’t, and almost always adjust easier to the school environment.
Having a relative or family friend care for a child in their or your own home can provide a safe and loving atmosphere for your child to develop in, but day care can do the same, and at the same time provide a stimulating learning environment. If you are considering sending your child to day care in Richmond Hill, Ontario, you may want to consider centers like the York Enrichment Child Care Center located in the heart of Oak Ridges.
York Enrichment Child Care Center link to: http://www.yeccdaycare.ca/
Nelli Hooper is the proud owner of York Enrichment Childcare Centre located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Her program has an excellent facility and is setting the standard for childcare within York Region. Please visit her website at http//www.yeccdaycare.ca to learn more about childcare and how it can benefit your child.
My son turned 11 months old today. He is about 19 pounds and ahead developmentally. He can walk (and run). He can say "momma" "dada" "bye bye" and "Tinga Tinga". He is happy most of the time and has only been sick once (bout broke my heart). He has never received a vaccination or immunization or any medicine and he is a vegan.
Sadly, though, my (soon to be former) pediatrician claims that I should stop breastfeeding because it's not good. Upon hearing this, my son immediately screamed in her office. lol.
Contrary to what that quack and others like her may think, breastfeeding is the main reason my son is doing so well. Every mom knows when their child is happy and healthy. And my son is doing great, but I still get those looks and comments when people find out that I am STILL breastfeeding. What do yall want me to do, let him suck on a porkchop flavored donut instead? SHEESH!
If you are "still" breastfeeding your infant or toddler, more power to you. Tell the critics to go suck on a lemon!
FREE BABY AND CHILD ACTIVITIES IN DC
Now that it is starting to warm up (maybe for good this time) I want to share some free activities to do with your little ones if you happen to be in the DC area this spring. This list of FREE activities and events for children and/or babies can be helpful when you can’t spend another day making stuff up. (That’ll do, pig!)
If you know of other activities, please add them in the comments and include dates/ages/locations.
Thanks & ENJOY!
1. GYMBOREE (first class is FREE)
Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for over 30 years. Today there are over 550 locations in 30 countries, making us the global leader in early childhood development programs.
2. Amelia Earhart Puppet Show
Mar 13 - Mar 14
@ L'Enfant Plaza, National Air and Space Museum, Jefferston Drive, SW between 4th and 7th Sts., Washington, D.C.
3. Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar 16 at 12 pm
@ National Mall, National Mall, Constitution Ave. between 7th and 17th Sts., Washington, D.C.
* Don’t forget to wear green *
4. Rise and Rhyme
every Monday at 9:30 am to 11 am
@ Hyattsville Busboys and Poets , 5331 Baltimore Ave., Ste. 104, Hyattsville, Md
(suggested donation $5)
ages: 5 and under
5. Flower Power: Cherry Blossom Festival Family Days
Mar 22 - Mar 23 at 11 am to 4 pm
@ Penn Quarter , National Building Museum, 401 F St., NW, Washington, D.C.
6. Go Fly a Kite
Mar 22 at 10 am to 3 pm
@ L'Enfant Plaza, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 6th and Independent Ave., SW, Washington, D.C.
ages: 3 and up
7. BUTTERFLY WALK
Walk among living butterflies at the National Museum of Natural History's Butterfly
Tuesdays are free, but timed-entry tickets are required. They are available at the Butterfly Pavilion box office beginning at 10 a.m. every Tuesday.
8. National Air and Space Museum
6th St. & Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20013-7012
202-633-1000 / 202-357-4749 fax
The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall houses famous icons of flight: the original Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, SpaceShipOne, the Apollo 11 command module and a touchable lunar rock. Free interactive activities for kids. IMAX movies, planetarium shows, flight simulators (fee). Summer hours are 10 am - 7:30 pm (5:30 after Sept 7). To verify late hours call 202-633-1000 or check the website at ww.si.edu.
9. Make your own money! Bureau of Engraving & Printing
@ Downtown/Penn Quarter/Chinatown
14th and C Sts. SW, Washington, DC 20228
202-874-2330 / 866-874-2330
FREE to visit the Bureau: Mon. - Fri., General public 9 - 10:45 am and 12:30 - 2 pm. Groups from 11 am - 12:15 pm (reservation required). Tickets are needed: Mar. - Aug. Ticket Booth (located on 15th St.) opens at 8 am, most days tickets gone by 9 am. Line up early for first-come, first-served FREE, same day tickets. Evening tours Apr - Aug; 2:15 - 3:45 pm and 5 - 6 pm every 15 minutes. Tours last approximately 35 minutes.
10. Wonderful Ones Story Time
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
@ Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
An interactive story time to encourage early literacy skills for one-year-old children through stories, songs and rhymes.
Ages 12 - 24 months.
11. Music Time
@ Georgetown Library
The rhythm and rhyme of reading. Recommended for ages birth to 5.
12. Story Break
@ Tenley-Friendship Library
Slow your busy morning down with a stop at the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library for a story break for kids. Featuring a book, a song and a short educational or story-based film.
13. French Storytime
@ Cleveland Park Library
Storytime in French for children of all ages and skill levels.
14. Spanish Story Time / Hora del Cuento
Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
@ Mt. Pleasant Library
Cuentos, Canciones, Bailes, y más para niños de 0-5 años y sus adultos. Por motivos de seguridad, existe un límite de 75 participantes para cada hora del cuento. Para programar una visita para su clase por favor llame al 202-671-3125.
15. Family Story Time
Saturdays 10:30 a.m.
@ Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
Join us for an all-ages story time.
Do you know of any FREE BABY AND CHILD ACTIVITIES IN DC?
What is your favorite free activity for children in DC?
(Hopefully I will be able to post a Free activity list for MD, VA, NY, and KY!)