Running a home daycare can sometimes be a challenging feat. Adding your own children to the mix might make operating a daycare in your house seem even more daunting. Favoritism, disciplinary methods, and territorial issues are among the chief concerns for any parent who wishes to offer daycare services in their home. The following tips and bits of advice are helpful for tackling your children’s behavioral problems in your own daycare.
Avoid showing favoritism
Since your children will be in their own home environment, they will expect to be treated in the same way that they are on a regular basis. You might be tempted to give your child a few more snacks or show greater leniency for bad behavior. Try your best to steer clear of playing favorites. Be just as strict with your own kids as you are on the other children; at the same time, be sure to reward your children accordingly and equally. Think of how nice it is to have your children with you during the day, which is reward enough. There’s no need to even show favoritism when you put it all in perspective.
Learn effective disciplinary methods
Remove kids immediately from situations that lead to behavioral problems. Give positive reinforcement for good behaviors, and explain why bad actions are unacceptable in your home. Discipline your own children in the exact same ways that you would the other kids. Set excellent examples, demonstrating how best to act during the time spent in the daycare. Of course, the best disciplinary method is to try to avoid situations which might lead to disciplinary actions before they can even happen. Keep an eye open for opportunities when the children might be pushed to misbehave. Don’t provide sugary snacks that could lead to mood swings and tantrums. Instead, offer healthy, wholesome options like fruits and vegetables.
Stop territorial issues before they start
Children often get territorial about their belongings, especially their toys. Therefore, when you bring new kids into your home who expect to also play and interact with the same toys, your own children can get a bit touchy about sharing. Before the other kids arrive, talk with your children about why sharing can be fun for everyone. Let your kids put away one or two toys that are special and not to be played with by anyone else. Keep track of how long each child spends with a specific item, and be diligent about giving everyone equal turns. Praise cooperative playtime so that the children will learn how important it is to share and get along.
Whatever problems you may encounter, running a home daycare can be a rewarding experience for both you and your children. The invaluable socialization your children will gain is a wonderful benefit that far outweighs the negative aspects.
My mother-in-law, Fran Stefanick, who ran a home daycare for nineteen years