When my maternity leave was up, I had the daunting task of finding a daycare. All of the centers in my area were over $350 per week! It wouldn't have been worth it for me to work at all. I started to research in-home providers and was much more pleased with the prices. Unfortunately, the care left a lot to be desired. He was being left alone in swings, set in front of the television at 8 weeks old, left in dirty diapers, not being fed enough or being fed too much, and even being held by toddlers and other children. I found myself pulling him out of a daycare almost every two weeks. Finally, I quit my job to offer a much needed service to other parents that I was unable to find for myself.
I provide gently structured childcare in a loving, home environment. Our "routine" is fluid, which gives opportunities for personalized care, and more attention to everyone's individual needs. We spend a great deal of time outside, and have plenty of unstructured free play which allows the children to create, explore, and problem solve without adult leading. I encourage play and peer interaction that helps to develop social, emotional, and cognitive development. I do not use time out or similar punishments while still maintaining clear, and firm boundaries.
I'm Jaime Ingram, a married mother of five...two adults, a teenager, a kindergartener, and a preschooler (crazy, right?) I attended college for political science and philosophy (pre-law) while working in the IT field before before my decision to stay home with my fourth child. I'm a breast-feeder, baby wearer, co-sleeper, cloth diaperer, and practice a combination of Attachment Parenting combined with RIE principles. I respect and support all parents and their parenting styles!
My eldest child (boy) works as a service advisor at a large, local car dealership, has finished the EMT program, and will be attending a paramedic program. My second oldest (girl) is a union ironworker and welder. My third (daughter) is majoring in family and child development, and is employed at a local Montessori school. She also helps out with my program. My fourth (boy) is 6 years old, attending first grade, and is a pretty neat, quirky, sweet little guy with autism. My fifth (girl) is 4years old, attending preschool, and is a super spunky, fun, ball of energy! I am very proud of all of them. They are so different, and unique!