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I am the owner and creator of Caterpillar’s Leaf Preschool and Child Care in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Caterpillar's Leaf was created from the culmination of my past experiences in working with children and the knowledge I gained from my coursework at Colorado State University. My past experiences include growing up in an family child care home and subbing there for up to 7 children at one time, babysitting children of various ages since I was 10 years old, working at Respite Care (caring for children with developmental disabilities), being a nanny for 3 years (caring for infants through preschool age children), doing a practicum in the infant room at The Sunshine House, and doing an internship at The Farm at Lee Martinez Park. I recently graduated Magna Cum Laude (in the top 4% of my class) from Colorado State University (CSU) with two bachelor's degrees, one in Business Administration and the other in Human Development & Family Studies, the latter of which is focused on children and families.

Being a nanny was the best experience I have ever encountered. I love the close relationships and bonds that I was able to create with the children. However, as a nanny it was hard to help children develop socially. I believe it is not just important to allow children to interact with other children, but to learn how to create relationships and friendships with each other. This is why I created Caterpillar’s Leaf, so I could still build close relationships with children, but also help them with other critical developmental skills that are sometimes hard to address as a nanny. My focus is to help children develop cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, physically, and academically by providing many meaningful play opportunities (yes, playing is fundamental in childhood!!) for children to explore and learn about the world. Using knowledge I gained from my coursework at CSU, I integrate theories from developmental psychologists such as Abraham Maslow, Lev Vygotsky, John Bowlby, Jean Piaget, and Erik Erikson in everyday interactions with the children and the preschool curriculum to help children achieve their full potential.


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comment How can we prepare a pre-schooler to manage his asthma?
Maybe in addition to the ideas above, you could practice this ahead of time, kind of like a fire drill. Have him get into bed, ring the door bell (if you choose to do this, but also emphasize that it is only for emergencies in the future though), and go through the routine of what would happen next if he should experience an attack. He will certainly still be scared when an attack happens, but knowing what will happen next could be very comforting.
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comment How big should solid food for the infant be when doing baby-led weaning?
For actual choking (when no air can get through, the baby is turning blue, and the baby is making no sounds at all), that is correct. When the baby is coughing, meaning that some air is getting through (this is not actual choking), hitting them on the back will cause choking. If you notice, when they are hitting the baby on the back when it is choking, they turn the baby upside down so the food won't fall farther down.
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comment How big should solid food for the infant be when doing baby-led weaning?
Just wanted to mention that hitting anybody on the back while they are coughing up food actually increases their chance of choking. This is because it loosens the food and then gravity pulls it down farther (as I learned in a CPR and First Aid class). It is recommended to stand by closely, but not touch the person and let them cough it up themselves (the body does a pretty good job itself). For the baby, once the food is back in their mouth then you can take it out.
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comment How should I deal with my toddler's difficult behavior towards food?
Would it be possible for her to have an allergy to one or more foods? If she does have an allergy, she may associate feeling sick with eating, thus not wanting to eat much since she can't distinguish which foods make her feel bad.
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