For years I rolled my eyes when my grandmother said, “If you keep making that face it will freeze that way” after she caught me crossing my eyes, crinkling my nose, or saw me sticking out my tongue. My sister and I would giggle at the thought of a man with his face frozen in a puckered grimace that he made as a child, or some poor girl trying to speak with a tongue that was permanently protruded as the result of a silly face she once made.
While my grandmother’s theory of faces becoming “frozen” was laughable in my childhood years, I have recently come to the conclusion that at least part of this old wives tale may be accurate.
In my career as a myofunctional therapist, I work with children, and my focus is essentially on their faces. It is my job to help them learn to use the muscles of their mouth and face “correctly” in order to improve an array of troubles centering on speech, dental health, orthodontic treatment and facial growth and development.
Most of the children I see have experienced breathing problems. They have learned to breathe through their mouth, rather than their nose from an early age. This is usually caused by conditions such as enlarged tonsils, chronic nasal congestion, allergies, or even food sensitivities. The only option for these suffering children to get enough oxygen into their bodies is to breathe through the mouth.
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Part One- What Labor Doulas Do and Don’t Do
In the past few years doula has become a household word synonymous with birth and breastfeeding. Many of us have heard about how beneficial and invaluable a labor doula can be. In this three part series we will look at what labor doulas do, the benefits of a using a doula and how to hire the best doula for your family.
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Bellevue College is now offering a series of Positive Discipline Classes, both for parents of children 12 and under and for parents of teens. Positive Parenting is the parenting approach recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and one way to learn about this style of parenting is through Positive Discipline. In this series, parents will learn what positive parenting is and how to use this approach with their child or teen. All classes are two hours long and take place on Saturdays in April and May.
Choose from the following classes depending on your need:
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Children 12 and Under – Series II
Introduction to Positive Parenting for Parents of Teens – Series I
Positive Parenting Tools for Parents of Teens – Series II
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As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, being paid legally and knowing the basics of the tax law, are an important part of being treated as a professional. In this section we are going to show you some real world examples of why being paid professionally pays off! Read more »
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As a childcare professional, you have one of the most important and noble jobs in the world – to nurture, protect, educate, guide and inspire children. You should view yourself – and demand to be treated – as a professional. In part, this means making sure that your compensation is handled accurately, fairly and legally. Read more »
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Lice have been plaguing human kind since the dawn of civilization. This unfortunate fact still exists today and can affect any family, any time. We recently heard from a nanny that was drawn into the battle on behalf of her family. She turned to us for some advice, and we decided to put a bunch of resources together in one place!
For a funny movie view, check out Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Kate in the movie I Don’t Know How She Does It:
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The Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (also known as “ObamaCare”), is the major buzz in every industry right now. But, how will this affect the Nanny industry? We’ve collected some great articles from industry publications,and included some links to different informative sites for both families and nannies.
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The arrival of the Pumpkin-Spice Latte means only one thing in the Annie’s Nannies office, it’s Fall again in Seattle. Before the weather starts freezing little (and big) toes, we like to take the chance to spend some time outdoors – enjoying the crunch of leaves on the ground and the sight of hundreds of orange pumpkins in a field.
1. Get Lost In A Corn Maze
One of the most entertaining fall family activities is getting lost in a corn maze! Our friends at Red Tricycle have put together this handy list of 10 corn mazes in the Seattle area. A great, inexpensive day out with the kids that guarantees a good night sleep! Your family doesn’t need much to have fun here – just a pair of gumboots and a sense of direction.
Our Top Pick: Carleton Farm! – Check out all the extra fun activities!
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Annie’s Nannies was chosen by Red Tricycle voters as the best Childcare Agency/Resource in the Seattle area. We were thrilled and honored to be nominated and chosen. Thank you to everyone who voted!! Woot!