Thanks for reading! Amy PybusI have worked with children in one capacity or another since I was a teenager. I ran a family child care program out of my home for twelve years and have been an author, early childhood expert, parent educator, advocate for child care providers and teachers, Hampshire Gazette columnist, and contributor to WHMP in Northampton. I’m a licensed child care provider and teacher, have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in brain-based education research, and am currently working on a second Master’s in Teaching Students with Visual Impairment. I am currently a TVI with children from birth to age three.

You would think that background would make me an expert in the matters of child development. But often in the world of education and early childhood development, especially when it comes to making policies, the people actually doing the work are disregarded. So my commitment is to having our voices heard – educators who are in the trenches, doing the work that’s been dictated by others for years, and hopefully restoring some faith, trust and respect for the people who actually care for our children on a daily basis.

Most importantly, I speak for children, who in my opinion are highly misunderstood beings. Much of my work is advocating for their best interests – often flying in the face of common practices and beliefs. I’m not afraid to ruffle some feathers, especially when it comes to what’s best for kids.

Amy Pybus

Words to live by

The title of this blog was inspired by an actual list of rules created when we had some serious sibling rivalry going on.

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  1. Just found your blog after reading the recent article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about “toddlers benefit from an anti-bullying program”. I loved the article and completely agree. I work very hard with all my daycare kids (and especially one) to treat each other and me nicely. Your article validated everything I have been trying to do. Thank you

  2. I’m a mom to an almost 3yr old boy in E’ton and I’m also glad I caught your article in the Gazette. Your words of wisdom come at a good time, since my son has played both the role of the bully and bullied, and my ideas as referee are burning out. In most cases, I’m the one he’s going after! Plus I’m currently shopping for an appropriate preschool program around town, so this has been a big topic for our family to explore. Many thanks.

  3. i just found this website today and I have to say, your my new hero!!! I am a provider of 10 years home daycare, before that 7 years in centers! I love that every morning I wake and say “I get to go to work today!” Anxious to welcome the children each morning!! I also have a website for my daycare and love your articles, so I may add links on my website to your articles if thats ok!! Thank you for entertaining us and being such a wonderful provider to the children in your care!

    • Now THAT’S what I’m talkin bout. Thanks so much, Cindy! Same back at you – and it’s nice to hear some positivity around working with kids. Please feel free to link away. Thanks for brightening my day!

  4. I attended your workshop this evening and was totally impressed! Your skill and presentation made it one of the best workshops i’ve attended….and there have been MANY. I have been working with childen of all ages, infant through teens, and find them all so amazing. I’ve just started with infants and toddlers again after 25 years of running a preschool/pre k program. All of your handouts and information is exactly the way I feel and work, and have for the last 55 years. I have seen that pendulam swing, and, even with some criticism from some colleagues, have stuck by my premises.
    I am now exploring the secrets of my grown-up brain…not so bad.

    • Hi Sandy – Thank you so much for this lovely comment, it means so much. I wish I’d had more time to explore the details but looking at that group I could see that everyone was just exhausted. That’s a hard week. It’s like they say, brain research is proving what GOOD teachers already know! I’m sure you can see the results of your work! Thanks again!!

  5. this is a great blog, I’ve regained the sanity that I’ve lost after a horrible day with my 16 month old highlighted by an epic meltdown!

    • I’m so glad Stacey!! Don’t beat yourself up. We’ve all been there. Parenting pushes you to your limit in many ways, but nobody ever talks about how you feel when it’s your kids doing the pushing. It’s the biggest part of growing up and learning how to deal with parenthood. It hurts and it’s hard but it’s good to know this too shall pass. There will be joy too! Best to you.

  6. Hi Amy!
    I just needed to tell you, you’re my hero. I am a brand newbie home daycare provider in CA. I have a two year old son and was a stay at home mom when two mom friends approached me to care for their kids in my home. To be honest- I have been struggling thus far. To have a (distraught, colicky) 5 month old, 2 year old, and 4 year old 5 days per week is exhausting to say the least. And so tremendously rewarding at the same time on any given day.. I just wanted to say your posts have given me hope for the light at the end of the tunnel- and helped me see the big picture of the important situation i find myself in. So thank you! I look up to you now and will be checking your blog frequently.
    Changing the world, one diaper at a time.

    • Best comment ever? Thanks so much Sarah. We are a very misunderstood race, so glad you’re out there!!! Hang in there, good days and bad, but we do it for the kids. Best always!

  7. I really enjoyed your post . I have a 3 year old with possible spd … waiting for a diagnosis . I also have a 10 month old and literally everything that needs to be done needs to be done before he gets home from classes in the afternoon and I feel so guilty if I don’t pick her/ 10 month old up when she looks up all sweet and wants added attention . Thank you !

  8. Thank you so much for making this site. I have been a provider for 4 years along with having a 4 year old and 6month old of my own. Currently I am not getting any sleep and I feel like I could crash at any moment. I glad to see that I am not alone.

  9. (Y) Thanks for the info! Picked this up on Google, but I’m not applying it to kids! Lol! My 90 year old mom got them from a visit with her great grandkids two weeks ago, so I gotta do the room and bedding treatment stuff at her house! 😀 Lol! The kids are the children of corporate Ivy Leaguers and picked up the vile little bugs in a top-notch and very expensive day care, so that just goes to show the critters know no class boundaries! 😀 Lol! Anyway, I’ve printed out the highlights as a guide and will be freezing, burning and spraying these bugs straight to insect hell, where they belong! (Y) Pick on my mom, eh? (Y) 😀 Lolol! Thanks again, great article, hilarious, she has been laughing her 90 year old rear off at your jokes! 😀 Lol! (Y)

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