Who Is Joey?

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An Autobiographical Blog by Joey Kirsten Voxnaes Hi, friends!  You know me as Joey, but I go by many names  in other places.  My family calls me Tamara (which rhymes with camera), which is my given first name.  My friends call me Kirsten, which is my given middle name.  I always wished that Kirsten were my given first name, so … Read More

If you give a toddler a choice…

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By Bee If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want a glass of milk. Most of us know the slippery slope that follows the opening line to Laura Numeroff’s beloved books. You give a little, annnnnnnnnddd before you know it a mouse has the run of your house and is making all sorts of demands. I was curious about … Read More

About Bee

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By Bee At a recent staff meeting we discussed connection, and how we would like both you and your children to know more about who we are as people. We are incredibly grateful for all of the trust you place in us, and wondered at how difficult that must be for you when we only get to chat for a … Read More

Thank you, Parents

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By: I As a parent you have the innate need to protect your child from everything. Drop-offs can be hard for both the parent and the child. You are leaving your most prized possession with, sometimes, teachers you don’t know very well. It is even harder to do so when your child is crying, putting their arms out in hopes … Read More


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By Bee As people who spend a lot of time with toddlers, we try to be careful about turning wants into needs. One day your child requests a snack in the car. You hear that they are hungry, are pleased that they communicated that need with you, and honor that by providing a snack. Three weeks go by and if … Read More

Today, I am grateful.

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By Bee Today, I find myself full of immense gratitude. In each quiet moment I find more and more that I am thankful for. This is a time of year that many of us spend reflecting on what we hold dear, and in that spirit I hope you will indulge me as I share some of my appreciation here. <3 … Read More

Baby Fever!

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Baby Fever! – by Joey Voxnaes It’s a really exciting time at Elm House, and the enthusiasm is infectious in the best of ways — a new, young cherub of a child has joined our ranks, and he is just beginning to learn how to walk.  WS wonderfully graces us with his presence 3 days a week and inspires us … Read More

Quiet Leaders

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By Bee Working with children has truly taught me that there are ALL types of people in this world, and that many of us experience different phases of being. While reflecting at a recent staff meeting we talked about our tendency to capture the thoughts and actions of what I will refer to as loud leaders for the purpose of … Read More

1, 2, 3 For You & Me!

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As new staff at Elm House, we are asked to read a wonderful book entitled “1, 2, 3… The Toddlers Years: A Practical Guide for Parents & Caregivers” by Irene Van der Zande with Santa Cruz Toddler Care Center staff.  I have read a few texts on development, first while obtaining my bachelor’s psychology degree and then as a nanny … Read More


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By: I(ternity) Balance is one of the themes we’re exploring this year after noticing many childrens interest in physical balance practice. We have been observing balance in both a physical and emotional capacity. Observing the children physically cross a balance beam with chairs and stools balanced atop the beam makes me extremely nervous! To cope with that feeling and to … Read More