If you are a parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent...or if you have any association with children at all! Or have friends on social media that are associated with children...then chances are that you know this song! Is it annoying? Is it catching? Is it a lifesaver? Or is it just pure genius? The answer is yes! Yes! Yes!...and um, yes!...plus more!
One of the most stressful things as parenting, and in childcare in general, is having an infant or toddler crying out in frustration, and not knowing what they want or need. They get frustrated because they cannot communicate their need to you, and you get frustrated because you can not satisfy that need. Not being able to communicate with babies and nonverbal toddlers can feel defeating, and you can feel like you're failing as a caregiver, but teaching them sign language can help.
Have you ever heard of the phrase, code brown? The first time I heard it was when my newborn son was in the hospital for dehydration (Mommy wasn’t producing enough boobie juice). Like most hospitals, they had codes to alert staff of emergency events. Some examples of what that would be include: code red for fire, code blue for cardiac arrest, code black for bomb threat/other dangerous threats, and so on. My husband, who was curious of what all the codes were called, and what they were used for, questioned one of the nursing staff. After sharing the codes to him, she then mentioned code brown, and then laughed. My husband quizzically asked, “What is code brown?” The nurse laughed again, and told us that it was an inside code among the nursing and CNA staff... standing for, and you probably guessed it, POOP! And not just any poop. Poop everywhere! The patient, the bed, the walls, floor, you name it!