If you are a parent, join me.
If you are a parent, grandparent, caregiver,
A teacher, a hope-er, a love-er of children…
If you’ve ever been captivated by a child, come spend time with me,
For we have some sharing, learning and laughing to do.
(Modeled after Shel Silverstein’s poem, Invitation)
This is why and my personal invitation
If you were to look at the hats in my closet, you would get a pretty good glimpse of who I am. I have an array of golf visors, baseball caps, beach hats, swim caps, stylish hats, and even a suede cowgirl hat. These hats are worn on various occasions to fit my different moods and activities for the day. But these hats in my closet would only give you a glimpse of who I am—because I also wear a couple of invisible, metaphorical hats. Since the first day I put on my teacher’s hat (16 years ago), it rarely comes off. And after having my twin boys (10 years ago), my Mom hat never comes off. I will always be a mother and a teacher, as my profession and at home. I decided to combine these two passions of mine and create a brand new “hat” for myself, an entrepreneur hat.
I originally went back to school to become a special education teacher. My path took a meaningful turn when I was offered a teaching position to teach English Language Arts at an alternative high school for at-risk students. What I learned early on in my teaching career is that self-esteem matters. Kids thrive with a positive sense of self and have difficulties succeeding without it. Patterns of self-esteem start very early in life. When young children reach a milestone, they experiences a sense of accomplishment that bolsters self-esteem. Learning a new skill takes practice and persistence. As children try, fail, and then finally succeed, they develop ideas about their own capabilities and success, resulting in a “Yes I can” attitude. At the same time, they are creating a self-concept based on interactions with other people. Parental involvement is key to helping kids form accurate, healthy self-perceptions.
As a parent, I was beyond prepared when my in vitro twins finally arrived after four years of trying to conceive. I had mentally rehearsed the early childhood experiences I was going to offer, and had read every book and article I encountered on how to give my children the best head start in life! So, when my over prepared boys started kindergarten, I felt great about taking advantage of everything that I had learned about early childhood development and implementing it into their lives. Shortly after spending time helping out in their kindergarten classroom, I realized that not all children came into their first year of school on the same playing field. The individual abilities greatly varied. Some children were experts at using scissors and manipulating a pencil; others struggled. This reality was astonishing and I could not ignore the questions that arose in my head: What can I do to help equalize the playing field?
I stumbled upon this need, a solution, and ultimately a business. A business aimed at helping parents aid their children in meeting the higher standards placed on today’s kindergarten students. I have a bachelor’s degree in communication, a teaching certificate and a master’s degree in writing. I truly believe I was meant to communicate my passion for children. The company I created, Pre-K Success was founded on the belief that all parents want the best for their child and have high hopes for each one of them. I believe success starts at home, the reality is, most parents are busy and don’t have the time it takes to be overly prepared. I want to be a helpful resource for them, giving them information and resources to best prepare their child for success in school and beyond.
I am inspired and excited to lead a blog that will expose some of our blind spots. Most of us are aware of what we already know, along with what we clearly do not know. But what about that large, luminous blind spot we all have? That big chunk of the pie we are not even aware we do not know? As we have all experienced, there is no script for parenting and if we want to discover our personal parenting blind spots, then we need to ask questions, seek answers and collectively share our wisdom. My hope is that parents, grandparents and caregivers will get the support they need as they navigate through this early childhood milestone, making each transition easier.
Join me. I look forward to spending time with you.