May 072014
May is Child Care Month – celebrate a child-ca...

May is Child Care Month – celebrate a child-care provider! (Photo credit: BC Gov Photos)


Not long ago I was  talking with a new mom who is heading back to work a few hours each week.  She’s an awesome mother and has been struggling with how to do “this  parenting thing just right.”  She shared that she had found the right day care provider but was still worried.  “What if she doesn’t want to do things the way I want them done?”

No matter how wonderful your child care provider may be, there will be times you don’t understand one another 100%.  Even if you’ve managed to hire Mary Poppins, you may, at times, disagree or not understand the other’s choices.

So how can you be certain that and your child’s other care providers remain more compatible than not?


When it comes to our little ones, sometimes everything we know about calm, assertive communication goes right out the window.   Work-life balance can bring out the “tired-guilty-I-want-to-be-two-places-at-once-monster” in the best of us!

Whether your childcare provider is a family member, a friend or manages a licensed day care facility you’ll have plenty of opportunities to work on your communication skills.

Here are three tips that may make it easier for you:

  • Start with a positive.  Choose something you like about the relationship, the care your child gets or any of the communications that seem 100% clear.
  • Explain your concern simply and directly.  “It’s really important that we keep nap time consistent, yet when I got home the other day she slept almost an hour longer than usual.”
  • Ask for an explanation:  “If something happened and she went down later than usual I need to know that.  It helps me know if she is going through something that requires more sleep.”
Not sure what you’re supposed to ask about?  Many states provide a child care consumer information web sites or  phone lines. Here are sites from Vermont , Florida and Arkansas for example.
Like so many things, once you know what you want and have all  information you need, making  compromises and adjustments can get a little easier.
Apr 152014
English: James Earl Jones in 2010.

James Earl Jones in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abandoned by his father before he was born, James Earl Jones lived with his mother and grandparents.  His mother who worked as a tailor in neighboring towns.  At age six, James began to stutter and, by the third grade, could communicate only through writing.  He later  joined debating teams to help him overcome his speech impediment and went on to develop one of the  most recognizable voices of stage or screen.


 In What Kids Need to Succeed: Four Foundations of Adult Achievement you’ll read true stories about high-achieving adults and the lessons they learned in childhood.


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Aug 052013
Super Hero 1

Super Hero 1 (Photo credit: Alice Bartlett)


Imagine being a kid in the hospital… and seeing actual, REAL LIVE superheroes washing the windows?

Apparently it happened — in Pittsburgh — not long ago.  I’ve seen several reports about this but  these pictures are the best I’ve seen.

What kind of a world would we live in if everyone could think of a way to amplify the impact of their work?  (And of course, get a few more female superheroes into that mix!)


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