About six months ago, I switched from my regular position as Early Childhood Educator and Manager of a preschool to casual Early Childhood Educator at several different child care programs. I made the switch because of burnout and because there is a huge demand here in Victoria for qualified ECE subs so I knew I would never be short of work.
When I worked every day in my program, I wasn’t feeling appreciated. I am sure that my work was appreciated but I just didn’t get that feeling each day. Maybe because I was overwhelmed and burned out, I couldn’t see the appreciation anymore.
So how are things now? Six months later, I often am greeted with a “we’re so glad you’re here today!” or even a hug from the staff, who know that if I’m not there, their day could be a lot more difficult. Parents whose children I have only worked with for a couple of weeks have given me gifts. I feel I am making a difference and that’s important to me.
Aside from casual, I also have added a daily gratitude practice to my life. Every single night, without fail, I sit down and write five things for which I am grateful. Often they are really little things. But they matter.
Here’s a sample list from my journal a couple of weeks ago:
beach walk with preschoolers
“I love you, Teacher Cindy.” said one of the preschoolers
fireside chat with the family
If you are reading this post and hoping to change your life for the better and if you don’t already have a daily gratitude practice…. start! I highly recommend it! It takes me only little time each night because throughout the day I pay attention to all the things that make me feel grateful. Most nights in five minutes or less, I’ve got my list done. And I find that even when I have more difficult days, I am much more easily able to stay positive.
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Hey parents! Have you ever been out in public and experienced the judgement of complete strangers in relation to something you are doing or have done in your role as a parent? I’ve been there many times.
“Your baby has too many layers on.”
“Why isn’t your child wearing a hat for sun protection?”
“Do you always give in when he cries?”
This comes under that category of “if you can’t think of something kind to say, don’t say anything at all.” Remaining quiet would be better than expressing your judgement of a situation in which you likely have limited understanding.
Instead, let’s express some appreciation for the parents we know. How about, “She’s/he’s lucky to have such an attentive, loving parent.” or “I can tell how much you love your child.”
Why is it so much easier to judge than to express appreciation for people? Look for what you appreciate and let a dedicated mom or dad know. Parents work so hard; tell them know you really see them. Let’s build each other up!
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Many people read books and never give any feedback at all. If you read something and you really love it; then its worth taking the time to write a review. You can post toGoodreads or even send it directly to the author. You might even get a direct thank you note from the author!
You can see my book reviews on Goodreads and I also share some here on my blog. I’m currently reading The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi, and I’m deliberately savouring it rather than rushing through. What are you reading right now? Do you have any favourite picture books? Share in the comments!