Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Life is short...

In the midst of this busy holiday season, I just want to encourage and challenge you with this quote:

Live in the moment. ... “[In the context of parenting,] not being in the moment is when you are watching the clock, worrying about other things you must do, or feeling bored with children’s games. Being in the moment is choosing to truly connect and enjoy your child - even if it’s only for ten minutes - watching her mouth form words as she speaks, watching her hands as she expresses her ideas, enjoying the enthusiasm of her imagination, listening to her ideas, absorbing what she believes, and cherishing the little person that she is” (p. 37).

Source: Pantley, E. (2007). The No-Cry Discipline Solution: Gentle Ways to Encourage Good Behavior Without Whining, Tantrums, and Tears. New York: McGraw-Hill.

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That's why it's called 'the present'."
If you are interested in hearing more, check this out: http://www.mppc.org/series/mike-breaux/pause-button

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A new blog

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Lara. I am an early childhood special educator, and a mother of a sweet little boy who has now gone to live with Jesus. My husband and I lost our son when he was 17 months old, and at that time I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life next. I had put everything on hold so that I could stay home and be a mom. At the time our son died, my husband and I were both unemployed, so we ended up moving shortly afterward when my husband found a job.

After a time of searching, a friend emailed me a job posting for an early interventionist position, so that I could help other families who suspect or are experiencing delays with their children's development. Because I did not have the education yet to do the job, I got hired as a paraprofessional. My new boss referred me to start a masters degree in early childhood special education. I am now working as an early interventionist and early childhood special educator, and my degree is ALMOST finished!

I've started this blog to record some of the things I've learned along the way, and to provide links to the resources that were an encouragement to me. I hope that this will help others know, love, and motivate children — and their parents! — throughout life's challenges.