This has been an awesome year of growth for me. I set out last January determined to find a better balance between parenting and feeling connected to my child life roots.
My adoring husband and child life mentor/friend pushed me to try something out of my comfort zone. They knew I had potential to really connect with so many and the door to the virtual world was right at my fingertips.
So I did it. I was brave and put myself out there. I had a million ideas and goals for this blog but never really estimated the opportunities that could come from it.
A job opportunity, in co-teaching a graduate course at Bank Street for child life students. AMAZING!
A published book teaching children and parents on what to expect at a doctor visit. DOUBLE AMAZING!
Teaching workshops for parents and professionals on child-centered play techniques and preparation for going to the doctor. Okay seriously, Beyond AMAZING!
I feel like I have helped so many, but I also feel like my growth as a parent has been equally impacted.
I am more patient with my kids than I was before. I really do try to practice what I preach. I am human and make plenty of mistakes, but I reflect and try to change them for the better.
I have a deeper emotional connection with my kids than I did before. They feel the empathy and endless love from me and I get it right back.
I appreciate the quality of time I spend with my family and friends. All of those little snapshots in my head of giggles, smiles, dance parties and connecting our souls together are incredibly special.
What a year, 2013 has been!
Thank you to all my followers for your support and encouragement. You have really helped me fill a void both professionally and personally.
I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.
Happy New Year!