Monthly Archives: February 2014

My Supports


Currently, the factors that exist in my daily environments that are supportive to me are: 

Technology- My computer and cell phone. These two items keep me connected to my staff, my family, my children’s school, their grades, news, Walden, etc. We are in this age of technology where so many tools, businesses and people are connected that if you took it away now, many would have a hard time communicating and businesses will issues operating.

My immediate family (my husband and kids)- This group supports me in so many ways. Two weeks ago I had my ACL replaced. This has created a lot of changes. They have all helped out in so many ways. My husband is only operating off 3 hours of sleep while working 3rd shift and dropping off and picking the kids up from school daily. I am so appreciative of them, I do not know how I would make it without them in my life.

My career is another factor- My career supports my giving me the funding to provide for me and my family. Without my job, I would not be able to provide for my family.

School Staff- My staff is very supportive. Each member offers her unique support. Currently, I am off work recovering from surgery and the staff is doing what they need to make sure the building is running smoothly.

My New Challenge:

Since I’ve been off work, I have really been thinking about starting a business. Supports that I need:

Other businesses-I would need businesses to utilize my services and help market my idea

My family-I would need my family to support the idea and support me as I do all the leg work to implement the idea

Funding- This  is the key support in making this happen. So either through grants or private funding.

Technology-Technology will help with marketing and funding.

Education-My background in the field helps make the business more credible and gives me the insight what services to provide. 



My Connections to Play


Quotes that represent play in my childhood:

Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.                                                                                                                     -O. Fred Donaldson- Contemporary American martial arts master

When we treat children’s play as seriously as it deserves, we are helping them feel the joy that’s to be found in the creative spirit. It’s the things we play with and the people who help us play that make a great difference in our lives.
-Fred Rogers

Important items of play from my childhood:

Our family had two huge mulberry trees in our yard. We would often go outside pick them and eat them as well as put them in our famous mud pies that we would sell to other kids in the neighborhood.

Our family had two huge mulberry trees in our yard. We would often go outside pick them and eat them as well as put them in our famous mud pies that we would sell to other kids in the neighborhood.

This was our daily game. My sisters and I along with other girls in the neighborhood would play double dutch almost everyday.

Our mother and grandmother supported our play by encouraging us (sometimes very sternly) to play outside. We were not allowed to just sit in the house all day. They believed that children should be active and should spend most of their time outside playing. They bought us toys and allowed us to use their old cooking utensils (pans, spoons, lids, etc.) to cook outside. Our neighborhood was full of kids and throughout the year (even during the cold winter months) you would see us outside.

Because of  my childhood play experiences and my professional insight about play, my husband and I support our children to play both inside and outside. You will see my children building forts out of pillows, trying to build a tent with sheets, being a super hero, building things with old cardboard boxes, etc. They enjoy outside and have spent much of the winter outside playing in the snow attempting to build them an igloo. For my family their play experiences are very similar to mine.

My attitude of “let’s try it and see if it works” is credited to my play experiences. We would always try to do some sort of trick with double dutch and if it didn’t work out we would try something else. I bring that same attitude into my work and know that I can always start over.