What makes me so damn special? Two things: 1. I don’t know, and 2. Everything. Don’t ask me why, but I was born with an instinct for this shit. I can’t tell you where it came from, or why I was destined for such a crappy paying career. I just was. Too bad really, because despite my foul mouth, I’m actually wicked smart. Don’t get all excited, generally speaking, our society hates smart people.
I’ll give you the rundown on why I think I know better than most “experts” out there:
– I see things through the eyes of children. I remember being a child very, very vividly. I remember my thoughts and feelings. I remember how I interpreted things I didn’t understand. I remember thinking that adults were condescending, and liars. I remember being talked down to, and having my ideas and feelings dismissed. So, as you can imagine, I won’t allow myself to behave that way towards children, and I will call bullshit on adults who do.
I understand that children, no matter how young, are human beings with thoughts feelings, ideas, and insatiable curiosity, and all they want is a little respect. And adults should give it to them, all adults; parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers, the guy at the bagel store, EVERYBODY.
– I’m not a parent. Not that I don’t want to be, I just haven’t had the opportunity. But not being a parent, I can be objective. Now don’t get your panties all in a wad talkin’ about how I don’t know what it’s like for parents. I assure you, I’m intelligent enough to understand that the dynamics of that relationship are quite unique. I’ve also spent my fair share of time being a replacement parent for A LOT of children. So much so, your head would explode. But it’s all good, I learned a great deal from that experience.
– I understand best practices. Not perfection. Best practices. I know what best practices look like in the real world. More so than your average early childhood worker who; hasn’t been a teacher, a director, a nanny, a doula, a baby nurse, a developmental therapist, and infant specialist, a teacher educator, a parent educator, a program quality advisor, hasn’t potty trained at LEAST 34 very different children, and is just plain awesome.
I often defy people to prove me wrong, and remind them that the proof is in the pudding, my friends.
– It took me a good 20 years before I realized that I was really on to something, that I actually knew what I was talking about, that I had a proven track record, that I was, in fact, smarter than the average bear when it came to children. I know some other people like me in my field. They are few and far between, but they exist, and they are all considered renegades. I like to think of myself as the Dr. House of childcare, my methods may seem strange, I probably piss a lot of people off, but hot damn if I’m not right 99.9% of the time.
– Above all, I want to do what is best for children…understanding that what is best looks different for every child and every family.
-I am not afraid. I will scream from the mountain top, “YOU ARE FUCKING UP YOUR CHILD!” If I need to.
– I read, read, read, study, study, study, and practice, practice, practice. Incessantly. I live and breathe this shit. When new information comes out, I am on it! Picking it apart, putting it back together, and searching for evidence. I love it, it’s what I was born to do!
So yeah, I’m a self- proclaimed child-rearing guru. I currently live and work in Northern Indiana, where I am the director of a really amazing early childhood program. Before that I did all kinds of other shit working with children and families (see above).
I absolutely love what I do, and just so happen to have a gift for it. You don’t have to take my advice, but you should, because I’m fucking awesome.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University in Chicago. I am working towards a Master’s in Human Development, so if you can help me make money off of this blog, that would be great. School is fucking expensive! And as I mentioned, jobs in early childhood don’t pay shit.
With regard to the cussing, I do not advocate cussing at children. However, I have a potty mouth, which I only curb when teaching or presenting. I don’t think it’s a horrible thing for adults to swear within a child’s earshot. In fact, there would be a lot less cussing if adults didn’t make such a damn big deal of it…but we can talk about that later.
I like avocados, reading, and John Fluevog Shoes. I have an encyclopedic knowledge of Seinfeld. I watch PBS on purpose, and not just because there’s a really hot Australian guy on Victory Garden.
I am available for consulting, training, and presenting; both with, and without profanity.
I have also created an Amazon aStore where you can find some of my favorite products for kids and families.
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