My job as a Parents as Teachers Parent Educator for the Parent Education Network allows me to make a personal connection with parents and kids alike. I get the opportunity to help build on the foundation that parents are creating for their kids in helping them make informed decisions about their children and giving, in part, the support, resources, and child development information so parents are able to trust their knowledge and judgment about what is best for their child. On top of that I get to play with kids!
There is nothing quite like looking at the world through the eyes of a child. To be a part of their first steps, their first words, the first experiences are an amazing and rewarding adventure. Our future relies on today’s youth and getting to be a part of that, particularly in the first 5 years of development, is crucial! By 6 months old a baby’s brain is already 50% of its adult size. By 3 years old a child’s brain is 80% of its adult size! That’s a lot of growing and learning and developing and I get to watch and support that growth, and more importantly I get to help parents be a part of that too.
Just yesterday I called one of my families, her son had his kindergarten screening yesterday and I wanted to see how he had done. He’d been really nervous to go to his screening and had pretty much decided he just wasn’t going to go to kindergarten. Mom had called me prior to each of our last three visits to give me a heads up and ask if we could do something special to get Spencer excited about kindergarten and to prepare him for the screening and just in general talk with him about what to expect. Well, mom reported yesterday when he arrived (for the screening) it was like a brand new kid! He was excited, cooperative, and enthusiastic and he did great on the screening! Mom got teary eyed and thanked me and said “we wouldn’t be here today without your help”.
That story right there is the ultimate definition of why my job excites me.
It’s the best job in the world and I am so lucky to get to be a Parent Educator.