Stress About Next Year…

Don’t let the What ifs in your life destroy the now…
What about the NOW?
I have been listening to an educators what if’s today
Trying to be respectful
Trying to be thoughtful and understanding
Then I asked her…
But what if it all works out? EXACTLY how you want it to?
If you have been an educator for a while
You will know how much everything can change from year to year
At the start of a new year
The children all do a little shuffle
The vibe of what works and what doesn’t shuffles
AND the systems we use
NEED to shuffle a little too
It’s OK to make changes as you go
It’s OK >> although honestly sometimes heartbreaking >>
for children to move on
It’s OK and NEEDED for you to recognise what will work for you…
This time of year I hear from educators that have concerns
A real level of STRESS about next year
Children are changing
Families are changing
Thoughts on increasing or decreasing hours
Changing of days
And debates over fees too
ALL these are quite normal
And happen every year
Some years ARE harder than others
Some times a heck of a lot of effort, communication,
negotiations are needed
AND other years it just all falls into place
Keep your eye on the prize
A year that will work for you
DECIDE what days YOU want to work
DECIDE what times will be ideal
DECIDE on changes to your fees
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Start negotiating
Start taking ACTION
DON’T leave it to the last minute
Be ready for it to take some time
Effort and skill
But what if it all works out? EXACTLY how you want it to?
Enjoy the NOW!!
There are still months until the end of the year
YES actions > discussions > planning > negotiation is needed now
BUT don’t be CONSUMED by the stress
Enjoy the NOW
> enjoy your days
> enjoy the children
> enjoy being an educator,
knowing you are making a difference to the lives of your children,
their families and the community you are a part of
Relax and trust YOU have the skill to make it all work…
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or running your FDC this is what I specialise in >>
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Are YOU Taking Time To Refill Your Cup?

>>My message for you today
No normal Blog today I am totally out of routine
I got up and watched some youtube
Went for a two hour trail ride
Had a long shower and washed my hair – all by myself –
and the parent in you knows this can be an interesting
challenge on it’s own
AND now I sit down to share my thoughts
My thoughts go straight to
and the wish >> the pure hope >> that on this long weekend
are taking time for yourself
for your family
for YOU
>> Are YOU taking time to refill your cup?
BUT do I write this AGAIN
I have been harping >> YES harping on this so much lately
I FEEL the struggle
I know that you are NOT refilling your cup first
YOU are NOT taking the time you need >> for YOU
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HOW do I know?
Because I listen
Because I hear
Because educators are burning out >> NOT coping
Struggling for time
Screaming for help AND to be recognised
Our precious children need YOU
YES they really do

It is today’s message
From my heart to yours
PLEASE take time for yourself
PLEASE know how much your children need you
PLEASE just this once, listen, take action
Even if it is…
>> an extra long shower
>> a walk around the block
>> a change in routine
>> a coffee with a friend
>> a sneaky movie
OK so you KNOW what I mean
AND if you have taken time for yourself
OR created some FUN
On this long weekend…
Other educators NEED to hear it!!
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And That’s OK…

YOU are an educator
You know your worth, your truth, your passion
BUT sometimes life get’s in the way
YOU are human
the same as the rest of us
YOU are caring, loving, supporting others
every day
YOU are who you need to be
and right NOW
YOU need to look after yourself
Why as women do we feel the need to apologies
when we can’t keep up
When crazy things happen in our lives
and we still feel the need to apologies
When we need to care for those closest and dearest to us
and we still apologies
Life does NOT get in the way
It reminds us what’s important
It gives us that nudge to be grateful for the good times
It gives us the HUGE reminder that sometimes things just do not go right
BUT even when they don’t go right
and YOU need a little time
NOTHING will change
YOU are still loved
YOU are still caring, loving, supportive
YOUR inner strength, values and passion
ARE all still there
AND they will shine through when YOU are ready
Take the time YOU need
Refill your own cup first with NO apology needed
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Early Childhood Educators give so much every day
YES every day
Supporting, guiding, loving our precious children
Our families and our community
Are YOU apologising when it is just not needed ?
Are you apologising where YOU just don’t need to ?
Claim your worth
Refill your own cup first >> with no apology needed !!
Feel and own your strengths as an educator
Feel the support of educators that have been where you are,
are where you are,
know the struggles but also the triumphs
>> if you need support message me >> or join our free group

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Your Choice is the Right One!

So I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet >> So to speak
AND I shared it within the EYPMastermind last night
I thought it was just ME
BUT it’s definitely NOT and I now need to share…
I am a Family Day Care educator
I love being a FDC educator
It’s NOT my last choice
MY only choice
It’s NOT something I am doing while I wait for my children to grow
For a better option to come along
It’s NOT what I do while I’m training
Because I am not qualified to work elsewhere
It IS because it is MY CHOICE!
AND it works for me NOW!!
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I LOVE the choices FDC gives my family
I LOVE running my own business
I LOVE the connection and support I offer families
I LOVE knowing every day, I am making a difference to each child in my care
I do enjoy my days with the children
I do enjoy being at home rather than an office or centre environment
I absolutely enjoy connecting and offering support to educators
These are MY choices
I feel grateful for having this choice
Grateful for the choices I have made to get here
Grateful for MY family and their support
Grateful for MY clients who can see the value I offer
Individualised care >> small group setting >> mixed age groups
>> homelike environment >> a focus on nature and animals
>> being real, playing while we learn!!
Some of the things I hold dear and true…
Now there are lot’s of I’s, I am sharing
AND yes it’s all about me
BUT I hope it resinates with YOU >> I hope it sends you a clear message
Whether you are a FDC educator
Any OTHER care setting YOU are valued and needed
We ALL have choices


Don’t get stuck…
If something is NOT working >> CHANGE IT!!
If YOU need to be somewhere else, focus, make a plan, and start moving forward
In an ideal world we would all know exactly what we want, right from the start
We would know where we feel needed, where we are happy, have a magic mirror for the future
BUT the world just doesn’t work that way.
If you are in a care setting that no longer serves you, for whatever reason, change it
Reach out and get support, or GIVE support to another
It’s time to RESPECT each others choices
Support each other as best we can
Recognise that what works for one may not work for another
AND again my message for YOU
YOUR choice is the right one, BECAUSE it’s YOURS!!
We have an awesome growing FREE community in Shine as an Educator HERE

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