Since announcing the Conversations on Early Childhood Education & Child Care I have been receiving a number of questions about 45 Conversations Media & Education. Given that I have many conversations in Google+ Hangouts On Air; it seemed to make sense to quickly jump in one to share more about what I’m working on. In the hangout I discuss:
Talking with Maaike van Dijk-Bokkers
I first met Maaike van Dijk-Bokkers when I was the Co-Host of BusinessJazz with Roger Overall and Paul O’Mahony. She was an avid weekly listener and actively reached out through social media from The Netherlands. Over time, we developed a supportive connection and interest in one another’s work.
Last year I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Maaike and her husband; Pieter face to face at World Domination Summit in Portland. As they were visiting both the United States and Canada for their vacation, we were fortunate to host them in our home for dinner toward the end of their trip. Maaike was pregnant at the time and so much of our discussion focused on the pending arrival of a new baby, parenting and work-life issues. It was a wonderful visit during which we laughed, learned and exchanged many thoughts and ideas.
Baby & Business = Need for Child Care
Fast forward a year later and lots of things have happened for Maaike. Most importantly, her beautiful son Ian was born and she is totally in love with being a new mum to him. In addition, she has started a new business called Inspire31. Through her business she organizes events in The Netherlands that bring in speakers from abroad to share stories, business ideas and more. It’s an exciting venture and one that requires care, attention and nurturing – much like being a new parent! So clearly Maaike’s days are filled with Ian and Inspire31. As her son grows, she is beginning to have him cared for outside of the home a few days per week. She is also starting to think about what she wants for him as he moves toward his preschool years.
I was really pleased that Maaike agreed to join me for a #45Conversations Hangout about child care, business & life. Our discussion was a great one and she shared a lot of information about what it’s like for new parents and families to live and work in The Netherlands.
There are a wide range of post secondary training programs related to Early Childhood Education in BC. I have pulled together information related to a number of them and included it in a List.ly below. If you are aware of additional programs I encourage you to add to this listing. You can also share this list with others clicking on either the “share” or “embed” options in the list.
Looking for Information on Early Childhood Education Training in Alberta?
This is a list of many of the main post secondary programs in Alberta that offer Early Childhood Education training. If you are aware of additional Early Childhood Education Training programs, please add them to this listing.
This is a list of many of the main post secondary programs in BC that offer Early Childhood Education training. If you are aware of additional programs, I encourage you to add them to this listing.
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For close to ten years my three children attended Montessori School. They each began when the were in their early preschool years and all remained in Montessori until various grades in their elementary years.
People often wonder what Montessori is and about the benefits it offers as an educational option. Below is a list of videos and resources that should be helpful in learning more about the Montessori method.
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As an Early Childhood Educator who uses social media tools to build community, I’m always thinking about kindness and sharing. It’s just who I am.
Exactly two years ago today, I began to practice generosity on a daily basis. I let it influence everything in my life.
Shortly after making that choice, I shared some insights on the experience. Two years later, I think there is still value in these thoughts. Perhaps you will find them helpful. I encourage you to practice generosity daily. It can make all the difference in your life.
As I have begun to truly live within the world of generosity, here are 10 insights that I have discovered.
1. Generosity is always about the other person – not you. Give for the sake of giving.
2. Once you practise generosity for a while, it truly becomes part of who you are. (For me, I now consider generosity to be one of the core values for both my life and my business.)
3. Giving is always far more meaningful than receiving.
4. The more you look for ways to give to others, the better your life becomes – in more ways than you can imagine.
5. Letting go of what you want actually helps you. By focusing on helping another person be the best they can be, magical things can happen. For you and for them.
6. Being generous is contagious – which means others around you will also begin to model your actions. That is a win-win.
7. Practising generosity builds your confidence.
8. Being generous doesn’t mean saying yes to everyone. It means, giving when it is the right moment. You will know when that is.
9. Generosity helps you smile. Smiling makes your world a happier place. When you are happier you are better at everything in your life.
10. Generosity just feels good – in such a simple but amazing way.
Two years later, I can honestly tell you that by practising generosity – virtually everything in my world has changed. I choose to live, laugh and earn with generosity – every single day.
— Paul O’Mahony (Cork) (@Omaniblog) March 28, 2012
This post includes a list of early learning and care organizations across Canada. Please feel free to add to it.
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