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Let’s Talk…Super Powers

February 28th, 2012

Missy, a preschool teacher in Indiana, recently started following the Let’s Talk…Child Care twitter account. I love, love, love her description of herself, “I can handle anything…I work PRESCHOOL. My tweets let you know I’ve lived to tell the tale.” When I shared with her how much her self-description made me smile, she responded, “I feel like in any emergency it’s appropriate to yell ‘Don’t worry, I work preschool!’ As if that gives me super powers.”

I hope each and every one of you out there see yourself this way! As you go about your daily routines, think about the hero you are to parents that depend on you for peace of mind as they earn money for their family and consider the little eyes that are carefully studying you as you read books, share ideas, rub backs at rest time, and sing songs.  Give thought to the awesome responsibility that has been entrusted in your care as you watch children riding trikes, going down slides, and using monkey bars – more precious than where we place our money or park our car is where we leave our children! And that is what you do!

If you have been in this field a while, it’s likely you have gained skills you never imagined! You can cure the sting of a scraped knee with a single princess band-aid. Who knew you would also gain such skills as plumbing, fiscal management, negotiation, sanitation, and crisis management? Never forget you are a super hero with super powers! What skills and confidence have you gained as an early childhood professional besides simply the care and education of young children?

Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader is passionate about children and families and has a strong desire to ensure that early childhood professionals are empowered and strengthened. She holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in early childhood administration, but her real knowledge of early care and education has come from over 20 years of experience in the field. She understands what it means to be an early childhood professional - from helping a parent say good-bye for the first time to watching a toddler's first steps to discovering an entire roll of toilet paper in a child size potty. She loves nothing more than to talk about early care and education, early intervention and inclusion, parenting education, attachment caregiving, and working with culturally diverse families. Her family is hoping this blog will satisfy that need so they can have a break from ECE discussions!

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