Professional Thanks

Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in the
human life cycle. Our paramount responsibility is to
provide care and education in settings that are safe,
healthy, nurturing, and responsive for each individual child. 

Thanks to my fellow colleagues for all the feedback you have given me during our experience here at Walden University. The memories we have created through discussion and blog posts will be kept close to my heart as I adventure onto the next journey. It’s colleagues like yourself who make the experiences of online courses a success and unstressful. There are endless opportunities for each of you in the Early Childhood Education field, and as we continue on this journey of leadership, advocacy, and professionalism, I wish each of you nothing but success. Continue to fuel your journey of success with the passion that lies within your heart!!!!

Stressful Factors in Children’s Development

There are several children around the world who are experiencing some form of stress during their lives.  The effects of stress can cause negative impacts on the developmental aspects of their individual lives.  Although foster care was developed to have positive impacts on the children these programs serve, there are many children experiencing traumatic outcomes. These experiences may include the trauma that caused their removal from the home (perhaps due to abuse or neglect), the trauma of separation from their families, and the potential trauma involved with numerous removals and placements in out-of-home care (Racusin, Maerlender, Sengupta, Isquith, & Straus, 2005).

As a volunteer at the local Boys and Girls Club in the town in which I live, Ive recently had an opportunity to witness a child,Bill, develop post traumatic stress disorder because of his placement in a new foster home.  This particular student has been in and out of different foster homes within the last year, and it has been reflected in his behaviors both at school and at the club.  A few weeks ago, Bill was placed in the home of a family that was of a different culture than him.  Bill was devastated that he was in the home with a family “who didn’t look like him”.  During a conversation with Bill, he stated that he was embarrassed to be seen with this family, and felt as if everyone was going to pick on him due to the fact that these individuals were of a different color than he was.  Although Bill had so many concerns and issues with this situation, each person that he came in contact with him tried to explain the idea that everyone is the same no matter what others noticed on our outside appearance.  During the first week of being in this new environment, Bill got into troubles at home, attempted to run away, and depression took a toll on him all at once.

The school, the Boys and Girls Club, as well as the case worker realized the negative impact this change had on Billy’s life and worked together to develop something different for Billy.  With determination and hard work, the case worker was able to find a home of the same culture in which she felt Billy would be more comfortable in.  After being placed in the new home, Billy recovered from his depression and stress.  Although the foster home that he left was depressed, they knew that this move had been done in the best interest of Billy.  Since then, Billy has obtained student of the week, and his behavior has improved tremendously.  Billy now walks around with a smile on his face with his head held high just like he is on top of the world.

Racusin, R., Maerlender, A. R., Sengupta, A., Isquith, P., & Straus, M. (2005). Psychosocial
treatment of children in foster care: a review. Community Mental Health Journal, 41(2),
199-221.

A NATURAL WAY

 

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Breastfeeding is becoming a “phase” in this century of time.  Many mother’s around the world make decisions to nurse naturally rather than through a bottle. Breastfeeding provides ideal nourishment and a special bonding experience that many nursing mothers cherish. It has many benefits for the child as well as for the mother.  By breastfeeding, mothers are providing their baby with a convenient, free milk that naturally contains many of the vitamins and minerals that a newborn requires. In today’s society, breastfeeding is a common choice and is developing a norm across the world.

  • The Philippines is one of the leaders in international efforts to promote and protect women’s right to breastfeed.
  • 71% of Namibian babies are breastfed at birth.
  • 97 % of Peruvian infants are breastfed at birth
  • 93%  of Polish babies are breastfed at birth.
  • 73% of all American infants have been breastfed
  • 87% of Austria babies are breastfed at birth
  • 26% of DR infants are exclusively breastfed
  • 88% of Canadian mothers breastfeed their babies at birth

Breastfeeding Around the World. (n.d.). Retrieved March 12, 2015, from http://www.incultureparent.com/2012/03/breastfeeding-around-the-world

Blessings of Birth

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Princess Raleigh Est. March 2011
Prince Ryan Est. June 2013
Prince Ryan
Est. June 2013

My first birthing experience was in March of 2011.  Princess Raleigh came into the world a few weeks prior to her expected date. As expected, the amount of nervousness and butterflies uttered in my belly as the excitement of her arrival came upon us. My last birthing experience was in June of 2013.  Prince Ryan came into the world after his expected due date. The experience with the birth of my two children were extremely different. With Raleigh, I wasn’t even aware that I was in labor.  I was going in for a regular check-up only to find out I was 8 cm and she would be arriving in less that a couple of minutes.  With Ryan, I was a week overdue and he hadn’t arrived yet.  After speaking with my doctor on the last visit, he decided to induce me since I was beyond miserable.  After being induced, RJ came less than an hour later.  The induction labor was much more nerve wrecking than any other because I didnt know what to expect from such a different experience. The beginning of child development occurs when children are first conceived in the womb. As a child is developing in the womb, there are many things you must do in order to promote healthy development of your child.  In order to promote developmental stages with children, I would put headphones on my belly while pregnant. Just as with all children, both of my children have reached developmental milestones at different stages and ages of their lives.

MY SUPPORTS

 

Through life’s many challenges, there are people who are many people who are responsible for holding you up.  For me, my biggest team of supporters come from my husband and our two families.  Not only do they provide the needed support that’s beneficial in life, but they are always there to give that small push for something to happen.  As a single mother of a 6 month baby, a man walked into my life not knowing the struggle and challenges that I was facing.  Through all the tears, headache, and pain, he has stood by my side and never left.  His endless support and stress free lifestyle provides me with the equilibrium that’s necessary to get through life.

My mother, grandmother, and aunt are always there to lend a helping hand or give an encouraging word through the good and bad times.  These women have been with me through each of my life changes and have been the building block to my success.  Life is unimaginable without their presence.

My children are my motivators.  They are the most important pieces to my puzzle.  Through their laughter and smiles, I see the sunshine through any situation.  My everyday goal is to do something that will benefit them as well as their future.  I hope that I’m only half of what they have the potential to become in their future.  It’s my goal for them to be even more successful than their father and I.

 

MY CHALLENGE: One of the biggest challenges that I fear is alcohol abuse.  There have been several individuals on both sides of my families who have had challenges with alcohol abuse.  If I were to someday become a victim of this form of abuse, I would need my supporters to assist me with a rehabilitation program that would aid me in becoming clean.  As a determined individual, I know that my hard work and motivation to NOT continue the cycle will not allow me to face this challenge.

My Connections to Play

WHAT PLAY REPRESENTED IN MY CHILDHOOD?

As a child, play only had one meaning for me.  It was a time where I was given the opportunity to spend time with my childhood friends, cousins, and neighbors.  It was a chance at bonding, and being free.

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ESSENTIAL PLAY ITEMS FOR ME

WOODEN LETTER BLOCKS

CHALK FOR HOPSCOTCH

OUTDOOR SLIDE & SWING     

PLAY THEN VS PLAY NOW

In the generation where I was developed from, my play was spent mostly utilizing nature.  Although toys were bought on special occasions, my parents expected me to make the best of what I had in the environment.  It was nothing for my cousins, neighbors, and I to use several sheets to cover the porch, or sticks to make a hopscotch path. We found fun in raking a pile of leaves just to jump inside of.   Most of my childhood memories of play were experienced outside.

As a parent of children in today’s generation, my children are more engaged in indoor toys. My husband and I make several attempts to provide toys that are self-sufficient that doesn’t create “lazy children”, but its hard when technology is growing so much.  The advancement of technology are taking the toys that we utilized as children and putting them on electronic devices.  This then takes away from the physical development of children.

Relationship Reflectiions

Whether your relationship has been ongoing for years or a couple of days, its important that we have meaningful relationships with those we love.  Relationships provide us with love, support, and security needed throughout the positive and negative journeys we encounter.

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My Loving Husband, Ryan

Ryan has been a big part of my life.  When life throws sour lemons, he’s the one to pick them up to make  batch lemonade. Ryan has always been by my side to help me make decisions, give advice, and to provide me with the best support ever.

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My Daughter, Rae

Three years ago, God granted me with an unexpected blessing.  Her innocent life and unique personality gives me the “Rae” of sunshine I need to get through the day.

RJ

My Son, Ryan Jr.

RJ provides me with laughter each day.  His silly personality allows him to provide some of the funniest moments in my life.

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My Mother (Left) & My Grandmother (Right)

These two ladies have shown me nothing less than what being strong and independent means.  Through the good and bad times throughout my life, they both have given me a back to lean on.  My day isn’t complete until I have talked to them both.

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My Sister, Kaila

Every girl needs someone to talk to, to make them laugh, and to tell them when they are wrong.  Over the years I’ve created friendships that are meaningful, but Kaila has been one of the truest friends I’ve had.

Testing Trembles

The average standardized test that is used in the school system today are utilized to access information that children should know at each grade level.  Although these test are suppose to measure knowledge retained, it doesn’t seem to accurately access the proper content.  There are many teachers who focus on “presenting”the content to their students rather than teaching it.  With so much pressure embedded on these forms of assessments, teachers are forced to rush through content presented to their students.  Although the students may not be retaining the information, the teachers want to make sure they at least present the information to their students.  I have witnessed students who are A+ in all academic areas fail these forms of assessments due to anxiety.  As an educator, I feel as though children should be assessed based on the knowledge they have received ad retained.  A basic skills test should be given in each subject area in order to show the knowledge they have gained.

Collegial Support

Thanks to my fellow colleagues for all the feedback you have given me during our first experience here at Walden University. The memories we have created through discussion and blog posts will be kept close to my heart as I adventure onto the next journey. It’s colleagues like yourself who make the experiences of online courses a success and unstressful. There are endless opportunities for each of you in the Early Childhood Education field, and as we continue on this journey of leadership, advocacy, and professionalism, I wish each of you nothing but success. Continue to fuel your journey of success with the passion that lies within your heart!!!!