February Love to the Children

When I was little I was always asked the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” (I’m glad adults have moved away from the habit of asking this question now) My answer always began with “I’m going to be a mom”, I had a few other ideas in there, but MOM was always in my reply. I also knew I would always work, no matter what, my brain functions best when it’s busy!

Within weeks of having Riley, I knew what I was going to do, I had entered into the healthcare field, but once he arrived, I did a major pivot and bam! By the time he was 6 months old the first Little Peaches was opened and licensed! That was 18 years ago.

Since then, I’ve given birth to three of my own, and I have helped to raise hundreds of children. I have become a mom to so many! Dream fulfilled!

As a professional within this line of work, it can be easy to get caught up in the controlled chaos that is the preschool environment, we get soaring through our day, one task after the other, there’s so much to get done and so much you don’t want to forget when working with young children.

 However, the one thing about this job that makes you successful in it is the ability to stop during the chaos, observe, assess, reflect and adjust, not only yourself, but the environment and your work with the children. When you sit in a room with children, you have to be aware that they are constantly changing, they are not the same from one day to the next, they learn and change rapidly and you have to keep up! That’s what makes it so much fun to be me! What a challenge this is! I find great joy in watching all of these children practice and master new skills.

Today’s love letter is to all of the children I’ve spent the last 18 years with. I want you each to know when I told you I loved you, I meant it with my whole heart, and I still do! Once you are one of my peaches, you are always my peach. I’ve got children all over the world now, many who are entering into adulthood, I am so proud of each one of them. I’m so thankful their parents chose me ( that’s a whole other letter..) to be a part of their lives, and to be their first teacher outside of the home!

Mrs. Abby loves you, now and forever!

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