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As the New Year begins, we all stop and think about the past one and how we will choose differently. For me, my greatest challenge ahead stems from the past election chaos. Did I do enough to prevent the results and every time I ask myself this question, the answer is no. I too have taken for granted the freedoms we so cherish and have become passive in stepping up to the plate to engage in a more assertive demonstration of preserving them. Oh sure, I donated money, signed petitions and spoke of the frustrations of language and actions that sullied our homes, work environments, schools and foreign relations. But did I get out and work, no. Did I alert my senators and congressman of my concerns, no. I passively watched as our country was swept into our past of racism, antisemitism, slanderous threats, and the possibility that the freedoms and services we have worked so hard to attain be perhaps on the chopping block. 2016 was not an emotionally intelligent year.

I am scared, worried, concerned and angry at myself. What now! First of all, what does an emotionally intelligent year look like? It looks like a greater emphasis on empathy and kindness. Making choices that build self-confidence and motivation by thinking positively and taking actions to mindfully do so. Helping wherever we can and placing other’s needs before our own. Managing our emotions and not letting them control what we say and do. Being accountable for those actions with apologies and doing it differently. Having quality play time that promotes relational activities teaching compromise, sharing and being a good friend. And last but certainly not least, being grateful for what we have and who we are and not allowing ourselves to feel victimized by the actions of others and of a life that can be unfair.

Taking positive action to prevent the loss of our civil liberties, begins with what we teach our children. For in teaching our children how to be emotionally intelligent, as adults we too will have to model what it looks like for our children mirror us each and every day. My voice will have to louder and more demonstrative about preserving these rights we have accomplished in the past. Let’s model and teach how children how it is done! Join me in stepping up to plate for the real progressive change that must take place in this country! This works and we can do this!


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At least once a week I am reading about another one of these tragic cases. This morning was no exception. This time, it was an 11 month-old boy, who is now blind and can no longer sit up. Something like this is a life changer for the child involved, no doubt, but also for the child’s entire family. A future that at one moment was bright has now been devastated, along with the plans, hopes, and dreams of the family members.

Many times, the parents really believe they did their homework in choosing a care provider... looking at references and asking lots of questions. But, it just wasn’t enough to ensure that their baby, that they entrusted to a provider’s care, would be safe and would be the same child when they picked him up at the end of the day. Instead, they got a frightening call from the emergency room where he had been taken, or a call from the provider saying something was terribly wrong with their child and they should come home.

Of course, not all of these cases could have been prevented. Child abuse can take place in spite of the best laid plans, due to the unforeseen deviancy in human behavior that sometimes cannot be detected or predicted. However, there are some steps families can take to learn how to choose a quality care provider and agencies to help them with this process.

Child Care Aware, the national network of child care resource and referral agencies, is a good place to start. A visit to their website offers a bullet point checklist of what parents should be looking for when visiting potential programs or care providers. There are videos depicting quality care and even live chat with a child care expert available. When parents follow the link to their particular state affiliate, they can access detailed information about child care in the local community. It is a free and easy process to get information about prospective caregivers and programs, including violations, ratings, and links to licensing reports.  Many states have their own child care locating services, offering even more information that can sometimes be more up-to-date and comprehensive.

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