Our readers want to get to know you first, tell us about YOU what is your story.
I’m a mom of 2 grown sons and ran a licensed family daycare for over 15 years. As a born ‘kid whisperer’ I became a Special Education Assistant and after my sons were born I trained to be a La Leche League leader and doula. During those early years I voraciously read and learned the book version of parenting that I was using with my sons to a reasonable level of success. When I started doing daycare that’s when things really ramped up with hands on skill building. Getting 4-7 kids up the door on time and keeping them from the normal squabbling kids do was a crash course in multitasking and coordination.
Now let’s talk business, what do you do? Have you always wanted to have your own business- what inspired you to go down this journey?
I was born into a family of entrepreneurs my Mom is an immigrant from Holland and she instilled an I can do anything I set my mind to work ethic. I wanted to stay home and raise my kids more than anything, I used to joke that I was born in the wrong era and after trying a couple businesses I landed on daycare on the suggestion of a friend. I never looked back. It allowed me to stay home, even after I divorced my kid’s dad, I was able to build a brand-new house and be there for them every day. It was not perfect, but it was perfect for us.
What advice do you have for moms who want to start a business?
Life is full of lessons, what has motherhood taught you?
That I’m going to make mistakes, unintentionally hurt my kids and when I look back I need to say I did the best I could with what I had.