In this episode Lisa shares the importance of practicing being IN relationship with others and how this can be challenging at times, including in a systemic way when it contradicts your personal and professional intuition and how she eventually finds her way back to the job she loves the most.
Lisa is a registered early childhood educator in Ontario, Canada and has been working in the field for over 20 years. She is the mother of 5 and a grandmother of 2.
Lisa shares her journey from becoming a young mother who ventured into the world of home daycare as a way to help someone who was struggling to find care for their child. Lisa’s kids enjoyed having another in the home and this grew into a full-fledged home daycare business. While parenting and caregiving Lisa was keen to know and understanding children better. This led to some workshops that taught a style of parenting that not just wasn’t effective but was also not aligned with Lisa’s intuition as a parent and caregiver. This led to the discovery of attachment and relationship, a style of parenting and caregiving that felt more in line with who she was as a person and a professional. Lisa speaks to the flourishing of this teaching in her personal and professional life but also to the tensions or struggles that accompany this.
Lisa has worked in various sectors including home daycare, non profit and for profit centre based care and over three years in the education system. She has actively volunteered in different aspects with children and in attachment focused study groups.
Her experience working with children is primarily with the age groups 0 to 5 but she has also worked with children up to the age of 12 and has worked with parents in groups/workshops. Lisa has created and been involved with various book clubs, support groups (ADHD) and home schooling and attachment based groups at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and through the Neufeld Institute.
She returned to school for a second time after having her family to work towards her Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree and is currently in her last year.
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Registered Early Childhood Educators (ECEs)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Dr. Gordon Neufeld (Attachment)
Neufeld Institute https://neufeldinstitute.org/
Darlene Denis-Friske https://darlenedenisfriske.weebly.com/
Lisa’s Home Daycare Facebook Page
@Children’s Rainbow Village Family Child Care