Don’t ask if you don’t want to know.

 A few weeks ago I had a humbling career experience.  I created with the support of our three supervisors a 7 question employee survey. I had a good feeling our organization was thriving & had a healthy culture. I thought after a tiring year of continuous, manic change initiated by various levels of government it would be great to…

ECE point of view- building a solid foundation.

Guest blogger – Denielle Berube – Registered Early Childhood Educator is sharing her recent documented learning story. She is an educator for 6 years and recently left the toddler age group and shares her new experience and lessons learned in the before & after school Kindergarten program. This is her story. – Debbi Sluys  WHAT…

Keep Your Word

I fell into something wonderful when I embraced the word “kindness” for 2016.  I had been inspired by a CK Ted X Talk on the same topic in 2015.  The word kept popping up so I began to intentionally use it & witnessed how it transformed my life. Feedback from friends & colleagues showed how it inspired them. Embracing…

Dirty talk – lessons from the mud

I was dared to participate with fellow colleagues in a Mud Run (not so much running but lots of mud.)  The  childcare staff had bets going whether or not I’d trade my stilettos for duct taped runners (so one doesn’t get sucked into the mud pits).  One to never shy away from a challenge I signed myself up with the…

My Beloved

What women wish men knew about showing love… I’ve had eye rolling girlfriend conversations bemoaning this desire, in coffee shops, staff rooms & road trips.  I believe I’ve discovered answers to this age old question. I encountered it at two very different celebrations.  One to celebrate new lives beginning together & the other celebrating a…

Family Circle is Full Circle

At yesterday’s child care family picnic an educator asked a mother when her new baby had “arrived”. The mother responded with a quizzical look on her face, “About six months ago”. The educator looked surprised & stated, “You must have got him young!” “Yes” said the mother with a knowing smile, “Right from when I…

How do you play this game?

(Dear Reader, this blog is a bit different from some of the others, because the topic is specific for my fellow child care leaders in Ontario. I wrestled with whether or not to express my thoughts publically, however it’s weighed heavy on my mind and heart as my colleagues and I  have expressed being overwhelmed & feeling…

The Human Connection

I was interviewed by our local newspaper and after she asked a few questions announced, “I know what you are, you’re a connector”. On many occasions since, I realized she’s right—I am a connector. It’s one of truly satisfying & rewarding facets of my professional & personal life. Yesterday my son and I went out…

It’s better today.

“It’s going to get better” I think I’ve said over 20xs in the last year.  News flash…it’s not getting better.  My light bulb moment was standing in the auto repair shop at 8:45 am watching the front desk mechanic man the phone like he was Lily Tomlin (sorry if you’re too old for that reference……

It’s Certainly Stress

This weekend in a small Montreal café I watched people pass in their puffy, fur lined hooded coats. As I sipped my creamy latte, swirled caramel bananas on my crepe, I realized I was completely relaxed.Back to work today it should have been chalked up to a stressful day; most administration out ill, a adult…

Kind of a Movement

Do you have your New Year’s resolution yet? This year I have two. Advance my dreams by taking advantage of opportunities that energize me. Make it a practice to cultivate kindness more deeply into our child care centres. At a TedX conference in my home town I was moved by a talk on the power…

I belong to you, you belong to me.

September 28, 2015 as I sat with my son leaning against my knees staring at the night sky,  I was amazed at how many people known & unknown were sharing in the lunar eclipse (Blood moon).   This past week it seemed that all of Ontario held their breath & then cheered as Jose Bautista pulled…