I was born and raised in Bloomington. I have many great friends but no family, everyone in my family moved away for their jobs. When I was a new mom I worked, for the first 2 years before I quit to stay home. When I first decided to stay home, it was a little lonely. Most of the moms already had groups, playdates, and activities the had set up. I was trying to jump into already established schedules.
We joined the Children’s Corner family last year, Lilian right away made a lot of great friends. We felt included in so much and through volunteering in the classroom I got to know the students and through them the parents.
December of last year when I sat down to listen to the Christmas songs sung by the kids, I had a feeling of belonging. Not only had Lilian made some great friends but I was also starting to make friends as well.
When you don’t have a family nearby you build your own. Today I still talk to and visit with several of the moms, both with and without our kids. They invite me to mom Christmas parties, kids birthday parties, and to spend the holidays with them. This Christmas I will be thankful for the family Children’s corner has helped me forge as I get together with the family I have made and spend the holidays with them. Family is what you make it and Children’s Corner has help to give me a wonderful family
Happy Holidays to Friends and Family both near and far, both born and made!
by Rose Smith. Rose was our Facilities Chair last year and is our current Membership Chair
As I sit here trying to write my first blog ever, I’m reminded about the month of November. The month of being thankful! There are so many things to be thankful of and one thing that tops my list are my children. They have taught me so many things. Some were easy lessons and some perhaps were harder ones. I think how different my life would be without them. See if I didn’t have them I wouldn’t have you. I wouldn’t have Children’s Corner. I wouldn’t have the all the wonderful smiles from you and your children each morning as I walk into Children’s Corner. I wouldn’t have the teachers as positive role models not only my children, but also for myself. I wouldn’t have some of the best friendships that I’ve ever had, if I didn’t have my children pulling me to preschool, play dates, and beyond.
Each evening at dinner time I usually ask them what was most memorable about their day, this month I will ask them what they were thankful for that day. I can already see my older daughter rolling her eyes at my questions, but I can’t wait to hear what comes out of her mouth! The innocent honesty of children always amazes me.
My career as a professional blogger will most likely start and end with these small paragraphs, but I will forever be thankful for my children, their teachers, their friends, their friends’ parents, and Children’s Corner.
by Tiffany Oren, current president of Children's Corner.
We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing". This is one of my favorite quotes (probably because I am a preschool teacher and passionate about PLAY!) I feel so blessed to have found my way into teaching at Children's Corner. Each and everyday is something new and different. Teaching preschool was not something that I planned on doing but here I am playing - every day for over a decade. Each new group of 3 and 4 year olds teaches me how to see the world differently, how to better use my imagination and how to let the children take the lead in THEIR play!
by Tamara Hallett, Director of Communications and Teacher. Tamara has been a teacher and director at Children's Corner for 12 years!