After a year of brainstorming, jotting down ideas and constantly thinking about bringing moms of young children together with experts in the field of early childhood development, I finally set a date and it happened.   Real Childhood Talks came to life on October 8, 2017.  It was such a proud moment for me, not only because I had amazing sponsors, inspirational guest speakers and real moms asking real questions, but also because I pushed through my fears and saw it through to completion. I have to be real about what it really took to make my vision come to life. Of course, I can write a perfect post about the event, show amazing pictures and video, but there’s so much more that goes into planning an event and actually executing. I can say that fear is real, but the strength we posess is stronger. The process of creating this event made me realize the importance of support, collaboration and not being superwoman. I was able to reach out for support from friends, family, bloggers, co-workers and I was able to collaborate with sponsors and find an amazing space to host the event. One of my biggest takeaways from all of this is “If you walk through the fear there’s something amazing on the other side.”

Now on to the event recap. Powerful is the word I use to sum up the 2 hours of event time for Real Childhood Talks. It was powerful because everyone that attended the event was truly a part of the conversation. Guest were allowed to share their experiences, ask questions, support one another and leave with valubale information. What makes it even more powerful is that all of the information will ultimately change the life of a young child and that is my ulitmate goal. Dr. Swan Brown Ronde and Dr Kristin J. Carothers left us with plenty to think about and even more to work on as parents, educators and professionals that have the privelege of having young children in our lives. One critical point that Dr. Ronde made was about the importance of Self-Care, especially for moms. How can we take care of a young child without taking care of ourselves. That is a hard truth pill to swallow, but it’s so true. I talked about this in recently and can watch that video right here, SELF CARE VIDEO.  Below is the event recap video, so you can get an idea of the vibe we had going on.  I hope you’ll be a part of the next conversation. Don’t worry, the next event is coming soon.

 

 

Dr. Carothers talked about tantrums and ways on decreasing a tantrum that a child may be exepriecneing. I know you’ll want to watch what she had to say, so that video is coming soon along with more video clips from the event. What made the event even more special was that the conversation shifted into another important topic, the importance of the teacher/parent relationship. Communciation is key between both parties, but how do you cultivate that realtionship? Great question, right? Well, we talked about it with everday parents and everyday teachers, all of whom were guest at the event. I now realize even more than I did before that this event platform is needed, it’s wanted and people will show up. I’m not going to just stop at the live events, I also want to continue these conversations online, where so many of you are. Chat with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and of course right here on the blog.

 

 

I’d like to take the time to thank my two sponsors for believeing in me and taking the time to be a part of Real Childhood Talks.
I first tried Kaiso Cocktail at a wine and food festival in Brooklyn, NY. I fell in love with it after my first sip. I immediately thought of girls-night-in, parties and my mommy friends, becasue they’re always looking for a great cocktail. I knew this would be the perfect cocktail for an afternoon of real conversations. Kaiso Cocktail brought island flavors to the guest in a glass over ice. You have to try it. Check out their website here, www.kaisococktail.com

 

I was introduced to the owner of The Brown Crayon Project by the owner of Kaiso Cocktail. Talk about women empowerment and #BlackGirlMagic. Yes, it was all of that. The Brown Crayon Project brings quality hair and skin products to the forefront for our young children of color. From the names of the products like, Sunday Oil, which she gave as a gift to all of our guest, to the packaging, it highlights the importance of our own self-care in our community. They are teaching children the importance of caring for self starting at a young age. I appreciate what Selma is doing for young children and families of color. I support her mission and hope you will as well.  Please check out The Bown Crayon Project website and products. Happy shopping!

Cheers,
Monica J