Mom and Grandmother’s Real World Lesson: Workplace Preparation

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Mom and grandmother’s Real World Lessons: Workplace Preparation

    There are several schools, districts, colleges and universities who have changed their curriculum to meet the growing demands in the 21st century workforce. As an educational specialist and curriculum writer, I have the task of contextualizing curriculum to fit the demands of certain fields of study and industries. Thus in doing so, I find that ideas and concepts from my mother and grandmother coming back to me. I remember my mother asking me to decide how much I would need of a given ingredient if we were feeding a certain number of people or my grandmother planting flowers and trying to determine the square footage. I thought I was just helping them, but they were teaching me. Now, I create real world scenarios to teach concepts. Who would believe that me being the “little helper” would turn into a career? Therefore, my advice for parents is to go back to real world lessons of application. Have your children help in the home so they can learn to critically think, analyze and problem solve. Jobs are asking for these skills in the workplace.

Preview of The Healing

I am working on a new book project, The Healing. I wanted to share a little piece with you. This comes from the chapter called Spiritual Healing.

My daddy, John Plain, always said I was the child who had to see if water was wet. So often, I had to try things. I didn’t want to hear your opinion, warning, or suggestion. I had to do it my way. The wonderful thing about my daddy was that he allowed me to be “a work in progress.” Daddy would listen to my point of view. Give me his suggestion anyway and say, “Stephanie, pray about it and always think through things.” I would promise to do so, but I often made plans based on my desired outcome not on the reality of the situation. That realization comes to me now years later after I have experienced a broken heart, several bruises and unnecessary pains. Yet, my daddy always saw the best in me and spoke to the “Stephanie” I could be. I could always go to him. Nothing was too ugly, too disappointing, too big; too expensive. He was daddy and he loved me beyond the situations. Then, a day came that tore me apart. He died. My cheerleader was gone. I was emotionally and spiritually broken…


A Reason to Smile



It was not until I became a mother that I realized, and demonstrated my true character. Yes before then, I showed my responsibility, kindness, understanding, etc. Yet, these take on different meanings when you must be them regardless of your situation, your feelings, your attitudes, and/or your physical attributes. Motherhood has taught and teaches me to first pray, to appreciate, and to smile. I am so privileged and appreciative for my children. They have given me a new outlook on life. I am an author of children’s books. I write about my children and my experiences with them. I have four biological children, but I have had thousands in my career in education and counseling. Each book allows me to share just a moment, and a lesson learned with my reader in hopes he/ she can find a reason to smile.

Courage is Taking Responsibility

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The ability to look beyond today is the most courageous thing an individual can do.  It is the future.  As a teenager, future planning was easy.  I dreamed something, planned it, and did it.  The older I become the more complex that practice became.  I had others to consider.  I could not just walk away or give up when something did not go my way or I lost interest.  I had to have a concrete plan as well as alternatives because I had responsibilities.  Yet, the ability to dream never changed and planning sometimes had to be extended.  I have learned that courage is taking responsibility and still daring to make dreams reality. So, I challenge you to never stop dreaming and making your dreams come true.