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The ABCs of Toddler Nutrition

Guest post by Alzein Pediatrics

You’ve celebrated your baby’s first birthday with candles, balloons, and cupcakes and suddenly, you have a toddler. Suddenly too, while the candles were still sending tendrils of smoke into the air, your toddler seems to have become a picky eater. 

Your baby who was once eager to try everything is now eating only green peas and chicken – and absolutely nothing else. Their appetite also seems to have dropped sharply since eating that birthday cupcake.

With this abrupt shift, you may be newly concerned about nutrition. Is your child getting enough to eat – and are they getting enough vitamins and minerals for their growth and development? 

Dr. Hassan Alzein of Alzein Pediatrics in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn Illinois says, “It’s normal for toddlers to start rejecting new foods – and for parents to worry about how much food their child is actually eating. At this point, it’s helpful to take a big step back and look at the big picture.”

Dr. Alzein recommends starting with the basics, the ABC’s of toddler nutrition. “First, we start with vitamins and minerals,” he says. “Then we’ll think about quantity.”

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps promote normal growth and development. Vitamin A is important to your child’s body for bone and tissue repair. It’s also critical for healthy skin, healthy eyes, and a robust immune system. 

Your child can get Vitamin A by drinking two cups of milk, and eating cheese. Eggs are also a good source, along with yellow and orange vegetables like carrots, yams, and squash.

Vitamin B

Vitamin B is an entire family of nutrients, including B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6( pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), Folate, and B12 (cobalamin). The B Vitamins help your child maintain and grow a healthy metabolism and aids in energy production. 

Your child needs B Vitamins for a hearty circulatory system and nervous system. Serve your child proteins for Vitamin B, including lean red meats, chicken, fish, milk, cheese, nuts, beans, legumes, and whole grains.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is packed into all sorts of fruity goodness like oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, strawberries, and kiwis. Red bell peppers, also a sweet treat, are one of the best sources of Vitamin C. It’s also plentiful in tomatoes and broccoli. 

Vitamin C acts as a biochemical redox system that helps to “recharge” enzymes. It helps the heart by acting as a vasodilator in atherogenesis and is an antioxidant. It also helps your child build strong muscles, robust connective tissues, and healthy skin.

Calcium

Calcium is important for strong bones throughout your child’s life – from infancy to old age. Dairy products provide large amounts of calcium, so serve your child full-fat milk, cheeses, and yogurts. You can also provide calcium in tofu and calcium-fortified orange juice.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D – well, you know that one! Vitamin D is essential for strong bones and teeth, and it helps your child’s body absorb calcium. Besides milk, serve your child fatty fishes like salmon, sardines, and mackerel. 

Did you know your child’s body can also produce Vitamin D on its own? Just make sure your child is getting five to fifteen minutes of sunlight exposure to their face, arms, and hands each day.

Iron

Iron is crucial for brain development, building muscles, and producing healthy red blood cells. Lean red meat – beef, pork, lamb, and others – is a strong source of iron. You can also serve your child turkey, spinach, beans, and prunes for a boost of iron. 

TIP – Vitamin C helps your child’s body absorb iron from plant sources and drinking milk blocks the absorption. When your child is enjoying spinach, serve up some orange segments too. Serve your child milk between meals and serve water or orange juice with meals.

Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in your toddler’s nutrition as it helps heal all the bumps, scrapes, and bruises that happen as they become more mobile. Your child can get zinc in lean meats, nuts, seeds and legumes, milk and cheese, and eggs.

Adequate Calories

Worried about how much your toddler is eating? Dr. Alzein says, “Your toddler needs about 1,200 calories each day. That’s perhaps a breakfast of one egg and small toast with avocado and a few snacks such as an orange or cucumber slices with hummus dip throughout the day. Also, a small turkey, corn, and tomato wrap for lunch and about 4 ounces of salmon and with a few asparagus spears for dinner. 

While it might not seem like much to you, it’s plenty for your child. Our nutritionist stresses that kids are born with the ability to eat only as much as they need to grow. Parents serve food, but your child should choose how much to eat.”

Toddlers are more likely to “graze”, eat small meals and snacks throughout the day to maintain energy and blood sugar levels. When your toddler enjoys frequent snacks but pushes back against meals, offer snacks that are nutrient-dense such as whole-grain crackers with yogurt. Avoid highly processed foods like chips and sodas.

Mealtime Success

At mealtimes:

  • Provide meals and snacks at regularly scheduled times.
  • Use a child-size spoon and fork with dull prongs.
  • Seat your child at a comfortable height in a secure chair.
  • Avoid battles. If your toddler refuses a food, accept that and try again in a few days.
  • Keep portions small.
  • Don’t use dessert as a reward, and serve healthy options like a bite of dark chocolate.
  • Cut food into bite-size pieces.
  • Use ground meat instead of steak or chops.
  • Make plates colorful with lots of red, green, and orange vegetables.
  • Serve fresh or frozen fruits, whole or cut up depending upon your child’s age.

Other Helpful Hints

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting juice to less than 4 ounces per day for children 1 to 3 years old.
  • Celebrate Meatless Mondays with meals centered around beans, seeds, nuts, peas, and fish.
  • Opt for whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, barley, and oatmeal.
  • Make it fun! Involve your toddler in choosing and preparing foods to help expand their palate and teach them healthy eating right from the start.

Your Healthy Toddler

“The toddler years are a time of transition, full of exploring and discovery – and that includes mealtimes,” says Dr. Alzein. “However, if your child is losing weight, not wetting diapers throughout the day, crying without producing tears, or seems listless and tired, along with an overall refusal to eat or drink, contact your pediatrician’s office.” 

“Your toddler may have health issues that prevent them from enjoying food, such as gastrointestinal challenges, swallowing issues, constipation, food allergies, or sensitivities. Keep a food diary for several days before your appointment, writing down every bite and swallow your toddler takes, to show your pediatrician.”

Dr. Alzein notes that the very best thing you can do to help your child become a life-long healthy eater is to offer your toddler a variety of foods from each food group with different tastes, textures, and colors – and then let them decide how much to eat.

Child Care Answers Resources on Nutrition

As your child grows or you add little ones to your family, don’t forget to review Child Care Answers parenting resources. Not only are there more tips on infant and child feeding, but also all about toddlers, including resources on biting, temper tantrums, school transitions, and more!

Help for Local “Front Line” Child Care Professionals

Updated as of July 22, 2020.

There’s been so much talk about the “front line” during the COVID-19 pandemic: medical professionals, emergency personnel, grocery workers. But, we know that there are so many child care programs who are still open and still providing quality care for the children of those going in to work every day. We strongly believe you are front line and essential too!

These are unusual times and create unusual circumstances. Your needs are different from what they were a month ago. Or, the unfulfilled needs you had before are now amplified to a critical point. There are so many businesses and agencies looking for a way to help – connect with some of these Central Indiana resources below! Are you a business or service that can help? Let us know!

Supplies and materials

ACA Cleaning Supply Vendors: A good comprehensive list of where you might start to find cleaning supplies.

Indiana Diaper Bank Partners: If you have a family in need of diapers, you can refer them to one of Indiana Diaper Bank’s distributing partners.

Health and sanitation procedures

COVID-19 Testing through Optum: If you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or in a high risk group, many options are available across Central Indiana for FREE testing.

Indiana State Department of Health: Answers to FAQs about COVID-19, specifically related to child care programs.

CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open: Information on preparedness and planning, social distancing, cleaning, interactions with families, and more.

Financial and business support

Indy Chamber Rapid Response Hub: Information on local resources for loans, finding employees, legal support, and more.

SCORE Business Mentoring: Get FREE guidance from an experienced business professional in how to move forward with your program in these trying times.

KHWPRW: Resource bank for Central Indiana, including links to a number of grants and loans.

General support

Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning: The state of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration has all hands on deck to ensure you have the resources you need for your child care program and to support your familes and children.

Child Care Aware of America: National resource for business supports, how to connect with families, policies affecting your program, and more.

Afterschool Alliance: Answers to FAQs for those providing care to school agers, including guidance on precautions, meals, staff, family support, and more.

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COVID-19: Your resource for resources

Updated July 22, 2020

You may feel like the world we’re living in has gone wild- it’s definitely not the same Central Indiana we were living in during February. It can be overwhelming to digest all of the ever-changing news about COVID-19, whether you’re a parent, a teacher, a child care administrator, a business owner, or a supporter of early care and education.

We may not have all the answers, but we know a lot of smart people and caring organizations who do.  As you’re navigating these new changes, we recommend consulting some of these resources.

FOR EVERYONE

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Get the latest recommendations for prevention and resources if you think you are sick.

Anthem Community Resource Link: Type in your zip code and get hundreds of resources, based on your needs. Categories include food, housing, health, work, legal, money, and more!

Child Care Aware of America: The latest Coronavirus news and resources for Child Care Professionals, Families and Policymakers.

FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN

Your Child – Tips for Parents: We’re continually updating our resources for parents, including Transitioning Back to School in the “New Normal”, eLearning Success Tips, and at-home activity ideas.

WFYI At-Home: Guides and links for helping your little one continue their educational journey from home.

Marion County Commission on Youth (MCCOY): Making Connections During Social Distancing: This page offers resources such as how to keep your kids busy and informed, food and employment assistance resources, and mental health resources.

Family Promise of Hendricks County: Contact Family Promise if you are a Hendricks County resident and need emergency assistance with items such as utilities, food, phones, or internet.

Good Samaritan Network: Hamilton County’s collaborative/network of non-profits.

FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS AND TEACHERS

Help for Local “Front Line” Child Care Professionals: Check out our recent blog post, specifically for child care programs currently in operation.

Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning (OECOSL): The state of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration has all hands on deck to ensure you have the resources you need for your child care program and to support your familes and children.

FOR BUSINESSES

IndyChamber: Rapid Response Hub – Resources and FAQs for small business owners, including child care programs.

Indiana Small Business Development Center – Resources for funding, counseling, and advising on your small business or child care.

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Changes are coming to Child Care Answers!

As a child care provider, we hope that you’ve been hearing about the statewide changes in your support set forth by the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning. Starting October 1, things will look different in Indiana’s child care resource & referral agencies, which means the support you’ve been receiving from Child Care Answers will change.

You probably have many questions, which is understandable. We hope to answer as many questions for you as possible, but please ask anything else you want to know in the comments below. We will continually update this post with answers as we get them.

After October 1, can I still go to Child Care Answers with questions or support requests?

As of October 1, all counties will now be served by one of five local child care resource and referral agencies. You’ll still have support. If your program is in Hamilton, Hendricks, or Marion counties, you will continue to come to us here at Child Care Answers. Brown, Bartholomew, and Johnson counties should go to their new agency, Chances and Services for Youth (CASY) for ongoing support. Visit in.gov to learn about your new agency.

Will you continue to offer professional development and trainings?

Child Care Answers will no longer create and facilitate trainings for child care providers in-house; however, that doesn’t mean that professional development is going away! You can continue to find and register for professional development in I-LEAD through Indiana Learning Paths.

What about Paths to QUALITY (PTQ)? Will I still be able to keep my coach?

You will begin to see a transition of coaching supports starting October 1. Child Care Answers will no longer offer coaching and PTQ supports. From October 1st through June 30th, Indiana AEYC will provide support as needed to providers. Contact Indiana AEYC at 1-855-484-2392 ex. 3546 or ptq@inaeyc.org.

Starting July 1, 2020, Paths To Quality coaching will be implemented by SPARK Learning Lab; look for additional communication about your specific situation in the coming weeks.

Will the support I receive from a SPARK Learning Lab coach stay the same?

You will receive additional information in the coming months about how to participate in a self-assessment to determine the level of support needed for your program. Based on the results, your support may look like one of the following:

    • You’ll receive a plan of action and tools such as digital professional development, resource libraries, and help desk support. You’ll also be able to connect with other Early Childhood professionals at monthly virtual events and quarterly in-person events. (Tier 1)
    • In addition to Tier 1 support, you may be eligible for video coaching, small-group sessions, or enhanced professional development to assist you in implementing a program development plan. (Tier 2)
    • A subset of providers will work with coaches to focus on both development plans and quality improvement plans. (Tier 3)
    All three tiers include opportunities to work in person with coaches in order to receive face-to-face professional development.

What about Safe Sleep, Child Abuse & Neglect, and other mandated trainings?

After October 1, SPARK Learning Lab will be hosting all state-mandated trainings. Face-to-face safe sleep sessions will be offered twice monthly in the Indianapolis area. Face-to-face sessions will cover both Safe Sleep Module 1 (general) and Safe Sleep Module 2 (specific for child care providers).  View SPARK’s Training Calendar.

In addition to the face-to-face safe sleep sessions, SPARK will offer an online option through Indiana Learning Paths beginning in October. You will register separate for Safe Sleep 1 and Safe Sleep 2; you must take both modules to fulfill the requirement. As always, the refresher course does not count toward the requirement.

You will continue to register for both face-to-face and online sessions through I-LEAD and Indiana Learning Paths. Learn more about how to register.

I’m considering opening a child care business. Is Child Care Answers still the right place to start?

Yes! Our dedication continues to support professionals on the road to success to get licensed; will continue this as a focus into 2020 and beyond. See our Learn How to Become a Provider page or contact us for more information on next steps. Remember – if you’re in Bartholomew, Brown, or Johnson counties, you should contact new agency, Chances and Services for Youth (CASY), after October 1.

Can I still come to Child Care Answers until September 30th?

Absolutely! Our coaches and specialists are still available to chat with you about your program and to offer technical assistance. We also have state-mandated trainings, such as Safe Sleep, that we will be offering through September 30.

Do you have additional questions? Please comment below!

Last Day Q&A: Kristin Kahl

Knowledge Manager Kristin Kahl generally works behind the scenes to get the word out about what we do here at Child Care Answers. Now it’s her turn to step into the spotlight!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Well-rounded, kind, funny

What is your personal philosophy?

What goes around comes around; it may take a while for the good (or bad) you to do make it back to you, but it’ll get there!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

My family, of course. But I would also find it pretty hard to not have some method of learning new things (TV, movies, books, internet – I would need at least one of these outlets).

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

I am in a constant struggle with my perfectionism; trying to maintain a balance between being the best mom/wife/daughter/sister/friend and being the best employee/parishioner/volunteer I can be.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Cheesy personality tests

What is your greatest fear?

Drowning

Where is your favorite place to be?

At my parents’ house on Lake Erie

What is your favorite thing to do?

Girls’ day of shopping and pedis with my mom and sister

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

The west coast of Ireland is the first place I went where I truly understood the meaning of the word “breathtaking”. Part of that was because of the scenery – the other was because my husband was driving a stick shift on the wrong side of the road, on a cliff with no guard rails!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Subway Sandwich Artist

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot housekeepers – hands down!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

In a dream world? Writer for Saturday Night Live. In real life? Travel agent

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Great but happy is way better than perfect.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

“Sweet”, “good times”, “Because I said so”

What is the best book you have ever read?

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I was registered as a stock broker for 15 years – but never placed a trade for anyone but myself!

Ask Kristin additional questions in the comments below!

I-LEAD: What You Need to Know

We hope you’ve been hearing all about I-LEAD, the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning’s new online tool, designed for child care providers just like you. I-LEAD, short for the Indiana Licensing & Education Access Depot, is designed to make licensing, background checks and professional development easier to access and update.

We here at Child Care Answers have been learning more about it since it launched July 9,  just like you have. We want to make sure you have the best and most up-to-date information…and this post is a great place to start! As time goes on, we’ll continue to refine our knowledge and get answers to your questions. Keep checking back!

I’M A NEWBIE TO I-LEAD. WHERE DO I START?

Want an overview of creating an I-LEAD account, adding staff as a provider admin, and/or registering for professional development in Indiana Learning Paths? Check out these resources!

Webinar: Creating an Account, Provider Admin, Indiana Learning Paths

Quick Start Guide: Registering for professional development
Want a brief how-to on the steps you need to take to register for your professional development? See our How to register webpage, which walks you through each step.

I-LEAD Help Support Website
Watch video snippets and read how-to articles based on your needs at ileadhelp.org. You can also contact the Solution Center through this site to get one-on-one support.

 

I’M A PROVIDER ADMIN. CAN I TRACK WHICH OF MY EDUCATORS RECEIVED AN INVITE?

Provider Admins can track the educator invites they trigger in I-LEAD by following these steps:

  • Find the educator you want to track in your listing of educators.
  • Click View Details next to his/her name.
  • Find the Invite Status option.  This shows both the status of the invite and how many times it’s been sent.

You can also resend the invite from this screen; the email can be updated when that option is used.

 

WHERE DO EDUCATORS ACCESS THEIR CONSENT FORMS?

The consent form is visible in the upper right hand corner – only AFTER a provider admin adds the educator to the Associated Educator list. If you don’t see your consent form, connect with your program’s admin to ensure you’re correctly associated with your program.

You’ll also notice in the screenshot above that provider admins can switch views to see the educators they manage and the providers they work for.

 

I CREATED MY ACCOUNT AND PASSWORD. IS IT GOING TO EXPIRE AFTER A CERTAIN NUMBER OF DAYS?

No. As of now, you can keep your same password until you want to change it again.

 

I HAVE A SPECIFIC QUESTION OR PROBLEM. I’M NOT FINDING THE ANSWER IN ONE OF THE RESOURCES ABOVE. NOW WHAT?

Contact the I-LEAD Solution Center! You can reach them through:

  • ileadhelp.org website: Submit a ticket with details on your problem.;
  • Email: Send the Solution Center the details of your problem to SolutionCenter@earlylearningindiana.org; OR
  • Phone: Prefer to talk with a helpful solution center agent? Call 800-299-1627, Monday-Thursday 8 am-7 pm or Friday 8 am- 5 pm.

DOES SOMEONE SPEAK SPANISH IN THE SOLUTION CENTER? Hay alguien que hable español en el centro de llamadas?

Yes! If you leave a voicemail, email, or ticket in Spanish, one of our bilingual team members will get back to you. Si, si usted deja un mensaje de voz o un email en español, una de nuestras especialistas bilingüe le devolverá la llamada.

Last Day Q&A: Tikila Welch

Coach Coordinator Tikila Welch is all about relationships – with her family, her coworkers, and the child care providers she serves. Get to know Tikila a little better by reading her responses below!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Loyal, Giving and Loud

What is your personal philosophy?

Adapted from Steve Harvey – When you can’t go anymore, go a little bit farther!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Being a family person, it would be hard for me to live without a phone with FaceTime. This technology has allowed me to connect with my younger niece and nephew in North Carolina. They know who TeTe is when we see each other because of our many FaceTime calls.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

So far my biggest challenge was moving 12 hours away from most of my family and starting a new life in Indiana.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

The one thing I can’t resist is a great clearance sale. One day, I bought a baby monitor because it was 80% off, not knowing who needed it. Later I was able to bless my godsister with it for her new baby.

What is your greatest fear?

Being slightly claustrophobic and horrible with directions, it’s getting locked inside a small space or getting lost in a small town with no GPS reception.

Where is your favorite place to be?

My favorite place to be is anywhere warm with a beachfront view with my close family and friends.

What is your favorite thing to do?

My favorite thing to do is plan and host social events for family and friends.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

The best place I ever traveled was Germany; not so much for the country, but for the experience. My sister gifted me a high school graduation gift to visit her there. It was my first time flying. I flew from North Carolina to Germany on my own, making all connecting flights – all before I had a cell phone!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

The weirdest job I ever had was during my stint as home health aide! I did overnights with older lady who was afraid to stay alone, and she blew her nose for eight hours straight while I tried to rest.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

I would want a robot housekeeper. That sounds more feasible; I am not ready to embrace the others yet.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

I would be family therapist.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

I would tell my 13 year old self to enjoy the journey. Take time to make friends and know that nothing coming your way is too big for you to handle. God’s got you!

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

My most over used phrases are “ma’am”, “no sir” and “Shut up Shannon.”

What is the best book you have ever read?

I can’t say that there is one book that stands out above all. One of the last books I read was Embracing Myself Now by Shawneda Marks; it was a great page turner!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have a great since of humor and love to talk once I know a person. I talk a lot in crowds but will sit in silence if I am one-on-one with a person.

Ask Tikila additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Lauren George

Lauren George is one of our fantastic Infant Toddler Specialists. Bonus fun fact: Her infant daughter, Claire, is also a celebrity in Lauren’s how-to videos on our Facebook page!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Passionate, Funny, and Loyal

What is your personal philosophy?

You do you. (Do what makes you happy. Who am I to judge?!)

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Coffee and reality television

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Becoming a mother. Becoming a parent has been far more challenging than caring for 10 toddlers at the same time!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

French Fries

What is your greatest fear?

Snakes

Where is your favorite place to be?

Home with my family and in comfy clothes…or the mall!

What is your favorite thing to do?

Sit back and watch my kids play together. They have such an imagination, and it is so fun to watch!

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

I spent the summer nannying for my nephew in London when I was 18. We traveled all over the continent and I saw, experienced, and ate so many amazing things. It was a trip I will never forget.

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I wouldn’t say I have had a weird job. But, I have worked in child care since I was 10, and I am not sure that would fly these days!

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot housekeeper for sure! Between two kids and a dog, my house is a mess.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

If I did it all over again, I would go to school for nursing and be a labor and delivery nurse.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Be nice to your mom. You will appreciate her so much when you get older.

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

YOLO, Living my best life, and OMG

What is the best book you have ever read?

Harry Potter

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

My mom has never made me a birthday cake. I always have pumpkin pie instead. Yum!

Ask Lauren additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Michelle Terry

Outreach Specialist Michelle Terry brings so much energy and laughter to our team – the perfect combination to get families and providers excited about quality child care!

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Humorous, personable, and loyal

What is your personal philosophy?

If you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready!

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

Music

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

Being content with just me, myself and I. Some days, we don’t get along!

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

A fly high-heel!

What is your greatest fear?

Dying in a car accident

Where is your favorite place to be?

The dance floor

What is your favorite thing to do?

Dance, preferably stepping and line-dancing

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

New Orleans with my best friend. Our only plans were to eat and drink….a true vacation!!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Top Flight traffic guard in college….writing tickets and taking names! Oh yeah…reflector vest and all!

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot housekeeper!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Cosmetologist

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Don’t let those C’s in conduct get you down. You will get PAID for talking!

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

Intentional, “See….it’s two-fold”, “In 2.3 seconds….”

What is the best book you have ever read?

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (I believe the wolf!)

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I absolutely LOVE the Medieval Period and Greek Mythology.

Ask Michelle additional questions in the comments below!

Last Day Q&A: Vicki Lehman

If you’ve ever been to one of our trainings or watched a LIVE! event on Facebook or Instagram, you’re likely to remember Vicki Lehman’s smile and energy.  As our Professional Development Specialist, we’re proud to have Vicki as one of the faces of our agency.  Learn more about Vicki in this month’s post.

Come back on the last day of next month to find out more about our other staff.  Or,  click “Last Day Q&A” at right to read our previous posts.

What three traits define you?

Passionate, Outgoing, Helpful

What is your personal philosophy?

“It is what it is.” – at first glance it seems like it may be a negative thing, BUT I think it is a nice way to look at things.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

I couldn’t live without travel – I enjoy adventures and exploring and couldn’t imagine NOT being able to do it.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?

We moved around a pretty good amount when I was younger for my dad’s job – this was a challenge but also such an amazing experience. It was hard to move around and make new friends, but at the end of the day I have met so many amazing people and had some awesome life experiences because of it.

What is the one thing you cannot resist?

Sweets – it’s a problem!

What is your greatest fear?

Failure

Where is your favorite place to be?

The mountains

What is your favorite thing to do?

Travel! Binge watch shows on Netflix.

Where is the best place you’ve traveled and why?

I would have to say Ireland – it is truly beautiful there, and the people are super friendly. Paris would be a close second!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

I was a “secret shopper” at the dining halls in college. I was in a group of people – we would go to the different dining halls, order whatever we were having for that meal, and then report back to the dining staff about our experiences.

Which one would you want most – flying cars, robot housekeepers, or moon cities?

Robot Housekeepers – HANDS DOWN!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

Probably something in the fashion field – like refurbishing vintage pieces and things like that

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?

Don’t be so ready to fit in – it is OK to stand out. Also, don’t be so hard on yourself – life is good!

What are your three words or phrases you overuse the most?

“I know, right?”, “It is what it is.”, “Listen,…”

What is the best book you have ever read?

The Lorax – I really like the message!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I have been to 37 of the 50 states!

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