Week 1 – August 3rd, 2021 Theme: How to Set Healthy Boundaries

As things gear up for the coming year, Parent Center leaders feel the pressure kicking in. We mindfully take care of others. Do we do as well at mindfully taking care of ourselves? It starts with setting clear boundaries. Learn 10 important areas to focus on here: https://psychcentral.com/blog/imperfect/2016/05/10-steps-to-setting-healthy-boundaries

Week 2 – August 10th, 2021 Theme: Supporting Self-Care and Professionalism

Self-care and professionalism do not always seem to go hand-in-hand, but they do. We are far more capable of helping our staff teams and families when we are in a good place ourselves. This page includes vast amounts of resources, tip sheets, additional blog links and assessment tools to help you be the best leader you can, and to help other self-care too: https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/infant-toddler-resource-guide/self-care-and-professionalism

Week 3 – August 17th, 2021 Theme: Boundaries in Working Relationships

Working in small centers has many rewards. However, it can also have pitfalls. Strong working relationships are important. So is being clear about the boundaries between colleagues and friends. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at work, though. This article helps clarify what to do: https://www.allbusiness.com/boss-or-friend-the-importance-of-a-clearly-defined-working-relationship-11242-1.html

Week 4 – August 24th, 2021 Theme: Tips for What to Do When You’re Too Busy

One of the best things we can do to care for ourselves is to manage our time well. Are you laughing right now? There are some tried and true techniques for leaders to use in managing things like meetings and email inboxes. Challenge yourself to learn and implement one new idea, and see how it works: https://www.thoughtfulleader.com/too-busy-at-work/

Week 5 – August 31st, 2021 Theme: Help Yourself by Helping Your Team

Did you know that helping your employees better manage their time will also help you have the time you’ll need to get your own work done? Taking some intentional team development steps to time management is a great way to also help yourself. Here is a list of actions to help you get there: https://blog.rescuetime.com/employee-time-management/