The caregiver, the comforter,
the advice giver, the cheerleader, the taxi driver, the washer and dryer, the head chef, the diaper changer, the nurse practitioner, the nose blower, the
fashion consultant, the party planner, the maid, the Santa, the Tooth Fairy and
the Easter Bunny… the list goes on and on. As diverse as our roles, you will not find two mothers alike.
A mother is more than just
the person that carries you around for 9 months and births you. A mother is
anyone who exemplifies and embodies love for those under her care. Nurturing
and raising kids isn't a birthright, it’s a gift! So to all the mothers out
there, Happy Mother's Day from the CanDos to you!!!
I was perusing the Internet this morning, I came across an article on fire
safety. After completing "Jack Be Nimble" video short, I
thought I would give it a read.
I was shocked to find that 1 in 10 people will
experience a house fire in their lifetime and that over 3,000 people lose their
lives to house fires in the United
States of America every year. One in ten?
There are 6 of us in my immediate family, and now our oldest is in love and
starting a family, that makes 8! Then add all of my siblings and their
offspring and don't forget the grandparents! That's a total of 34. Odds are that at least 3 of the people that I
love will experience a house fire at some point in their lives. What can
I do? Spread awareness!
I went to watch my next neighbor teach swim lessons to toddlers. Not only
was I shocked and amazed at her confidence and resolution as she continued to
calmly rotate screaming kids in and out of the pool, I was mesmerized,
traumatized and completely emotionally exhausted by the time I left the water
sports parking lot.
started to think about fear and how we deal with our children's feelings.
Do we indulge their fears, do we release them screaming into the water, or is
there a middle ground? The
truth of what I witnessed is that the kids all had a moment of acceptance and
eventually learned to swim. Was the fear still there? Yes, definitely,
but with each little triumph you could see a glimmer confidence replace the
fear in their eyes.
sat there, lesson after lesson and talked to the parents, I wondered if I could
have handed over my child as she begged for her life not to let her go.
All of the feedback was the same, the kids left with a feeling of
accomplishment, the parents left confident that if their child ever fell into a
pool or lake, they would survive and I left emotionally drained questioning my
beliefs about pushing kids through fear.
realized after I left with much soul searching, I don't think I could
have handed over my screaming child. I have complete respect for the swim coach
and the parents who chose this program. I, however, prefer a more natural
approach where we allow our kids to face their fears at their own pace with a
gentle nudge. Both styles come from a place of support and love with
valid reasoning behind the choices. Everyone has their own style of
learning and every parent has their own ideas about how to raise children, what
I took away from the experience was that no matter your parenting style,
teaching our children to face their fears, is a great way to build their
believe in our future. The kids growing up today are exposed to so much
information at such a quick pace and they are learning faster than ever.
I believe that our children are capable of so much more than what we ask of
them most of the time. Their brains are little sponges, eager to soak up
new knowledge and they are at a phase in their lives where they are so eager to
please and want to know everything.
you ever had a conversation with a preschooler when the only word out of their
mouth is "why?" You answer, they reply "why?" You answer
again. Again you are met with an inquisitive "why?" This game
could go on for hours. Why? Because kids have a natural desire to learn.
is a great time to teach them as much as we can. The only limit is when
the child isn't interested. So our job is to make learning fun and
exciting and to continue to feed their insatiable desire to learn.
Some days I can barely remember my own phone number, but ask
me to sing a popular song that I haven’t heard in 20 years and I can remember
every line. Music is a great way to
learn and memorize information. It is an
enjoyable process with no stress or pressure, just a fun way to develop a new
Who remembers School House Rock? I learned all about American History and
English Grammar from a Saturday morning cartoon short but I can tell you the
purpose of a conjunction and I know how a bill becomes a law. I know that an “interjection, shows
excitement, or emotion. They’re
generally set apart from a sentence, by an exclamation point, or by a comma
when the feeling’s not as strong.”
Studies have shown that using music as a teaching tool
enhances learning and memorization.
Music nourishes the brain while affecting all areas of development,
including strengthen listening skills, language and phonic awareness, and
encourages participation. In addition to
calming and helping the mind focus, music can create feelings of general well
So if music makes learning easy and fun, then I suggest that
we embrace it. Dust off our dancing
shoes, turn up the volume and encourage our kids to get moving to the rhythm of
I have never really been a huge football fan but growing up and living back here in Seattle the past few years, how could I NOT be a Seahawks fan? Talk about a belief system in action! They are a fantastic example of the CanDo mentality. Working hard with focus, but most of all believing in themselves and their team!
My new found passion for this team far exceeds their football skills on the field and in fact, it was fostered before they were crowned champions last year. Back in 2013, I was privileged to participate at WeDay (WeDay.com). They needed dancers for the show and we were honored to be a part of such an incredible positive movement for our youth. It was an amazing day. The kids danced with MC Hammer and Kid President, took photos with Magic Johnson and Nelly Furtado and led the crowd of 15,000 in the WeDay Dance.
Sometime during the day, Pete Carol was brought to the stage along with Russell Wilson, Richard Shernan, Russell Okung and John Moffitt. That is when I learned that coach Carol and the Seahawks were responsible for bringing WeDay to the United States and Seattle. That was it, that was the day I became a super fan.
To be a true champion you must give back. For me, Pete Carol and his team were champions long before they ever brought home that Super Bowl trophy!
So after last weeks championship game, the CanDos got together and decided to pay homage to their favorite team and their incredible come back! GO HAWKS!!!!! For for information on WeDay please visit their site. www.weday.com
My goal is to entertain and educate pre K to 2nd
graders with a focus on self-esteem and self-respect. The CanDos were born out of a desire to teach
kids that they Can Do whatever they put their minds to.
I was a child that survived 2 divorces and found myself on
my own at age 17, I put myself through community college in Los Angeles and then went to work. I started at the bottom and worked my way up
through the ranks to one day run and own my business.
After seeing The Secret on Oprah in 2007, I sat down and
made a list of the things I wanted in my life and ended up opening The
Connection Performing Arts Center in a small town in Western Washington. Just two short years after opening the center
we were crowned The United States Hip Hop Junior Division Champions. That lead us to appear on Season 6 of America’s Got Talent, where we made it all the way
to the quarter finals as Sharon Osbourne’s “Wild Card”. After appearing on the show many amazing opportunities followed; such as movies, concerts, and commercials. MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, Nike, Rachel
Ray, We Day Seattle, U.S.A. Varsity Champions in 2013 and dancing for Oprah on
her “Life I Want Tour”.
All of this success and the success of our young performers
lead me to ask questions. What if what we did at the studio wasn’t a fluke, but
a way to teach anyone that if they worked hard and believed, that anything was
possible? What if we could reach the kids before they got to us and they
arrived with that mentality? How could I
transfer the lessons I learned and applied at The Connection to a much younger
That’s the day the CanDos were born!
This labor of love started in October 2010 and has become my
passion. I am so excited for this new
adventure and sharing this message with the children of the world.
Christmas with the CanDos!!! For a fun holiday adventure join the CanDo
kids as they prepare for the holiday season!!!
This is a fun Preschool Entertainment Christmas Video. Celebrate Christmas
with the CanDos.
The CanDos provide free learning videos for PreK-2nd graders. Teach your
children to count and learn the alphabet the CanDo way. Songs and Music by the
Kids can sing, chant and learn along with our colorful catchy videos that teach
the Numbers, ABC's, and Nursery Rhymes.
The CanDo Puppet Company was created out of a desire to educate, entertain, teach our children that they can do what ever they put their minds to.
Personal Interests: Candy likes reading and telling stories and singing! Her monster Cookie likes jellybeans and bed time tales! Cody likes baseball and rap music! His monster Clarence loves licorice sticks and being a CanDo!
I am a CanDo, I love to sing and dance and learn my abc's and 123's. My best friend is a purple monster named Cooky and my big brother Cody. I love make believe and writing stories. Someday when I grow up I want to be the first woman president and a hair stylist on the side. Just think of all the money I could save congress by doing their hair!! ; )