I applied for and became approved to become a CDA (Child Development Associate credential) observer back in February 2019. For many reasons, I had not yet done any observations. Then when I was going to do my first one in August, Tom's health deteriorated quickly and I ended up helping the candidate find someone else to do her observation and contacted another lady who had asked me to schedule some observations for some of her teachers and told her that I could not do them because I could not leave Tom for several hours. After Tom died, I was contacted by yet another person wanting an observation and I told her I was willing to do it, but needed a few weeks. I knew at that point I wasn't ready to try doing any new things. Anyway, all that to say, I finally did my first two observations this week. I felt like they went well and I have a better feel for what I'll be doing now (if I continue doing them). In the past, I had done some renewal observations for people who were renewing their CDA's. I always did this free of charge as a courtesy. The Council for Professional Recognition has changed their processes, so I do get paid a little for doing them now. Part of my decision rests on how long it takes to receive that payment. If it is going to be one of those things I have to wait months and months for, I am not sure it will be something I continue. The observation and interview portion of the job is really enjoyable and I think I will love doing that. Coming back here and entering all the stuff into the computer is kind of tedious, but better than having to mail a bunch of stuff in, so that's nice. Whatever happens, I'm glad I tried it. It felt good to do something new.
My passion is to share the importance of playing, and not just as a child, but as an adult also. It is so important to take the time to play and be active. Our children are losing that.