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In this New Year...
By Cathy Abraham

Mend a quarrel

Seek out a forgotten friend

Give a soft answer

Express your gratitude

Inspire someone else


Listen to a child

Share some treasure

Apologize if you were wrong


Make someone else laugh


Thank someone that helped you become who you are

Encourage someone to be all they can be

Give it your all

Love that challenging child

Keep a promise


Take some time for yourself

Dance with children

Speak your love

Take pleasure in the magic of a child learning something for the first time

Set some goals


Give your co-workers the benefit of the doubt

Encourage the discouraged child

Give away your smile

Forgive someone

Check out how little and cute a baby’s toes are


Reach out to that challenging parent

Reach out again

Speak only kind words

Do what you know is right

Smell a newborn


Embrace the wonder of a child

Do something without having to be asked

Read a book


Remember what you do is very, very important!


Cathy Abraham is president and CEO of Exploration Bay Management Services, which specializes in FAA contractual child care facilities. Cathy has taught child development classes at the college level, and most recently held the position of company Training Coordinator for Childtime Children's Centers in which she was responsible for the training function and educational programming for over 300 centers in 23 states. Cathy currently resides in St Charles, IL and can be reached at childcarediva@aol.com