Feature Friday: Shannon Carr
Shannon Carr has worked with young children and their families for close to 25 years and has a passion for the care and respect 0-3 year olds receive. During her years of experience, Shannon has taken on roles that included partnering with families harmed by child abuse and neglect, facilitating community building Parent Cafés, wrote curriculum and taught courses to parents and early childhood providers, taught in, opened, and managed several early childhood programs,visited families through Parents As Teachers, and supported both child care centers and family homes towards being healthier places for children and families.
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Here’s the Rest of the Interview:
What made you want open RISE ?
I saw a lack of support and strength for parents of infants and toddlers. How we care, support, and trust that first years of life is the foundation for all other years. I wanted to create a space where parents could come together to support one another and give babies the opportunity to be their best selves.
What excites you the most about your work?
When parents connect and they have an ah-ha moment about their child or themselves.
What is your biggest challenge?
Helping society as a whole see that babies are competent, purposeful, human beings that need our respect, trust, and unconditional support. We do know that change begins with one person and we are well on our way. Join us!!
How do you find harmony or balance between being a mom and a business owner?
That’s a great question and I continue to juggle that balance everyday. I really focus on unplugging when I’m with my kids and scheduling days off.
Tell us about your family.
We are a family of four humans and four pets! We are often seen carpooling a family, helping out a friend, taking in a pet, and finding new ways to reuse and recycle as a way to support our planet.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
The power of empathy. Always working to understand what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
Trust, observe, find support, and seek out the joy in parenting.