Working with children and families my entire career and what I have come to believe is most important and valuable is providing parents with information and tools to be successful from the start. Reading aloud with children is one of the simplest, least expensive and yet most effective things we can do as a parent. With Usborne Books & More (UBAM) not only do have the opportunity to promote reading aloud, offer tips and assure parents they are doing a great job.... I get to do it with some of the BEST children's books out there!
One of the best things about being a consultant with UBAM is ALL of the opportunities to share
the books. I love variety and get bored easily!
Home Parties are one of the best ways to connect with parents and other caregivers one on way and help them find just the right fit. With Facebook parties I can talk books with people all over the country in less than an hour.
Book fairs at Preschools & Child Care Centers are some of my favorite events because I get to introduce the books to so many families with young children. At elementary book fairs I can REALLY talk books with the kids and help match their greatest passions to just the right books. Plus these schools get 50% back in FREE BOOKS and it's one of the best parts of my jobs... delivering boxes of books to schools! I have also done Book Drives for pregnant teens, children in foster care, one of my favorite programs Reach Out & Read & others. Getting books into the hands of the kids who need them the most will always be a foundation of my business!
My degree is in Social Work and I have worked with families and children my whole career. I have always loved working but when my boys were small, I didn't want to work full time and I wanted to have control over my schedule so I could prioritize my time with my family. When I went to an Usborne Books & More home party, I knew immediately that it was the answer. With UBAM I could have the flexibility I was looking for and I'd still be making a difference for children and families.
The hardest question for me to answer is "what do you like best about UBAM?" Really, it is EVERYTHING! It fulfills so many needs I have as a mom and woman- friendship. support, community, FUN, books & reading and giving back. My boys are avid readers who love to learn and do well in school. I KNOW that having UBAM books in their life has played a huge role in that along with watching me set goals, work through disappointments and celebrate successes. They and my husband are my biggest cheerleaders and working alongside them has been an incredible experience. During the past four years, I have gained so much confidence and have done things I never thought I would have the courage to do because of the support and encouragement of my team and leaders. The growth I have experienced was not something I was necessarily looking for has become one of the parts I value most.
Receiving Sales Reward at National Convention
My boys after their book drive for kids in Foster Care
Leadership Retreat in Estes Park, Colorado