Our latest Author Spotlight features Jean Barbre, EdD. Dr. Barbre’s just-published books, Foundations of Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, and Activities for Responsive Caregiving: Infants, Toddlers, and Twos, are filled with information, tips, and activities to help the youngest children learn and grow in nurturing environments.
Read our Q&A with Dr. Barbre for information on responsive caregiving and how she hopes her books will help you grow as an early childhood professional. Dr. Barbre also shared her top advice for all early childhood professional:
- Take time for yourself. We lead very busy lives and caring for infants and toddlers takes a lot of energy and a lot of patience. Children deserve the best we have to offer so remember to take care of yourself. If you find that you’re overly tired or irritable at work, find ways to rejuvenate yourself at home. Take time for yourself by listening to music, talking with a friend, or reading a book. Taking care of yourself will improve the quality, love, and care you provide the children in your program.
- Keep growing as a professional. The field is continually changing with new research, so continue taking classes and trainings, and reading books on infant and toddler caregiving. Constantly challenge yourself with new ways to improve your skills.
- Stay active in professional organizations. Networking with other professionals will keep you current and is a great way to share ideas with colleagues on ways to improve the quality of the care you provide young children.