1- Hello Lee, can you tell us a bit about yourself
I have been working with children for almost 2 decades starting in private care and evolving to classrooms where I taught as many as 30 young children in a classroom. I have an educational background in Psychology and Early Education as well as a passion for teaching others how to understand emotions. And I like to be honest, hence the title “They Drive Me Nuts!” It identifies people’s true and honest emotions about children on many occasions.
2- How would you describe “They Drive Me Nuts” in under few words?
3- What are your focus areas and why?
Emotional Intelligence (EQ), or understanding and controlling your own emotions as well as others. Why? Because studies have proven that emotional intelligence is the #1 predictor of success in life, business and academics. It matters way more than IQ, yet there is so little out there to help improve it.
4- Where do you think the book is making an impact?
In both parents lives and children’s lives. Parents because they get to go through the process of discovering themselves emotionally on a deeper level then they probably ever considered which leads to better and deeper understanding of their children’s emotions as well. In turn because their parents have a better understanding of their own emotional challenges the children benefit from parents with more patients and better understanding of how to approach the child which leads to less conflict and more positive relationships.
5- What are some things that most people don’t know about your job?
When I taught young children in the classroom, most parents did not seem to realize that teachers face basically all the same challenges as parents, such as feeding, changing, entertaining, comforting, accidents, melt downs, tantrums, the everyday Chaos but times by 18-30 children AND you have to manage to fit in lessons, lesson planning, basic house keeping and parent coaching, reporting, policing etc. all in a day’s work. It seemed unknown to some just how much teachers know about caring for, raising, educating and observing children. Teachers, especially of young children have a ton of untapped knowledge on working with children.
6- The book industry is very changing, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
The next step after the book is continue with private coaching, launch some webinars, seminars and eventually a comprehensive online training system. In 5 years time I plan to have all of the above as well as many other coaches working with me to help guide parents through the system in markets I could not reach on my own i.e. Multiple languages. Maybe even have some schools involved offering the course up for parents on a regular basis.
7- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working on “They Drive Me Nuts”?
Just getting the words out of my head and on to the page really.
8- What are you most excited about at the moment?
Marketing, and my private coaching, one of the most exciting things is working one on one with parents to tailor strategies just for them, and help inspire them through the emotional discovery process.
9- What can you tell to young parents who want to start in a new adventure?
Know thy self well. The best thing you can do in any adventure especially when it involves young children, is to stop and observe how you react in situations. Just becoming aware of yourself is such a powerful tool in and of its self you will be amazed.
10- A last Word or final thoughts?
EQ over IQ always, it is better for business, better for academics, better for life, better for happiness.
To know more about Lee and her book visit TheyDriveMeNuts.com