My name is CanCan. I live in Brooklyn. I am a freelancer. A community manager. A site manager for a non-profit CSA for low income families. An aspiring editorial model. A wannabe J.Crew Catalog model. A blogger. A single parent. I teach preschool for adults.
At Preschool Mastermind, the purpose is to bring a “preschool perspective” to help students deal with “adult problems”. When Michelle Joni asked me to be a part of this, her brainchild, I saw the value in it immediately.
I have a Masters Degree in teaching. And I have had plenty of “real world problems”, especially since 2011. And I realized, when I was going through some major crap, that I had no control over any of the situations that were bringing me down. I couldn’t control a mean boss. I couldn’t control my failed marriage. I couldn’t control getting laid off. I couldn’t control getting laid off…again. I couldn’t control people treating me badly. But I COULD control how I let it make me feel. I COULD control how I responded to it all. So now I choose to have good days, every day.
We have been getting some coverage all over the Internets. I’m surprised that people note, with anger:
- The cost of the program. The cost is “pay-what-you-wish” between $333 and $999 for five sessions, including a sleep over and a field trip. And, incidentally, lots and lots of media attention. When my child was in Montessori preschool, it was $400 a week for a half-day. School is expensive, you guys. I worked a part time job JUST to pay for his preschool, and I had a two-week-old.
- It is a waste of time. There are plenty of ways to waste time. TV binges, Candy Crush, literally laying around doing nothing…but I see Preschool Mastermind as a way to INVEST time. The friendships I made in my early childhood school settings are STILL meaningful in my life. I met one of my BFF’s at age 2, and another in 2nd grade! Focusing on bettering yourself, on creating, on making connections and friendships, is an investment of time, and a worthy one.
- “This just proves we are doomed as a society“. <–This is the most common comment on twitter and various blogs I have seen. I’m not sure which society is doomed by indulging creativity, the arts, and fun. Did I miss that subplot of Planet of the Apes?
Be nice. Have fun. Lighten up. You have a choice.