As America celebrates its birthday, we should remember all the things that we have to be thankful for. The July 4th remembrance is the day that our Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776, 245 years ago.
It was in Philadelphia, and the signers of that document, composed primarily by Thomas Jefferson, knew that this declaration of independence from what they considered the dictatorial rule of Great Britain. It might also be – literally – their death sentence. Yet they put their signatures, and their lives, their families, their destiny, on that parchment.
The importance of July 4th remembrance, then, is that it marks the birth of the United States of America. The impossible dream of a one nation, with unalienable rights endowed equally to all – among these life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness….
Surely this is a time for ALL of us to really cherish that original dream, the one for which so many have died, to individually and collectively re-declare our allegiance to the blood-bought foundation of government of, by, and for the people. . . .
As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do.
Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be!
An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.
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