The joy of socks!

Parenting. Is there a harder job anywhere on the planet?

No pay. The hours stink. And those instructions? They work with every kid but yours!

Often the parenting years are also the “getting started out in life years” when money and time are especially tight. That’s why, eight years ago, we started something called, ‘before5.”

before5 is really just two incredible women (Diane Shoppell and Jonell Malcolm) with a passion for helping other parents. These two meet parents wherever they are, and help them to understand how to nurture their children simply by going about their daily lives. The before5 team explains the complicated subject of child development using simple props like a laundry basket full of socks!

Did you know that the core of a child’s personality (especially social and spiritual aspects) are formed by the time a child is five years old? The name before5 refers to the importance of these years when so much growth and development takes place.

This link fast-forwards from early childhood to adolescence and makes the point that nurturing a child in the early years is critical to a well-adjusted and happy teen (and adult).
You might also want to visit our before5 website. If your own children are beyond that age, why not refer a younger parent?



3 replies
  1. Nora McCann
    Nora McCann says:

    Right on I have been in Child Development for 30 some years and the children that were in my care are bring me their children so that I can give them the same start. It is so important Thank you for all you do


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