I’m Bailey Hutton, founder of |be. mindful childcare|.
I’ve always loved working with children, and like so many preteens who do, I began babysitting as soon as I could find hire. I received my first paying job when I was 16, as a member of a team of tutors for a severely autistic toddler. My senior year of high school, I persuaded my principal to allow me to create an Independent Study program for myself where I acted as student teacher in two local elementary schools.
With split passions as a high school graduate, I pursued my college education in Fine Art and Art History. It didn’t take long, however, for me to begin giving private art lessons to children, and within a year I found myself back in the world of early childhood education.
By the age of 21, I had declared “Child Care” my official profession, and dove enthusiastically into teaching preschool, leading after-school programs, and working as a private nanny.
As a 27 year old, I have now been in the field of childcare for eleven years, and those years have been more fulfilling than that 16 year old tutor could have imagined in her wildest reveries. I spent those years attending every conference and seminar on child care I could find, reading every book on child development and child psychology I could get my hands on, and genuinely investing in every child placed in my charge.
I have been grateful to learn from the philosophies of dozens of parenting experts and child psychologists, and fortunate enough to have the arenas to implement their strategies in the lives of hundreds of children who have passed through my care. I became fascinated with the neuroscience and psychology which explained children’s behavior, and the ways to use those scientific findings to guide children toward integration and well-being.
I also learned that my capacity to influence children, guide, or help them, depended greatly on my own integration and well-being. I began to study and practice mindfulness, and quickly discovered the notable differences it made in my interactions in the homes and classroom where I worked. As a mindful and conscious adult, I had much more wisdom and power to teach communication skills, conflict resolution techniques, and strategies for coping with big feelings. In the children I nannied, and in the children I taught, there was a remarkable shift toward cooperation, peace, and the sense of community; and in myself there was a remarkable shift toward integrating my experiences, thoughts, and emotions to allow for more positive and edifying experiences with everyone around me.
I have loved every minute of working at learning centers and day-cares, and I have loved every minute of working as a private nanny and tutor, but the time has come for me to take the next step:
I want to share what I have learned in my years of study and experience. I want to help to educate and inspire the parents, teachers, nannies, grandparents, babysitters, coaches of Today. I want to join the efforts to bring mindfulness into the realm of childcare, for the benefits of our children, ourselves, and our societies.
These are the reasons I have founded be., and these are the reasons I have started this blog.
I look forward to this journey of exploration, revelation, and elevation, and I welcome you to join me.