Hello ladies! Welcome to BasiK Training! My name is Shelby Dube, and I am 28 years old. I graduated from Kennesaw State University in December of 2014, with a B.S. in Communication. Then, in August 2016 I married the love of my life. Before my husband and I move on to the next stage of our lives and have kids of our own, I wanted to finally give blogging a try! I want to turn this blog into a successful business so that I can stay home with our kids.

Over the past couple of years, I’ve been on this path of self-development. I’ve gotten to know myself better, and I like that person. I want to be a mother, and I want to invest my time into raising really great kids. However, I don’t want to somehow lose myself in this like so many mothers say they have.  If you’ll stick around, I will share with you my tips on self development, crafts, managing my home and relationships, and toddler training. I hope to provide a useful source of information for others who, like me, want to live their best life.

I’ve been drawn to babies and toddlers my entire life, and have always wanted to be around them! When I was in kindergarten, my mother was the director of a little preschool at our church. Kids nursery age through second grade attended the school.

I loved this because I was able to spend a lot of time there with my mom, the kids, and other teachers. I loved watching the babies in the nursery, however my mom told the teachers I was no longer allowed in there after I was caught picking up the little babies. Apparently it was frowned upon for a five-year-old to pick up and carry little tiny babies around. I was, however, allowed to “help” Mrs. Mona in the two-year-old room as long as I promised not to try and pick them up.

I remember at home, my favorite childhood game was always playing “house.” I wanted to be a mother so badly, I just couldn’t stand it. Anytime my parents had guests over with children, I was always hovering and trying to help with the baby. To me it didn’t matter what else was going on, I wanted to play with the baby.

My love for kids always pulled me toward working with them. When my family moved to a small little town in North Georgia. I immediately got involved with the kids at church by volunteering in the nursery and  three-year-old Sunday school class. At 13-years-old I started babysitting for a family with four kids who went to our church. I often watched them along with their three cousins who lived across the field. Thankfully, these kids were vera well behaved. I worked for this family for a long time, along with many other families from church.

When I was 16, I got a job at the local daycare center. I worked for the daycare for about two years in all of the different classes, as well as with daycare director in the office on many occasions. Since then, I have worked as a nanny with many different families. Although I do love all kids of all ages, toddlers are my favorite to work with. It has been incredible learning about the many stages of development that occur, as well as how different toddlers are durging these stages of life. I’ve seen good behavior, bad behavior, and really bad behavior.

Toddlers are influenced by the smallest things. They are learning how to get a reaction from you, and what is right and wrong. At this age, toddlers are forming their own self-image. They are learning their value. It is my belief that we can help our kids become better human beings if we start early. We can help them have better relationships with people, and can teach them to be respectful.

Toddlers are so impressionable – we should use this to our advantage to raise physically, and emotionally healthy children. I want to help parents and caregivers to influence their little ones to have healthy self images, healthy attitudes, and overall a happy life.