From the desk of Phyllis Anka
Who would have guessed that at 81 I am on a committed journey to get my message ad practical parenting handbook Smart Parent Smart Child out to the world to help ensure that every child will reach their maximum potential.
For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a child psychologist. When I was preparing for my college future I was told that I was too young to enter into the pre-med program that was the path to being a child psychologist, so I went into science.
Shortly after I was married and had four children. I realized much later in life that these parenting years were critical in developing, refining, and confirming my belief that children were incredibly intelligent from the moment they are born. Being a stay at home mom, I was able to use my commitment, instincts, dedication and love to practice my formulating philosophy about children and the best ways of being a parent.
I returned to work when they all were in school and ended up in the maternity business. I loved the fact that I was still connected to parents at a very important time in their lives, and at the same time indirectly connect to children. As I advanced to the upper executive levels, my connection to parents and children became further removed. Finally after achieving senior VP I realized that I wanted to get back to working directly with children.
In that moment I quit my job and opened a family day care. I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like and what my role would be in the children’s lives. I had no idea that my philosophy for teaching children was going to be so revolutionary. I saw these children accomplish amazing things and perform far beyond everyone’s expectations.
However, I quickly realized that the parents were all unskilled and uneducated in their parenting role and in dire need of clear guidance. This led to two years of waking up at 4:00am and sitting to write. After many early morning and collaboration with my daughter Cynthia Anka, we gave birth to the handbook Smart Parent Smart Child, a book which can help parents ensure that child achieves their maximum potential!
I hope that you enjoy the book!