PT Spotlight: National Parents’ Day

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To our ProviderTrust parents, we want to say thank you for all that you do. Every day. We appreciate you so much!

Being a working parent is never easy – the balance between taking care of yourself, getting lunches packed, kids dressed and out the door, Meet the Teacher events, field days, summer vacation, and everything in-between – but our PT Parents kick butt at it every day. Over the last few years we have had the joy of welcoming not only new PT Teammates but their whole families too. In the last year alone, we have welcomed five new babies and have many more due in 2022. It is a joy getting to celebrate as our coworkers and friends grow their families and ProviderTrust is privileged to work alongside such amazing parents. 

Looking back on this past year, what's one thing you learned about being a parent?

Parenting is a never-ending exercise in flexibility. Just when you think you've figured something out - a routine, or a meal, or an activity - they learn a new skill or their opinions change. It keeps us on our toes, but boy is it fun to watch kids level-up every day.

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Family is important. Our family moving home allowed my children to connect with their extended family on a level they were unable to when living six hours away.

Waking up before them is critical to keeping your sanity. Thanks Keke for the recommendation! 🙂

I’ve learned you have to go with the flow and embrace the unexpected! Babies are unpredictable but time moves quickly so you have to appreciate every moment.

I’ve learned that you can only do so much to help train and teach them and then at the end of the day you have to trust God with their lives and their decisions.

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You will be putting a band aid on every tiny bump and bruise, and in return your kids will also do the same for you.

What has been your favorite memory of this past year?

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Jackson (my youngest) was born on my birthday 10 months ago – I can’t think of a better birthday gift! I’ll never forget holding him for the first time. Additionally, Evelyn has been playing the, “I’m the mom and you are child” game where she pretends to be me. Hearing her repeat sayings I say all the time (not knowing she has actually been listening this whole time) is the cutest thing in the world.

Seeing my kids try new things, fail, get back up, and keep going. Their perseverance is impressive. And, with us moving home, their extended family can be along for the journey!

My favorite memory was welcoming our first child, Margot! She has brought us nothing but joy.

We went to Chattanooga for an overnight trip for Father’s Day. We got to swim in the hotel pool, grab pizza for dinner, and then wake up and walk to the aquarium.

Watching Addey and Grayson racing their first kids bike race at the summer sizzler MTB race.

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What advice would you give to other working parents?

My job is important, but my family is more important. Don't miss out on memory making trying to prove your value. Work smart, work hard, but take the space you need to prioritize your family. PT gives us that flexibility and autonomy and I am grateful for it every day when I pick my son up from daycare.

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Even though you’re exhausted, prepare for the morning the night beforehand.

Put your phone down, your kids are only young once, and time spent scrolling worthless content, you will never get back.

They remember the small gestures as much (if not more than) the significant events. Seek opportunities to make memories, no matter how small.

What is your favorite parenthood memory?

The second was this past June when my kids tried the swim team for the first time. After succeeding in most things in their young lives, they didn’t meet their expectations early in the season. In the end, they worked incredibly hard, and their effort proved out in their results.

Margot coming home from the NICU was the greatest day! We felt so fortunate to have so many people rallying around us during her NICU stay and bringing her home was the sweetest day.

Aside from the birth of both of my kids, probably watching them play together and care for each other.

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I have a very fond memory of taking our first family trip with Evelyn when she was old enough to understand what was going on. We went to Chattanooga and visited the aquarium. She was so full of wonder and excitement. Also, we tackled camping as a family with Jackson as a 9 month old – we not only survived but thrived! It inspired me to do more adventurous things together.

Otis recently learned how to high-five (thanks to the PT Where Ya At Wednesday folks) and he now runs around the house, school, park, yelling HIGH FIVE (incoherently) and demanding high fives from every human.

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