In 2004 I left Active Duty Military to become a stay-at-home mom. When my daughter was 3, parenthood was challenging me on a daily basis. Transitions were met with meltdowns, power struggles were frequent, and I felt like I was repeating myself all the time with little forward progress to show for it. I was exhausted and frustrated. I wondered what I was doing wrong all the time. Why did I feel so ineffective? Then one day, a thought popped into my head: “If what I am saying it isn’t working, maybe I need to show her.” So I sat down and built my idea of a visual schedule….
…and on that day
The typical disjointed mornings filled with protest and tantrums were suddenly simple and stress free. It was as if the pictures took what was previously unclear and made it crystal clear for her. She excitedly moved through the morning routine proudly, showing me she understood what’s next and how easy it was for her to accomplish. We both loved our new way of doing things and life started getting better for both of us. The concept was a clear game changer, but the materials had a lot to be desired. The paper and cardboard combo would never stand the test of time and it looked pretty shabby, so I went searching for something more durable and better looking to purchase. To my surprise (and disappointment), I couldn’t find what I was looking for. So one step at a time, I decided to solve that problem for myself and perhaps other mothers like me…
…and that was the beginning of SchKIDules.
I am proud to say SchKIDules has grown into a successful company with parents and professionals now using it across the globe. Everyday, I look forward to reading the testimonials I receive from people who were in search of a solution just like I was. I read each and every one of our testimonials to my family so they never forget just why mom does what she does (and because we are pretty darn proud of them). Hearing from customers and knowing we are making a difference continues to be the most exciting and rewarding part of running this business. I hope you have enjoyed our story and I look forward to hearing yours.