She began her business, The Balanced Student, to reduce worry and keep kids healthy and productive. Working with middle, high school and college-aged students, she polishes their self-discipline mechanisms so they can manage their time, set their own goals, and fulfill their potential.
“Some kids get very stressed because they’re afraid to fail,” she told me. “They know what to do, but don’t know how to do it. It’s okay to have to learn these things.” Laubenstein and Hawkins echoed this theme, saying it’s thrilling when kids gain confidence.
Another Alpharetta mom, Whitney Christopher King, is a professional actress and theater teacher. She started her company, Building Character, after years of voluntarily directing student productions. With a deep belief that creative play can help kids develop self-esteem and life skills, she devised special classes stressing fun expression. Her after school programs run in several North Fulton area schools.
“I really started directing because I saw the arts, drama and music disappearing from our schools,” she told me. “It was the catalyst for me to do something. That morphed into the more specific programs. It’s great our schools focus on academics, but if we don’t have creativity, we’ll have a smart, but very boring, society.”
These moms are passionate about bringing out the best in every child. They express concerns that today’s kids are too stressed than they should be, too worried about fitting in, and too fixated on their phones and other distracting devices.