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MY LONG, TIRING, ENJOYABLE & REWARDING JOURNEY SETTING UP PARENTINGONLINECLASSES.COM

Updated: Nov 4, 2021


HI MY NAME IS MICHELLE ROSENTHAL. JUST A BIT ABOUT MYSELF FIRST: I AM A LICENSED SOCIAL WORKER IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITH OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORKING IN THE SOCIAL SERVICES FIELD. I HAVE A MASTERS DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK FROM HUNTER COLLEGE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK. I WORKED IN FOSTER CARE AGENCIES, A HOME CARE AGENCY, HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND A HOMELESS SHELTER. I DO ENJOY WORKING WITH PEOPLE.


DUE TO FEARS ABOUT THE RISK OF CONTRACTING COVID19 AND THE RISK THAT I COULD THEN EXPOSE MY 87 YEAR OLD FRAIL MOTHER TO COVID19 I DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM THE NURSING HOME I WORKED AND LOVED FOR OVER 23 YEARS. MY RETIREMENT DATE WAS 4/7/2021.


I SPENT MANY MONTHS THINKING ABOUT A BUSINESS I CAN WORK FROM HOME VIA ZOOM. I READ MANY SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRIC, SOCIAL SERVICES AND PARENTING BOOKS. I RE-READ THE NEWEST EDITION OF A BOOK THAT I REMEMBERED READING ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO CALLED HOW TO TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN AND HOW TO LISTEN SO KIDS WILL TALK BY ADELE FABER AND ELAINE MAZLISH. THEY USE LOTS OF ILLUSTRATIONS WITH DIALOGUE TO GET THEIR POINTS ACROSS. THEY MENTIONED IN THE BOOK THAT PROFESSIONALS, PARENTS AND INTERESTED PEOPLE CAN PURCHASE A WORKSHOP KIT FROM THEM TO BEGIN OFFERING WORKSHOPS ABOUT PARENTING SKILLS AND COMMUNICATION. I DECIDED TO GIVE IT A TRY.


ON 7/31/2021 I ORDERED BOTH WORKSHOPS THAT FABERMAZLISH WERE OFFERING. THE WORKSHOP KITS FOR HOW TO TALK TO KIDS AND SIBLINGS WITHOUT RIVALRY CAME A FEW DAYS LATER AND SO THE JOURNEY BEGAN.


WORKSHOPS WILL MEET BETWEEN 6-7 WEEK IN EITHER ONE 2-HOUR SESSION OR TWO 1-HOUR SESSIONS PER WEEK. I REALIZE THAT IS ALOT OF TIME HOWEVER PARENTING SKILLS ARE VERY IMPORTANT AND I PLAN TO REVIEW THE WORKSHOP MATERIAL VERY THOROUGHLY IN MY CLASSES. WE WILL DO LOTS OF ROLE PLAYS IN THE WORKSHOP CLASSES AS WELL.


I DECIDED TO SET UP A WEBSITE WHOSE PRIMARY DOMAIN NAME URL IS HTTPS://WWW.PARENTINGONLINECLASSES.COM I HAVE OPENED UP A FACEBOOK PAGE, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, AND A YOUTUBE CHANNEL. LITTLE BY LITTLE I WILL MORE ADD CONTENT TO THEM.


I NEVER REALIZED HOW MUCH HARD WORK GOES INTO THE CREATING OF A NEW WEBSITE. I HAVE A WEB DEVEOPER. HE DID HELP ME GET STARTED BUT JUST THE PROCESS OF PREPARING EVERYTHING TO SEND TO THE WEB DEVELOPER TOOK ALOT OF WORK. I AM ALSO DOING LOTS OF THE WORK ON THE WEBSITE AS WELL. JUST SCANNING PHOTOS, WRITING UP DETAILED COURSE DESCRIPTIONS, LEARNING HOW TO DO EVERYTHING ON MY WIX WEBSITE WAS A MAJOR ORDEAL. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH THAT WIX CUSTOMER SUPPORT SPENT MANY HOURS ON THE PHONE WITH ME SEVERAL TIMES EXPLAINING HOW TO MAKE THE CHANGES TO THE SITE THAT I WANTED. STEP BY STEP I SET UP THE LINKS I NEEDED. I ESTABLISHED A PAGE WITH COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO HELP PARENTS WITH MANY DIFFERENT TYPE OF NEEDS. I NOW AM WORKING ON A PROJECT TO MAKE MY WEBSITE ACCESSIBLE FOR HANDICAPPED PEOPLE. I HAVE CONNECTED WITH USERWAY.ORG I HAVE EMBEDED THEIR CODE ON MY WEBSITE AND I AM TYPING IN DESCRIPTIONS OF EACH OF THE PICTURES FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE TO HEAR ALL ABOUT THE IMAGE ON THE PAGE IF THEY CAN NOT SEE IT. I HOPE TO HAVE A WEBSITE THAT IS ACCESSIBLE TO ALL.


I ALSO AM PLANNING TO DO A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN. THIS ALSO TAKES A LOT OF WORK. I SPENT WEEKS PREPARING MEANINGFUL REWARDS TO OFFER PEOPLE WHO MAKE PLEDGES TO MY CAMPAIGN. I SPENT SO MUCH TIME DESIGNING AND CREATING MY OWN THANK YOU CERTIFICATES WITH PHOTOS THAT I UPLOADED FROM MY COMPUTER RELATED TO THE BOOKS THAT I PLAN TO BE TEACHING. IT IS NOT AS SIMPLE TO DO THIS AS IT SEEMS TO GET THE IMAGES TO LOOK NICELY SPACED ON THE PAGE ETC. I ALSO AM SPENDING A LOT OF TIME THINKING OF CREATIVE GIFTS THAT I CAN MAKE THAT WILL SHOW MY APPRECIATION OF THEIR EFFORTS FOR EXAMPLE I USE THE TERM PEARLS OF WISDOM WHEN DESCRIBING THE GOOD ADVICE BEING OFFERED IN THE BOOKS BY THE AUTHORS SO I DECIDED TO MAKE MY OWN NECLACES, BRACELETS AND EARINGS OF PEARLS AND GIVE THESE AS GIFTS TO THE PEOPLE SUPPORTING MY KICKSTARTER PROJECT IN ADDITION TO GIVING THEM COUPONS FOR FREE ENTRANCE INTO MY CLASSES FOR THEM SELVES AND THEIR SPOUSE OR PARENTING PARTNER. I OFFER MORE AND MORE CLASSES FOR MORE AND MORE PEOPLE THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO INVITE AS THEY PROVIDE HIGHER PLEDGES. I WILL OFFER FREE PARENT-CHILD STORY BOOK TIME CLASSES AS A REWARD FOR THEIR PLEDGES, AND EVEN A TREASURE CHEST WITH SOME OF THE BOOKS THAT I AM TEACHING SO THEY CAN HAVE THEM FOR THE CLASSES THAT THEY REGISTER FOR. I WILL TRY TO START MY KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SOME TIME IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WHEN I HAVE EVERYTHING TOGETHER.


WHY DO I NEED THE HELP OF KICKSTARTER? I NEED TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO HELP NEW BUSINESSES GET OFF THE GROUND. I HOPE MANY KICKSTARTER PEOPLE WILL REGISTER FOR MY CLASSES. I ALSO NEED HELP TO PAY FOR STAFF TO HELP ME EXPAND HOURS THAT CLASSES CAN BE OFFERED AND EVENTUALLY TO PROVIDE CLASSES IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES WHEN WE CAN GET AUDIOBOOKS THAT ARE ALREADY TRANSLATED INTO OTHER LANGUAGES FOR THE CLASSES THAT I AM OFFERING.


I NEED LOTS OF HELP WITH MARKETING TO SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES, UNIONS, TEACHERS, PROFESSIONALS AND I NEED HELP WITH COMMISSION SALES SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A COMMISSION SALES JOB PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR CONTACT INFO AND RESUME TO ME THROUGH MY WEBSITE WWW.PARENTINGONLINECLASSES.COM


I PREFER TO OFFER A JOB OPPORTUNITY TO PROMOTE OUR WORKSHOP COURSES TO A GRADUATE OF MY WORKSHOPS THAT IS ABLE TO GIVE FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF HOW HE OR SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY USE THE TOOLS AND SKILLS SHARED IN THE WORKSHOPS.


I PLAN TO OFFER ENTRY INTO MY CLASSES FOR ALL THAT WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND AND I DO NOT PLAN TO TURN PARENTS AWAY. I PLAN TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS TO MY COURSES TO PEOPLE WHO CAN NOT AFFORD TO PAY. I AM COLLECTING DONATIONS ON MY WEBSITE FOR THESE SCHOLARSHIPS. I WILL OFFER WORKSHOP CLASSES OF DIFFERENT SIZES. THE SMALLER THE CLASS SIZE THE HIGHER THE PRICE. THE LARGER THE MAXIMUM CLASS SIZE POTENTIAL THE LESS EXPENSIVE THE CLASS. I WOULD ALSO BE WILLING TO OFFER FREE ENTRANCE INTO THE CLASSES IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR HELP TO ME TO GROW THIS BUSINESS.


I HOPE TO COMPILE A BOOK OF MY OWN BY COLLECTING SHORT NARRATIVES THAT PARENTS TAKING MY CLASS PROVIDE TO ME FOR THE PURPOSE OF HAVING THEIR WORK PUBLISHED IN THE BOOK THAT I AM PLANNING. I ALREADY PAID FOR THE BEST PACKAGE THAT ARCHWAY PUBLISHERS HAVE FOR SELF PUBLISHING AUTHORS. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO PUBLISH THIS BOOK ON OTHER SELF PUBLISHING PLATFORMS. I AM CONSIDERING MAKING AN AUDIOBOOK FROM IT AS WELL.


I AM INVITING THE PARENTS TAKING THE WORKSHOPS TO WRITE UP A SHORT ACCOUNT OF HOW THE PARENTING CLASSES HELPED THEM AND TO OFFER SOME EXAMPLES OF HOW THEY IMPROVED THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS. READING THESE WORDS MAY HELP OTHER PARENTS HAVING A HARD TIME.


I HAVE A LOT ON MY PLATE, AS YOU CAN SEE. I WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT TURNS OUT. I REALIZE I COULD JUST WATCH TV DURING MY RETIREMENT YEARS, HOWEVER, I THINK IT IS A BETTER OPTION FOR ME TO PUT THIS WHOLE BUSINESS TOGETHER STEP BY STEP AND WATCH IT GROW. I HAVE WORKED MANY 16-18 HOUR DAYS. I WORKED THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT INTO THE MORNING AND INTO THE NEXT AFTERNOON ON SEVERAL OCCASSIONS.


I HAVE BEEN INVESTING MONEY TO STRENGHTHEN THE BUSINESS. ALL OF THE VARIOUS EXPENSES ADD UP SUCH AS FOR ZOOM, WEBSITE, DEVELOPERS, A NEW COMPUTER, NEW PRINTER/SCANNER, MICROSOFT OFFICE 365, MEETUP, MANY OTHER APPS, BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS ETC, ETC ETC. I HOPE EVENTUALLY IT EVENTUALLY BECOME PROFITABLE AND AT LEAST MAKE BACK SOME OF THE MONEY THAT I INVESTED AND HOPEFULLY TO MAKE A MODEST INCOME FOR MYSELF AND MY STAFF IF AND WHEN I GET A STAFF.


FOR NOW I WOULD APPRECIATE ANYONE WILLING TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME OR EFFORT TO ASSIST ME IN MAKING THESE PARENTING CLASSES A SUCCESS. I WOULD HOPE THAT I WILL HAVE MANY PARENTS IN THE CLASS AND THAT THIS EFFORT REALLY HELPS IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE TAKING THE WORKSHOPS AND COURSES THAT I WILL BE OFFERING.


PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL WITH ANY FEEDBACK OR QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE AT PARENTINGONLINECLASSES@GMAIL.COM PLEASE CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE INCLUDING MY RESOURCES PAGE. I HAVE LOTS OF INFORMATION THERE. RIGHT NOW I AM PREPARING EVERYTHING SO I WILL BEGIN OFFERING THE WORKSHOPS BEGINNING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOU ATTENDING ONE OR BOTH OF MY WORKSHOPS!


HAVE A BLESSED DAY, WEEK, MONTH, YEAR AND LIFE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND TO EVERYONE ELSE AS WELL!!!!





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