Dr. Daphne Fudge was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club of Clermont. She is an eloquent, charismatic and motivational speaker. Dr. Fudge is a class observer for Early Childhood facilities and serves both as an independent and corporate facilities budgeting and marketing consultant. She is also a member on the Community Advisory Board, supporting children from at risk environments.
Dr. Fudge talked about developmentally appropriate practices and choices in early childhood and how they impact children. Her focus was on parents, encouraging them not to be afraid of parenting, but to draw a line who they are, friend or parent. She said we should be parents first and friends second, but above all as adults we should not have to beg or buy children for them to make appropriate choices.
Dr. Fudge talked about allowing children to make choices and to treat them as unique individuals and someday they will become productive and make better choices later on in life. Furthermore by allowing children choices you treat them not only as independent but at the same time empower them. However, we must teach them to make right choices so they do not get hurt. When you lay the foundation in children they will not depart from that training.
She talked briefly about O.D.D.- Operational Defiance Disorder, where kids who don’t have self-control can cause disruption at home, school and in the community. As a parent you can take steps to teach them how to use self-control. She touched on her job as a Classroom Assessor and the importance of facilities scoring 3 or higher to avoid a failing grade which impacts on reimbursement.
Dr. Fudge answered many questions and at the conclusion of her inspiring presentation, President Del Brandt thanked her and presented her with a club pin.