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Bess began working with Microsoft SharePoint in 2003 and has worked with every version since, including 2016 and Office 365.  She enjoys leveraging her business analyst skills to assist organizations in getting the most out of their Microsoft investment.

During her Information Technology journey, Bess discovered the joys of improvisation.  She has traveled the country to study improv, including the top three schools in Chicago – The Second City, iO, and The Annoyance.  She performs locally with Dinner Detective and is the director of Indy Improv Collaborative, an improv troupe nominated for Nuvo’s Best of Indy in 2017.

Bess combines her improv skills with her 20 years of corporate experience in Information Technology, allowing her to specialize in collaborative solutions.  She is the owner of Collaborative Ventures, LLC.

Bess lives in Indianapolis, IN where she is raising her three children.

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Loving Little Boys

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My sweet little William is growing up as well as growing into full toddler hood.  One of my favorite qualities about him is his intense passion for life.  Of course, sometimes this translates into some interesting moments.  These are a few of the posts I've stumbled upon in the last week that I've found helpful.

1 - I adore the toddler calm down ideas from Little Hearts Books.  The calm-me bottles are brilliant and they are on my project short list.  We have already cleared out an area on the main floor for our own comfort corner as well.  I found a tent tutorial from Cakies.  I'll post pictures once I have ours setup.

2 - Beautiful Sun Montessori posted a great technique for helping resolve conflict.  While I'm not sure that my little guy will fully understand it yet, we plan to implement this immediately.  I think the simple act of lovingly touching both children will go a long way to removing the tension.

3 - The post "I Let My Child Say No" at Blogher gave me some food for thought.  I've been trying to be more of "Yes" mom.  I see the next step as letting my child tell me no.  For some reason, hearing no from my child causes an immediate gut reaction.  This article reminded me that my children have their own wills.  Most of the time their "no" just means they don't want to do something, not that they want to defy me.

4 - And of course for the moments where you need to tell your child no, How We Montessori has a great post on how to say "No" the Montessori way.

5 -I want to end with a lovely little post by Team Studer called  25 Rule for Mothers of Sons.

I hope you enjoy them as well.  If you have any related articles, please share in the comments!
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