Saturday, April 20, 2013

My Plumber Analogy

Parents sometimes approach me with the question of why they need a baby sign language class, if the information is online and they can learn that way.

I'll be very honest, I do not market to the DIYers. Although I've had many DIYers in my classes and they love the results they get.

Let me explain it this way... 

We've discovered a leak underneath our sink. I cannot for the life of me fix a leak. I would have to hire a plumber who is trained and knows HOW to do the job effectively PLUS he has the right TOOLS. AND a plumber is NOT CHEAP, but I have a FINITE window of time to take care of this problem. 
Then I start to thinking, I'm a pretty smart woman. I could go online and google some articles/videos... but while I'm spending TIME doing this RESEARCH I'm missing out on valuable time playing with my baby, keeping the house in order and the process has taken a lot longer than I thought. Meanwhile I've wasted a lot of water, bought the wrong tool at the home improvement store and keep emptying the bucket of water as the sink continues to leak, creating more work for myself. Finally after a whole weekend lost to this plumbing issue, I call a plumber, he comes over and fixes the leak within just an hour. We celebrate by going out to dinner.... or rather because the dishes from the weekend are piled high in the sink!

I know HOW to sign and I know HOW to effectively teach babies.
PLUS I have all the right tools to make class educational and fun.
AND my classes are NOT CHEAP.
Your baby is little for a FINITE amount of time. 
I save parents TIME by having done the RESEARCH and packaging it up and delivering the nuggets they need to create hundreds, if not thousands, of conversations and moments of connectedness.

Yes, so in some ways, I'm sort of like the plumber. 


  1. Trying to fix leaks when you don't have enough knowledge and expertise can only worsen the situation. Sufficient training and the right tools are the key elements in fixing plumbing problems. And though fixing the leaks on your own may mean that you are smart, it is also smart to know when the task is too much for you and admit that you need help.
    Total Plumbing Inc.

  2. I found a great Drain Cleaning Service plumbing service in Houston. They did quick and good work and I was also able to afford it.

  3. I admire women who try to solve such problems by themselves. If you’re confident that you can do the plumbing work, then do it. But if you think that you might only make the situation worse, it’s fine to ask help from others, especially from the experts. :)
    Levi Eslinger @ Capital Plumbing & Heating Ltd