Tuesday’s Child just won a Totally Awesome Award for Brightest Class for Kids with Special Needs in Chicago. We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!

 

Tuesday's Child

Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Brightest Class for Kids with Special Needs” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Tuesday’s Child: ‘Our clients value that when they walk through our doors their child is treated with respect, dignity and understanding…regardless of their behavior. Our parents feel understood and know that we “get” them.

RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
TC: Tuesday’s Child work with all families. All families can benefit from learning our practical strategies that encourage kids to make good choices and be set up for success at home, in school and the community.

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RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
TC: Tuesday’s Child began over 35 years ago as a dissertation project for a special educator and clinical psychologist. They wanted to work on the relationship between parents and children who were displaying difficult behavior. The model our founders developed was on the forefront of behavioral therapy and is still the same model we use today.

RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
TC: I start my morning with coffee and then some more coffee.

RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
TC: I am so lucky to work with the most amazing parents…hearing over and over again that we changed their lives and the lives of their children, never gets old!

RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
TC: I would say the consistent need for funding. When you run a non for profit there is never enough money to do all the amazing things you want to do.

RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
TC: Run.

RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
TC: Empathy..not a day goes by where I don’t truly feel what our families are working on. It’s not easy to parent a challenging child and our families do it with such confidence and grace.

RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
TC: Tuesday’s Child is the place to come for parenting advice…everyday I hear parents provide insight and amazing tips on parenting. I have used many of them through the years with my own kids.

RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
TC: Any Red Tricycle readers can have their $60 intake fee waived.

 

Check out their website here.

 

Photo credit: Amanda Scott-Teacher