What does a woman who has spent her life guiding the growth and development of children do when she retires? If she’s Dina Miramonti, she spends at least part of it teaching the newest generation of parents to do the same. Dina is another of the faces of Beaumont Parenting. She is a new volunteer for the program, stepping into her role as a Parenting Group Leader a year ago, but she is hardly new to the spirit of giving, guiding and caring that the BPP stands for.
Dina is 64 (though she says she feels much younger), and has been married to her husband Lou for 43 years. She has two adult children, Kristin and Kevin, and she lives in Dryden, Michigan. Dina retired from the Almont Community School system after a 30 year career as a teacher and administrator. She now works for the Lapeer Intermediate School District as a Homebound/Hospital teacher, helping students who have to be missing from the classroom for extended periods of time. In addition to this job, and her role as a BPP volunteer, Dina states she also serves as a “trustee for The Four County Community Foundation (a local foundation serving Lapeer, Macomb, St. Clair and parts of Oakland counties supporting schools and many non-profit organizations and community activities). [She] also volunteer two days/week at the school she taught at before retirement.” Her many roles, as parent, teacher, administrator, and volunteer, make her perfectly suited to be a BPP group leader, whose job is not only to facilitate parenting groups and speakers for new parents, but also to help guide them in their early steps down the road of parenting.
In her spare time (and I imagine we all wonder how much spare time Dina really has with all the time she gives to others), Dina enjoys yoga, gardening and reading. Her favorite books include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Help. One of her favorite children’s books is Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus. She explains that the book is “about children growing on their own schedule and finally ‘blooming’”. Dina says that the “message to parents [is]: don’t worry, children reach milestones, acquire skills at their own pace, and in most cases all will be fine.” With her experience in the matter, I think this advice that our Beaumont parents can take to the bank.
Dina is enjoying her role as a BPP volunteer; she particularly enjoys the babies, from their sweet smell, to the joy of watching them grow and learn. Dina also shared that she is considering expanding her role as a BPP volunteer to include becoming a speaker on Play, Learning and Reading. The families of the BPP are lucky to have found such a committed mentor, and we all hope she continues to be a part of the Beaumont family for a long time to come.
–Nicole Capozello, Parenting Program Volunteer