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Meet Nekole Eaton of Kids OT Help in Ventura County (Camarillo)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nekole Eaton.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Nekole. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I began my career as a pediatric Occupational Therapist working in an outpatient clinic for children ages 0-20 with physical disabilities. It was such a great opportunity to learn so many different skills and help to improve hundreds of kiddo’s lives.

The biggest thing I took from the almost five years of working in that setting, was just how much support parents need in navigating their children’s development. This inspired me to create the Kids OT Help YouTube channel, where I have created a library of well over 100 videos with various educational tips and activities for kiddos 0-3 years old. The goal of this channel is to help parents understand and serve their child’s developmental needs.

What started as a passion project, quickly turned into an online business. The Kids OT Help community began to grow rapidly, and today there are over 65,000 subscribers. I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with parents from all over the world and learning more about their desires and needs. These conversations led me to create several online courses and a membership site so that I can offer deeper levels of support to my community.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I believe it is rare to have a perfectly paved road. The road to where I am today has had plenty of bumps. Like many people, the transition from being an employee to becoming a business owner has some steep learning curves. There were *many* incredibly long nights and early mornings while learning how to build my online business. Navigating this new role while also showing up as mama to a toddler is a serious challenge for many of us.

I believe holding a big vision usually means there will be some growing pains. There was a lot of inner work I had to do (and continue to do) to calibrate to the level of leadership that is required to consistently show up for myself, my family, and this amazing growing community and business. I am incredibly grateful for the many bumps, as they continue to propel me into my next level. I’m better for them, and I know that no matter what challenges may come I will be ok.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Kids OT Help offers new parents an array of online resources and various levels of support to guide parents through the crucial first three years of their kiddo’s development. You’ll find resources ranging from breastfeeding to tummy time, to baby-led weaning, as well as postpartum support for mamas.

On YouTube, I am most known for helping parents navigate tummy time; although I specialize in feeding (helping kiddos learn to self-feed), and I am also a certified lactation counselor. I’m most proud of the prominent sense of community that has been instilled in the Kids OT Help brand. It is a part of everything that I create. When I first became a mama, I quickly learned how much I desired community on the really dark days. It can have such a profound impact on one’s ability to manage stress and challenges. I believe that is what sets me apart from others as well. I’ve been able to co-create a global virtual community where genuine connection and interactions take place regularly. Some of the women in this community have been with me since Kai was a baby, and they still take the time to hit “reply”, or comment on a video to stay connected.

What were you like growing up?
Creative and talkative! I was often reprimanded for talking too much in class. Like most kids, I was pretty tapped into my creativity and artistic side. I loved to sketch, write screenplays (and force my little brother to act them out with me), and I was even bold enough to create a girl band with some of my best friends when I was 10. None of us stood a chance, but we had fun!

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Rachel Austin, Tanya Craft

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