Growing up I was drawn to the younger children. I always wanted to hold the babies, play with the toddlers, and run around with the school age children. I started babysitting and working in childcare settings by the age of 12 and soon went on to get my degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I taught in many settings including childcares, preschools, and public schools for over a decade before starting my own family. Now with decades of experience and 2 little girls of my own, I've developed a passion for helping parents.
I felt well prepared for Motherhood, yet it was still a daily struggle. I didn't know where to turn for help. I didn't want to repeat exactly how I was parented but didn't have any alternative tools to make lasting change. It took me years and many hours of trial and error, self work, reading, and research to find and do what I wanted. The job of raising a child doesn't come with a manual, professional development, or trainings of any kind. I'm here to bridge that gap and give you the support you deserve in the important work of parenting. I use a model of connection. It replaces the behavioristic model of parenting many of us received. The main goal is not to have a 100% obedient and perfectly behaved child, rather to have a strong connection and authentic relationship that in turn fosters the cooperation we crave as parents.
I'm currently an Instructor for Hand in Hand Parenting and a Parenting Coach with the Jai Institute of Parenting. I use the Hand in Hand Listening tools combined with Coaching strategies, current research on emotional development and trauma sensitive practices, as well as mixing in my own experience to help you on your own journey of parenting. So glad you're here!!