Hi and Welcome!
I’m a mom, a daydreamer, a writer and a child development psychologist. Once upon a time, I thought I knew a lot about raising kids. Actually, that’s not quite true — I never felt like I knew a lot about parenting per se, but I did worry that I knew too much about development and what could go wrong.
When I became a parent would I worry about my child’s style of attachment to me, their temperament, whether they had signs of a language delay or some of the other things I had read about in my textbooks?
I studied kids and development for 15 years before having my own child and here’s what happened —
I did worry– but not about any of those things. I loved that little soul so much, that I knew no matter what challenges were ahead we would be okay — we would figure it out.
Instead, I worried about work-family balance and how I was doing as a mom. How could I be a great mom and be on the tenure-track at my University? How could I be there for my college students and for my baby boy? Why wasn’t he sleeping? What is the best way to respond to tantrums? How can I gently guide his behavior and help him learn to manage his emotions? How can I get him to listen?
Don’t we all worry about these things?
I found myself constantly reading about parenting– research studies, blogs, books, — there is an overwhelming amount of information that barrages us as parents every day.
I realized a few key things those in those first years as a mother:
— There is a lot of information out there — too much— some of it good, some of it not so good.
— There is a lot of information that isn’t out there. Great techniques, ideas, and inspiration.
— College students, most of them, don’t love hearing about parenting, I needed a different audience!
— I may have a Ph.D. in child development, but I was (still am!) a work in progress as a parent.
I realized that my passion was parenting — I wanted to research it, write about it, talk about and focus on my own growth as a parent. I wanted to find like-minded parents so we could inspire each other and grow in our roles as parents together.
I quit my job and started this blog to pursue my passions– my family and being the best (imperfect) version of me I can be. Will you join me on this journey?
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My pledge to you is to share the best information — the best parenting tips from research, parent coaches, my own experience, education, and things that have inspired me along the way to grow and develop as a mother right alongside my son.
From Merriam Webster’s Dictionary:
transitive verb \ˈnər-chər\
: to help (something or someone) to grow, develop, or succeed
: to take care of (someone or something that is growing or developing) by providing food, protection, a place to live, etc.
intransitive verb \ˈthrīv\