As a teacher, my work with children always includes working with their parents. It is important to build a trusting relationship with parents so that together we can support their children. Parents are looking for inspiration and guidance in creating their family culture and providing a harmonious environment for their children. Often, parents ask my advice long after their children have left my class.
I help parents nourish their connection with their children. I assist them in creating healthy rhythms, setting loving boundaries, and inviting them to slow down and simplify their days. Because working with parents to support their children is so important, I want to be able to inspire any parent who is looking to connect with their child and reclaim their role as the parent. Harmonious children grow up to be self confident, compassionate and capable adults, and that is exactly what we need more of in our world today!
My husband and I embarked on our parenting journey while we lived in New York City. We both had successful careers, owned our apartment, and had both sets of soon-to-be-grandparents within a thirty-five mile radius. We were ready for the next step: a family.
When we brought our first daughter home from the hospital, I stared at the little bundle on our big bed and said to myself, “Now what do I do?” I am a researcher so I read a lot of books, but honestly nothing prepares you for the awe of it all! We stumbled along with good and bad advice from friends and family and many books. The most valuable advice always came from my own amazing mother who, thankfully, is still my biggest inspiration.
When my second daughter arrived, I felt like we had everything figured out. It wasn’t until my first daughter went to nursery school, that I realized I was missing something. I was relying too much on what society and the media deemed the appropriate way to parent young children and not enough on my own intuition or the particular needs of my two amazing little beings.
My daughter’s first teacher taught me so much about parenting from the heart and nurturing their souls as well as their bodies.
- I learned to observe and truly listen to my children: to anticipate their needs rather than reacting to temper tantrums.
- I created loving boundaries that my children could rely on.
- I created a family rhythm that slowed us all down and allowed us to be in the moment and find joy in every day.
- I began to see the world through my children’s eyes- there was wonder in everything!
By learning and practicing these skills along with many others, I helped prepare a strong foundation for my children’s future while enjoying what each day brought us along the way. My daughters are now in high school and college and our bond is as strong as it was when they were little. In fact they have each spoken their gratitude recently for how I have parented them. A wise man once told me, “You can not be your child’s friend when she needs you to be her parent but if you do a good job of being her parent, when she is an adult she will become your friend”.
I have trained as an artist and a teacher, earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Parsons School of Design and my Masters in Waldorf Early Childhood Education at Sunbridge College. I currently teach Kindergarten at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School where I have taught Nursery and Kindergarten since 2005. I am a northeastern regional rep for WECAN and I serve as a mentor for teachers and inspirational coach for parents.