I’m married to a Doctor, and he was more than annoyed at me when 12 years ago, my friend called to ask labor questions...she called me...not the doctor. It was hard for him to hear that she had questions about something doctors know all about, but she was calling to wonder with a friend… a friend who had been there, done that… someone who sat on the other end of the phone just being there to wonder alongside her in a moment of question. And that same friend is now alongside me, helping me launch this site… wanting to be alongside you, our readers, as we wonder about children together…because we all need people to wonder with…
I’m not a writer by education. I’m not a “licensed” expert who spent years researching and writing for a dissertation. I can’t even claim to be the best parent or preschool teacher in the world. Being the best is not what this site, or my work, is about. The downtoearthparenting blog is about getting back to basics. The blog is about what I know best, the stories of my journey in parenting… the stories of my intentions and my failures… the stories of humor and hurt… the stories of chaos and peace… I’ve lived and continue to live my journey, having brought hundreds of parents in my ECE programs along with me… and now I hope to bring you along, too.
Frankly, our world is so fast paced, we are hardly able to think and connect anymore, let alone connect with our own feelings and thoughts on parenting. What do I know about parents? We need time to think and connect both with a community of like minded parents or friends and with our children. My years of building parent and teacher communities has made me an expert on one thing…not trying to be an expert. I prefer instead to be a part of the process that helps parents and teachers find the answer for themselves.
I want this to be a site readers can come home to… I promise to keep the balance between humor and research, prompt your thinking, help unstick stuck moments… all the while appreciating parenting for what it is; the combination of where we’ve been and where we are yet to go… a perfectly imperfect journey.