At 24, I was considered a young mother; at 39, considered old. In between, I had been a single mother, a stay at home mother, a working mother; I have divorced, remarried, and blended a family. I coordinated the blending of my family of 3 non-biological sibs as they welcomed 2 shared half siblings, never once thinking of each other as anything but full brothers and sisters, even when regularly separated by joint custody arrangements. I have navigated three school districts, advocated for my own children and other children's special needs, and successfully mentored many teachers and parents in the context of my early childhood education career. I have dealt with elder care issues, mental health issues, friends and loved ones with cancer... my experiences span the human lifecycle.
Welcome to downtoearthparenting.com!
Here you will find a candid look into the journey of parenting. Coupling my real and unscripted experiences as a parent of five, along with my decades of working professionally with children, parents and teachers, I hope to help you discover the unique ‘down to earth’ parent inside of you. I hope you’ll join me in laughing, learning, and making sense of the everyday craziness loving children brings teachers and parents.