If I were to describe myself, I would say I don’t like giving advice — specifically, parenting advice. This may be surprising since I have nearly 20 years of experience working with young children and their families. I have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in speech and language pathology (SLP) from Wayne State University. I had the pleasure of being an early childhood educator for 12 years and continue to work with young children as an SLP (also known as a speech therapist). Over the past 20 years, my understanding of children has deepened. I’m always striving to look at each child as an individual, and to identify his or her specific needs. My goal, when working with children is simple: How can I help each child reach their greatest potential?
In addition to my 20 years of working with children, I have the privilege of being a mother to two wonderful teens. This experience grants me the opportunity to make mistakes, learn, laugh, cry and gain unlimited insights. For my personal and individual growth, I need them just as much as they need me. Despite bearing the title of Mom, they’ve helped me evolve in more ways than I could imagine. I am continually humbled by the all the lessons imparted on me through this journey and look forward to sharing them with you.
On this site, I will discuss trends in parenting, chat with experts and explore behavioral strategies that I have seen work and not work. We’ll ask questions and search for answers while we learn how to trust our inner voice. Instincts matter, and we’ll explore how they can serve us well in life and as parents. There is an abundance of information at our fingertips: How can we quiet the noise, dig deep and find the answers within? I’ll walk you through my 4-step process called PARR, (Pause, Acknowledge, Respond, Reflect) to access your instincts, mindfully and consciously, in order to make purposeful decisions.
Most importantly, I’ll challenge you to consider your relationship with your child as unique —where you walk through this journey together but separate — while each of you grow in the specific ways you need. Kiddos and Insights is a space where you’ll feel seen and heard. I began this idea with the belief that children can be our greatest teachers. My hope is that you’ll think of something in a new way, and learn more about yourself and your kiddos through your journey. I ask that you keep an open mind, and set aside all judgements about parenting.
Stay open and welcome aboard!