Thanks for reading! I have worked with children in one capacity or another since I was a teenager. I ran a family child care program out of my home for twelve years and have been an author, early childhood expert, parent educator, advocate for child care providers and teachers, Hampshire Gazette columnist, and contributor to WHMP in Northampton. I’m a licensed child care provider and teacher, have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in brain-based education research, and am currently working on a second Master’s in Teaching Students with Visual Impairment. I am currently a TVI with children from birth to age three.
You would think that background would make me an expert in the matters of child development. But often in the world of education and early childhood development, especially when it comes to making policies, the people actually doing the work are disregarded. So my commitment is to having our voices heard – educators who are in the trenches, doing the work that’s been dictated by others for years, and hopefully restoring some faith, trust and respect for the people who actually care for our children on a daily basis.
Most importantly, I speak for children, who in my opinion are highly misunderstood beings. Much of my work is advocating for their best interests – often flying in the face of common practices and beliefs. I’m not afraid to ruffle some feathers, especially when it comes to what’s best for kids.
The title of this blog was inspired by an actual list of rules created when we had some serious sibling rivalry going on.