Congratulations and welcome! If you're here, you're probably somewhere on your journey of parenthood.
When I learned I was pregnant mid-2012, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information out there. First you have to learn what to do while you're pregnant, what NOT to do, decide what type of birth you want, plan for alternatives in case you don't get it, know what to eat and what not to eat - it would drive you to drink if you were allowed to have one (...are you?). You have to register for the right toys, decide what kind of diapers to use (or none at all!), and when baby should start learning another language. Then your baby arrives and you have to figure out how to raise it!
If you do ANYTHING WRONG your baby will either die or end up living under a bridge. No pressure!
Who on earth has the time (or desire) to look all that stuff up?
Obsessively researching things is my favorite! Lucky you.
I'm not a parenting expert. In fact, that's the secret to parenting: no one has any idea what they're doing. We're all just figuring it out as we go along.
What I am an expert at is helping you think when you're out of brain cells and shifting your perspective on challenges that seem insurmountable. I've had to do it myself time and time again.
My rule-following ways became stressful when my son wasn't a "by-the-book" baby. When I stopped focusing on what he "should" be doing and focused on what actually worked best for us, I became a happier and better parent.
As a certified holistic health coach I spent the last few years helping people effect real changes in their lives, but I couldn't predict how becoming a parent would change my own life and priorities.
Now I've switched my professional focus to helping new moms and dads normalize their parenting experience so they can feel confident in their parenting decisions while staying sane and keeping everyone alive. I provide support through coaching, classes, and other resources, both locally and online.
When you read about parenting online it can seem polarized and extreme. Are you crunchy enough? Are you "strong" enough to let your baby cry? Get out the pitchforks!
That's not really how it works. Parenting is not black or white, all or nothing. It's one breath at a time, one moment at a time, one day at a time. We're all doing the best we can with the information available to us. I just want to give you more information, then help you sort out how to use it so you and our family are as happy and healthy as possible.
That's the biggest myth of the so-called "Mommy Wars." We don't have to do everything the same, but we're all in this together. Our kids are going to grow up to be citizens of the world together. Let's all do our best to give them the tools to be amazing. And if you're feeling overwhelmed, I'd love to help you.