As a mom in graduate school, I have felt the overwhelm, stress, guilt, and even despair of trying to balance my professional goals with family life.
I was born and raised in Kennebunk, Maine, a seaside town in one of the most beautiful places in the world (in my humble opinion!) The youngest of 3 and the only girl in the family, I learned early that a good, loud tantrum was an excellent strategy for getting what I wanted in life. I was a good student and am, to this day, a lifelong learner, a sponge for new information.
I also loved little kids. I started babysitting when I was 11 years old (!!) and just loved learning about babies and young children. I was sure I would be a teacher when I grew up.
I attended college outside of New York City, met my husband, moved back to Maine, and before I knew it - and before I was ready! - I was pregnant and getting ready to become a parent. For all the years I had babysat other people’s children, I suddenly felt like I had no idea what I was doing.
As much as I loved working with children, it was clear to me that working with parents was where the real change was going to happen. And I wanted to share what I had learned!
I became a therapist and parenting educator for moms of 0-3 year-olds and was the clinical director of a small mental health agency in Southern Maine. As much as I loved helping moms learn new ways of disciplining and caring for their young children, soon I was ready for more.