Baby in a Box

Our vibrant daughter is now 6 months old and will turn 7 months on the 23rd of March. It’s incredible how much she is growing, learning, exploring. She is able to sit up with assistance, but she is quite bored of uninterrupted play on her stomach or back. She can’t crawl yet, so she gets…

The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother’s service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol ‘s work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me at a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always serve underprivileged children…

Honoring My Daughter

Today was a very special day. My almost seven month old daughter laughed for me for the very first time. It was around 8pm and she was a little over tired. Her daddy was holding her (she has laughed for him many times) and I bent down to pick something off the ground. As I…

Cultivate Kindness

Take a moment to think about what kindness means to you. Do you try to cultivate kindness in your life? Lately, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be kind. Does being kind mean we let things go, or let others “walk all over” us? I don’t think so. I believe being kind to…

8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

Hey Educators & Free Spirits! I haven’t written a post about teaching in awhile because I’ve been totally immersed in full time parenting. It’s been such a beautiful & ever-changing journey, with many challenges and many moments that I wish I could just freeze and bask in forever. With some of you having over a…

My Students, My Heart

This evening my husband, daughter, and I were enjoying dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. Our waiter ended up being a student I used to teach when I first arrived in our village four years ago. I spent my student teaching & teaching career traveling around to so many different schools and working with…

Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

Today we are fortunate to have access to a surplus of amazing children’s books. Authors aren’t afraid to share real life injustices with children and hopefully, by having openhearted and frank conversations with our little ones, we will raise children who seek love, peace, and social justice for all. Children’s books are becoming more accessible…

6 Ways to Engage Yourself & Your Infant

We’ve almost made it to the five month mark and the difference between our daughter’s abilities at three months compared to now is remarkable! She is holding her head up, babbling, smiling, and engaged in the world….truly ready to explore! The first few months of parenthood we enjoyed taking our daughter out in her ergo…

5 Ways to Use Board Books With Your 5 month old

From powerful and vibrant illustrations, tackling tough subjects through storytelling, imagination building, inspirational tales, embracing unique and different, there are SO many ways to use a good children’s book. When friends and family asked what they could purchase for us for our soon-to-be-born I usually replied with “Books!” When we were in the states we…

6 Simple Baby Stations

Our four month old daughter likes to constantly be stimulated. She is not one to stay in “one place” for more than twenty minutes at a time. And she’s loud. So when she is unhappy or bored, there is either loud babbling (I think she is lecturing us) or screaming. When my husband and I…

The Free Spirit Expectant Parent Guide!

Congratulations! You are expecting a new addition to your family. Soon you will bring a baby home and if you were like us, you have NO CLUE what you actually need for the hospital (or to keep at your house if you are doing a home birth)  and once you bring your bundle home. If…

8 Free Spirit Baby Playtime Favorites

As a new parent, one can easily become OVERWHELMED by the amount of “stuff” that is sold for babies. There is a huge market for babies and a lot of companies make loads and loads of money each year capitalizing on parents wanting what is best for their little ones. Before having my daughter, I…