Steps in the right direction: battling postpartum depression

“Postpartum depression is a thief–it steals away the woman’s perspective and her feelings of competence and confidence. Generally women with postpartum depression feel as if they’ve lost themselves.” Dr. Shosh, Postpartum Depression for Dummies It wasn’t until a year or so after meeting my husband that I even thought about the possibility of becoming a…

6 Infant Toys You Already Have

Now that our daughter is nine months old, she is completely aware of all the different toys in her exploration space. She shows preference for certain toys…like the purple puzzle piece with a belt buckle clasp and her tiny indestructible plastic book. She loves taking apart the drawers of her small storage container, crawling into…

Creating an Explore Space for Crawlers (8-12 months)

I know. I’ve been MIA lately. BAD NEWS: It’s been over two months since I wrote a blog post. GOOD NEWS: I have a nine month old crawler on my hands!! EXHAUSTING NEWS: We are trying to get our daughter to sleep in her crib, self-soothe, and drink breast-milk every 4 hours instead of on…

Uninterrupted Block Play

Do you have a busy body, too? It seems like I JUST had the great idea of Baby in a Box and now my little one is ready to explore uncharted territory. Today, her dad was playing with her and he built this car out of our blocks. When he was finished, I came into…

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…