About Me

You want to guide your child to thrive in this unpredictable world, but it can be hard to know exactly how to do that.

I’m on a mission to equip parents like you to build a strong, resilient family for now and the future.

my story

It was the 1990s. 

Cell phones didn’t have cameras, which was okay because social media didn’t exist. Movie night at home required a trip to the video store to find a movie and microwave popcorn (of course). 

I had my own ideas about parenting and education. After all, I had a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a few years of teaching under my belt. 

My ideas worked pretty well until I had children. 

As I searched for advice on strategies that would help me as a mom, I discovered a book that suggested using harsh punishments to maintain control of my kids. The author warned that, without using these methods, my kids may become entitled–heaven forbid!

Unfortunately, we parented this way throughout most of my kids’ childhood. Though my children are now independent, amazing young adults, I could have done a better job of showing them unconditional love. 

Although times have changed, parenting is never as easy as we thought it would be. Especially with the advent of social media and “momfluencers” bombarding you with advice, it can be hard to find an approach that aligns with your values. My goal is to use what I’ve learned as a mom and educator to empower you to parent with purpose and passion.

my life

In a way, I’m your stereotypical San Diego native. My husband of 30+ years (yikes) and I are proud parents of two adult children. Jacob and Alex both graduated from out of state universities and are currently pursuing their career goals. 

I’ve spent my career in various roles in the California public school system. Although it doesn’t buy me a lot of clout with my own kids, my experience has given me the chance to work with hundreds of students and families over the last few decades. Now I use that passion to support parents on their journey to learn to love the kid they have, rather than the kid they imagined. 

Here are some degrees, and such, I’ve earned over the years:

  • National Board Certified Teacher
  • District Teacher of the Year, 2007
  • Taught special and general education
  • Master’s in Special Education
  • Administrative Services Credential
  • Coordinator for San Diego Office of Education 
  • Director for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

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