I am an early childhood educator, and currently a stay-at-home mom to two daughters, Greysen and Moon (whom I refer to by their middle names).
I believe children learn best through play, co-constructing their knowledge. The decisions Mike and I make have not and will not always be right, but we think each of them through using our knowledge of how children learn best and based on our instincts on what works for our children and, therefore, us.
I never really imagined myself as ever becoming an extremely thoughtful, deliberate parent – at least not what I understand the term to mean today. Of course, I always knew that I’d love my children, but it wasn’t until our first was born that I started to realize how monumental a task parenting would turn out to be. After years of hearing from Marisa how important the early years are to the development of a person’s character, intelligence, and relationships with others, the birth of our daughter made her points very real and very relevant. Really, how could I choose to just “wing it,” knowing full well how important my role was to be as a father and teacher? No, I knew that this new duty would require much forethought, despite the biological ease of entry into this position. Success is hardly ever an accident, and I have devoted myself to ensuring that my daughters will have the tools necessary to foster meaningful relationships and create their own opportunities throughout their lives. As lucky as I am to have Marisa as a mentor and guide, I’m equally as excited that she has decided to share her vast knowledge of child development (especially now as a loving mother) and meaningful play with the world.