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Let me start by introducing myself.
I am Maria, a mom of 2 adorable Tasmanian devils and two fur babies. I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology and spent many years working with special needs children. I recently became a certified 1,2,3, Magic Instructor and have implemented different positive parenting strategies to create a more peaceful household environment. And in our house, it’s not easy. We are a household filled with Highly Sensitive People, so emotions run high and tolerance runs low.
I know what the experts recommend and what the “right” way is to go about dealing with postpartum issues and child development. But I also know what it’s like being a parent and that following some of the recommendations is only possible in a perfect world. And we don’t live in one.
I’m here to give you real world advice that is mom tested and mom approved, and help you make expert recommendations work for you and your children.
I’m here to help you better understand your children and their needs. When you understand the motivations and limitations of your children, it is much easier to parent with empathy, and set the right expectations for them. Meaning less tears from everyone and a lot more time spent enjoying each other’s company.
But parenting is not all about the children. If mama and papa are emotionally, mentally and physically exhausted, no good parenting is happening in the household. That’s why it’s important to concentrate on the mental and emotional health of parents. I’m here to offer you tips and tricks that will help you cope with the challenges of parenting and will allow you to thrive in your new role as a parent.
A Little More About Me
If you ask my friends what is the first thing that comes to mind to describe me, they’ll say “Animal Lover”. And it’s true, I have been fortunate to be a part of five animals’ lives (three cats and two dogs) over the years and love them with all my heart. Living in North Carolina has made accommodating all my animals and my sons a lot easier. They get to enjoy lots of space, beautiful nature and pretty good weather most of the year. My husband and I are quite liking it here too. We both enjoy being out in nature, hiking and observing all the beautiful wild life.
But we’re no strangers to having to make huge decisions due to this pandemic. As of June 2021, we have relocated to the Chicago area. It’s been a somewhat unexpected and unforeseen move but it’s so far working out for us. We traded lush greenery for a more urban feel and better opportunities for the whole family.
When we only had 1 child, my husband and I took dance lessons. We danced Argentine Tango for years and even started learning Bachata. But then the surprise and physical overwhelm of my second pregnancy put a stop to our dance lessons (I’m still hoping to one day return to them). We’ve traded in the gym for online yoga classes and lots of chasing around of our 2 boys. I dedicate my spare time to blogging, reading countless parenting books, and continuing to expand my knowledge in everything family related.
So that’s me in a nutshell.
I hope you enjoy reading the blog and learn new things that will help you be a better and happier parent.