Who am I?
I am currently at home with my four children, five and under. Before the youngest two were born (they’re twins), I worked as an academic librarian. I am also the face behind many of the recent website updates you’ve seen. (Web design is a hobby of mine; thank you all for humoring me/giving me an outlet!)
How did you find FORM?
I was doubly blessed to 1. have my oldest child assigned the lovely Carolyn Paetzel as an infant teacher back in 2013 AND 2. to have my own office nearby so I could stop by throughout the day as needed to nurse, etc. I’ll never forget the day I finally worked up the courage to ask her why the infant room looked like it did (so peaceful compared to others I’d seen!) and why she talked to the infants so differently than anyone else I’d ever met. Boy did her face light up as she explained what RIE is, and later I got to hear about the creation of FORM. It was such a blessing as a new parent to learn from watching her Educaring in action with both my son and then again with my daughter.
Because, well, life, I haven’t been able to physically make it to many meetings but I am there in spirit at all FORM gatherings!
What aspect of the Educaring® Approach resonates with you the most and why?
Others have mentioned this, too, but I love the fact that the entire philosophy is based so much upon respect. Respect for the infants, definitely, but I love how it extends to make sure we’re respecting ourselves as caregivers. Regardless of whether I’m working or at home, I’ve found it so easy to forget myself in the needs of my children. I love the reminders that by respecting our children, we in turn can respect our own needs.
What are you most grateful for?
The smiles, hugs, and love of my oh-so-patient husband and children
What is one thing you do for yourself? Or what would you like to do for yourself?
I always try to find time to crochet (while binge-watching PBS series!), bake, or read.
If your life was a book or song, what would the title be?
I have always loved how Elvis Costello describes unconditional love in his song “She” (and even walked down the aisle to it at my wedding)! I would now, however, sing it about my family: “And me....I’ll take their laughter and their tears, and make them all my souvenirs. Where they go I’ve got to be, the meaning of my life is....”
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Little House series
What teacher inspired you the most? How?
I had a history teacher in high school, Mr Teigen, who sometimes had class members dress up as characters from history and act out whatever he was trying to teach us (the reformation debate or deciding as “generals” what path to take in battle, etc). I still remember many of those lessons so clearly, for the history imparted, yes, but also because of the empathy I think they instilled in us. Learning to see situations from others’ eyes in such a tangible way was an incredible lesson!
What 3 words best describe you?
Loyal, curious, busy!
What is the best question anyone has asked you?
The two most memorable/life-changing are: “Will you marry me?” and
“Do twins run in your family?”