I'm the Sage Parenting Coach for rad women who want to elevate their mothering and are ready to get connected, joyful, and free on the natural path. I'm a guide, writer, podcaster, and advocate around natural homeschooling, gentle parenting, and simple living. I'm insightful, nurturing, genuine, and badass - at least those were the most common adjectives my client friends used to describe me when polled. I'm also a PNW adventure mama, living wild and free in connection with my 3 wildlings and the papa bear, balancing my nutritious morning smoothies with ample chocolate chip cookies in our mid-century modern fixer upper on the Sound.
I believe in the power of connection, the radical principle that children are human beings deserving of respect and empathy, nighttime parenting that honors a little one's natural needs and allows for both connection and independence to blossom, natural learning through living a lifestyle of freedom and joy, and simple living in which we go all in with what really matters (and let go of everything that doesn't).
Once upon a time, I was a sensitive young lady who quietly questioned everything, enjoyed a special connection with little ones, and felt a powerful drive to change the world. Maybe it’s because Mr. Rogers told me I was special. I was also a bullied latch key kid from a broken family (baggage? check.) I fell madly, truly, deeply in love with my husband and co-pilot after we met freshman year of college as teenagers in the dorm. At the ripe age of 22 as we graduated college he finally agreed to make babies with me. The day my first child was born I was reborn as a mother and as earth shatteringly amazing as this was, this child was a high needs baby whose favorite pastime was an endless cycle of breastfeeding, spitting up, and not sleeping. I thought I was totally qualified for this mothering gig, yet I had inherited the mainstream parenting lens and I was lost in my zealousness to do everything “right” until surrendering to the natural needs of my own baby unlocked the cornerstone piece I had been missing: connection. I had a similar reckoning when it was time for that child to start school. It felt wrong on every level but I just didn’t know there was another way. So, we tried it - we did everything we were “supposed” to do. Until a couple of years in when I got brave enough to step away and tumbled down a rabbit hole of again questioning everything, learning voraciously, and finding my way to trust. My compass firmly set, 3 kids, a million kisses, countless fun adventures, a few stumbles, and one ridiculously happy life later, the rest is history.
I bring a unique alchemy of insight (M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy and Certified Educator of Infant Massage), experience (2 decades helping thousands of children and gentle parents), passion (media advocate for natural sleep, breastfeeding, parenting, and learning), and heart (unschooling and attachment parenting mother of 3) to the Sage Parenting book series, eclasses, and coaching.
I Aspire To
I aspire to live an authentic, fulfilling life of connection, health, and joy openly for others witness, inspire people to question mainstream principles that breed disconnection and lead to dysfunction, empower families with well researched information so they can make conscious choices, and develop programs to offer families a path on their journey to a place of thriving.
I am called with great drive and passion to this work because this raising heart full children thing is bigger than me. And it’s even bigger than you. The world is plagued by the effects of disconnection: anxiety, depression, aggression, addiction (and the list goes on). We have to start a revolution to create the future we want for our children and our children's children and that starts right here, today, when you give yourself the support you need to set your compass to connection with your child. Every interaction, every conversation, every choice, either stepping toward or away from a world of peace and love.
My mission is to guide and empower families like yours through sleep, parenting, and homeschooling to a lifestyle in which everyone is rested, honored, learning, and thriving in connection.
"What a mission you have in this world. It's so obvious that this is your calling. Such good you are doing; making so many children's lives happier. And imagine what type of adults they will turn out to be with all this love and respect. You are making this world a better place."
"Hopefully you know how wonderful you are and how much you've really held my family's hand. And it really is an incredibly big thing you do helping this generation of free spirits create a wondrous world."