The Simplicity of the Season

By |December 13th, 2015|

It’s Christmas time.  In the middle of the night, I was laying awake thinking about how to support the students at my school to remain calm and grounded this week.  I was thinking about how to support the teachers too.  Children need our support on a week like this…

In some ways, it is complex.  Parker […]

Cultivating Connection ~ Webinar

By |December 11th, 2015|

Please register for
Cultivating Connection with Your Child this Christmas on
Dec 16, 2015 4:00 PM PST at:

I am hosting our first ever Learn Forward webinar on December 16 from 4-4:30pm PST to gather like-minded parents for a conversation about what matters most to us over the holidays. What does ‘thriving’ look like?

In the workshop, I will […]

One Simple Message for Every Child

By |December 6th, 2015|

I sat across from a dedicated and experienced educator at a dinner party this weekend.  Over salad and sushi he smiled at our little one, watching her dance through the aisle and lamented, “O! How I miss those days. The days of no worry, only dancing.”  Our almost grown and sophisticated daughters sat far out of reach […]

Great News to Share!

By |October 13th, 2015|

Dear Friends,

Learn Forward is a brand new book with fresh ideas about what matters most for children to thrive.  My shy soul is poured out on the pages of the book with stories from my life, my work in Africa, my children, and my work in schools.  It is the culmination of my work to date. […]

Courage for Self-Care

By |September 20th, 2015|

Relating with children, unselfishly, is the sacred work of teachers and parents. Opening our hearts and connecting authentically is their hunger. How do we sustain a posture of giving?

Yesterday the girls and I were at the mall, which is rare. We’re not really big ‘shoppers.’ But, what happened was adorable. We bought tea and bath […]

A Teacher’s Courage for What Matters Most

By |August 29th, 2015|

Teachers are coming back to school!  They are entering the year with new ideas, new efficiencies, new curriculum, and a renewed commitment to children.  They are considering their year and ‘the climb’ of learning before them.

I am reflective about the journey of a teacher.  I mentioned to a friend this week, “A teacher has a […]

Courage in the Brittle Places

By |August 22nd, 2015|

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”  ~Thomas Merton
What do you do when you feel as dry as a brittle twig. […]

Courage as Our Meditation

By |August 16th, 2015|

Currently my family is preparing to move!  The big move day is next week and one week from now we will be in a new home.

Moving is a beast.  The kids are having emotions, The Builder and I are on edge, even the dog seems depressed.  Our intention is to downsize and simplify, but we […]

Children Grow in the Garden of Unstructured Play

By |July 26th, 2015|

How Does a Child’s Sense of Self Emerge?

Children grow in the garden of unstructured play.

The garden…

Where the vegetables are ripening and the fruit smells sweet…the place where the children swing on swings…and the deer play near the creek…

A garden holds a space of growth; children grow in unstructured play.

Our Learn Forward journey this summer is […]

A Flower in the Stone

By |June 28th, 2015|

Like fireflies in a mason jar, let’s collect moments of joy and play throughout the summer!

As a mom and an educator, I find ‘moments of joy’ challenging because they are surrounded by moments of ordinary.  And I also wonder…maybe the ordinary moments ARE actually the joy moments.

Maybe all my heart needs is the truth of together, […]