When I became a parent I had wide-eyed expectations for what my life would look like. I figured being a nanny in my early days, teaching here and there and loving kids was all I needed to be a model mom. While I felt I could be a good mom I found myself parenting and living my life subconsciously avoiding criticism. This experience proved to be depleting and unsustainable. I was ignoring my instincts and I knew this was not a life meant for me. I had to pull back and really listen to my gut. What exactly did I want out of this experience? What did I want for my child? And what kind of relationship did I want with my partner? What kind of life was authentic for me? What I needed were good tools. The few ones I had were not mine and I had a lot of trouble using them. I had to let go of outside opinions, toss rusty tools and search for ones meant for me. Day by day, week by week, year by year and still counting I collect, try out, keep or toss what works or doesn't work. In the process I am also learning that just because something works for me it doesn't mean it works for others in my family - so I keep trying and growing that tool box. I'm excited to share with you as many tools as I can possibly get my hands on. Some will incite curiosity for you and others not so much. I also know that YOU have a collection of tools you'll hopefully want to share with this community. Our Sprout's Gardening Shed is going to be packed to the brim... I just know it. We're planting seeds here, beyond raising kids!. To start off I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite simple tools, accessible 24/7, free and customizable...drum roll... The PODCAST.
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