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and My Philosophy
Sweet Home Montessori
Hello and welcome. I am so happy you're here. My name is Haley - mama, wife and early childhood educator. I’ve hung up my teacher hat for now, so you’ll find me sipping coffee and raising my adventurous toddler, all day, everyday. As we adjust to this new version of life during a pandemic, I’ve greatly missed the beautiful bonds and connections that so naturally form when working alongside parents and caregivers. That is how ‘Sweet Home Montessori’ came to life.
Raising children is one of the greatest joys this life has to offer, but boy is it hard. The hard stuff, with a little bit of grace, wrapped up in a whole lot of research-based practices can so quickly become the good stuff! Every one of us has the power to show up daily as the peaceful parent we want to be and as Marianne Williamson said, “There is simply no effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.”
It is truly the most important work in the world, this raising of good humans. Our work is to raise happy, healthy, and responsible children - who grow into happy, healthy, and responsible adults. Each child is wonderfully unique and you know you're little best, that much is certainly true!
So, where does Sweet Home Montessori come into play? Well, the research agrees that raising children rooted in connection, respect, empathy, and love is the key. Though that sounds wildly reassuring, we need the real, tangible tools, tips, and guidance to support their development. We need to know HOW to get to a place of confident, peaceful, and respectful parenting. Over a decade of field experience, combining Montessori, RIE, and Positive Discipline Methodology have given me the informed knowledge and instincts necessary to collaborate and support your parenting journey.
Early Childhood Educator & Parenting Guide
I completed my degree in Early Care and Education, including a certification in Early Childhood Development, and went on to teach in a preschool, ages 4 and 5. Though I absolutely loved working with my students and particularly adore that age group, I later decided to take time off to complete my Montessori Early Childhood (3–6 years) Diploma Program with The North American Montessori Center. While working toward my diploma, I continued to teach, in the form of an in-home caregiver and Montessori guide for families and their little ones. I also went on to get certified as a Positive Discipline Parent Educator and completed The RIE Foundations Theory & Observation Intensive Training.
Working toward my goal, while helping families, teaching children, and seeing real, beautiful connections organically unfold right before my eyes -- ah, that's the dream! It was then that I realized the impact of working one-on-one with parents directly could be so fulfilling for me! We could work together to support their children and stay true to their unique family beliefs and parenting styles. Working with parents grants me the gift of being more than a one year blip in a child’s life, and offers us all the tools needed to give them a full spectrum of a loving, caring and supportive village.
In 2018, my husband and I welcomed our dream girl, Finley Isla, and my motherhood adventure began. I continued working one-on-one with children and their families, alongside my own daughter, and again heard that little voice saying, “ah, that’s the dream!”
Now, here we are adapting to the changing times and finding new ways to grow our supportive parenting village.