For as long as I can remember (and probably even before then), I’ve always had a passion for babies and children. Taking care of my countless baby dolls quickly evolved into to taking care of other people's dolls (aka babysitting). Babysitting shifted into nannying and eventually formal training and professional experience collaboratively working with children and their family's. I've helped little ones and their families from New York to San Francisco, in school group settings and individually. As my life has shifted, so have the roles I play (babysitter, nanny, teacher, parent, counselor/ coach), but one thing has remained constant: a love of children.
I grew up in Long Beach, CA before matriculating to Colorado University-Boulder. I continued my Eastern migration and planted a flag in New York during my early 20s. It was in New York where I truly realized that i could devote my professional life to working with children and their families. I earned a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College of the City University of New York. During my time in New York, I worked in numerous school settings throughout the City. This time cemented my professional passion, but having met my now husband who was returning back to SF, the time was right to make the move back to the West Coast.
I taught in numerous pre-schools in SF, including helping to start up an early childhood education program at Google. While the classroom environment was great, I was starting a family of my own and wanted a professional experience that provided greater flexibility but also allowed for more individuated attention working with children and their family's.
My eldest daughter was a sub-optimal sleeper, to say the least, and I now had first hand experience of what life was like with such a substantial sleep deficit. I read every book on infant sleep available -not that I recommend anyone else doing that! Not finding the results we were looking for, my husband and I drearily and wearily sought the assistance of a professional Sleep Consultant. This turned out to be an incredibly enriching, rewarding and edifying experience! Not only were we on the road to having a great sleeper, I had found a vocation where I could uniquely combine my educational and professional experience with my passion for young children. I wouldn't simply be able to sympathize with families, I'd truly be able to empathize with them. This empathy is a crucial ingredient when I artfully craft a unique plan from the myriad techniques/options available for getting little ones to sleep!
I believe that every baby/child and family is unique. What works for one child/family may be the exact wrong thing for another. I look at every piece of the puzzle before creating a plan that is tailored specifically to your family's unique needs.
Children's sleep issues aren't isolated to the children themselves of course. If your child isn't sleeping there's a strong likelihood one or more members of the family is lacking in the sleep department as well. Tired parents tends to equal parents not 100% on their game and a vicious cycle can ensure. I love working with families to adjust the variables in the equation in order to make sure everyone is getting the restorative rest they need (and deserve)!
I will work with you to establish healthy sleep foundations, which may be contributing to sleep issues before jumping to quickly to implement a specific behavioral approach.
I will be there to support you and your family along the road to restfullness. I'll be there to pick you up and make adjustments if things go off track, just as I'll be there to celebrate all the victories (big or small) along the way. I can’t wait to help get you, your baby, and your family get the sleep you need and deserve!