Welcome to Raising Change, an idea I developed through my deep passion for learning and sharing information about the complexities of parenting and child development.
I've always loved children and have worked with them since I began babysitting in my teenage years! Teaching, coaching and supporting children and parents is what I believe I have been put on this earth to do.
As I'm sure many can relate, my childhood was not all moonlight and roses, not only at home but also in school. I loved learning, and I loved people, so school should have been the ideal environment for me - but the education system didn't like me at all - I talked way too much and questioned everything.
So, when I became a mum, I was hell-bent and determined to offer my two boys a better experience. I wanted to learn as much as possible about child development to provide them with a stable and supportive childhood without overcompensating due to my personal experience—a delicate balance indeed.
When I left home at the age of seventeen, I had no qualifications, no direction and no guidance. I ended up travelling the world, learning from the many people I met along the way and educating myself in ways that a teacher in a classroom could never have offered.
I spent years exploring neurodevelopment, psychology and spirituality. I read many books and attended various workshops worldwide - even organising a few myself! I practised what I was learning, first on myself and my own children. I then began supporting other parents and educators as they navigated the challenges of raising and educating young children in today's world. I founded an outreach programme, Katie's Readers, which became my passion and purpose. Eventually, when my boys left for university, I decided to pursue a childhood and youth studies degree.
Yet, even with my passion for education, the most valuable lessons I've learned have been from real-life experiences and deep conversations with experts and professionals in various fields relating to child development, particularly parents. Through their struggles and triumphs, I believe that parents have the incredible opportunity to be real change-makers.
With so much information out there, parents become confused and filled with doubt - besides, who has time? Raising Change is my way of sharing what I've learned over the years, exploring both the art and the science of parenting. Starting with a big picture view, I use a metaphor of the four seasons to identify the stages of development and then delve into the fundamentals of each season. I highlight the most valuable areas to focus on, enabling parents to make informed decisions with more confidence and ultimately raising the change they want to see in the world.
Check out this blog post for my introduction to Raising Change, and feel free to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss a beat - I promise to keep them short and sweet; I know how busy you are!
With love and parent power!