Many of my parenting philosophies stem from the different theories of classroom management that I studied while I was in my teaching days. I bring these theories along with new research and methodologies into the conversations my husband and I are continuously having about parenting.
By establishing rules and routines, the entire structure of our lives feels more predictable. This creates a haven where children feel safe and protected. Within the rules and routines, there is still plenty of room for freedom and flexibility, and this makes the entire house run smoothly.
A sentiment often expressed is that people spend too much time with technology and not enough time connected to people and nature. Because of this, many parents brag that they never allow any screen time (while others on the other end of the spectrum rely on it too much). I advocate for balance in all areas of life, and this is no exception.
One of the hallmarks of childhood is the freedom to explore and experience nature without constant supervision. Children learn so much when they are out exploring, building, creating, imagining, and wondering in nature. By giving them super sanitized play areas and constantly hovering over them, it is a great detriment to their learning potential.
Hi, I’m Stacey Maaser, author of Embracing Motherhood! I am a stay at home mother of four, and I am extremely passionate about how children learn and best practices for teaching. I love using my background in education to create an environment for learning, and I love teaching each of my children in their zones of proximal development. I also enjoy learning about the science of food, healthy living, how our bodies process nutrients, and how to prepare nutrient dense meals on a budget.