CHILDREN DON'T COME WITH AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.
That's why I created Babies and Brains.
Babies and Brains is a space where parents, foster parents, grandparents, teachers, providers, and caregivers of all types can come to receive psychoeducational tools and support to better understand the child in their care. With this information, you can learn how respond to your child in a way that enhances the quality of your relationship with them, supports their emotional needs, and builds healthy brain architecture for future learning, security, happiness, and success.
The first five years of life is where the foundation is laid for our future. The way that we learn, cope with stress, manage our emotions, exist in relationships, and behave in general, stems from the way we were responded to and supported in early childhood.
Although Babies and Brains focuses on the importance of the first five years of life, the information and tools you find here are not exclusive to only the caregivers of little ones. Since the focus is on basic emotional needs and the brain, most of what you see here can be applicable to those of any age. If you are not sure how, just ask!
I have always felt passion in helping others. I started my career in the behavioral health field in 2013 after receiving my B.S. in Psychology. After working directly with families and seeing the resiliency and growth in those that I worked with, I decided to pursue my Master's in Infant-Family Practice. In this program, I learned the importance of the first five years of life, which lay the foundation for EVERYTHING.
I have worked in community behavioral health for 8 years, with 6 years of specialty in Birth-5 Mental Health. I started Babies and Brains in July 2020 to expand my support to those around the globe. I recently left my community agency job to put all of my time and love into Babies and Brains and am looking forward to creating amazing resources for you!
I currently live Arizona and have been here since 2004. Previously, I lived in Fairbanks, Alaska, and I was born in Illinois. I am married and have a little Chihuahua named Tilla (like tortilla). I enjoy traveling, trying new food, relaxing time at home, and learning everything about anything (seriously, I Google EVERYTHING).
What I have found in my work so far, is that we often are not alone in our in struggles, no matter where we are. The Babies and Brains community is here to provide a space filled with support for parents that want to make positive changes for the next generation, and many generations to come.