I am a holistic minded mother of two children, whom raising has been the among the greatest of joys and biggest of challenges in my life, all of which I embrace wholeheartedly. I believe in being a gentle and nurturing (and sometimes strong and assertive) guiding force in children's lives to help them grow to be strong, confident, kind people who are good stewards of the earth and the community that they are intrinsically connected to. I love to encourage outdoor and open ended creative play, as well as teach children ways they can be an empowered part of their household by contributing to the flow of the days and weeks and simply just pitching in. I've been caring for kids since I was a child myself, beginning with my first regular babysitting job every day after school when I was 12 years old. Now many, many years later, and after caring for many, many children in an array of ages and personalities, I am seeking to find a family that may find value in what I have to offer.