I have always wanted to be a mom. I have worked with kids since I was a kid. I was baby sitting by the time I was 10-years-old and knew that I wanted to be a child psychologist by 7th grade. To my shock and horror, I found out in college that it was going to take a while, a long while! I graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and entered graduate school at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas as a researcher. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to get back on the path of helping rather than observing kids and their families! I stayed home with my son and daughter for 12 years while teaching as an adjunct professor at KU and at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO.
When my son was 9-years-old, I wrote my first children’s book, Blankie Bits which was recognized in 2014 as an Indie Book Award finalist! I hope Blankie Bits and My Blankie Bits Blankie® will be a first in a series of self-help books for kids. I am currently working on a new book about kids and anxiety.
I recently started my own practice, The Talk Doctor, in Minnesota. I think it is one of the happiest places I could have landed. Check out the pictures at thenorthfieldtalkdoctor.com. I started my blog as a way of sharing parenting knowledge that I am so grateful to have been taught by amazing mentors along the way.
I now have two young adult children in college and spending time with them is probably the best thing ever. They are smart, funny, compassionate, and loving. We love to travel, be outside, and eat together. Thanks for all of the kind words and support over the last two years of getting healthy!