Wednesday, May 1, 2013

About Me

Welcome to my cottage!

My name is Natalie and to be honest, early childhood education has pretty much been my life. I began volunteering at a preschool the summer before my senior year of high school and officially joined their preschool team after I graduated. I went to college and earned my bachelor's in business management. After realizing that my part time job was really my passion, I continued on to also earn my Preschool-3rd grade teaching certification. I then spent 3 years as the head teacher of 3 and 4 year olds and the next 4 helping launch a preschool expansion program in central New Jersey where I taught 3s and 4s for the school district at a satellite location. Since our location was so small, it had room for only 2 classrooms and no offices - and therefore no room for secretaries or supervisors to permanently reside. I adapted and learned to not only make sure my classroom was running smoothly, but also to manage staff and supplies to keep our location functioning!

As much as I loved my job, I was ready for a new challenge: motherhood. I am so blessed to be able to stay home with my beautiful daughter, referred to as Little C in this blog. My teaching background has been so beneficial to me, although there are admittedly a hundred or more things I was highly unprepared for and am still trying to figure out! Being a full-time mom can be exhausting and frustrating but also amazing and rewarding and I don't regret my decision for a minute - Little C has grown so quickly in these couple of years and I'm so glad I was able to guide her every step of the way!

Having only one student and no paperwork or administrative details to worry about has many advantages, but not having coworkers to interact with is the one thing I do miss. Sharing my experiences, activities and tips with you here is my way of coping with that. This way I can still contribute to the teaching community and expand it to include all forms of caregivers like stay-at-home and working parents, relatives and nannies.


I also share a love of fresh, wholesome homemade food with my husband and fitting cooking into my busy schedule has definitely been a challenge, but a worthwhile one! Finding quick, simple family friendly meals is not always easy but I am determined to avoid as much processed food and takeout as possible. Raising my daughter on real food is a priority along with making sure she eats a varied diet full of all the vitamins and nutrients her little growing body needs. So as my recipe bank grows, I will share our favorites here with you.

As I build this blog, I'm thankful for every one of you who has taken the time to stop by and visit. Please feel free to search, read, comment, share and, of course, come back again! Time with your little ones is limited and I want to help you fill that time with happy meaningful experiences. I hope you can be inspired to rethink outdated teaching, disciplining and cooking strategies and see that your children don't always have to be difficult and unreasonable. Sometimes we're the ones being unreasonable expecting our children to do things they're simply not developmentally ready for!

So whether you have a specific problem you're hoping to solve or are just looking for some new ideas, at this cottage, the door is always open for curious golden-locked little girls - and everyone else too!

Thank you!



You can contact me anytime at mamabearscottageblog@gmail.com

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