Just like you, I am a mom striving to do better.
I grew up near Denver in an area called, Aurora, Colorado. My parents were divorced by the time
I was 7 years of age. My single working mom raised my two sisters and I. Witnessing how hard my mother worked to provide for us, I was determined to help lessen my mother’s load, so I got my
first job at the age of 12. I felt such a sense of accomplishment to be able to buy my own lotion,
hair products and I will never forget the first pair of white slip-on shoes from Pay Less that I bought! That was a major event for me! From kindergarten through high school, I attended public schools. My fifth grade teacher, Ms. Schlossberg, stands out because she made me recognize that all things are possible if I believed in myself. After 28 years, we happily reconnected and she is a contributor in my first book, "The Thriving Child."
When the time approached for me to go to college, I was grateful that Clark Atlanta University accepted me. I did not have the financial means to get me to OR through college, so I had to work in order to attend and finish. Sometimes this meant working 3 different jobs in one day. I worked hard through school as a hostess in restaurants and other jobs to support myself. During my last year of college, working as a hostess, I briefly met music visionary Antonio “LA” Reid. I always had a deep love of being with children and teaching them, so I taught as a school teacher after graduating college. Teaching was so natural for me and I LOVED it. I believe I learned more from the children than they learned from me.
Once Antonio and I were married years after dating for several years, we moved to New York City. We had two children, Arianna and Addison. While pregnant, I decided then I was going to be a fulltime hands-on mom without the help of baby nurses and nannies. (At the time, my husband thought I was crazy for not having any help). The greatest joy in my life even with all the hurdles is being a mommy. The unforgettable journey of parenting has taught me so much. I was faced with many unexpected challenges such as health issues with both of our children and forced to be resourceful in a way I had never known. I was alone on a quest for healing, and it became very overwhelming, not to mention frustrating. I write this book for you and your children because I saw such beneficial results from our experiences that it was only natural to share my lessons in hope that someone somewhere can benefit as well and find answers and solutions with less stress, and more fulfillment. My desire is to help and that is why I share with you, "The Thriving Child."
I live in New York with my family and our hypoallergenic dog, Donut. My journey continues as my children THRIVE.