A little more info about me: I grew up in a small, rural town with a Cuban mother and an American father. I usually tell people that I am a "Cuban Cracker," which sums up my heritage. LOL.
Growing up with a bilingual mother and a redneck father was like watching an episode of I Love Lucy mixed with the Dukes of Hazard. Of course, my mom was Ricky Ricardo, while my father talked more like Rosco P Coltrain. Our house was loud and full of laughter, which meant my sisters and I were up to no good, of course.
My parents set realistic expectations and boundaries for us. They showed us love and reminded us that we were their children, not their friends, and not their equals. They did not collaborate with us about anything, ask us how we felt about things, or say they were sorry about anything. Instead, we respected them and had a healthy fear of them. Fast forward, my sisters and I turned out pretty good. Two of us have our Master's degrees, and one has a DMD. We weren't perfect then or now. Sure we made mistakes, but we learned from them. So when my sisters and I talk to our mom about our issues with raising our children, she cannot relate because we parent differently, which isn't bad; it's just different.
(My husband, my boys, and me, in our younger years)
Before I became a mom, I was an elementary teacher. I loved my students and being a teacher. My husband can attest to my passion for my job because he said I would eat, sleep, and dream about work. A few years into my career, my mom encouraged me to pursue my Master's degree. She talked to me about being a school counselor. I enjoyed teaching so much that I wasn't sure if I would like to be out of the classroom. But, it turned out that as a school counselor, I would get to teach different grade levels, help more students and parents, and have a more significant impact on many lives. As a school counselor, I was able to work in an elementary, middle, and high school. I enjoyed each, but my favorite was elementary.
I've trained school districts and teachers on a social-emotional learning program during my educational career. I heard from other educators what they wish for their families. That's when I realized I could help other families, specifically parents.
I will admit that nothing in this world prepares you for parenthood. It is baptism by fire, and you feel like you are always flying by the seat of your pants. Being an educator and school counselor did not make me an expert, and I apologize to all the families I worked with before having kids. I had no idea. Parenting is rewarding, but it can be challenging and exhausting, too.
Now that I am older, I realize that I do not need to be perfect, and I am okay with that. I love being a parent coach. I enjoy helping parents and hearing how things are better with their children after working with me. Since I was a little girl, I've always known that my purpose in life would be to serve and help others. Let me help you.