ECE Mom: Nurturing through love and play

Stories. I think that’s why I am here. For the stories.  They teach me so much and leave me in awe of the strength a person can have. Today we are meeting Stefanie and she is so, so special. She is the definition of strength and grace. Stefanie blogs about parenting, how play builds connection, and how her training in early childhood development shapes/challenges their life as a family. Her book, Chasing Light, is a memoir about finding hope through the loss of miscarriage. Hi Stefanie!

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Why did you start a blog? 

I started blogging during my first maternity leave as a way to update friends and family about our growing family. At one point during that year my husband mentioned he wanted to buy a new wallet and I argued if he gets a new wallet then I’d like something new too. I bought a domain name and that’s when ecemom.com came online.

Tell us a fun fact!

I used to be a provincial level 10-pin bowler throughout elementary and high school. I still have my own ball and shoes.

What advice would you give 20-year-old you? 

Oh 20-year-old naive, Stef. You think you know, but you have no idea! Life is going to take you to depths of grief you cannot even imagine. Surround yourself with community and find grace and compassion for yourself. Also, finish that bachelors degree because when you try to do that in your mid-thirties, you will have two young children and it will be challenging. Just stay in school because I told you so!
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Do you have any advice on being an author? 

 

Just write it! Even if it’s only for yourself. The first time I shared my writing for consultation, author Mark Leiren-Young advised me just to put something on the page because you can always edit it, but you can’t edit a blank page. I will carry that advice with me forever. Whether it’s an academic essay, a blog, or poetry, I try to get something down because I can always go back to it later. A lot happens in the editing process.

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What are your words to live by? 

One quote that has stuck with me since elementary school is “Real eyes realize real lies.” When I was younger I used to think this was about other people. As I age, the quote has become more about self-reflection in noticing the non-truths I have told myself.
If you want to read more of Stefanie’s words, check out her book here. 

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