Welcome! I’m Ellie – child psychologist-turned-momma in a mixed race family and lover of long conversations, belly laughs from my boys, and a good cup of coffee (by which I mean loaded with sweet creamer). I’m a people-person and a glass-half-full kind of girl. I believe in building community, living with compassion and kindness, the power of appreciation and optimism, laughing often, and trying my best not to judge. I believe there are a few wrongs ways to live life, but a whole lot of right ways, and we each need to find our own path.
My husband and I met in graduate school and now live in the Northeast with our adorably mischievous boys.
“Zippy” (age 9) is curious and bright, full of ideas and energy (lots and lots of energy). He loves science, nature, sports, and books. He’s just an all-around awesome kid, if you ask his momma. (I’m very objective, as you can see.)
“Bee” (age 6) is both sweet and feisty. He asks for snuggles at least ten times a day and would wear his pajamas 24/7, if I let him. He’s a little lover, that boy, but if he isn’t happy about something he will let you know. Trust me, he will!
When Bee was born, I left my job as a therapist and took a half-time consulting job working from home, as a way of finding that work-family balance we parents are always seeking. My boys are the light of my life, the part I know with 100% certainty is perfect and right and meant to be, even if they do drive me a bit batty sometimes. (Okay, often!)
About Musing Momma
Musing Momma is where I share my favorite tips and strategies for effective parenting and reflect on what it means to be raising mixed race children in a race-conscious world.
I have a Ph.D. in psychology and love combining textbook learning with real-life experience to offer inspiration and ideas to other parents. At the forefront is my goal of raising kids who grow up to be happy, well-adjusted people living with kindness and intention.
As mother to two biracial children and wife in an interracial marriage (African-American/white), I also value having a place to process my experiences about race and what it means in our lives. I often share resources and ideas for mixed race families and parents raising kids of color.
I hope that you will find comfort, inspiration and food for thought here!