Hi and thanks for visiting my site! My name is Carolynn and I am excited that you are inviting me on your parenting journey.
Ancient wisdom, modern parenting is a tagline I created to describe my parenting and teaching philosophy. There has been a recent surge of interest and research in parenting practices of long, long ago. Swaddling, infant massage and breastfeeding are a few of these practices that are high on the modern parent's radar. My philosophy honours thousands of years of evolutionary wisdom, but also values the needs and realities of 21st century families.
My interest in parenting really began as an interest in infant development. I studied child health at Brock University and graduated with an honours B.A. I became a certified Child life specialist through a post graduate program at McMaster University. I practiced Child Life for many years at both Sickkids and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab. I really enjoyed helping children and teen's navigate and gain mastery over their healthcare experience. But my smallest clients and their parents troubled me. I wasn't sure how to truly help them until I became certified as an infant massage instructor. The benefits of this instruction went well beyond the baby, and perhaps helped the parents the most, by empowering them when they feel most vulnerable, especially when their baby wont stop crying or has colic. A desire to help more parents in this effective and powerful way led me again to further graduate education. I completed a Masters of Arts degree from Brock University where I was able to study some important questions about infant massage and parenting. I have attached a PDF at the bottom of this page describing my most relevant work with parents and their babies. My greatest experience of all however, has been the birth of my own beautiful children. They teach me everyday that each child, family and parent is unique and they deserve to be treated that way.