Share your brief bio:
I am a mother of two, a Behavior Analyst and a Professor. I have my Masters in Education, post grad work in Applied Behavior Analysis and working towards my Ph.D. in Psychology. I just recently launched a blog that follows the chronicles of a mama facing parenthood but with a trained eye on behavior. There is a mix of mommy humor but also research-based suggestions that I think readers could benefit from.
Tell us a little about your family.
I have an amazing, loving husband who truly supports any endeavor or crazy idea I come up with! We have two beautiful little girls ages 4 and 1. My husband and I grew up in the Midwest and we moved to California in 2013 when an opportunity presented itself and we haven’t looked back since. We love adventure, anything to do with the water and being together as a family!
How do you prioritize time between your family and your blog?
Seeing that I write mostly about behavior and my children, I can be inspired by the most mundane interaction. In my field, I am trained to conduct observations and analyze the situation at hand, react, and implement strategies to reduce challenging behaviors. Considering that I am now trying to recall events and become a ‘historian’ on what happened so I can put it into a blog post, I usually write about those events after my girls go to bed at night or during nap times. I never want my blog to ever get in the way of family time.
How do you relax?
I am a mama of two, a professor and now adding blogger in that mix… What does relaxing mean, LOL. But seriously, I enjoy taking a beach day with my family or taking a walk outside. Just anything away from technology and being connected/present with the ones I love. Buuuuut, maybe add in some occasional wine nights with some trashy reality tv too. Who doesn’t love that?
When did you start your blog?
I started my blog on May 30th, 2017… So, still pretty fresh! However, I have already seen some early success which is pretty exciting.
Why did you start blogging?
As a professional in the field, I frequently have friends asking for behavioral advice about their kids. I figured there was a need for parents wanting additional information in an ‘easy to digest’ format so I figured this was a great way to provide information and get it to a lot of people pretty quickly.
How did you choose your blog name?
My husband helped me come up with BeeHaven Tribe. I wanted the name to be meaningful but also ‘catchy’. BeeHaven sounds like ‘behaving’ which is fitting considering I am providing behavioral tips. “Haven” is included because I want parents who read my content to feel comfortable and safe to share their own anecdotes on a topic that some may feel threatened to publicly admit that their child is not ‘perfect’. Tribe was included because I truly want my readers to feel like they are a part of a community.
What keeps you motivated and inspired to blog?
When I hear parents share with me that they are enjoying my posts and that they are trying to implement some of the tips that I am sharing, that is the validation I need to continue my writing. One of the biggest reasons I got into blogging was to help other parents get through this parenthood journey so I enjoy hearing that parents are benefitting from my writing.
Where do you see your blog and yourself in 5 years?
I would LOVE to write a parent information book. In the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, a lot of the research is paired with individuals of special needs because that is where most of the funding is. However, behavior is behavior is behavior! The science can be effective for ANYONE! I am truly trying to disseminate the science (another motivator for the blog) and a long-term goal is to write a book to further reinforce that idea!
Biggest life lesson learned since blogging?
I don’t know as much as I thought. Although I am considered an ‘expert’ in my field, I quickly realized that I know very little outside of my own science and that my network of friends are extremely creative and knowledgeable. I have been very lucky that they have been so supportive and willing to help me ‘get off the ground!’
What is your secret to success?
To just stick with it and keep doing what I’m doing. Not sure if I am seen as “successful” yet but if I can help at least one parent get through a challenging day, then I can chalk that day up as a win!
What do you wish someone would have told you when you first started blogging?
That pictures are just as important as the content, lol! The words flow very easily but the visual component to this equation is a bit foreign to me! Still have A LOT to learn about this whole social media game.
All bloggers encounter writer’s block. How do you get past this?
As I mentioned before, behavior is all around me and I am fortunate that my own children give me PLENTY of material to work with. However, if I am feeling like I need some additional inspiration… Let’s call up a play date because that will give me a whole crew of kids that will surely provide me something to write about and parents will be thankful for some behavioral tips!
What has been your sweetest success story?
I had just completed a series on increasing listening skills and my daughters and I were having a play date with some friends. One of the other mamas was asking questions about some of the content that I had posted and she said that she was implementing some of my tips (yay!). She noted that her daughter previously would not follow through on requests and it would usually result in having to ask over and over again to follow directions. When it was time to pack up and go, the Mom requested her daughter to come downstairs to get her shoes on and after only saying it ONCE (which was one of the tips), her daughter came down and got her shoes on. Everyone celebrated and the mom was beyond excited to start seeing progress!
What has been your most popular posts?
One of my most popular posts was about a mom asking me for advice after she spent most of her adventure walk with her son providing reprimands. She wanted to enjoy her time with her son but he kept throwing sticks and dirt. I provided my own suggestions on how I would handle that situation and also gave the discussion between age appropriate behaviors vs. age typical behaviors. Click Here to Read Post.
Who are some of your favorite California bloggers that inspire you and that you enjoy reading?
• My love of travel stems my love for www.tripswithtykes.com. Great tips on family-friendly spots.
• Seeing that I live 20 minutes from Disneyland and we were season pass holders, www.mkmamas.com was a frequent on both their blog and their Instagram page for information. I loved that they always had the best treat spots locations and all of the amazing breastfeeding spots scoped out.
How long have you lived in California?
Where is your favorite relaxation location in California?
Anywhere by the water. My husband and I were on the Swimming & Diving team in college (he swam, I dove) so naturally, we are drawn to the water. Luckily, we live in a beach community so it is not hard to find! My favorite beach town is Laguna Beach. I love all of the cute shops downtown and the scenery is gorgeous!
Have you attended any social media conferences? If so, which ones?
No, but I would love to attend a social media conference in the future. As mentioned above, I just joined this blogging/social media world and I am eager to learn more!
Share your favorite quote or inspirational thought:
“Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.’ –Fred Donaldson
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin
Tell us something that most people would be surprised to learn about you.
I think most people would be surprised to learn that one of my ‘bucket list’ items is to travel to all 7 continents and all I have left is South America and Antarctica. I don’t care too much for Antarctica but I have to get there one day… Maybe just to do a snow angel and get back on the boat, lol.
I LOVE to travel and I hope to instill that love in my girls. My oldest (four years old) has already been to Mexico and Australia and both girls have traveled all over the US and we are hoping to get to South America later this year!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I was just recently published in a national organization site called FIT4MOM. The article discusses how to decrease child anxiety during doctor visits. Below is the link! This publication happened within the first 2 months of a live blog site which has only added to the excitement of the launch of the blog!!!
Do you send out a monthly newsletter? How can we get on your mailing list if we are interested in more information?
No, no monthly newsletter… At least not yet. My husband and I have a lot of fun ideas that are in the works.
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