Hey there, have you come across any of my articles on parenting in international journals or caught me sharing my insights on the screen?
If not, no worries at all! Let me take a moment to properly introduce myself to you.
Hey, I’m Simona and I’m the mastermind behind www.simigarten.com, where I share all my preschool parenting secrets with the world. It’s pretty fulfilling to see other parents and teachers benefit from my research on raising tiny humans. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good parenting hack or two?
I’m also a regular speaker at pedagogical conferences, spreading my wisdom far and wide. And to top it off, I get to mold the minds of our future teachers and parents. NBD. So let’s team up and make preschool parenting a little less daunting and a lot more fun!
These days, what’s really making me happy is spending quality time with my family outside of the house, particularly on trips and adventures.
As a dedicated student of parenting and pedagogy, I’m always eager to learn more about how to be the best parent and educator possible. And when I’m not researching or writing, you can find me on the basketball court, coaching a team of teens (including my own son!) and cheering them on to victory.
I’ve had the privilege of working as an educator in over 15 kindergartens across Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia. During my time in the field, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with countless children and parents, and observe their interactions with one another.
Despite differences in parenting styles, nationalities, and languages, I’ve found that all parents share a common goal – to raise an independent child who can express their opinions, maintain their uniqueness, and navigate social norms with ease.
Unfortunately, I’ve also witnessed many parents resorting to ineffective methods, like shouting, threats, and bribes (who hasn’t heard the classic “If you put your shoes on by yourself now, we’ll go for ice cream”?). While these tactics may work temporarily, they tend to fall apart once the child is out of sight. I mean, can you blame them?
But don’t worry, I’m here to help! Through my experiences and research, I’ve gained insights into effective parenting practices that can help both you and your child thrive.
I’m absolutely thrilled to have found a way to raise my children (15 years old and 2 years old) that feels right to me. It took me a while to figure it out, even with my background in pedagogy and my studies at three different universities.
But as they say, practice makes perfect, and I’ve learned the most from those tense moments when I needed to find a better approach.
Maybe you’ve been through similar experiences, and if that’s the case, don’t worry – you’re not alone. We don’t leave anybody behind here at Simigarten! That’s why we’d like to invite you to join our Parenting Academy.
The first step is recognizing when something doesn’t feel quite right, and the second step is finding a new way forward.
For me, that involved conducting research and writing studies on raising and educating children during my PhD program. I’m proud to say that dozens of parents participated in each study, sharing their own experiences, successes, and concerns with me.
It was a valuable opportunity to learn and grow, and I’d love to share what I’ve discovered with you.
Absolutely not! I would never claim that my kids always listen to me. That’s just not how it works. In fact, it’s important for children to challenge us and develop their own sense of identity and individuality.
But as parents, we still need to find ways to effectively communicate with our children and work together. That’s why I’ve compiled 20 great communication strategies into my eBook, “How To Get Your Kids To Listen”.
Trust me, it’s not about controlling your kids, but rather about building a positive and cooperative relationship with them.
I totally get it, as parents, we all have those moments where we lose our cool and end up yelling or threatening our kids. It’s not the best feeling, is it? If you’re looking to change that and could use some support, I’d love to invite you to join our private Facebook group.
Personally, I hate feeling alone and disconnected, which is why I started Simigarten in the first place. If you feel the same, feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com, and I’ll be more than happy to connect with you.
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my big dream! I’ve always wanted to create a kindergarten where I could apply all my knowledge and experience to help children thrive, without making the same mistakes I’ve seen in other kindergartens I’ve worked in. But I’ll tell you more about that later.”