Hi, I’m Susie.
I’m an early childhood education expert and advocate, focused on bringing hands-on, play-based learning back to families and the classroom. I have a degree in Elementary Education, taught Kindergarten and First Grade, and was also a math and reading curriculum specialist for a large school district.
Then I had children, found my passion for simple kids activities, and started Busy Toddler in June 2015.
I launched Busy Toddler as an Instagram account focused on sharing quick play set-ups for children to give parents a break without involving the TV. I found out I was pretty good at it (wink) and that there were other parents out there trying to find a screen-free way to make it to nap time.
Busy Toddler evolved into a play-based haven on the Internet and I became an advocate for appropriate early childhood education. I’ve been a guest on Good Morning America, New Day Northwest, and was featured in People Magazine. My home preschool program, Playing Preschool , has now been used by thousands of families around the world and my no-fuss parenting book Busy Toddler’s Guide to Actual Parenting will be released in September 2020.
In today’s world, parenting is tough and being a kid (with immense pressure to grow and develop faster than nature wants) is even tougher. It takes a village to raise our kids, and sometimes that village includes a mom blogger you found on the Internet. I’m so glad you’ve found Busy Toddler and hope you’ll keep coming back to visit.