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. I had no idea it would turn into the million-follower account it is today.
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, Headline News, Fox News, many others as well as Time and 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.