I'm glad you're here.
The moment you first laid eyes on them, your entire world changed. From that second forward, you knew that you would do anything – absolutely anything – to ensure they had everything they would ever need to grow happy, healthy, and safe. The splendor and awe-inspiring responsibility of caring for a child is a life-altering experience.
I get it. I'm a parent, teacher, and caregiver just like you. I understand the challenges that parenthood can face you with: Sleepless nights, busy schedules, teething, feeding, and the list seems to go on and on.
However, one of the most daunting tasks every parent or caregiver faces is the challenge of helping the child in their care grow and thrive emotionally, academically, and developmentally. For so many, finding trustworthy, reliable, and well-researched advice, information, and products is overwhelming and HARD at times.
Like I said: I get it.
My personal journey as a mother began with the same worries that most parents deal with: Where do I start? How do I give my child the best conditions in life? The safe and secure childhood they deserve?
I felt overwhelmed by the sheer range of parenting theories available. For every theory explaining how to interact with infants, toddlers and children in general, there was a theory claiming the exact opposite.
It was then that I remembered an approach that I had stumbled across years prior.
When I was a teenager, I was intensely curious about developmental psychology, and I desperately wanted to learn both about how to interact with others and how to create an environment for children to grow up in (both at home & in their community) in ways that felt authentic and fostered true connection. I discovered Magda Gerber's revolutionary ideas about respectful childcare, and it all made sense to me.
Magda Gerber's RIE® approach is based on the groundbreaking idea is that we, as parents and caregivers, have to perceive children as capable human beings, and interact with them respectfully from birth.
I know. It doesn’t sound very radical when put like that. But when we look at how children have been — and continue to be — raised and cared for, there are almost endless examples of how it is the norm in our society to not treat an infant or toddler respectfully, or even like a capable person with a unique perspective. (Don't worry, I've been there, and I also have fallen back on tactics that I wouldn't advise to others, derived from all of those desperate moments that can arise as a new parent! It's truly a learning journey for all of us!)
The more I read about Magda Gerber’s RIE® approach and ideal of respecting infants, the more intrigued I got. I realized that shifting my perspective of my daughter from the beginning and seeing her as a capable individual wasn’t simply effective in the short run when it came to transitions, limit setting, etc. It allowed her to develop the self-confidence, independence, problem solving skills, and secure attachment she needs to thrive. The coolest part about the RIE® approach to me is that it is the only caregiving approach that I have found that is not based just on a theory or one persons experience - it entirely aligns with current research on developmental psychology and neuroscience.
In a world where we are inundated with choices, I established Juniper Days because I wanted to make it easier for parents, caregivers & teachers to find outstanding, empowering, and scientifically backed play objects and tools curated to create an environment that supports the whole child - an environment that facilitates exploration, curiosity, hands-on learning, creativity, problem-solving, connection, and confidence.
Driven by my deep passion for respectful caregiving, play-based learning, open ended toys, and natural gross motor development, the Juniper Days standard comes down to Three Core Values:
I believe every item that your child interacts with should be made of the highest quality materials. Each item is designed, developed, and selected using extremely high standards of quality.
The safety of your child is a top priority. When parents are provided safe and reliable products, they can focus their energy on caring and being present – rather than mitigating unsafe items.
I am committed to delivering well-researched, thoughtful, and purposeful products to fortify your child’s development, and offer hands on learning.