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More than 3 years ago, we were both struggling to connect with children - Carmen in her work as a behavioral therapist, and Justina as she navigated life as a new mom. We both started learning more about an alternative way of raising children. A more respectful way that honored them as whole and competent without sacrificing the adult's well-being in the process. 

We were following beautiful Instagram accounts depicting and describing this approach but they were all from the other side of the world. We were frustrated not to see anyone who looked and sounded like us. So individually, we started Instagram accounts to share our perspectives on respectful parenting and came across each other's accounts. We quickly became friends, bonding over shared values and the same hometown (Ipoh mali!), and supporting each other through the work of advocating for children and supporting their caregivers. 

One day we thought, "Hey, why should we do this alone?" and Raised With Wonder was born. This idea has formed the basis of our work since.

 

Parenting can be hard, but we shouldn't have to do it alone.

 

Raised With Wonder is a place for you to find the support and community you need, to become the parent you want to be. 

Together, we can raise children who know that we're always on their side. 

Our Story

Justina

Toddler mom | Consultant-turned-Educator |Lifelong learner | Pragmatic optimist

Can I be honest?  I never envisioned a career that involved working with children and parents. 

In a previous life, I've been a lecturer, management consultant and public policy specialist.

I never considered myself a 'kid' person.

Until my daughter arrived in the world and I knew that my worldview would never be the same. As a new mom, I was simultaneously filled with joy and anxiety. I constantly felt ill-prepared for the responsibility of raising a child and worried that I was somehow screwing up.

Things hit a whole new level when my infant daughter transformed into a walking, talking toddler with opinions all of her own. I knew I didn't want to default to the authoritarian style of parenting I was raised with, but I didn't know if there was an alternative that would work. 

In my anxiety, I fell into my default mode of studying and researching ALL the things related to parenting and child development.  This led me to eye-opening research and the completion of the RIE®️ Foundations course.

 

I discovered an alternative path that honoured children while respecting the individual needs of other family members. I took this same respectful approach into my time as a preschool teacher and it continues to be my Northstar in raising my daughter. 

Now, I'm passionate about supporting other parents like YOU on that same path of:

less overwhelm and more enjoyment

 

Hopefully, when this pandemic is behind us, we'll be able to meet for real over a hot cup of coffee or for a run. I can't wait for you to join our growing community of parents!

meet Carmen

An educator at heart, I've always loved children and was a special needs teacher for years before I decided to use what I know about child development to help parents.

It all started when I had the opportunity to come in close contact with many students, their parents and caretakers while doing therapy in their homes and realised the impact of parenting and caregiving on a child's development and well-being.

In the process of equipping myself to help my students' parents navigate through their parenting challenges, I stumbled upon Respectful Parenting and this way of being with children really turned my perspective upside down (in an immensely awesome way)!

It led me to better understand children and honestly left me more confident while being with them. To dive deeper into this way of being with children, I underwent the RIE® Foundations ™ course. 

I hope to use my experiences and learnings to help you raise your children in a way that respects them as whole and unique little ones as well as help you gain confidence in your parenting.

 

I'm also passionate about drawing awareness to alternative ways of parenting that promotes respect and mindfulness to the Chinese speaking community.

If you too want to break unhealthy generational cycles in your family, I'm here for you!

Educator at heart | Respectful parenting advocate | Play-based learning enthusiast

Carmen