About

Kia Ora.  Hello.

My name is Miriam.  I’m a mother of 2: Big Girl (12 years old) and Little Girl (preschooler).  I write and teach and generally obsess about all aspects of family life.  All of it: child development, social policy, education, and baking.

Before parenthood, I taught child development and early education at Colleges in both the USA and my native New Zealand.  I have also worked with little children in both places, and I pretty much reckon that Play will free the world.

At the moment I’m at home with Little Girl, writing, and avoiding leave-the-house work for as long as possible!

30 thoughts on “About

  1. hello sister, was just catching up on your blogs and loving every bit of it. hope all is well there and you are ready bc you know what? WINTER IS COMING.. LOL!!
    love and hugs and big fat american kisses
    -Marianne

  2. Thanks again for the workshop this morning. Look forward to reading your blogs in here.
    (I spoke afterwards to you regarding children and stress in Ch Ch. Shall be keeping my eyes open to the correct research that comes out

  3. Hi Miriam,

    I’m sure you get lots of mail asking for stuff but I figured you’d be a really good person to ask my question to. I’m a mum to a nearly 20 month old boy. I attended one of Nathan’s talks a long while back and he mentioned you during that.
    So, I want to retrain in childhood development. I’m knocking on 40, with a degree in Geology, so it’s a bit removed from my current working life! That said, I do have a diploma in health and social care and am very people focused and often told I should be doing something with people as I have pretty good interpersonal skills.
    I’m not particularly looking to do an early development education degree. I’m really interested in the science side of infant development along with the environmental / nurture side of things. I know some of the people in the Brainwave trust don’t have infant development degrees or studies.
    I’m waffling (baby brain still in action!). I guess, I’m wondering if you have any pointers or ideas about how I can go about getting into childhood development. I’d love to study babies and infants and work with them. I’m not sure if I’ve explained my-self very well?
    If you get chance to reply that’d be great. If not, thanks for the website, it’s awesome.

    Cheers
    Kelly

  4. Hi Miriam,

    Could I please have a copy of Part 1 and 2′s slides from the workshop this afternoon in Rangiora?

    TIA
    Emma

  5. Hi Miriam,
    I enjoyed getting together again at the NCELG meeting. Could you email me the notes please? I’m really interested in the the concept of “play as curriculum” due to the higher order thinking involved for children. Do you also have any references for this at junior primary school level?
    Thanks,
    Carolyn.

  6. Hi Miriam – could you recommend any readings/ brain research that talks about the benefits of daughters having Dads in their lives? I’m particularly thinking of girls whose parents are separated and how important and valuable it is to for them to have a loving relationship with their Dads. Thanks

  7. You still inspire me lovely lady. I’m back in Canterbury would like to catch up sometime. You can call me at cust preschool 033102343.

  8. Hi Miriam
    Thank you for the hui last Thursday was wondering if there are any notes from that meeting just want to add them to mine please.
    Tarn at King Street

  9. DEAR Miriam,
    We were in touch last year about a presentation for Culverden mums group. After all what’s happened I haven’t think about that since now. Would you be please able to contact me to find a date? May, June would be great. But will understand if it not enough notice. Best wishes Brona

  10. Kia Ora Miriam,
    Absolutely loved your keynote at Oxford today! As an ex ECE teacher and now primary your message really spoke to my heart!!! Could you please email out the info/notes??
    Nga mihi

  11. Hi Miriam
    I teach at Swannanoa School and we were lucky to host you when you presented to another NCELG meeting earlier this year.
    At an earlier presentation to our ECE/Primary teachers you talked about the poor standard of oral language that children are presenting with as new entrants to school.
    Have you completed research in this area, that I can read, or is there research that you can direct me to to find out more? I am particularly interested in any New Zealand based research.
    Kind regards
    Anne Williams

  12. Kia ora Miriam, I attended your presentation today at the Futures Network on oral language and technoference and thoroughly enjoyed it. Would it be possible to get your slides from this talk please so I could pass on this important information to my family and like minded people?
    Thank you Susie

  13. Hi Miriam
    Thanks so much for your presentation today. For my own teachers there it had an immediate impact, and was very validating for the low-tech approach we take at Portobelo.
    I have had lots of requests for your slides, and was wondering if you could email them to me so I could distribute them to those who were present today?
    Thanks again
    Sandy

  14. Kia ora Miriam
    I attended the Futures Network meeting and really enjoyed your presentation, and would have loved to heard more :) Id really appreciate a copy of the sides.
    Nga mihi
    Karen

  15. Thank you Miriam for another interesting presentation for Oxford Early Learning Centre whanau, teachers and community. I was wondering if you could please email me the slides so I can continue to reflect on the evening and pass them along to others? I have had some great feedback from whanau also. Thanks again!!

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