Respectful Mom

by Kristín Maríella

Hello, there!

I’m Kristín Maríella. You’ve found the space in which I share my reading, thinking, writing and talking about all things to do with this life-changing magic called respectful/mindful parenting. I am a mom of two children under the age of 5, currently living in the tropical island of Bali. An impulsive “do-er” led by passion, juggling life as a unschooling, work at home mom, wife and lover of this crazy thing we call life!

The thing about me is if something fascinates me then it will most likely occupy my mind completely and that’s exactly how it was with Respectful Parenting. I chanced upon Magda Gerber’s RIE approach, through my all time favourite Janet Lansbury’s blog, in the summer of 2014 when I was a new mother to a six-month old girl. I had such a strong gut reaction to this way of parenting when I first read about it, and the more I read, the more I couldn’t shake it. It made sense.

When I started seeing the immensely positive effect of Respectful Parenting on my daughter, myself and indeed, the whole household, I just knew there was no turning back. To me, Respectful Parenting is simply magic. 

Today I  seek to help parents shift their mindset and see their children and their role as parents in a new light. To focus on building a truly healthy relationship with their children, one that both parents and children can enjoy with sincerity – A relationship based on respect, trust and connection.

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When I started seeing the immensely positive effect of Respectful Parenting on my daughter, myself and indeed, the whole household, I just knew there was no turning back. To me, Respectful Parenting is simply magic.

Background

Kristín Maríella studied classical violin and viola performance at the Boyer School of Music and Dance at Temple University, USA. Shortly after her studies, she co-founded the jewelry collection Twin Within with her sister, visual artist, Áslaug Íris. After Kristín moved with her family to Singapore she studied to become a doula and before long, she created the Facebook group “Mæðra tips” (mother’s tips) where she began to frequently post articles, research and her own thoughts and short blogs about pregnancy, birth and respectful parenting, the group grew to about 20.000 members and during that time the respectful parenting approach Kristin kept sharing about on Mother’s Tips started gaining a lot of interest from fellow mom’s in the Icelandic community.
Early 2017 Kristin decided to start a dedicated facebook group focusing on Respectful Parenting in Iceland and in the matter of a year the group grew to over 10.000 members.

Since then Kristin has become well known for her powerful parenting workshops, writing and social media shares. With a large following and global reach her focus is on on shifting mindsets and to inspire parents to become more intentional in their parenting journey. Kristin shares relatable and engaging personal experience, insight and knowledge at the same time as she opens up and connects on a deep level with parents and caregivers around the world.

Her mission is for parents to start deeply enjoying their role as parents and truly believes that investing in working on your parenting game is the best thing parents can possibly do“When our mindset is in the right place, when we feel empowered, inspired, well equipped and boosted with confidence, that’s we are able to fully take on the challenge of parenting and to start truly enjoying the ride!”

“When our mindset is in the right place, when we feel empowered, inspired, well equipped and boosted with confidence, that’s we are able to fully take on the challenge of parenting and to start truly enjoying the ride!”

To date Kristin has conducted parenting workshops for over 1500 parents in Iceland and Singapore, given talks and presentations for schools and early childhood educators, appeared on national television on the importance of child led play with open ended materials and has received funding for her RIE inspired, Pop-up Adventure Playground project in Iceland.

In 2016 Kristín attended several Respectful Parenting workshops in Singapore, two of them with RIE associate Elsa Chahin, president of Pikler/Lóczy USA. In 2017 Kristín got finished RIE® Professional Development, Foundations, course in Beijing where she studied under Ruth Anne Hammond former president of the RIE® Institute who is currently Kristin’s mentor on her ongoing journey in becoming a certified RIE associate.