Kristín Maríella Friðjónsdóttir

My name is Kristín Maríella and I have a passion for reading, thinking, writing and talking about all things concerned with RIE® or what is often known as Respectful Parenting.

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 Parenting.  I am a mom of two children under the age of four, live in the tropical city of Singapore, am a classical violinist with a particular soft spot for romantic string quartets and operas, and am the co-founder of Twin Within, a conscious jewellery brand that celebrates confident and creative women.

I’m an impulsive “do-er” led by passion. 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. The approach itself worked like magic. My household’s “happiness index” got almost strangely high because of the change of attitude that occurred when we adopted this mindful mindset, which helped us start seeing our children and their way of being in a new light.  This, really, is the true magic: perspective. Any previously hidden magic of our children suddenly started unfolding right in front of us. This transformation has led me to my calling today. I seek to help parents build a healthy relationship with their children, one that both parents and children can enjoy with sincerity – A relationship based on respecttrust and connection.

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 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 she decided to start a dedicated facebook group focusin on Respectful Parenting in Iceland and in the matter of a year the group grew to over 10.000 members. Kristin got the message of RIE and Respectful Parenting out there with the use of social media channels such as Snapchat and Instagram where she has done daily “stories” featuring different topics within Respectful Parenting each day.

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.

Kristín has for many years worked as a violin teacher for young children and founded child led music and movement appreciation class for young children named Moving Music with her colleague Kristín Björg, who is an educated occupational therapist and a dance therapist.

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.

Kristín Maríella Friðjónsdóttir

Ég heiti Kristín Maríella og hef ástríðu fyrir því að lesa um, hugsa um, skrifa um og tala um allt sem viðkemur RIE®, eða Virðingarríku Tengslauppeldi (Respectful Parenting)

Ég heiti Kristín Maríella og hef ástríðu fyrir því að lesa um, hugsa um, skrifa um og tala um allt sem viðkemur RIE®, eða Virðingarríku Tengslauppeldi (oft þekkt sem Respectful Parenting)

Ég á tvö börn undir 4 ára, bý í hitabeltisborginni Singapúr, er menntaður fiðluleikari og annar stofnandi skartgripamerkisins Twin Within. Ég er hvatvís “do-er” sem lætur hrifnæmi og tilfinningar ráða ferðinni, ef eitthvað heillar mig þá á það hug minn allann og þannig var það einmitt með RIE®.

Sumarið 2014, þegar dóttir mín er um 6 mánaða þá kynnist ég hugmyndafræði RIE® og tengi strax gríðarlega sterkt við það sem nálgunin stendur fyrir, því meira sem ég las því hrifnari varð ég. Þegar ég sá síðan þau gríðarlega jákvæðu áhrif virðingaríks tengslauppeldis á dóttur mína, sjálfan mig og heimilið allt þá var ekki aftur snúið.

Fyrir mér er RIE® nálgunin einfaldlega töfrar, aðferðafræðin sjálf virkar eins og töfrar, hamingjustuðull heimilisins fer upp í töfrandi hæðir og hugafarsbreytingin sem á sér stað þegar við tileinkum okkur virðingarríkt tengslauppeldi gerir það að verkum að við byrjum að sjá börn og hlutverk þeirra í nýju ljósi og koma auga á áður hulda töfra barnanna okkar.

Markmið mitt er að hjálpa foreldrum að byggja upp heilbrigt samband við börnin sín, samband sem bæði foreldrar og börn geta notið af einlægni, samband sem einkennist af virðingu, trausti og tengslum.

Gerum minna, slökum á, fylgjumst með og njótum barnanna okkar akkúrat eins og þau eru, akkúrat í dag

Bakgrunnur

Kristín Maríella lærði klassískan fiðlu- og víóluleik í Boyer School of Music and Dance við Temple University í Bandaríkjunum. Fljótlega eftir nám stofnaði hún með systur sinni Áslaugu Írisi Katrínu skartgripamerkið Twin Within systur ásamt því að vinna sem víóluleikari. Eftir að Kristín flutti með fjölskyldu sinni til Singapúr öðlaðist hún doula-réttindi (fæðingarhjálp) og stofnaði fljótlega stuðningshópinn “Mæðra Tips” á facebook og byrjaði að miðla regluglega hugleiðingum og pistlum um fæðingarferlið og uppeldi í gegnum samfélagsmiðla.

Kristín hefur í mörg ár unnið sem fiðlukennari ungra barna og stofnaði tónlistar og danstíma fyrir ung börn (0-3 ára) Moving Music með samstarfskonu sinni Kristínu Björgu sem er er menntaður iðjuþjálfi og dans-þerapisti.

Árið 2016 sótti Kristín 3 Respectful Parenting námskeið í Singapúr, 2 þeirra hjá RIE® associate Elsu Chahin, forseta Pikler Institude í Búdapest. En í lok árs 2017 kláraði Kristín Professional Development RIE foundations kúrs undir handleiðslu Ruth-Anne Hammond, fyrrverandi forseta RIE Institude en Ruth-Anne er nú mentorinn hennar Kristínar.

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Ég fjalla um allt sem viðkemur RIE á snapchat og instagram reikningum mínum, endilega fylgist með þar til að fræðast meira og fá innsýn inní RIE-skotinn hversdagsleika