What’s in a Name? The Origin of Roots to Growth.

I have prayed long and hard over every aspect of Roots To Growth. From the products I’ve created, to their use by the mama’s and educators who purchase them, to the children who will hopefully benefit from them… Every single time I sit down to create, I first open my She Reads Truth bible and dive into His word and pray for the wisdom to help others. 

So it’ll probably come as no surprise to you that the name of my blog and business is also inspired by His word. I toyed around with a few different names for about a week in the beginning of the creative process but I couldn’t choose just one name that I loved. I kept going back and forth between Roots to Growth and Let Them Be Little. I favored Roots to Growth because it seemed unique, whereas Let Them Be Little did not, although it was slightly more catchy. Not to mention, my husband (whom I bounce ideas off of on an almost hourly basis) didn’t care for Roots to Grow. One morning I had my bible in front of me and I quietly prayed that God would give me a solution to the identify crisis of my blog/shop. At the time, I was reading through Mark and God gave me my answer as I read the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20), even though it was subtle at first:

“Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow… As he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn’t have much soil, and it grew up quickly, since the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away.  Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it didn’t produce fruit. Still other seed fell on good ground and it grew up, producing fruit that increased thirty, sixty, and a hundred times.” 

Then he said to his disciples: “Don’t you understand this parable? Some people are like the word sown on the path. When they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them. And others are like seed sown on rocky ground. When they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy. But they have no root; they are short-lived. When distress or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately fall away. Others are like seed sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the word, but the worries of this age, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those like seed sown on good ground hear the word, welcome it, and produce fruit thirty, sixty, and a hundred times what was sown.”

So there you have it… A simple parable with the word “root” mentioned twice. That might not have been enough to convince some, but I sure enjoy the symbolism. So much of our life is spent trying to figure out which aspects we should devote the most of our time to. For me, especially in the past year, I have really felt the need to create. I was searching hard  for a way to merge my speciality, which is school psychology, and my passions, which are children, writing, and my faith, into one cohesive element. Roots to Growth represents that for me. For me, the parable of the sower has a secondary meaning. It demonstrates that the good things in life, anything worthwhile, requires time, grit, and sacrifice.

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Hi there. I’m Chelsi! Welcome to Roots to Growth! There is a 75% chance that if you’ve found this site, you were directed here by the screaming toddler or young child in your home whose epic tantrums could rival that of a category five hurricane. Maybe you’re hiding in your bathroom right now. Maybe you’ve bribed your child with his or her third bag of fruit snacks for the day and it’s only noon. If you’re anything like me, your browser history is probably full of searches about how to deal with these epic meltdowns in a socially acceptable way, or maybe it’s just full of attempts to book a solo extended vacation to the Bahamas in order to escape the insanity. While I am a fan of the beach just as much as the next gal, I’ve created some resources here that will assist you in turning even the most monstrous case of the ‘terrible two toddler’’ and/or ‘threenager’ into a nice, polite tiny human (and without any threatening, spanking, or punishing… YES, you read that right).

All joking aside, the purpose of Roots to Growth is to provide parents with the resources they need to address the difficult aspects of parenting that no one really ever warns you about: the temper tantrums, the meltdowns, the things that make moms and dads so weary they don’t know if they’ll be able to make it to bedtime. If you are the mom or dad of a “spirited” little one, I am here to tell you there is no need to avoid public places anymore. Believe it or not, temper tantrums are TOTALLY normal. Some children engage in them more than others, but that does not mean they will grow up to be deviants to society and it most certainly does not mean that you are a bad parent. And you can take that to the bank! (Or your mother-in-law or that random stranger in Target who tries to offer you unsolicited parenting advice as your three-year old rolls around screaming on the floor because you didn’t let him put the fruit snacks in the shopping cart).

So why should you trust anything I have to say? Well besides being a mom to an unusually active and energetic three-year old girl and an (almost) one-year old boy whose favorite hobby is waking up three times a night, I am also a nationally certified School Psychologist who works in Early Childcare Special Education. Most of the kiddos I get the privilege of spending time with have significant behavioral and communication needs. Although the teachers who work one-on-one with these children are exceptional at navigating their individual needs, I’ve found myself wondering how to help the parents who are just beginning to learn about their child’s impairment, while simultaneously navigating the waters of parenthood from a slightly different perspective than most. 

Regardless of whether you are the parent of a child with a disability, or just struggling with the tantrums of a stubborn little one, this site has something to offer you. This corner of the internet is my warehouse for sharing what I’ve learned, offering assistance, and occasionally writing about everyday #MomLife things. I hope to help normalize what you’re going through. I see you, I relate to you, and I want to help you. Let’s talk about the tough stuff. Welcome to Roots to Growth. Now excuse me while I try to stop my littlest one from eating dog food straight from the dog bowl.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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