Hi! I’m Mindy! The Mom of the Swiss Family Carlson!
I started this blog years ago as a forum to talk about the joy of creating and designing quilts and handbags and putting together costumes for various Halloweens and school plays. After a few years of focusing only on sewing I started branching out and talking more about life, family, and philosophy.
We lived for too brief a time in Basel, Switzerland, where our lives changed forever. Switzerland changed how I view parenting, travel, food, and the United States – all for the better. It is the best thing that we ever did for our family. You will see some of that European influence on my writing.
I have my Master’s of Science in Organization Development from American University. I serve as a consultant to organizations in various capacities and have the privilege of acting as a life coach to people who are experiences a life transition.
I also served as the Administrative Head of School for Rock Creek Montessori School for 3 years before we moved to Switzerland and now serve as their Director of Admissions. I am intensely interested in education and parenting, so quite a few of my articles focus on how organization development techniques and Montessori methods to inform how I parent.
I hope you enjoy it and your comments are always welcome.
Mindy Carlson, M.S.O.D., is a life coach, wife, and mother of 2 spirited boys living in Washington, DC. After growing up on a farm in Iowa, she went into university administration and then Montessori pre-school education before becoming an organization development consultant. Her entire parenting philosophy changed after her family moved to Switzerland and started to observe the success of the Swiss style of parenting. She blogs about parenting, cooking, and travel as the Swiss Family Carlson at http://www.MindyQs.com. Her writing can be found in such outlets as AFineParent.com, Big Life Journal, and The Washington Post.