Hi! I’m Shelley, welcome to my site!
So this is the page where you learn a little about me and my crazy crew behind the STEAM Powered Family. I’m a Canadian girl, the first of my family to be born outside of England, so I feel a strong connection to what I consider my homeland. My hair is curly red, my eyes blue, and my stature petite. I kicked off my grown up life by earning a BSc Psychology Specialization. I love learning how the brain works and have spent most of my life continuing to study and learn more about the brain. Originally my focus was on memory, learning and cognition, but since my youngest son came home with a severe case of developmental trauma disorder, I’ve added studies in childhood trauma disorder to the mix.
My focus is on the research side of the brain and understanding the functions and mechanisms, not the clinical, therapy side. Although I have started learning more and more about that side of psychology, applying the knowledge to help others, so I can help my own kiddos through their struggles. I continue to train and learn about the brain, I find it utterly fascinating.
After graduation I spent a few years doing post grad research at the university. I loved my time at university and never wanted it to end! Eventually I did move on, and spent the next ten years working as a Communications Manager with the government.
After starting a family I took my hobby of fiction writing (and the many dusty manuscripts in my drawer) and started publishing works that people actually paid money to read! Self-publishing allowed me to stay home with my children, which was especially important when my youngest son joined our family through adoption and brought with him many special needs.
I’m a proud geek, with a love of technology and all things Doctor Who. Oh and dragons. I’ve always been obsessed with dragons. My husband has nicknamed me Mother of Dragons and boys often remind me of little dragons!
As an introvert with a free spirit, I crave adventure but only if there isn’t a lot of crowds and chaos. I love exploring off the beaten track.
I’m married to my soul mate. We met 25 years ago and married seven years later. Boy that makes me seem old! We have two gorgeous boys, one through birth, one through adoption.
Both my boys have unique and very different needs. My oldest is a embarking on his teen years by age, but has been there already for a while. Puberty is a crazy rollercoaster!. He is gifted and struggles with an anxiety disorder and dysgraphia. He also loves film making, robotics, science, programming and is a voracious reader. My youngest was born in Ethiopia. He had a very difficult start to life and now suffers from Developmental Trauma Disorder, PTSD, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder and severe language delays. Despite all of this, he is thriving. He loves math, science and gaming. He also plays a wicked game of basketball and loves to parkour and swimming/diving.
We started out in the school system for approximately three years. After facing a lot of struggles we experimented with part-time homeschooling before finally moving to full-time homeschooling in March 2015. I was a very reluctant homeschooler!
In 2018 my oldest transitioned back into the school system to take advantage of some amazing opportunities and it has been a wonderful success. I firmly believe that if you empower a child with the knowledge of how to learn and a passion for learning, they can do anything.
When I’m not running this blog, I am an author, plus I help my husband run his business at Daelen Forge where he is an artisan blacksmith specializing in amazing unique handforged metal art.
Here are my books on Amazon, you can find even more of my books and educational materials in the STEAM Powered Family Shop.
Blog To Book: An expert guide to building your blog business and income through ebooks and paperbacksAnd Then My Uterus Fell Out: A memoir on life with pelvic organ prolapseShattered EmbraceThe Tindou TabletSTEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for KidsSTEAM Kids Christmas: Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Activity Countdown for KidsSTEAM Powered Kids – Learning The Senses
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